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Who Has The Winning Innovation Model, Google, Apple, or Samsung? | Forbes

Who Has The Winning Innovation Model, Google, Apple, or Samsung? | Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Samsung has appeared as a major competitor to the formerly impregnable Apple and a thorn in Google's side in two short years. But does it have a better innovation model? ... As Samsung powers away in smartphones and tablets, Google and Apple now have continuous partial attention on wearables (Google Glass and iWatch). Will this be enough to convince the markets, after March 14th, that they have a strategy to combat Samsung? It’s worth comparing the innovation models of each to find out....
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Augmenting Reality in Retail: How Lowe's, Walgreens Make Virtual Change In The Aisle

Augmenting Reality in Retail: How Lowe's, Walgreens Make Virtual Change In The Aisle | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

For Lowe’s, it was a virtual no-brainer.


Many people can envision a new kitchen, but few can actually visualize it – not correctly anyway. That island ends up taking more space than you thought, and the refrigerator door opens right into the entranceway.


So Lowe’s turned to virtual reality. It created the Holoroom, its self-described “digital power tool for kitchen and bath design.”


Launched in November 2015, the Holoroom enables customers to design their dream kitchens or bathrooms on an app, and then, with virtual reality goggles such as Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard, virtually step into the design.


With this technology, Lowe’s is literally extending the experiential phenomenon of virtual reality from a household word to a retail one. It is not alone. While augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) feel a little futuristic for commerce, big-name retailers are testing the technologies in ways that appear surprisingly simple and adaptable. If these efforts continue, consumers will increasingly come to expect them to aid their purchasing....

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Augmented and virtual reality may feel a little futuristic for today’s retail aisles, but big-name brands are testing it in ways that appear surprisingly simple and adaptable. If these efforts continue, consumers will increasingly expect it.

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15 Startups Not Named Magic Leap Raising AR/VR Mega-Rounds

15 Startups Not Named Magic Leap Raising AR/VR Mega-Rounds | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The funding landscape in AR/VR has been defined by large rounds to the exceptionally well-funded Florida-based startup Magic Leap, which has raised nearly $1.4B in venture funding. After raising massive Series B ($542M) and Series C ($780M) rounds, the stealth AR company’s financings tend to distort industry funding trends.

To identify well-capitalized AR/VR startups that aren’t named Magic Leap, we used CB Insights data to see which companies are raising big financing rounds and building war chests to help build out the AR/VR ecosystem, which some theorize could become the next major computing platform.


Topping the list of big AR/VR rounds was Laguna Beach, California-based NextVR, which focuses on virtual reality broadcasts of live events. NextVR recently raised an $80M Series B round.

The next biggest deal went to Palo Alto-based cinematic VR platform Jaunt. The company raised a $65M Series C in September of 2015.

In third was UK-based Blippar, which produces a mobile AR visual search app. Blippar last raised a $54M Series D in March of 2016.

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CB insights always has valuable perspectives on venture capital, startups, disruptors and industries ready to grow. This report looks at 15 startups in the artificial reality/virtual reality space and it's fascinating.

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Companies Fare Worse When the Press Exposes Their Problems Before They Do

Companies Fare Worse When the Press Exposes Their Problems Before They Do | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Take 2010, when BP was confronted with one of the biggest oil spills in history. It appeared that the organization waited to reveal all the facts until they knew that the spill had become unstoppable. Or 2015, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board uncovered widespread cheating by Volkswagen on emissions standards – something Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen America, was alerted to a year earlier but remained silent. Even when the EPA confronted the company with their findings, Volkwagen missed the opportunity to communicate first. And more recently, The Wall Street Journal revealed a culture of secrecy at blood-testing start-up Theranos and questioned the effectiveness of the technology driving their operation, leading to a federal investigation.

In each case, the organization failed to self-disclose a crisis, and as a result, each faced enormous negative publicity that continues to draw critical attention from a broad public. Even Hollywood is interested: movies have been made, or are in the works, about all three scandals. The longstanding impact of a failure to acknowledge a problem cannot be overstated.

How should companies handle a crisis differently? Our research focuses on an alternative approach, one that is referred to as “stealing thunder.” It involves self-disclosing crises and major issues before media gets hold of the story. Earlier studies on stealing thunder have found that self-disclosing organizational crises increases the credibility of organizational spokespersons. When an organization breaks the news about incriminating events, these problems will also appear less severe. In addition, organizations that steal thunder are considered more reliable and consumers are more inclined to continue purchasing their products. Our recent study adds to these findings by examining if self-disclosing an organizational crisis may be as effective as it is because old news is considered no news. When self-disclosing incriminating information, individuals will perceive the subsequent negative publicity as old news, and hence, pay less attention to it....

