Don't Call it Networking: The Secret to Making Real Connections

Shelley Zalis, FounderThe Girls Lounge By Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens Shelley Zalis can?t stand the term ?networking.? For the Los Angeles-based CEO, the word conjures up an image of a bland name-tag along with the transactional, often inauthentic manner many of us were groomed to make professional contacts. But Zalis, the

Lessons From ‘Jet Stream Crossing The Equator’ Mania

By now you probably heard about claims that the jet stream crossing the equator was unprecedented. Scientists pushed back on this being a dire red flag in a Washington Post Capital Weather Gang article and elsewhere. Colorado State University tropical meteorologist Dr. Phil Klotzbach even shared a peer review paper from 1985 discussing cross equatorial flow. My…

The CMO Is Dead, Long Live The CMO

Yes, marketing departments have become more diverse since the Mad Men days of the ?60s and ?70s (although not by much). If we extrapolate the findings in the diversity reports coming out of Silicon Valley, we can assume that marketing departments maintain roughly the same ratios. Meaning, they are still mostly male and white.

More Than 11,000 Bots Are Now On Facebook Messenger

Companies and developers have shown a surge of interest in bot technology and their potential to change the way people talk to businesses, receive customer service, complete transactions or consume entertainment.

49 Celebrities Recall the 49 Victims Of The Orlando Mass Shooting

The tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando earlier in the month reinvigorated national discussion on gun laws and LGTBQ discrimination. Now, in memory of the 49 patrons who needlessly lost their lives in the early morning hours of June 16, 49 different celebrities joined together in a video tribute to each victim.

Snapchat, WhatsApp and Surveillance

Financial services firms face challenges of surveilling increasing communications channels and voluminous, siloed data while using aging systems and increased expectations of regulators.

For Employees, Workplace Technology Stirs Up Both Angst And Exuberance

For today’s employees, the increasing digitization of enterprises is a mixed bag. The threat of automation is real, yet technology is also putting employees in greater control of their careers to a degree never seen before. So, from an employee perspective, technology giveth and technology taketh away.

Secrets To Successful Crowdfunding Over Blockchain Revealed By Bitcoin Exchange CCEDK

It has been a brutal past week, politically and economically. The UK’s decision to exit the European Union (EU) at their referendum prompted global shockwaves. Stock markets have been volatile, Sterling crashed against the US dollar and euro, while gold and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were beneficiaries. So, alternatives do need considering.

Using Weather Data to Improve Supply Chain Resiliency

I had an opportunity to talk to Joanne Wright of IBM last week.  Ms. Wright is a Vice President of Supply Chain; she has a charming Scottish brogue. Ms. Wright has overall global leadership of the supply chain team across procurement, manufacturing, demand management, quality, and supply chain risk management for mainframes, POWER-based servers, storage…

Digitalized Workplace: How A. O. Smith Recruits the Best and Brightest

Job candidates in the digitalized world bring the same global, mobile and social mindset to their search that’s present in every other part of their lives. For example, studies have found 42 percent of applicants who have a bad experience say they will never seek employment from that company again, 22 percent said they will…

How To Fundraise Like A Millennial

There’s so much talk about Millennials these days. The term is used to define folks born sometime between 1982 and 2000, which makes both me (32 years young) and my colleague Virginia (25) Millennials — so why do I sometimes feel as though Virginia and her peers speak a different, faster language than I do? Let’s face it, in…

Starting To Livestream? This Data From Gaming Can Guide Your Strategy

Gaming is almost always ahead of its time in terms of business model and technology relative to the rest of the media industry.  And in the platform-dominated world, the gaming industry could be a very valuable prognosticator for the rest of the industry.  With Facebook, Twitter, and Google expected to pull in 44% of all…

These People Took On The Wedge And Almost Paid Dearly For It

If you’re going to rent a jet ski, do everyone—including yourself—a favor and only use it where it is safe to do so. One doesn’t need to be a maritime expert to know that “directly next to a huge bank of rocks” will NOT appear on such a list of safe locales.

iPhone 7 Leak Reveals Bigger Camera

This could be welcome news for fans of Apple’s smaller handsets: Amid continued speculation over Apple’s possible inclusion of a dual-lens camera system in the forthcoming iPhone 7 Plus, comes a new leak suggesting that the regular-sized iPhone 7 may also be in for a serious camera upgrade – albeit of the single-lensed variety.

