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2015-08-14 16:07:30 (124 comments, 142 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Trust Levels of News Sources by Ideological Group. Fascinating!

Help me ensure I understood this right.  Consistently Liberal and Mostly Liberal people tend to trust a lot more variety of sources across the entire spectrum. 28 and 24 respectively. 

Consistently Conservative and Mostly Conservative people tend to trust a lot fewer sources of news. 8 (omg!) and 12 respectively.  The lack of diversity of information sources might explain the existence of more (but not all) closed minds in such groups and more dug into their own points of view.

Is this an unreasonable understanding of this data set?

Additionally, the sources Consistently and Mostly Conservative people do trust, are less trusted by the other three groups of people! Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.

This explains why America is becoming more andmo... more »

Most reshares: 142

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2015-08-14 16:07:30 (124 comments, 142 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Trust Levels of News Sources by Ideological Group. Fascinating!

Help me ensure I understood this right.  Consistently Liberal and Mostly Liberal people tend to trust a lot more variety of sources across the entire spectrum. 28 and 24 respectively. 

Consistently Conservative and Mostly Conservative people tend to trust a lot fewer sources of news. 8 (omg!) and 12 respectively.  The lack of diversity of information sources might explain the existence of more (but not all) closed minds in such groups and more dug into their own points of view.

Is this an unreasonable understanding of this data set?

Additionally, the sources Consistently and Mostly Conservative people do trust, are less trusted by the other three groups of people! Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.

This explains why America is becoming more andmo... more »

Most plusones: 154

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2015-07-18 23:55:22 (3 comments, 60 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 


A Brief History of Flash...


#haha #dieflashdie #sadlyitismostlywhatpeopledowithit

Comic Source: http://goo.gl/T8POEZ

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2015-08-28 19:51:06 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Can someone please confirm that I'm saying something insightful in this quote? :)

Here's something of value, an interview with Semana Economica on some of the tough digital challenges and why digital delivers transformative impact for any business: http://goo.gl/XUEnvU

Quote image: https://goo.gl/pPsYYf  Amazing conference: www.dts.la

Can someone please confirm that I'm saying something insightful in this quote? :)

Here's something of value, an interview with Semana Economica on some of the tough digital challenges and why digital delivers transformative impact for any business: http://goo.gl/XUEnvU

Quote image: https://goo.gl/pPsYYf  Amazing conference: www.dts.la___

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2015-08-28 00:10:01 (12 comments, 15 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Geography of Hate: Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the USA.

While the US population is heavier on the right side of the map, it is still surprising to see the density of hatred - as expressed in tweets.

The map is interactive, and that is where the interesting bits of data are. For homo phobia... Two of the darkest area of red: Iowa City, Green Bay. That seems a bit surprising.

On the west coast, county near Reno and Portland are darker (though Portland a lot more, and that is surprising).

You can also switch the category. For racist content, Indianapolis, Iowa City (again) and the area around Minneapolis stand out. 

The data is biased in that it is just tweets and people on twitter are not a uniform reflection of the populations in that area. It is interesting to look at this data and reflect.

You can play with it here: http://goo.gl/vjouN

Geography of Hate: Geotagged Hateful Tweets in the USA.

While the US population is heavier on the right side of the map, it is still surprising to see the density of hatred - as expressed in tweets.

The map is interactive, and that is where the interesting bits of data are. For homo phobia... Two of the darkest area of red: Iowa City, Green Bay. That seems a bit surprising.

On the west coast, county near Reno and Portland are darker (though Portland a lot more, and that is surprising).

You can also switch the category. For racist content, Indianapolis, Iowa City (again) and the area around Minneapolis stand out. 

The data is biased in that it is just tweets and people on twitter are not a uniform reflection of the populations in that area. It is interesting to look at this data and reflect.

You can play with it here: http://goo.gl/vjouN___

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2015-08-26 15:42:37 (9 comments, 25 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

With all the stock market stuff going on, now is a good time to look at this delightful visualization of the size of the world economies. The data is segmented by Services (dark), Industry (light), Agriculture (lightest). 

You can quickly see world powers, and rest of the world (8%!).

It is not surprising that the US is mostly Services, it is a bit surprising (to me) that China is that big in that same bucket. 

Think of the influence that some tiny countries hold: Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium etc. 

How extraordinary is it that India is not that much bigger than Spain (!!)? Or, for that matter, contrasting Russia and the UK or even France!

One macro observation from this Voronoi diagram is that humanity used to pay for stuff - food, things -, and now we pay for "services." I'm sure there are implications of that, what do youthin... more »

With all the stock market stuff going on, now is a good time to look at this delightful visualization of the size of the world economies. The data is segmented by Services (dark), Industry (light), Agriculture (lightest). 

You can quickly see world powers, and rest of the world (8%!).

It is not surprising that the US is mostly Services, it is a bit surprising (to me) that China is that big in that same bucket. 

Think of the influence that some tiny countries hold: Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium etc. 

How extraordinary is it that India is not that much bigger than Spain (!!)? Or, for that matter, contrasting Russia and the UK or even France!

One macro observation from this Voronoi diagram is that humanity used to pay for stuff - food, things -, and now we pay for "services." I'm sure there are implications of that, what do you think they are? 

As an example, I worry that a lot of money being made on Wall Street is money being produced out of thin air (from the mere act of trading or access to faster information - high-frequency trading). No value is being added to humanity, but a few are making lots out of thin air (rather than, I suppose, planting rice :)).

Image source: http://goo.gl/DGGKoh___

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2015-08-23 21:18:01 (9 comments, 74 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-22 20:28:03 (11 comments, 18 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

A Typical American Life, Week by Week! 

Seven broad categories on the left, milestones on the right. Each row is one year of life.  Men will live to about 76, women to 81. 

While the years in green and yellow are so small, and seem in consequential, they hold an extraordinary importance for the rest of our lives!

What was interesting was that the typical american stays on one job for around 4.4 years, that seems small. Men get married at 29, women at 26.6. Tick, tock, tick, tock. :)  For men, divorce is most likely to occur after seven years of marriage when they are 35. Now you know what to watch out for!