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Research says proactive disclosure will help a company in a crisis.

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5 Things we’ve learned after a year with LinkedIn Ads

5 Things we’ve learned after a year with LinkedIn Ads | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

HubSpot customers have been running LinkedIn Sponsored Updates through HubSpot for almost a year now. Using these powerful social ads to get more from their content and inbound strategy.


When we first integrated LinkedIn Ads into HubSpot, we weren’t sure what to expect.


But since launch, we’ve had the opportunity to review our customer’s performance and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned.

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What's a good conversion rate for LinkedIn ads and how you should be trying to evaluate success?

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Ralph Lauren Joins Speedo in Dropping Ryan Lochte After Rio Scandal

Ralph Lauren Joins Speedo in Dropping Ryan Lochte After Rio Scandal | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Speedo and Ralph Lauren have ended relationships with U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte, a decision that comes after the swimmer was accused of fabricating his tale of being robbed in Rio de Janeiro.


"Speedo USA today announces the decision to end its sponsorship of Ryan Lochte," the brand announced in a statement. "As part of this decision, Speedo USA will donate a $50,000 portion of Lochte's fee to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA's parent company, for children in Brazil."


As for Ralph Lauren, the company said its endorsement agreement with Lochte "was specifically in support of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the company will not be renewing his contract." ...

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Speedo makes a classy move to drop sponsorship of Ryan Lochte and donate to a Brazilian children's charity. Ralph Lauren cut him loose as well. Why Airweave mattresses haven't done the same is hard to understand.

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"Purpose-driven" advertising | Tom Fishburne

"Purpose-driven" advertising | Tom Fishburne | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There has been an explosion in purpose-driven brand communication the last few years.


As Matthew Gardner at Droga5 put it, “Because of the challenge for people’s attention, purpose is the only thing that will get brands to break through. This is not a trend but more of an imperative and should be top of mind for every company.


”When every brand team jumps on the purpose bandwagon, however, the resulting communication can feel pretty shallow. There’s a risk of brands completely overstating why they exist. Particularly when their actual motivation is to capture consumer attention, brand purpose can come across as “ad-deep.” It starts to feel like just one more tick-box on a creative brief....

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Tom Fishburne takes a fun look at "Purpose-driven" advertising and other flavors of the day.

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Graphiq | Knowledge Delivered.

Graphiq | Knowledge Delivered. | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

What is a Graphiq Visualization?Pre-Designed: 10 billion visualizations at your fingertips


Authoritative: built upon the world's deepest knowledge graph


Live-updating: as the data changes, so will the visualization


Embeddable: simple integration with leading content management systems


Responsive: on any device and browser


There are more than 10 billion visualizations in our library, from President Obama's approval rating to Apple's stock performance over time, and thousands get added every day.


Graphiq Visualizations enrich editorial content, augment third-party applications, and power our own leading research sites.


To find the right visualization, enter a term on Graphiq Search to see all matching results. When you've found the right visualization, copy and paste the embed code onto the page where you'd like it to appear. It's that simple....

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Access more than 10 billion authoritative, live-updating, and embeddable Graphiq Visualizations. Free.

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Facebook, Instagram Are Influencers' Favorite Social Platforms - eMarketer

Facebook, Instagram Are Influencers' Favorite Social Platforms - eMarketer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Influencers use different social media platforms to help promote and get the word out about the brands they are working with. Nearly a third of US influencers who currently work with brands cite Facebook as being the best platform for influencer marketing, followed closely by Instagram, per July 2016 research from SheSpeaks, a female-focused engagement network, which polled 347 US influencers who have an active blog, and are active on social media.

It’s not surprising that Facebook and Instagram were considered to be among the best social media platforms for influencer marketing, especially given that most influencers use photo and video content when marketing on behalf of brands. What is surprising is that only 10% of influencers cited Pinterest, a content sharing service that’s all about images and videos. In fact, more respondents considered Twitter to be the best social media platform, and they can only use up to 140 characters within that platform to promote a brand. What’s more, Pinterest even has more users than Twitter in the US as of this year....

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What social media does your influencer use?