The 2012 Influential Business Book Shortlist

The books on your shelf say something about you. That’s why most of us have books that we put on our shelves over the past year which we haven’t quite had a chance to read yet – but still display as a declaration of what we believe. As an author, I usually make it fully

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An Ingenious New Nonprofit Proves That Maybe You CAN Buy For ...

It’s the holiday season and we’re in that delightfully slow week between Christmas Day and New Years where many of us have a chance to step out of the craziness of daily life, forget about work and just take a lazy little break. For many people in the world, however, this week won’t offer much

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5 Smart Ways For Using Video To Sell Products

About a year ago, I hacked my wallet. Actually, I bought a new wallet, and as an added feature it included a pocket with a removable smaller wallet. The smaller wallet was described as a “weekend wallet” where you could just grab the cards you most often used and carry those instead of the full

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2013 Trend – Hyper-Local Commerce

What’s the Trend? New services and technology makes it easier for anyone to invest in local businesses and buy from local merchants. The consumer desire to “shop local” will have plenty of help in the coming year from a suite of online tools, innovations and personalization technology that help anyone in any location around the

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2013 Trends – Friend-Sourced Travel

What’s the Trend? New and old friends change the travel experience by curating where to go, and offering more local authentic experiences. Your friends are the new travel agent and tour guides, as a host of new services online and offline enable any traveler to get recommendations for unique experiences from friends. Beyond recommendations, this

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2013 Trend – Degree-Free Learning

What’s the Trend? Quality of E-learning content explodes as more students consider alternatives to traditional college educations. The eLearning trend moves beyond just hobbies to finally present a tempting alternative to a traditional college education – leading to much higher quality educational content online as more thought leaders in every industry (including leading University Professors

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2013 Trend – Social Visualization

What’s the Trend? Visualization goes beyond data to let people visualize their own social profiles, and conversations online. For more than a year, data visualization has been a big trend in the social media space (it was among my top 15 trends for my 2011 Trend Report!) Now this love affair with visualization is extending

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2013 Trend – MeFunding

What’s the Trend? Crowdfunding evolves beyond films or budding entrepreneurs to give anyone the opportunity to seek “me-funding” to do anything from taking a life changing trip to funding a college education. One of the biggest growth areas online last year was crowdfunding – and many “projects” involved helping people to start businesses, or create

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How To Spot A Trend: 7 Social Media Trends That Matter In 20 ...

There has been a single pink folder on my desk since January 15th of this year. That day matters to me for two reasons – first because its my birthday, and second because it’s the day when I start an empty folder with the intention of collecting ideas for my year end trend report. Then

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How To Miss A Huge Social Media Opportunity

As a creative marketing guy, I love a good idea. In fact, I’ve spent many hours sitting in conference rooms brainstorming with teammates to come up with them. So when I first saw Verizon Wireless’ big new campaign called Share America – I was instantly engaged. It is a great concept involving an up and

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