The most surprising part, I'm sure you see that clearly below, is that retirement is 30% of their life. Way, way longer than I would have expected (and I don't expect to ever retire!!). 

Lots more interesting stuff.Here... more »

A Typical American Life, Week by Week! 

Seven broad categories on the left, milestones on the right. Each row is one year of life.  Men will live to about 76, women to 81. 

While the years in green and yellow are so small, and seem in consequential, they hold an extraordinary importance for the rest of our lives!

What was interesting was that the typical american stays on one job for around 4.4 years, that seems small. Men get married at 29, women at 26.6. Tick, tock, tick, tock. :)  For men, divorce is most likely to occur after seven years of marriage when they are 35. Now you know what to watch out for!

The most surprising part, I'm sure you see that clearly below, is that retirement is 30% of their life. Way, way longer than I would have expected (and I don't expect to ever retire!!). 

Lots more interesting stuff. Here: http://goo.gl/ODVf6h___

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2015-08-20 16:50:56 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Everyone in this entire world has a stake in reducing unintended pregnancies (regardless of your age or desire). Can you help me?

More than half of the pregnancies in the US are unintended. That seems much larger than I might have expected, even though this data includes couples of all age groups.

As an immigrant to this country, I don't understand why there seems to be a "darkness" (more unintended) below an almost perfect curve in the bottom of the US, and a "lightness". What is it about the top and bottom of the US that might cause this?

The line graph is deeply heartbreaking. Most policy and advocacy on this topic is created by a class of people who are in the lowest line, while the impact of their policy decisions are on people in the top two lines - those who often don't have a voice in the process. The highest incidence of unintended... more »

Everyone in this entire world has a stake in reducing unintended pregnancies (regardless of your age or desire). Can you help me?

More than half of the pregnancies in the US are unintended. That seems much larger than I might have expected, even though this data includes couples of all age groups.

As an immigrant to this country, I don't understand why there seems to be a "darkness" (more unintended) below an almost perfect curve in the bottom of the US, and a "lightness". What is it about the top and bottom of the US that might cause this?

The line graph is deeply heartbreaking. Most policy and advocacy on this topic is created by a class of people who are in the lowest line, while the impact of their policy decisions are on people in the top two lines - those who often don't have a voice in the process. The highest incidence of unintended pregnancies is amongst our peers who are 100% of 200% below the poverty line.

I apologize for expressing a tiny bit of anger, but it upsets me greatly that there are folks who are so freaking irresponsible as to conduct a "war on contraception"! In schools. In colleges. In our communities. Frankly, the stupidity more than upsets me. Sorry. Look at the two data. Contraception works, it reduces unintended pregnancies, it reduces the acts then undertaken to deal with these scenarios. We should all not want that. 

More data, deeper analysis, here: https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/FB-Unintended-Pregnancy-US.html___

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2015-08-19 22:23:06 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

A New Yorker cartoon that I can totally get behind!!

#gogiants   #gosanfrancisco  

A New Yorker cartoon that I can totally get behind!!

#gogiants   #gosanfrancisco  ___

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2015-08-17 16:51:53 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

It is very, very, very, important to point out this is not about religion. Not even two percent. You will see this yourself, if you partake in this analysis. This is all about a few corrupt individuals who are perverting religion (many different religions), for their own selfish purposes.

John Oliver delivers yet again in his analysis of the, not unique to the US, phenomenon of Televangelists. You have to watch is, purely as a good person who cares about this country and your fellow citizens.

Here are questions that will cross your mind: 

1. How is it possible that people running these things sleep at night? I mean, if they read the books that are the basis of their scams, how can they rationalize what they are doing? (And, I don't mean private jets. Not even taking money from the cancer-stricken citizen. I mean taking a few dollars off people who have none.)
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It is very, very, very, important to point out this is not about religion. Not even two percent. You will see this yourself, if you partake in this analysis. This is all about a few corrupt individuals who are perverting religion (many different religions), for their own selfish purposes.

John Oliver delivers yet again in his analysis of the, not unique to the US, phenomenon of Televangelists. You have to watch is, purely as a good person who cares about this country and your fellow citizens.

Here are questions that will cross your mind: 

1. How is it possible that people running these things sleep at night? I mean, if they read the books that are the basis of their scams, how can they rationalize what they are doing? (And, I don't mean private jets. Not even taking money from the cancer-stricken citizen. I mean taking a few dollars off people who have none.)

2. How scared are we in this country about religion that we can't even have a decent test for a legit Church, Mosque, Temple to benefit from tax-exemption, and these scams to not? Including http://www.ourladyofperpetualexemption.com .

3. I'm sure you'll have others.

Have an open mind, and I assure you, 10000000 million percent, this video is not about religion.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y1xJAVZxXg___

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2015-08-16 18:08:16 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

How crazy is this world?

Donald Trump is the one make sense!

There are 18-20 others, and Trump, freaking Trump, is the sane one on this important foreign policy matter. 

How crazy is this world?

Donald Trump is the one make sense!

There are 18-20 others, and Trump, freaking Trump, is the sane one on this important foreign policy matter. ___

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2015-08-15 22:56:36 (10 comments, 33 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Turns out if you try to take Facebook to real life, real life becomes like Facebook!

#haha

Turns out if you try to take Facebook to real life, real life becomes like Facebook!

#haha___

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2015-08-14 16:07:30 (124 comments, 142 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Trust Levels of News Sources by Ideological Group. Fascinating!

Help me ensure I understood this right.  Consistently Liberal and Mostly Liberal people tend to trust a lot more variety of sources across the entire spectrum. 28 and 24 respectively. 

Consistently Conservative and Mostly Conservative people tend to trust a lot fewer sources of news. 8 (omg!) and 12 respectively.  The lack of diversity of information sources might explain the existence of more (but not all) closed minds in such groups and more dug into their own points of view.

Is this an unreasonable understanding of this data set?

Additionally, the sources Consistently and Mostly Conservative people do trust, are less trusted by the other three groups of people! Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.

This explains why America is becoming more andmo... more »

Trust Levels of News Sources by Ideological Group. Fascinating!

