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Exploring leadership, management, innovation, and technology issues and trends; impacting associations & non-profit organizations in the digital age.
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The new "Life skills your Parents should have taught you" Business

The new "Life skills your Parents should have taught you" Business | digitalNow | Scoop.it

We seem to be willing to outsource everything including parenting for more convenience though I am not sure what the freed-up time is used for. Sure, those topics EverFi is tackling are not the most fun ones to talk about with your teenage kid but those dialogs are nevertheless an important part of the upbringing, I feel.

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Social Media Will Play a Crucial Role in the Reinvention of Business

Social Media Will Play a Crucial Role in the Reinvention of Business | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Social media can bring ideas from the edge of the company to the core.
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As prices drop, 3-D printers catch the eye of young entrepreneurs

As prices drop, 3-D printers catch the eye of young entrepreneurs | digitalNow | Scoop.it

To be sure, 3-D printing has been around for years. Giant companies in the fields of industrial design, athletic-apparel manufacturing and automotive engineering have long used the technology. But as the price has dropped – Brooklyn, N.Y.’s MakerBot Industries, for instance, produces a desktop product that now costs $2,199 – the technology has started to proliferate.

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Evaluating Social Marketing Channels (how to prove roi in phases and decide where to invest)

Evaluating Social Marketing Channels (how to prove roi in phases and decide where to invest) | digitalNow | Scoop.it

First, understand value through interactivity:

What I mean here, is understand how many people consume your content and how many people react to it. In email, this would be Open Rate (read) and Clicks (reaction). In Facebook, for example, one would use the Post Impressions to gauge # of readers and the Post Feedback for the number of reactors.

If you have a large disconnect between audience members and readers, then you either have the wrong people in your audience or you're providing the wrong type of content to them. To solve this you should try new forms of content and look for ways to re-activate some of those dormant subscribers (in email, targeted mails. in Facebook, targeted ads).

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Supporting Cloud Services Endanger Your Uptime

Supporting Cloud Services Endanger Your Uptime | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Here's a question for you: where's your website? Not knowing could set you up for a world of hurt.
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A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet

A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The blooming interest in programming is part of a national trend of more people moving toward technical fields. According to the Computing Research Association, the number of students who enrolled in computer science degree programs rose 10 percent in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available.

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Do you speak geek?!

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9 Ways to Improve Online Communication

9 Ways to Improve Online Communication | digitalNow | Scoop.it
1. Understand online text is different from conversation – When we use the old fashioned method of communicating (with the mouth and ears) we have the opportunity to modify everything we say, the pace, the tone, the content, the inflection, everything, based on the visual feedback we are getting real time from the other person. Instantaneous feedback is not in play with digital communication, so the potential to make corrections and stay out of trouble is just not there.

2. Use the right mode of communication – For many applications, a digital note may be the expedient way to communicate, but it may well not be the best way. Consider whether having a face-to-face discussion or a phone call might be the more efficient route in the long run. Having your cell phone or ipad in your hand is not a reason to use the wrong mode of communication for important notes.

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Which Tablet to Buy Among Dozens Confuses Shoppers

Which Tablet to Buy Among Dozens Confuses Shoppers | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Tablets were supposed to be a simple alternative to the bloated personal computer market. But now that the iPad has strong competitors, shopping decisions are becoming harder.
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Mobile Healthcare Faces The Future

Mobile Healthcare Faces The Future | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Mobile healthcare is about more than just how doctors and nurses operate on a day-to-day basis. Mobile technology promises to contribute to wellness, preventative care, personal health records, communication with physicians, diet tracking, prescription reminders and many other health-related improvements. For instance, 30% of smartphone users are expected to use wellness apps in one form or another by 2015. By that year, analysts predict there will be nearly two billion smartphone users on the planet. You do the math.

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Fiber Optic Breakthrough to Improve Internet Security Cheaply

Fiber Optic Breakthrough to Improve Internet Security Cheaply | digitalNow | Scoop.it
The new technique will first be used in national security communications, but ultimately will help protect all information transmitted on the Internet.
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Getting Your Mobile CRM Mojo Working

Getting Your Mobile CRM Mojo Working | digitalNow | Scoop.it
As companies rush to offer mobile CRM apps to their customers, they are in danger of repeating the same mistake made a generation ago with the launch of early online initiatives: not placing enough emphasis on security.
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SMBs Slow to Adopt Digital Marketing Tools; Not Sure About Social Media

SMBs Slow to Adopt Digital Marketing Tools; Not Sure About Social Media | digitalNow | Scoop.it
SMBs are using a number of different tactics to draw new business, according to [download page] a Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Act-on Software, but digital...
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Physics on the Fringe: Dr. Kaku Answers Questions from Science Channel Viewers

Physics on the Fringe: Dr. Kaku Answers Questions from Science Channel Viewers | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Shape shifting might be possible within, say, a century. Already, scientists can create computer chips the size of grains of sand. These chips can be programmed to alter the electrical charge on the surface, so they bind in definite patterns. This is called programmable matter, where we tell these smart sand particles to reassemble into different shapes. Just like we program software,we might be able to program intelligent sand so that it can reassemble into different shapes.Eventually, these smart grains of sand might become the size of molecules, in which case we might be able to alter the shape of an object at will. Some scientists believe that the key to this might be a nanobot which can guide molecules to rearrange themselves into any object you want, like the replicator in Star Trek. Although physically possible, the techinical problems may take a century to solve.

