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Innovation & Collaboration

I’ve been spending some time investigating different digital agency models and in particular, how they need to adapt to increasing client demands and industry upstarts. It used to be that customer collaboration was a one-off tactical execution to be checked-off on marketers’ list of accomplishments. The real significant shifts will happen in companies that integrate…

Inspiration as Future Agency Model

(Interview by Ideas will travel) Successful agencies and consultancies align closely with clients to stay abreast of trends and industry threats. In recent years, the explosion of digital trends and the significantly lowered barrier to entry has created an environment where there is a new client expectation that new innovations can get to the market…

App Spotlight: Pennant for iPad

The mobile application market has so much energy and momentum that there are many opportunities to innovate and try something new. Every once in a while, there is a break-out app that single-handedly sets a new bar for how to experience content. Pulse and Flipboard have dramatically changed the way we consume RSS and social…

Music Industry in Decline

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then there isn’t much else to say about the music industry. I will say that the industry had a good run. But over the last decade, they have favored lawsuits over innovation, and insisted on clinging on to a business model that forced consumers to buy a…

Future thinking: SoLoMo

I always look forward to Mary Meeker‘s analysis and insights ever since she began covering internet companies over 10 years ago at Morgan Stanley. Each year, she publishes a presentation on digital trends. She continues her broad industry analysis as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers and her recent report on mobile trends echoes…

Welcome to Microkia

Much has been said about the new partnership between Microsoft and Nokia. At first blush, it’s an odd pairing as both are struggling in the new mobile world order of iOS and Android. Nokia’s smartphone market share dropped from 36.6% to 27.1% in just a year, a trend that will likely continue. Meanwhile, Microsoft recently…

Future of Real-Time

PSFK does a great job stimulating the imagination with possibilities. Their newest report, the Future of Real-Time brings together trends from social, mobile, community, visualizations and more. What sets their reports apart is the lateral thinking that tease out novel business opportunities that on the surface seem common sensical, yet are usually hidden from everyday…