Help me ensure I understood this right.  Consistently Liberal and Mostly Liberal people tend to trust a lot more variety of sources across the entire spectrum. 28 and 24 respectively. 

Consistently Conservative and Mostly Conservative people tend to trust a lot fewer sources of news. 8 (omg!) and 12 respectively.  The lack of diversity of information sources might explain the existence of more (but not all) closed minds in such groups and more dug into their own points of view.

Is this an unreasonable understanding of this data set?

Additionally, the sources Consistently and Mostly Conservative people do trust, are less trusted by the other three groups of people! Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge Report, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh.

This explains why America is becoming more and more polarized.

Is this a reasonable understanding of this data set?

One bizarre data point: Everyone distrusts BuzzFeed more than they trust it!!  And yet, as we know from competitive intelligence analysis, everyone is still reading BuzzFeed. :)

Data source: http://goo.gl/6eo9k5___

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2015-08-11 17:06:10 (2 comments, 39 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

My latest post shares five incredible custom reports you can download directly into your GA account! http://goo.gl/6oEqj5 

I love Custom Reports feature in Digital Analytics tools. They allow us to do less data puking, to be more focused in what we look at, and to ensure that we can get to insights faster. 

I cover a clever technical solution to your worry if people are scraping your content, a sweet Social Media analysis one, something to force you to obsess about business outcomes - ecommerce and non! -, a plea from me to worry about cost and finally a sweet map data viz (below) that you can draw out for your management meetings.

Analytical horsepower is a premium in every company, why use that finite resource to just hunt and gather? Why not shift to analysis and spend more time in finding insights?

Here's the post:  Speed, Focus, Smart Insights: 5Go... more »

My latest post shares five incredible custom reports you can download directly into your GA account! http://goo.gl/6oEqj5 

I love Custom Reports feature in Digital Analytics tools. They allow us to do less data puking, to be more focused in what we look at, and to ensure that we can get to insights faster. 

I cover a clever technical solution to your worry if people are scraping your content, a sweet Social Media analysis one, something to force you to obsess about business outcomes - ecommerce and non! -, a plea from me to worry about cost and finally a sweet map data viz (below) that you can draw out for your management meetings.

Analytical horsepower is a premium in every company, why use that finite resource to just hunt and gather? Why not shift to analysis and spend more time in finding insights?

Here's the post:  Speed, Focus, Smart Insights: 5 Google Analytics Custom Reports FTW! http://goo.gl/6oEqj5 ___

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2015-08-09 16:39:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

One of my passions is macro photography, even if my Sony A6000 can only get so close to the target.

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to Europe.

I hope nature brings you some smiles, and admiration! :)

One of my passions is macro photography, even if my Sony A6000 can only get so close to the target.

Here are some pictures from our recent trip to Europe.

I hope nature brings you some smiles, and admiration! :)___

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2015-08-06 18:12:22 (15 comments, 23 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Saw this somewhere the other day. There was a funny line about what the person at the top sees when they look down and what the person at the bottom sees when they look up. : )

While this simplifies reality way too much, it is very, very hard for large companies to escape for this being the end result.

What's sad are things that are not obvious. 

For example, one result is that it is nearly impossible to drive innovative thinking. 

Another, is that it is so, so, so, freaking hard to get people think beyond optimizing beyond their immediate silo (and solve for the company as a whole). 

Yet another is, that while you would think that in a large company the size opens more doors to different jobs and roles for individuals, exactly the opposite happens because an individual can only see the step above theirs and only solves to get to that next level(c... more »

Saw this somewhere the other day. There was a funny line about what the person at the top sees when they look down and what the person at the bottom sees when they look up. : )

While this simplifies reality way too much, it is very, very hard for large companies to escape for this being the end result.

What's sad are things that are not obvious. 

For example, one result is that it is nearly impossible to drive innovative thinking. 

Another, is that it is so, so, so, freaking hard to get people think beyond optimizing beyond their immediate silo (and solve for the company as a whole). 

Yet another is, that while you would think that in a large company the size opens more doors to different jobs and roles for individuals, exactly the opposite happens because an individual can only see the step above theirs and only solves to get to that next level (closing off educational opportunities, taking risks etc.).

Perhaps the worst is the incentives to "manage up." The associated politics, the massaging of reality, the claiming of more than is fact, etc. Certain personality types who can do this well get over-rewarded than might be deserved. Those that don't, get penalized. This is the most distressing bit.

It is hardest to see the above in large companies, especially when they are currently immensely successful because they were first at thing x or kicked off revolution y or were just at the right place at the right time. Because the belief is that they are invincible.

To end on a positive note... The people that see through this actually will do very well (even if it is hard to see through the white layers of stuff accumulating on a person!). Large companies that see through this and create some pieces/departments/projects that cannot be this reality, will also do well because there will be a piece/department/project that is not functioning as normal and the lessons, if open minds exist in the most Sr. Management, can keep things honest.

Do you see all this in the image? Or, is it just me? :)

#management #layers #doingtherightthing #higherorderbit___

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2015-08-05 18:06:16 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

What does being a highly sensitive person mean?

For one set of pies, please see below. Interesting, right? So misunderstood.

A few more pies and charts on this topic here: http://goo.gl/MI6QeL  via +Ricardo Blanco 

What does being a highly sensitive person mean?

For one set of pies, please see below. Interesting, right? So misunderstood.

A few more pies and charts on this topic here: http://goo.gl/MI6QeL  via +Ricardo Blanco ___

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2015-08-03 16:20:16 (13 comments, 28 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

I've tried more ways than you can imagine to end my keynotes. It is always good to try, fail, learn, optimize.

I've always hated the first one (when I've been in the audience, hence I've never done it). I'll say something like... "and now it's your turn to critique what I've said, challenge me, or give me a great example!"

Another one, not below, that is quite depressing is to ask people to raise their hands. As in... "raise your hands if you've had a kale burger in the last 24 hours". No one likes raising hands! Stop it already.

You would be surprised how often the Lululemon bag one works: https://instagram.com/p/zif-Mku1yV/

I've never tried the last two (confetti, cloud of smoke). If you have, would you please share if it is really as awesome as implied?

