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Mobile first movement is picking up steam as sizable companies form around mobile, social and don't worry about or pay much attention to traditional Internet marketing. Strange to think of "traditional Internet marketing" but that is how fast things are moving now. Marty
'Non-political' Bitcoin is 'like internet – can't be put away easily'RT“Bitcoin is a fundamental protocol for money over the internet.
US Government Head Up Cyber Ass Johnny LAW came down hard on the virtual currency Bitcoin on Friday. The laughable idea is they think stopping a single bitcoin transfer agent stops the idea. Ideas, especially whose time has come, are more powerful than governments. Governments are temporal and biased seeking to protect the status quo. Yeah GOOD LUCK WITH THAT when my and millions of others "status quo" exists here in our laptops, phones and pads. He government, if we want to create something called Bitcoin and assign value to it YOU CAN"T STOP SUCH A REVOLUTION. We don't need the physical thing anymore. I have months when I don't use cash thanks to my debit card. I have a single dollar on me as I write this and so what. There is an ATM in arm's distance everywhere and my debit card makes what I spend money on DIGITAL. So the government drop kicked a Bitcoin exchange, the idea @DavidAmerland so eloquently stated in What If We Had A Different Value System For Goods and Services is going to happen whether you participate or not. In fact, please DON'T participate since every system you touch becomes a knot. Leave the idea of "VALUE" and "WORTH" to us. We are all adults, sentient beings willing to test and try new things. Can you say the same? Right, not so much as it turns out.
David's Value System Post:
More about this post on G+:https://plus.google.com/u/0/102639884404823294558/posts/PVBp7Px6oS9 WOW, great comment on G+ thread thanks to +Leland LeCuyer who alerted Jorn Bettin. Jorn Bettin's CommentYour comment is spot-on. Bitcoin is used for all the functions you list, just as fiat money.Bitcoin may be seen by some as the currency of the digital revolution, but no single currency or no single monetary system of exchangeable currencies will ever eliminate the problems you point to, namely the multitude of purposes that are mixed into these currencies. The assumed generic exchangeability of money is the seed of the value destroyingproperty of "money", making it unfit as a store for value. And to be clear, there are many things that should not be exchangeable for anything else, and attaching a quantitative metric to them implicitly indicates a desire for exchange, which negates the unique relationship between people and the non-exchangeable item.However, there are many natural resources that are limited or dangerous substances, the consumption or production of which should be limited. Additionally economic communities have a need for fair exchange of commoditieswithin the community, and for economic exchanges within the community local metrics of exchange that are bound to a specific purpose are useful.I have four major problems with traditional economics:1. Simplistic assumptions on the topic ofhuman behaviour, in particular the assumption that humans always act to maximise personal financial self-interest. Luckily some behavioural economists are now discarding this assumption. Economists still have a lot to learn about biology.2. Simplistic assumptions in the definition ofeconomic activity.3. Unrealistic assumptions on thesubstitutability of economic goods and services.4. The concept of growth as a dogma / religion, which is simply incompatible with a finite planet.Coming back to the topic of currencies and economic indicators, here a few hints for things that should register positively on any new economic indicator that aims to be useful:1. Going sailing with a friend rather than renting a yacht 2. Inviting you to stay in my holiday home3. Not owning and driving a car and instead using a bicycle4. Going windsurfing around the corner rather than booking an expensive holiday5. Keeping fit rather than relying on big pharma to fix me up6. Spending weeks developing open source software for an economic transaction platform/utility7. Growing an open source community around working software and telling investors that they can keep their money8. Keeping chickens in the backyard and growing vegetables instead of buying them from the supermarketAs a bonus, most of these decisions lead to a reduction in the amount of energy consumption, and a corresponding reduction in negative economic "externalities". The more decisions are made this way, the less the old economic indicators matter.
Great article advocating bitcoins as a means to undermine the nation state. Certainly the potential is there.
It could very well be that the US senses a threat to their influence on the international monetary system and has therefore taken action against Mt.Gox.
It could also be related to the breached contract with Coinlabs, because the real winner here will be whoever takes over the North American trades.
If this is the crackdown we've been anticipating for the last four years, it's very pathetic. I think if the endgame here is the US verse Bitcoin, it was just a method to get the trades to be processed by a company in the US. If there ever is a standoff between the Feds and Cyber-currency users, servers in the US will be subject to seizure, while those in Japan (theorhetically) should not.