Cognitive Technology: What It Is And Why Marketers Should Care

At IBM?s recent Amplify conference, there was a heavy focus around cognitive technologies, an emerging area that use data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. To better understand what it is and why CMOs should care, I consulted with Harriet Green, General Manager, Watson Internet of…

Four Qualities All Digital Enterprises Have In Common

There are now a wealth of tools, technologies and platforms that can help even the most staid, hidebound organizations begin to make the journey to digital enterprise. However, becoming digital isn’t just about technology, it’s also about changing mindsets and breaking up calcified processes. For that, there isn’t a lot of guidance available — executives…

Is The Future Of Fantasy Sports Win-Win?

Their advertisements are seemingly endless during football season. Promising huge payoffs and the thrill of competition, fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are accessible and in the public mindset. These “one-day” fantasy sites rake in millions of dollars in revenue despite being subjected to legal action by Attorney Generals across the country. Regardless of…

YouTube Red’s Latest Bet? Channing Tatum

YouTube Red has announced a slate of new programming, including its first scripted drama: a series based on the ‘Step Up’ films and produced by Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum.

The 10 Commandments Of Trading In A Small Account

Very few people start out with a huge trading account, but with a steady, thoughtful process it is achievable. Trading in an account of $25,000 or less requires a different approach than trading with a larger account. Here are the 10 Commandments of Trading in a Small Account that are sure to make your trading…

5 Ways to Benchmark Your Digital Learning Strategy

The digital economy is opening up tremendous opportunities for forward-thinking companies and their employees. However, many organizations aren’t moving fast enough to provide leaders and employees with the skills to compete and win in a digitally transformed world.

How Can You Disconnect From Social Media When It’s A Part Of Your Job

For Allison Stadd, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager at beloved burger chain, Shake Shack, it was pretty intuitive. She’s not naturally inclined to be online when not at work. For others, it’s not so easy. In this video interview with Stadd, we look at three ways you can train yourself to disconnect from your phone…

10 Marketing Tools Your Agency Won’t Tell You About

Marketing and working with agencies can be hard. These tools will help you streamline your content and marketing efforts. Your agency won’t tell you about them but I’m not your agency and I will. H/T BBC show I have forgotten the name of 😉

Tablo: TV Cord-Bypassing is Now Even Easier

Tablo, an over-the-air HDTV DVR brand, this week released its free, native app for the latest generation of Apple TV. Through it, customers can search, record and stream both live and recorded broadcast, full-HD TV programs — provided the unit is hooked up to an over-the-air antenna (not included). ?Cord

Disrupting the Sales Funnel and CMO Mindsets

As constant change becomes the norm for the modern business world, we find the rigid foundations on which we built our organizations are beginning to crumble. Companies built on organizational structures and assumptions that haven’t changed will be the first to go, and continuing on any path that follows antiquated ideals may lead to colossal…

Microsoft’s $26bn LinkedIn Deal Boosts Tech M&A, Keeps Momentum Lagging

Microsoft’s announced acquisition of LinkedIn Corporation in an all-cash transaction deal valued at $26.2 billion (bn), the third highest valued deal targeting the US technology sector according to Mergermarket’s records since 2001, has given a “much needed boost” to the US tech sector M&A activity. But the hefty price tag has been questioned in some quarters.

How This Reddit Image-Sharing Site Is Benefitting From The Orlando Massacre, Donald Trump

One business built on the Reddit community is benefitting big time on two fraught topics discussed on the social news-sharing site—Donald Trump, and more recently, the Orlando nightclub massacre. Many users believe Reddit and Imgur—Reddit’s long-standing photo-sharing service of choice—are deleting posts images related to both these discussions. The more vehement posters in these topics are instead turning to…

VC Firm FundersClub Launches Facebook Live Series

It is 2016, and Venture Capital is still a boy’s club — an old white man club, to be precise. Can a monthly Q&A show via Facebook Live help change that? One VC firm, known as FundersClub, hopes so.