#storytelling  #changingminds... more »

I've tried more ways than you can imagine to end my keynotes. It is always good to try, fail, learn, optimize.

I've always hated the first one (when I've been in the audience, hence I've never done it). I'll say something like... "and now it's your turn to critique what I've said, challenge me, or give me a great example!"

Another one, not below, that is quite depressing is to ask people to raise their hands. As in... "raise your hands if you've had a kale burger in the last 24 hours". No one likes raising hands! Stop it already.

You would be surprised how often the Lululemon bag one works: https://instagram.com/p/zif-Mku1yV/

I've never tried the last two (confetti, cloud of smoke). If you have, would you please share if it is really as awesome as implied?

#storytelling  #changingminds  #influence___

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2015-08-01 17:54:13 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

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Since it's the weekend, a PSA for you....

#foodforthought   #memories   #carpediem  

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Since it's the weekend, a PSA for you....

#foodforthought   #memories   #carpediem  ___

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2015-07-31 04:04:53 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

The media constantly portrays rivalries, feuds and other such negativity. The reality is usually quite different. 

See below, as an example. The Google Chrome team drove over to the Microsoft Edge team to deliver a cake to congratulate them on the launch of their browser. How lovely is that!

I know from past reading that the Microsoft team used to deliver the Mozilla team a cake as well on their launches (less frequently after Mozilla started launching all the time! :)). 

Yes, we do want to all make our products better than the next person. But, we are all humans, and we all love each other and it is great to celebrate each other's success.

Go Microsoft! Go Edge!!

The media constantly portrays rivalries, feuds and other such negativity. The reality is usually quite different. 

See below, as an example. The Google Chrome team drove over to the Microsoft Edge team to deliver a cake to congratulate them on the launch of their browser. How lovely is that!

I know from past reading that the Microsoft team used to deliver the Mozilla team a cake as well on their launches (less frequently after Mozilla started launching all the time! :)). 

Yes, we do want to all make our products better than the next person. But, we are all humans, and we all love each other and it is great to celebrate each other's success.

Go Microsoft! Go Edge!!___

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2015-07-30 03:22:17 (1 comments, 15 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

I agree with +Jesse Nichols, a really great visualization and an excellent explanation of machine learning.

Oh, and watch out. Your robot overlords are on their way! ; )

wow, what a crystal clear explanation of machine learning and how it works. +Avinash Kaushik & +Daniel Waisberg , a stunning example of well-deployed visualizations.___I agree with +Jesse Nichols, a really great visualization and an excellent explanation of machine learning.

Oh, and watch out. Your robot overlords are on their way! ; )

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2015-07-27 17:34:13 (4 comments, 19 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

This is specifically for all my Analyst peers.

I have to admit it took me a second, and then I burst out laughing! It is pretty funny. And, a real issue.

Hope you love it.

This is specifically for all my Analyst peers.

I have to admit it took me a second, and then I burst out laughing! It is pretty funny. And, a real issue.

Hope you love it.___

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2015-07-23 15:59:14 (9 comments, 30 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

It is all a matter of context, isn't it?

Except for the most close-minded, most of us realize how imperfect we are. It is part of being human.

But, in the hyper-competitive environment that we live in, we tend to overdo it. We are always comparing, we are always contrasting, we are always setting impossible standards to hit, we can only focus on negative feedback. We all suffer from the Impostor Syndrome (https://goo.gl/snYusY).

I'm not sure that there is a right amount of doubt to have, or the right amount of obsession with negative feedback (while ignoring the positive). But, there is such a thing as too much. I hope you'll keep that in mind (that is also a reminder for myself! :)).

Back to the cartoon... How amazing is the cavewoman! Love the horse. 

It is all a matter of context, isn't it?

Except for the most close-minded, most of us realize how imperfect we are. It is part of being human.

But, in the hyper-competitive environment that we live in, we tend to overdo it. We are always comparing, we are always contrasting, we are always setting impossible standards to hit, we can only focus on negative feedback. We all suffer from the Impostor Syndrome (https://goo.gl/snYusY).

I'm not sure that there is a right amount of doubt to have, or the right amount of obsession with negative feedback (while ignoring the positive). But, there is such a thing as too much. I hope you'll keep that in mind (that is also a reminder for myself! :)).

Back to the cartoon... How amazing is the cavewoman! Love the horse. ___

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2015-07-18 23:55:22 (3 comments, 60 reshares, 154 +1s)Open 


A Brief History of Flash...


#haha #dieflashdie #sadlyitismostlywhatpeopledowithit

Comic Source: http://goo.gl/T8POEZ


A Brief History of Flash...


#haha #dieflashdie #sadlyitismostlywhatpeopledowithit

Comic Source: http://goo.gl/T8POEZ___

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2015-07-14 16:47:08 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

A quick lesson on the value of segmenting data. Where can we find more single women than single men in US Cities? East coast more single women, west coast more single men! Let's all swap places, people of different sexes!

Not so fast. Remember what your favorite Analytics Evangelist said years ago: "All data in aggregate is crap!"

When you look at all singles, including grandparents, yes, you see the first map. Red on the right, blue on the left.

But, as you start to segment the ages, you start to see that for the young 'uns, 18-14, almost every city in the US has more single men (graph two). Unless you are a single man in some cities in the South, Duruham NC, Savannah GA, Jackson MS have more single women.

It turns out that the, so to speak, tide turns in the 50s. The balance shifts to extra single women. 

This data also implies that... more »

A quick lesson on the value of segmenting data. Where can we find more single women than single men in US Cities? East coast more single women, west coast more single men! Let's all swap places, people of different sexes!

Not so fast. Remember what your favorite Analytics Evangelist said years ago: "All data in aggregate is crap!"

When you look at all singles, including grandparents, yes, you see the first map. Red on the right, blue on the left.

But, as you start to segment the ages, you start to see that for the young 'uns, 18-14, almost every city in the US has more single men (graph two). Unless you are a single man in some cities in the South, Duruham NC, Savannah GA, Jackson MS have more single women.