I am very interested to see what happens over the next 6 months or so, becasue US companies have attempted to shut down Pirate Bay servers in Sweden, but alas, the internet is not a physical place and Pirate Bay remains.
If the market decides to embrace bitcoins or any other virtual currency, the following revolution will be especially devestating for those who use their energy trying to protect an antiquated past. Either way, a lot of money is about to change hands here.
American Banker (subscription) The Debate Around Responsive Design in Mobile Banking American Banker (subscription) Responsive web design — a method of designing and developing websites such that they display well on a range of devices — is a...
Wow thought this debate about benefits of responsive design had long since been settled. Not so much as it turns out in banking. Here is an excellent article on why major bankers aren't sold on responsive design (mind you I am not sure I trust anything from a business vertical that hardly sets design award standards LOL).
Creating intuitive navigation for your iPhone app can be a nightmare. The folks behind iPhone app gallery MobileMozaic select 10 examples of apps that get it right.
Cool, creative examples here and great scoop from Nick.
The cocktail app is the one isn't it?...
This SMS marketing infographic, created by SlickText.com, highlights some incredibly interesting statistics on
Wow, great infographic on the power of words on phones.
Great article any Internt marketer must WALK and TALK. Mobile isn't about the phone, but it is about and the mobile first movement does change everything else.
Great post by Chris Brogen that I agree with 100%.
Don't be fooled by low mobile visit numbers in your analytics now. The mobile revolution is HERE and it changes everything from information architecture to website design.
How Brands Can Go Mobile in 2013AdrantsIn fact, based on survey results from the Google Analytics Blog, 87 percent of marketers are planning to increase their mobile efforts in 2013.
Brands know to go where the people are and mobile is where people are now. Good insight into HOW brands are going mobile with some #Stealthis tips here. Brands are often leading indicators. What they do YOUR marketing should be doing. In this case brands aren't on the bleed edge of mobile, but they are there now in a big way.
I am going mobile with a Mobile App
How has mobile communication changed the way we shop in stores? This breaks it down.
Great Infographic on how mobile is changing BRICKS and CLICKS.
Mobile First could make even billion person companies tremble as everything goes back into play. Combining today's consumers "Fickle Loyalty" with highly creative and customer apps could mean the end of life as we, Facebook and Google know it.
Live In Interesting Times Who would have thought it would be possible to take down a company with a billion customers with a slingshot no bigger than a smart phone, but such is the nature of our fickle loyalty.
More to the point, such is the nature of the Mobile First Movement. Think of Mobile First like a wrecking ball capable of razing every seemingly indestructible institution built on the wings of eagles and eliminated almost as quickly (can you say MySpace?). Our phones curate, schedule and organize our lives. We listen to our favorite songs on Spotify, take and share pictures and, unlike any other device, our phones are within ten feet of us at all time or STRESS as we scurry about looking for them (lol). This article is insightful and conservative. Mobile first could unhinge more than the most dominant social network. Search feels different on phones too. Do this mental experiment with me. What if your 5 most important "searches" were encapsulated as apps on your phone? You search dramatically less. Your app may parse and grab feeds, but Google's P&L can't look half as profitable if feeds and robots dominate their index. People searching to convert are where the cash is, but we are destined to look back and think how inefficient such a multi-step process was (is). Once the math knows all and is encapsulated into powerful apps catering to our needs as if they were made for us and us alone. The mobile first movement may unravel Google and search. The mobile first movement has everything to do with DATA and how we use it to arrive at conversion and very little to almost nothing to do with the phone as phone. Scooped an interested related story this morning on how social and video games are colliding into one another: Social Media And Video Games Are Merging Insiders Explainhttp://sco.lt/6Sgw89
Tulsa WorldBits & Bytes: Responsive design makes mobile media a joyTulsa WorldResponsive web design may be the next revolution in the way we access the Internet.
Beware SEO Implications of Responsive Agree with the need to design responsive websites in this day and age, but beware that SEO can be an issue when designing responsive websites (sites that look good no matter what receiving device). Responsive is a HUGE opportunity to think about your content differently to "snipitize" it, tag it and spin it in many different directions and combinations. Do that and your responsive design also gets you read for Web 3.0's much more dynamic framework.
Startup Sherpa’s predictive intelligence offers valuable insights when and where you need them.
Can't decide if this predictive smartphone app is helpful or creepy, but a former Googler is willing to run with the big dog.
It is crucial for businesses of all sizes to establish their mobile presence, but with the mobile landscape transforming so rapidly, it is not always
Great infographic distills features / benefits of mobile web vs. mobile app. I still like apps from a branding perspective, but not all applications call for heavy branding (most do :).
