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Fourquare, a location-based social network, provides new tools for businesses to better track customers.   So far 30 businesses are testing the real-time data and will quickly be rolled out to 900 businesses.  The data will provide businesses with an opportunity to customize customer promotions. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/09/foursquare-introduces-new-tools-for-businesses/?ref=smallbusiness Foursquare users have the option to keep their information private. ...
Another company leveraging fans, friendships, and family to move products. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/how-to-turn-your-blogs-readers-into-paying-customers/?src=me&ref=technology Will this latest trend  provide consumer adoption and expected conversion?
Nike is certainly making waves with a bold, new commercial where Tiger Woods stares blankly into the camera as the voice of late Earl Woods questions the golfer.  Whether you think this ad is genius or just plain odd, the impact of this commercial is certainly producing results.  Kudos Nike! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/sports/golf/08tv.html?ref=business
As the marketing world evolves, it’s often the case that creative motivations take precedence over what customers actually want and expect. Listen to your customer. Accept that it’s more about them than you.
Reading the LA Times article about Silicon Valley tech firms and the perks offered to employees.  A ride in a $200,000 vehicle….. I remember a time when going home an hour early was considered a perk…What are we saying to the future of this industry? http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-fi-perks28-2010mar28,0,3505494.story?page=2&track=rss
Thoughts on strategy from SXSW: http://webworkerdaily.com/2010/03/17/its-the-social-media-strategy-struggle/
2009 was riddled with stories of corporate downsizing, bankruptcies, and economic uncertainty. The environment rattled even the most accomplished businesses. Some failed, closing the doors forever. Others narrowly survived and new businesses are emerging, both facing the incredible challenge of adapting to a new business climate. It is what one company calls a strategy uprising.
This is the most unique brand experience that I had to share: Call Nestle Hotline at 1-800-295-0051. When asked if you want to continue in English or Spanish, wait QUIETLY for about 10 seconds and I PROMISE you will smile. Keep going and press 4. Then any option after. Don’t ruin the surprise for the...
San Diego Innovation Economy Doubles Start-up Rate and VC Funding Outpaces Most Regions with 90% Jump There was a leap in the pace of launching new technology companies in the second quarter of 2009, CONNECT’s newly released Second Quarter 2009 Innovation Report shows.    Start-ups were up 53% with 102 companies launched. In the first quarter...
Creative Age: Tearing Structure Apart http://bit.ly/cr8U7i
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