It turns out that the, so to speak, tide turns in the 50s. The balance shifts to extra single women. 

This data also implies that if you are a young man and you are not getting a date with a young woman, you should just wait. It takes a while, but your chances do increase. 

The data is from 2012, still fun to play with. You can do so here: http://goo.gl/DbKq9d Also, please see lots of great analysis there by the author Jonathan Soma.___

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2015-07-12 19:06:47 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

I grew up on Unix. First in Saudi Arabia, where I used the very early version of the email (web was still a ways away). Then after MBA school when I worked at SGI (strictly speaking Irix). I miss those simple days at times.

On that note... One of my favorite Dilbert strips.... 

#nostalgia  #unix   #simplicity #haha

I grew up on Unix. First in Saudi Arabia, where I used the very early version of the email (web was still a ways away). Then after MBA school when I worked at SGI (strictly speaking Irix). I miss those simple days at times.

On that note... One of my favorite Dilbert strips.... 

#nostalgia  #unix   #simplicity #haha___

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2015-07-10 15:38:22 (9 comments, 12 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

Has Uber Forced Taxi Drivers to Step Up Their Game? YES!

Sure the taxi industry is kicking and screaming and plotting and pouting - some of it legitimate. But, there is no doubt that the industry and drivers are being forced to react and at least some of it is quite positive. 

For example, data from a billion cab rides in NY and Chicago show a steady decline in complaints after Uber came to town.  Detailed analysis: http://goo.gl/Gjkf2o

The article points out one important variable that is a bit of an unknown in this data. It is possible that people who are more likely to complain (or are most unhappy), would switch to Uber first. Perhaps that explains this downward trend.

My hope is that that is not what explains this, and that cab drivers are actually being less rude, driving cleaner cars, not talking on the phone or refusing pickups or overcharging or drivingr... more »

Has Uber Forced Taxi Drivers to Step Up Their Game? YES!

Sure the taxi industry is kicking and screaming and plotting and pouting - some of it legitimate. But, there is no doubt that the industry and drivers are being forced to react and at least some of it is quite positive. 

For example, data from a billion cab rides in NY and Chicago show a steady decline in complaints after Uber came to town.  Detailed analysis: http://goo.gl/Gjkf2o

The article points out one important variable that is a bit of an unknown in this data. It is possible that people who are more likely to complain (or are most unhappy), would switch to Uber first. Perhaps that explains this downward trend.

My hope is that that is not what explains this, and that cab drivers are actually being less rude, driving cleaner cars, not talking on the phone or refusing pickups or overcharging or driving recklessly.  If you want to see that data, also please see the same article: http://goo.gl/Gjkf2o

PS: I believe that we have barely scratched the surface of the disruption that will be caused in the taxi industry, or other such deeply regulated/entrenched/protected industries. There is going to be a lot more pain in a lot more industries. Sub-optimal in the short-term for the participants - say if I'm in one of them -, but really fabulous for humans over the long-term.___

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2015-07-09 16:15:02 (8 comments, 61 reshares, 100 +1s)Open 

The point of view that our phones are making us anti-social (or dumber!) is quite persistent. There are even some pretty incisive quotes (see my post from yesterday). 

But. As the below composite reminds us... Humans have always been humans. Technology has brought information faster to us, allowed us more distractions. But, we might not be behaving quite as differently as many believe.

The point of view that our phones are making us anti-social (or dumber!) is quite persistent. There are even some pretty incisive quotes (see my post from yesterday). 

But. As the below composite reminds us... Humans have always been humans. Technology has brought information faster to us, allowed us more distractions. But, we might not be behaving quite as differently as many believe.___

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2015-07-08 15:55:30 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

[From my instagram feed, too good not to share here! You can follow my daily pictorial journey here: http://goo.gl/PFVewb]

You remember "life is what happens when you are making other plans."  I think our generation's reality is better captured by this button.

A little bit sad. But, so true! #lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness

[From my instagram feed, too good not to share here! You can follow my daily pictorial journey here: http://goo.gl/PFVewb]

You remember "life is what happens when you are making other plans."  I think our generation's reality is better captured by this button.

A little bit sad. But, so true! #lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness___

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2015-07-08 15:39:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

An awesome cartoon, shared by the wonderful +Thomas Baekdal!

#datadrivenornot  

Heh... :)
This remind me of a post +Avinash Kaushik published a while back about marketing/analytics myths, see here: http://goo.gl/DAEXco

"Data is important. I believe it can help drive your business strategy smartly. But, a data-first strategy, defined as above, is nuts. It will only slow down your progress and allow your competitors to crush you like a bug (even if you are a top player in your market today!)."

"You should reject data-first."

"You should accept data-with strategies."___An awesome cartoon, shared by the wonderful +Thomas Baekdal!

#datadrivenornot  

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2015-07-06 15:50:36 (1 comments, 19 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

It is always challenging, but such fun, to take on an entire ecosystem's way of thinking and saying: "I think I have a better way to think about this."  But, someone's got to do it!

My new post shares three deeper insights related to my wonderfully profitable See-Think-Do-Care business framework.

You can read it here: http://goo.gl/CyGKfJ

The three exciting, and really pretty sexy insights, are: 1. The idea of audience relationship platforms that accommodate for and react to intent. 2. The massively critical idea of Content AND Marketing AND Measurement. 3. This is a bonus, you are going to love it, check it out in the post.

With See-Think-Do-Care my audacious hope is to do nothing short of upend how marketing possibilities are thought about today (especially with See and Care). I would love to have you in my posse. Here's the post:... more »

It is always challenging, but such fun, to take on an entire ecosystem's way of thinking and saying: "I think I have a better way to think about this."  But, someone's got to do it!

My new post shares three deeper insights related to my wonderfully profitable See-Think-Do-Care business framework.

You can read it here: http://goo.gl/CyGKfJ

The three exciting, and really pretty sexy insights, are: 1. The idea of audience relationship platforms that accommodate for and react to intent. 2. The massively critical idea of Content AND Marketing AND Measurement. 3. This is a bonus, you are going to love it, check it out in the post.