Mobile shopping is close to reaching critical mass with affluent consumers, particularly younger ones. Among wealthy consumers under 45, 49% are shopping on mobile, compared to 22% of older affluents.
An undeniable trend especially where the pad is concerned is more money = more likely to shop mobile.
Well, if you've read the first five articles in this series, you may be asking yourself: How does all of this relate to Mobile Design? The purpose of this
Designing for smaller screens require understanding color theory.
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After hearing the father of "disruption", Harvard author and professor Christensen, say he was concerned for Apple I had to agree. Open systems are crushing closed ones left and right. Closed loop systems can't compete with the vast developer network of open source (in anything). Apple makes cool stuff, but if they don't loosen the grip the will go the way of MySpace.com and the Betamax.
Time for the cheap iPhone.
Despite the fact that almost everyone I know seems to be an Apple fan the market now shows that Android phones are leading the charge.
Flipboard is a personal magazine made up of the things you care about most. Recently, it surpassed 50 million readers and released a new feature that allows users to create their own magazines. Readers can now collect and curate the web pages they like into these magazines on Flipboard.
Since the new edition of Flipboard was announced several weeks ago, an additional 3 million readers have joined (for a total of 53 million currently). Also, more than 500,000 magazines have been created since too, given this great new way to curate content for mobile devices. In fact, there are over 6 billion pages flipped per month! More than 50% of Flipboard 2.0 users are reading magazines every day. 9am is the top time of the day for reading, while 7pm is the peak time for sharing. Some of the most popular magazines by publishers include The Esquire Interviews (by Esquire), Prefab Perfection (by Dwell), Women We Love (by Esquire), and The Beatles (by Rolling Stone). Using Flipboard is a truly an amazing experience and the site could be looking at exponential growth in the years to come as mobile devices completely take over!
Everything is going MOBILE so why wouldn't curation too especially since some of the best curation tools are on mobile (Zite and Flipboard are my favs what are yours?).
The awesome Flipboard app is showcased in this infographic.
Another great way to find curated information.
The Winning Formula: Secrets and Strategies to Publishing Profitable Mobile Games
Great tips that seem more universally applicable than just mobile games.
It's doubtful that many people would disagree with the belief that our behaviours in how, where and when we consume content - the evolved way of saying what we used to describe as reading the paper...
Great Neville Hobson Post On What's Next Great insight here from a BBC study and Hobson's analysis. Here is some of what the study found about news consumption: BBC Study
One area that is constantly on the attention radar is largely to do with the ‘how’ of news consumption. It’s not only about the TV any more: it’s also about computers, tablets and smartphones, separately and used in conjunction with one another.
This is the so-called second-screen experience that is already evolving into three or more screens as multiple-device ownership and usage become more common with greater access to the tools, greater understanding of what you can do with them and greater quantities of content to consume and share opinion about. Screens & Engagement As I write this piece on the interplay between screens NCIS is playing from my DVR. Here are the study's conclusions: * Tablet owners watch more TV news, not less, with 43 percent of tablet users saying they consume more TV than they did five years ago, and most saying they use tablets alongside TV. * Young professionals, the 25-34 year old demographic are the biggest news enthusiasts. * Second screening for news is becoming commonplace, with users often using devices in tandem. 83 percent of tablet users say they have used their tablets while watching television. * TV still dominates overall usage, taking 42 percent of people’s news consumption time compared with laptops (29 percent), smartphones (18 percent) and tablets (10 percent). * News audiences expect to see advertising nearly as much on mobile (79 percent tablet, 84 percent smartphone) as they do on TV (87 percent) and online (84 percent). * People respond to advertising across all the screens, with 1 in 7 users indicating they responded to a mobile ad in the last four weeks whilst responses to TV and desktop are 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 respectively.
TV As Hub At Home Our days move seamless between devices. We may begin on a tablet, work on laptops and desktops during the day, check phones periodically throughout the day and end up on pads as we finish our day with the TV on writing blog posts, tweets or checking emails. The marketing implications are many and significant including: * Product placement to support campaigns may make sense. * Even if you can't afford product placement, TV remains important.
* Messages should be adapted to their medium not the other way.
* News or "news forms" are viable and important marketing tactics.
* Data ads new credibility to Meerman Scott's NewsJacking ideas.
* Real time TV is amplified by "second screen" content curation.
