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Just as the internet ruthlessly sorted winners (Google, Amazon, etc.) and losers (Kodak, Blockbuster, etc.) in the 1990s and 2000s so too will the wave of change and innovation that is enveloping markets across the globe. Ad blocking, AI and personal agents, voice and visual UI, social influencers, and generational waves of anti-greed sentiment are …

We’ve seen an awful lot written in recent months about this May’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – the legislation that replaces an existing data protection directive, rewrites the rules for collecting and managing consumer data, and deals data privacy one of its biggest shake-ups in two decades. There has been lots of worry as …

In the age of big data, it seems as though there’s a systemized way to measure everything. Want to know how many hits you got on the company website? Go to Google Analytics. If you’re meeting sales projections? Log into SalesForce. Need to see how much progress the development team’s made? Visit GitHub. Access your …

There’s an old joke that the risk of a child being injured increases in direct proportion to the number of adults present. Whether there’s any truth to it or not, the point is that, when no one has designated any individual with having primary responsibility, nobody takes responsibility. I think that’s a great analogy to …

Social media marketers often say that content is king. While content is seen as the driving force behind social media efforts and KPIs of social are often linked to how well content performs, we need to take a step further in understanding the behaviour of a brand’s social media community. People are the driving force …

Every day, artificial intelligence is becoming more empathy than pure logic, more face than interface. Soon, AI will be able to listen to the tenor of a customer’s voice, analyze their emotional state, and use this information to deliver appropriate responses – and become more finely tuned through each of those interactions. For brand marketers, …

For many of us, our experience with artificial intelligence (A.I.) may be, for a lack of a better way to put it, “helpfully cool.” That can mean asking Amazon’s Alexa to play a particular song or querying Google’s Home to see if butter is a suitable replacement for vegetable shortening. But the potential for A.I. …

CEO’s have been prominent figures in business for as long as they’ve existed, but starting in the 1980’s something else began to happen too. After Hollywood gave us Gordon Gecko and Miranda Priestly, reality seemed to fight back. Inspirational CEO’s like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Vicki Escarra (to name but a few) changed the …

The reasons why startups and businesses fail have been written about exhaustively. But what about what makes them succeed? The media makes us firmly believe that the main ingredient of a successful startup has to do with its product or industry, namely that in order to get an idea off the ground and into the …

What does a new reality mean to you? At H+K’s Creativity + New Reality on 26 September 2017, speakers explored this question and provided insight into the changing landscapes of business, PR, culture and consumerism. “The theme of this year’s conference is new reality. This is a theme that was unavoidable in my mind, given …

Website, mobile app, social media, online marketplace, in store, at a pop-up or concession: the shopping options available to today’s consumer are plentiful, with the internet providing access to a retailer even after its store doors close. This provides convenience for the consumer, who is able to browse and buy when and where they want, …

The regulatory environment is changing based on a society that is more health conscious, advocating for the preservation of life. Increasing of taxes on products such as tobacco, alcohol and now sugar-sweetened beverages are a result of increased lobbying from non-profit organisations who are pushing governments to penalise consumers, in order to protect themselves from themselves, by making it relatively unaffordable to purchase these products. …

Edison Research’s April 2017 Podcast Consumer report claimed that monthly podcast listeners in the US was now at 24%, up from 21% in 2016, and while the US podcast market is more developed than the UK’s, RAJAR’s MIDAS Spring 2017 report still showed that 5.5 million UK adults listen to podcasts – just over 10% …

As IoT branches out over the next few years, transforming the way consumers live, work, and think, we will enter the age of ubiquitous computing. By 2025, there will be more than 100 billion connected devices – that’s 14 for every person on the planet – generating a revenue of almost $10 trillion. The scale …

To get a good idea of how quickly perspective can change, just consider how you feel when waiting to cross a street. You get annoyed when cars fly by, yet when you’re the one behind the wheel, you, too, might floor it and zoom past pedestrians. Hypocritical, right? Well, it’s a trap we all fall …

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