With See-Think-Do-Care my audacious hope is to do nothing short of upend how marketing possibilities are thought about today (especially with See and Care). I would love to have you in my posse. Here's the post: http://goo.gl/CyGKfJ

#rethinkmarketing #newideas #winlove___

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2015-07-05 18:32:32 (16 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Isn't it precious that PC Magazine does not have a mobile-friendly existence?

What better sign of an entire ecosystem - hardware and software companies, magazines, leaders, creative types - so completely, still, missing the boat.

I'm kind of mad at Google. I got this page after clicking on a Google Now proactive card. Google did great in identifying that the topic was of interest to me - and it was. But why not find me a mobile-friendly page? Come on Google! Is perfection too much to ask for?

#signoftimes #yesihaveawindowslaptop #butiliveamobilelife

Isn't it precious that PC Magazine does not have a mobile-friendly existence?

What better sign of an entire ecosystem - hardware and software companies, magazines, leaders, creative types - so completely, still, missing the boat.

I'm kind of mad at Google. I got this page after clicking on a Google Now proactive card. Google did great in identifying that the topic was of interest to me - and it was. But why not find me a mobile-friendly page? Come on Google! Is perfection too much to ask for?

#signoftimes #yesihaveawindowslaptop #butiliveamobilelife___

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2015-07-01 15:49:04 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

462 people shot dead by police this year (so far, 01 jul 2015).

That is a provocative title. As always, data behind it helps illuminate the complex narrative that might be at play. The data is interactive, you can play with it here: https://goo.gl/IC5p4E 

Even if you look at the screenshot below, there are such interesting things hidden in the data.

Why is the intensity so much stronger in the South? We are heavy in population density on the coasts.

Around half of the people killed were White. The media narrative does not focus on those deaths as much, it should. 

It was distressing to see 17 were classified as Toy Weapon, and 51 were Unarmed. This makes little sense.

Perhaps most distressing was 124 "Signs of Mental Illness". The police are in danger in many of these situations, that is undeniable. We should assist the police byt... more »

462 people shot dead by police this year (so far, 01 jul 2015).

That is a provocative title. As always, data behind it helps illuminate the complex narrative that might be at play. The data is interactive, you can play with it here: https://goo.gl/IC5p4E 

Even if you look at the screenshot below, there are such interesting things hidden in the data.

Why is the intensity so much stronger in the South? We are heavy in population density on the coasts.

Around half of the people killed were White. The media narrative does not focus on those deaths as much, it should. 

It was distressing to see 17 were classified as Toy Weapon, and 51 were Unarmed. This makes little sense.

Perhaps most distressing was 124 "Signs of Mental Illness". The police are in danger in many of these situations, that is undeniable. We should assist the police by training them on how to deal with mentally ill people. 

The best part of this page, https://goo.gl/IC5p4E, is that each person is listed and their circumstances. I only say best in the sense that it helps us see the story behind each statistic. Here's one:

Matthew Hoffman, a 32-year-old white man with a toy weapon, was shot on Jan. 4, 2015, in a government building in San Francisco, Calif. Hoffman, who brandished a BB gun at officers in a San Francisco police parking lot, left a suicide note addressed to them that said "You did nothing wrong."
MALE | TOY WEAPON | WHITE | MENTAL ILLNESS | 25 TO 34___

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2015-06-29 16:32:27 (6 comments, 14 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” 

These are not words of some crazy crack-pot from the 1st century. They were written in 1958 by Trial Judge Leon Bazile justifying why people of mixed races (like me and my wife!) could not marry.

A biblical and God based justification for legal discrimination against the children of God.

A man, a judge no less, claiming to be doing God's will.

And, based on that reasoning he decided to prosecute Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter causing them to move from Virginia (or they would have to go to prison). 

It is important to keep these words in mind, it isimport... more »

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.” 

These are not words of some crazy crack-pot from the 1st century. They were written in 1958 by Trial Judge Leon Bazile justifying why people of mixed races (like me and my wife!) could not marry.

A biblical and God based justification for legal discrimination against the children of God.

A man, a judge no less, claiming to be doing God's will.

And, based on that reasoning he decided to prosecute Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter causing them to move from Virginia (or they would have to go to prison). 

It is important to keep these words in mind, it is important to keep Judge Bazile in mind, as we read stories now of other Elected or Appointed representatives of the US Government, claiming to be doing God's will by refusing to allow for marriage equality to a different group of our peers.

Go back. Read the words at the top of this post.

The revulsion you feel, the deep and profound bigotry in the name of God you feel, is what in a few years people will feel about those today using very similar words to justify discrimination.

#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness

Quote from: http://goo.gl/xSyp1U___

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2015-06-26 16:03:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

I've written 662k words in 304 posts on my blog. Only two posts were not on Marketing and Analytics. One was this one on Nov 3rd 2008: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness: http://goo.gl/6s3iIY

It was a plea to the readers to vote against Prop 8 which would have added discrimination into the California constitution. Sadly, it passed. 

But, if anything that failure in California accelerated the process of legalizing gay right across the country. There were many other cases, many small and big victories. And, today, the biggest one.

I'm delighted for all my peer citizens of the United States. 

Much work still remains. It is still legal in numerous US states to fire someone just because they are gay. In other states (this is sad, but it is only Republicansta... more »

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

I've written 662k words in 304 posts on my blog. Only two posts were not on Marketing and Analytics. One was this one on Nov 3rd 2008: Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness: http://goo.gl/6s3iIY

It was a plea to the readers to vote against Prop 8 which would have added discrimination into the California constitution. Sadly, it passed. 

But, if anything that failure in California accelerated the process of legalizing gay right across the country. There were many other cases, many small and big victories. And, today, the biggest one.

I'm delighted for all my peer citizens of the United States. 

Much work still remains. It is still legal in numerous US states to fire someone just because they are gay. In other states (this is sad, but it is only Republican states) there is a rush to pass laws to legalize various kinds of discrimination against same-sex couples. We need to continue the fight.

But, today is a big day. A day to pause and celebrate.