This last bullet is what I'm doing now. It may seem as if my blog post about second screens is unrelated to NCIS or now Body of Proof but their content is what is playing and so earning the reference. In a crisis the TV as HUB really become clear. We use TV's herd of reports to wrangle the story but check social throughout to stay abreast of Real Time and User Generated Content that amplifies the event.
Some interesting insight from a BBC study about the evolving mobile content story.
Mobile survey of QR code performance from Ubleam.
Do Ubleam?Did you know customizing a QR code reduces its ability to be read? I didn't either until reading this survey from UBleam.
Ubleam is a new reader technology capable of better performance from further distance and with smaller codes. Main site: http://www.ubleam.com/
Interesting Infograpphic: http://blog.ubleam.com/infographic-on-2d-barcodes/ (2d Barcode Scanners Facts and Figures)
Windows 8 not only failed to juice up PC sales, it's helped them to dry up. (Photo credit: Filip Skakun) It really wasn't that long ago that a new computer every 3 years was a rite of passage.
@MaxRogo Rocks The HouseWow, what a great, well written, STORY about the rise and fall of the PC business by Mark Rogowsky for Forbes. Mark creates a vivid and apt analogy between the once powerful PC and dinosaurs. Mark's piece even locates the flash of the big bang that led to extinction - Microsoft's release of Windows 7 only weeks before Apple's iPad changed everything for PC manufacturers. It is not JUST that Apple's iPad is selling like hot cakes. It is also that we are mobile and don't care about the latest version of windows. The death of the PC may herald another bigger decline for the concept of operating systems themselves. When everything is an app we don't think of "operating systems" in the same way. Here is a favorite paragraph from Mark's excellent post:But the death of the PC isn’t just about tablets; it’s also about smartphones and the developing world, too. For many people, “computers” are the devices in their pocket, not laptops and desktops. The very things about tablets and smartphones that techies like to criticize (you can only get software from “app stores”; you can’t customize the devices as much as you want) are the very things that make them easier to maintain and use and less prone to viruses and crashes that people tolerated on PCs but certainly never enjoyed.
Kudos to Mark! And prepare for more astroid strikes ahead.
MarketingProfs.com (subscription)How to Use the iPad for Content MarketingMarketingProfs.com (subscription)The iPad is, quite possibly, one of the best way for marketers to enhance their brand image and interact with customers.
iPad Content Creation Tips Great tips here for how to optimize your content for mobile and iPads in particular: Create Customized Content
Create Visual Content
Create Accessible Collateral
Share Your Story
These tips are highly relevant for B2B since their content has to create a relationship and possibly make a sale. New studies are showing just how many customers make up their mind before they ever get on the phone. How do they do that? Your content marketing (or lack of same). Good tips here for creating customer mobile content. Nothing says you GET IT quite as much as a responsive website, well tagged content rolling out in a highly visual format with a little gamification thrown in to promote engagement.
Opportunities for mobile-friendly sites are growing larger every day. As of 2012, mobile traffic alone makes up 10% of all Internet use the world over
Mobile marketing's tipping point is behind us. Mcommerce is happening NOW especially on pads so get on board or miss the next web revolution.
Good motivation for mobile...
You're losing customers when you're website isn't mobile friendly!! Check this great Infographic and get moving!
Mobile Advertisign still a mystery? For me too. Use this excellent infographic to figure it out (some).
Great Mcommerce mobile ads rich media infographic.
The man responsible for Amazon’s mobile shopping strategy talks about app design, shopping habits, and how to make it easier to act on your impulses.
Great tips in here for UI / UX design and the overriding importance of SPEED.
Mobile shopping is still a sliver of overall retail, and of Amazon’s revenue. While the company doesn’t divulge details, analysts think that maybe 8 percent of the company’s $61 billion in annual sales come from phones and tablets. But Hall’s domain is growing as more people use smartphones and tablets. Amazon runs a slew of mobile apps, including the basic Amazon Mobile shopping app. There’s also Flow, which pulls up price information (and a chance to buy on Amazon instead) for any product you aim your smartphone’s camera at.
Infographic on Mobile Gadgets Comparison between Samsung Galaxy S IV and iPhone 5 Specifications and Nexus 4 Specifications buy at best price available in market
Who WINS this comparision is up to you, your money and your needs. What abot you are you iOS or Android?
I was wrong about the Galaxy S 4. Last week, I asserted that brand sentiments had changed enough here -- given Samsung's rising popularity, Apple's image problems and high-profile iPhone-to-Android switchers -- that the South Korean electronics...
Cool and Apple better Look Out!