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The Internet of Things

As the world becomes more and more connected, the number of ways we connect increases. Not only will computers talk to other computers, we now have phones, tablets and other devices that will be all connected. But we’re just getting started. Imagine everything from alarm clocks to cars to kitchens knowing how to respond based…

The State of Twitter

With the introduction of Google+ and its asymmetric follow philosophy, some think Twitter may suffer some loss of users. The ability to follow anyone and have public/circle-based posts with threaded conversations makes the interactions more compelling without the Twitter’s 140 character restrictions. My view is Google+ is best at content sharing, while Twitter still rules…

60 Seconds in Social Media

Ever wonder how much activity goes on in social networks? Here’s a handy graphic that tells a very compelling story. In just 60 seconds: 20,000+ new posts are created on Tumblr 13,000+ hours of music are streamed on Pandora 600+ new videos are uploaded on YouTube 370,000+ minutes of voice calls take place on Skype…

Museum of Me

For a while, you’ve been able to make a physical book from your Facebook content. Now, see it in cinematic form. Intel partnered up with Japanese agency Projector to turn your Facebook profile into a short film in a microsite called Museum of Me. It pulls photos, status updates, video and comments to generate a…

Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow

Presenting facts and figures at conferences is often dull and dry and wrapped in a manually driven, narrated presentation. Here’s a lovely animated infographic charting how our digital lives have expanded across the globe. Neo Labels does a fantastic job humanizing and contextualizing rapid growth of the connected home, mobile and social in this short…

The Real Cost of Social Media

I am so glad the folks at Focus.com have aggregated some data and shed some light on the reality of social media marketing. While the benefits of social amplification can help catalyze your brand’s intentions, it’s hardly a build-it-and-they-will-come approach. The best social efforts include, well, effort — in often overlooked roles of strategy and…

The Reality of Price Perception

In a retail age where consumer access to pricing is available through the web and mobile, retailers have reason to fear an exodus of customers to e-commerce competitors or channels. A recent study by McKinsey (registration required)  suggests the opposite; consumers often believe the reverse is true, thinking that the retail counterparts of e-commerce stores…

Ad Agency Bloodline

Ever wonder how agencies are related to each other and who owns who? This sharp graphic deconstructs it all for you, courtesy of The Barbarian Group and Vitamin Talent. Click to see the full size image.

Future of Design

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the ICFF, the annual furniture fair in New York. Among the standouts? A team of young (read junior high school) kids who partnered with Bernhardt Design to revamp school desks. Not only was I impressed with their talents, I welcomed their passion and thoughtful pragmatic approach to…

Visualizing Social

It’s early days for social analytics, but ever since the term “viral” was coined, there have been many attempts to determine how and why content gets rapidly disseminated across the social sphere. While there probably isn’t a single formula that works for all, understanding social amplification is a bit of art and science. The NY…