It is also a day that will accelerate anti-gay folks being able to collect data to realize how massively wrong they were about the impact of gay families on couples, children, parents, grandparents, religion, and every other thing. Time will prove, they are just the same as same-sex couples!!

#lifelibertyandthepursuitofhappiness ___

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2015-06-18 21:03:40 (27 comments, 6 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Real-men cry, and I'm (every time I watch this video!).....

It is worth noting that none of the scenes in the video are staged. The video uses real home footage showing the reactions of 13 dads-to-be as they are given the news.

#awesome   #creativity  #life #momentsthatmatter

Real-men cry, and I'm (every time I watch this video!).....

It is worth noting that none of the scenes in the video are staged. The video uses real home footage showing the reactions of 13 dads-to-be as they are given the news.

#awesome   #creativity  #life #momentsthatmatter___

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2015-06-16 08:49:38 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Checkout the incredibly beautiful setting of the Digital Innovation Day at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. It is a historic setting, to talk about the most bleeding edge of topics: #noweconomy  

This is my third time keynoting DID. There are obvious reasons to come back: Great topics, great audiences, German companies make for such a complex challenge.

My reason for coming back is different. I love the people at Syzygy, the company that organizes the event, and their CEO  Marco Seiler. They are such wonderful people, thoughtful, kind, smart, driven. And, Marco their fearless leader has created an amazing culture. 

In the end, other things matter but it all comes down to the people you work with. It is not often that we can get to choose, but for when you get a chance, choose the people you'll love working with and all else will take care of itself.

#did15 #s... more »

Checkout the incredibly beautiful setting of the Digital Innovation Day at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. It is a historic setting, to talk about the most bleeding edge of topics: #noweconomy  

This is my third time keynoting DID. There are obvious reasons to come back: Great topics, great audiences, German companies make for such a complex challenge.

My reason for coming back is different. I love the people at Syzygy, the company that organizes the event, and their CEO  Marco Seiler. They are such wonderful people, thoughtful, kind, smart, driven. And, Marco their fearless leader has created an amazing culture. 

In the end, other things matter but it all comes down to the people you work with. It is not often that we can get to choose, but for when you get a chance, choose the people you'll love working with and all else will take care of itself.

#did15  #syzygy #peoplerule #lovetheoneyouarewith___

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2015-06-15 16:39:59 (13 comments, 21 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

If you ever wanted proof that Innovate Or Die is the ultimate truth, especially in technology/web, then here's the ultimate one....

Just one company from the 1995 list made it to the 2015. One. Most of the ones on the left are dead, and those still alive are barely there.

A small part of what's going on is simply that the time horizon is so large that the raw technological evolution eats companies alive. A part of what's going on is the shift from the power of hardware to software and services. 

It is impressive to see the rise of China, and equally sad that no European company is on the 2015 list. Do you have any theories as to what might be up in EU?

PS: Notice the inflation in the market cap total, we know where wall-street is betting on future revenues. :)

If you ever wanted proof that Innovate Or Die is the ultimate truth, especially in technology/web, then here's the ultimate one....

Just one company from the 1995 list made it to the 2015. One. Most of the ones on the left are dead, and those still alive are barely there.

A small part of what's going on is simply that the time horizon is so large that the raw technological evolution eats companies alive. A part of what's going on is the shift from the power of hardware to software and services. 

It is impressive to see the rise of China, and equally sad that no European company is on the 2015 list. Do you have any theories as to what might be up in EU?

PS: Notice the inflation in the market cap total, we know where wall-street is betting on future revenues. :)___

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2015-06-14 10:40:47 (4 comments, 15 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Ha! 

Take that billboard of wisdom!

: )

Ha! 

Take that billboard of wisdom!

: )___

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2015-06-13 03:18:51 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Thank you Facebook indeed!!

Checkout this delightful post by +Thomas Baekdal.

Yes! Thank you Facebook!
If you have been following me over the years, you will know that I have been advocating brands to pay much more attention to the group that I call ‘the listeners’. It’s the people who don’t like, don’t comment and don’t share your content, but are otherwise illustrating all the behaviors of a truly loyal customer and fan. 

In 2012, for instance, I wrote a whole plus article about this. Here is a free link. https://www.baekdal.com/insights/social-conversion-rates-where-the-real-value-comes-from/0B88BFD567874A8A8CA71302158D8D2057C8A36CD054655EC44AED9557BEE5ED

And, up until now, Facebook has stubbornly refused to account for this in their News Feed, instead focusing on ‘active engagement’ as the only measure of value. And it’s partly because of this that our News Feed is so crappy. If you want to measure true value of social, the listeners are far more important than the active engagers. 

But in a press release out today, Facebook is announcing that they have finally started to measure the impact of the listerners. As they write:

"We’ve discovered that if people spend significantly more time on a particular story in News Feed than the majority of other stories they look at, this is a good sign that content was relevant to them."

"For example, you may scroll quickly through your News Feed and like a photo of your friend’s graduation, followed by sharing a funny post from your sister. You keep scrolling and happen upon a post your cousin shared detailing everything she did and saw on her recent trip. Her post even includes a photo. You spend time reading her post and the interesting discussion about the best places to eat that had broken out in the comments on this post, but you don’t feel inclined to like or comment on it yourself. Based on the fact that you didn’t scroll straight past this post and it was on the screen for more time than other posts that were in your News Feed, we infer that it was something you found interesting and we may start to surface more posts like that higher up in your News Feed in the future."

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

You might also have noticed that the whole scroll-like measuring, is exactly what I and others have been talking about since 2011 when we measure read-rates for articles. You can read more about that here: https://www.baekdal.com/insights/revisiting-readrates-and-other-content-focused-analytics/

It took Facebook a long time to get here, but we finally got it. In the future, Facebook will be ranked not just by what you act on, but also on what you enjoy reading. It’s a small thing, but it makes such a big difference in the long run.

http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/06/news-feed-fyi-taking-into-account-time-spent-on-stories/___Thank you Facebook indeed!!

Checkout this delightful post by +Thomas Baekdal.

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2015-06-11 09:19:24 (7 comments, 28 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

You always suspected it was not all that difficult to solve the work-life balance problem.

I don't think you realized just how easy the solution was!