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How far can you travel on a travel budget?

How far can you travel on a travel budget? | digitalNow | Scoop.it

You can travel 12 times further by train than by plane for the same carbon footprint.

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This 3D Lego Model of NYC Is Awesome

This 3D Lego Model of NYC Is Awesome | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The Big Apple has gotten the Lego treatment before, but not like this. Motion designer and 3D artist J.R. Schmidt created this unthinkably detailed map of New York City. In Lego. To scale.

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Social Marketing: Right Idea for the Times

Social Marketing: Right Idea for the Times | digitalNow | Scoop.it
Things are getting incrementally better nearly four years after the bottom fell out of the economy, but CFOs still watch budgets like hawks. Demand is still squishy everywhere and the gross domestic product of the U.S. -- and the whole planet for that matter -- hasn't grown in five years.

Moreover, new product category introduction is low, and this is very important. When a category is new, everyone -- at least in theory -- needs it and sales people do great business. Marketers' jobs are streamlined, too. They need to focus on building brands and communicating the basic features and benefits of what they have. Products are also relatively simple. They typically come in one flavor and function as general purpose cousins of what they will eventually become as the market grows and differentiation sets in.

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Companies should nurture unplanned opportunities

Companies should nurture unplanned opportunities | digitalNow | Scoop.it

While most external opportunities are disqualified for a variety of sound reasons, it is not unusual for R&D to receive ideas that may be worth considering, despite their not precisely fitting pre-defined technical or product needs. In these instances, they must decide whether or not to pass on the idea. Some will, because it's an "outlier." Others may choose to defer the decision and discuss it with their marketing counterparts. In either instance, its fate is often decided without it being thoughtfully considered as a fully articulated value proposition.

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The Requirements of Social Leadership

The Requirements of Social Leadership | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The new era of leaders are those that have drastically different attitudes when it comes to information-sharing within public and private domains. Many of today’s market leaders are actively monitoring, reacting and engaging with businesses and consumers about their products, and they are far outpacing their competition. The laggards are wasting time with long drawn-out educational initiatives or studies that are too cumbersome and outdated by the time results are published or any decisions are made. A change in thinking is required and the speed of that change is critical.

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The Mobile Social Photo Explosion

The Mobile Social Photo Explosion | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The digital revolution has made an enormous impact on photography, and smartphones and social media have been hugely instrumental in this massive growth. 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily, and overall Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress. Twitter (6.9 million daily active mobile users) and Instagram (7.3 million daily active mobile users) combined account for hours of photo-taking usage each month, and photos make up 42 percent of all posts on Tumblr.

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Specialized training seeks to energize innovation conversations

Specialized training seeks to energize innovation conversations | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The Journal of Psychological Type examined successful and failing business relationships, and reported that 44% of business relationships fail for "soft" personal communications issues, a lack of trust, empathy and understanding. Only 10% of business relationship derailment is actually due to technical ability and problems. There is not a lack of commercial ability – it’s an absence of self-awareness, conversation and smart relationship skills.

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How To Hide Your Email

What They Should Have Done

Remember, when trying to hide things from the FBI, no method is perfect, especially when they're already on your trail. The following tools are not 100% foolproof, but if employed early would have made for a much more convoluted game of cat and mouse, and might even have concealed the amorous activity long enough for the general and his fatal attraction to have escaped unscathed.

1. PGP Encryption: PGP stands for "pretty good privacy," and that's exactly what it is. The service encrypts data, like emails, which would have been another hurdle for the FBI to jump through. If this method would have been used, it would have forced Uncle Sam to deploy Trojan-style spyware onto Broadwell’s computer to uncover the emails. With Google snitching the General out, PGP might not have worked. For regular folks though, this tool is a good start.

2. Hide Your IP: Tools like Tor, an open source method to conceal real IP addresses and Web browsing, would have masked their IP address identification. Another is Hamachi, an app that creates free, encrypted Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) between computers. Just use the VPN every time you log in, and don't log in from your home IP, and you should be safer. Well, unless you're LulzSec that is.

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No One's Better at Wrecking CRM Than the CEO

No One's Better at Wrecking CRM Than the CEO | digitalNow | Scoop.it
There's also an emerging class of CEO that seems to think it's immune to the impact of its own words. This class is best represented by Michael O'Leary, the CEO of European budget airline RyanAir, who says outrageous things on monthly basis.

Part of this seems to be intentional -- it keeps RyanAir in the media, albeit for the wrong reasons. This week, O'Leary told the British newspaper the Telegraph that seat belts in airplanes were useless.

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How To Keep Marketing Emails From Drowning Your Inbox

How To Keep Marketing Emails From Drowning Your Inbox | digitalNow | Scoop.it

The idea is to put users back in charge of their email inboxes. Many people run their days from their inbox - though that's not a very good idea - and an account overloaded with commercial offers can obscure important emails from the boss or reminders that you need to fund your IRA by the deadline.

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This is the End of Business as Usual and the Beginning of a New Era of Relevance

This is the End of Business as Usual and the Beginning of a New Era of Relevance | digitalNow | Scoop.it

Imagine for a moment if you and I were connected to one another in Facebook, which just so happens to be the largest social network in the world. How big? Well, Facebook is the size today of the entire Internet in 2004. There are over 1 billion people friending, Liking, commenting, sharing, and engaging in Facebook…that’s roughly 12% of the world’s population.

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