PS: On a serious note, I've always wondered if one way to solve the work-life balance is to let your work be something that makes your life meaningful. Then it just becomes lifework, does that not solve the problem? What do you think?

You always suspected it was not all that difficult to solve the work-life balance problem.

I don't think you realized just how easy the solution was!

PS: On a serious note, I've always wondered if one way to solve the work-life balance is to let your work be something that makes your life meaningful. Then it just becomes lifework, does that not solve the problem? What do you think?___

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2015-06-03 15:28:05 (3 comments, 23 reshares, 85 +1s)Open 

Change, or get disrupted!

I found this graphic to be fascinating. It shows all the companies that are trying to take away a piece of Fedex / trying to do a piece of what Fedex do better / outright kill Fedex collectively. In every case the new company seems to be disrupting Fedex by using technology and what digital specifically empowers.

Fedex became Fedex by trying to do everything and do it well enough. And, as a result, it is an enormously successful company. But, when you get that big, it is very difficult to stay nimble and innovate in every thing now the big company does. And, digital empowers innovation at higher speed, at a lower cost, by smaller companies.

I love this.

Is Fedex going to die? No. There are plenty of big clients of big Fedex who do want Fedex' bigness in one place. But, many parts of the Fedex business will certainly lose. The... more »

Change, or get disrupted!

I found this graphic to be fascinating. It shows all the companies that are trying to take away a piece of Fedex / trying to do a piece of what Fedex do better / outright kill Fedex collectively. In every case the new company seems to be disrupting Fedex by using technology and what digital specifically empowers.

Fedex became Fedex by trying to do everything and do it well enough. And, as a result, it is an enormously successful company. But, when you get that big, it is very difficult to stay nimble and innovate in every thing now the big company does. And, digital empowers innovation at higher speed, at a lower cost, by smaller companies.

I love this.

Is Fedex going to die? No. There are plenty of big clients of big Fedex who do want Fedex' bigness in one place. But, many parts of the Fedex business will certainly lose. The challenge for them will be to keep the local loses small and keep enhancing the value of the big.

Fedex should of course innovate itself and try and compete with all these little disruptors from within Fedex itself. But, it is very hard for a massive corporation to do that (be it Fedex or American Express or Google or Pepsico).

On a positive note, Fedex has so much money which means if it fails to innovate from within, it can simply buy these "little guys." Happens all the time.

All said and done. So fascinating. ___

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2015-06-01 16:20:35 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

In the US we live in our local cocoon, isolated in so many, many ways, from the broader things in the world. The local news lead story is a cat that was rescued from a tree. Yet, the actions of our government have such big implications on us, without us realizing, and on the world.

Did you realize that for kids born after 2001, there has never been a day when the US wasn't at war? 

Below is an amazing graphic from the Washington Post, http://goo.gl/XrNLAt It shows years in living memory the US has been at war, with a distribution of lives lived during war and peace.

It makes for a sobering read.

1984 is the first point where more than half of the life was spent in peace.

Lots of implications of this. Please see the link above for lots of detail.

It should prompt... more »

What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

In the US we live in our local cocoon, isolated in so many, many ways, from the broader things in the world. The local news lead story is a cat that was rescued from a tree. Yet, the actions of our government have such big implications on us, without us realizing, and on the world.

Did you realize that for kids born after 2001, there has never been a day when the US wasn't at war? 

Below is an amazing graphic from the Washington Post, http://goo.gl/XrNLAt It shows years in living memory the US has been at war, with a distribution of lives lived during war and peace.

It makes for a sobering read.

1984 is the first point where more than half of the life was spent in peace.

Lots of implications of this. Please see the link above for lots of detail.

It should prompt self-reflection of what we as a nation are and what we are trying to earn for our citizens and if it is worth the price. Especially in a world that seems to be going south with every passing year. 

There are no easy answer. But there definitely won't be any until we at least look at the data.___

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2015-05-30 21:36:26 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Are you totally sure that these grow on trees?

I'm not so sure. : )

#smile

Are you totally sure that these grow on trees?

I'm not so sure. : )

#smile___

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2015-05-29 19:03:45 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 110 +1s)Open 

My amazing daughter's version of Imagine.

In school they are learning about health, well being and societal pressures to be a certain way. Her assignment was to create something supporting the "skinny model law" which protects models from having to starve themselves to work in the fashion industry - it also prohibits websites that promote eating disorders. The law will be named for Isabelle Caro who unfortunately passed away at 28 (she had a BMI of 9).

My daughter's contribution was to write a version of Imagine by John Lennon.  It really touched my heart that she is thinking about such complex issues, and how immensely creative she was with her song.  

Just as context, pro-ana are blogs that advocate anorexia and thinspirations are "skinny people" that pro-ana blogs worship.

Here's the song:

Imagine no skinny modelsmore »

My amazing daughter's version of Imagine.

In school they are learning about health, well being and societal pressures to be a certain way. Her assignment was to create something supporting the "skinny model law" which protects models from having to starve themselves to work in the fashion industry - it also prohibits websites that promote eating disorders. The law will be named for Isabelle Caro who unfortunately passed away at 28 (she had a BMI of 9).

My daughter's contribution was to write a version of Imagine by John Lennon.  It really touched my heart that she is thinking about such complex issues, and how immensely creative she was with her song.  

Just as context, pro-ana are blogs that advocate anorexia and thinspirations are "skinny people" that pro-ana blogs worship.

Here's the song:

Imagine no skinny models

It's easy if you try
No eating disorders
and pictures regular folks
Imagine all the people
happy with themselves...

Imagine there's no pro-ana
It isn't hard to do
No thinspirations
And shaming people too
Imagine all the people
liking their bodies...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And All About the Bass will rule the world!

I am so proud of her. And, so proud of the stand she is taking at such a young age. Tears...___

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2015-05-27 13:15:16 (9 comments, 20 reshares, 76 +1s)Open 

I'm so excited about my latest blog post, even though it might be a bit of a downer (for people who might already have invested millions going down the wrong path). 

Digital Marketing & Analytics: Five Deadly Myths De-mythified! http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

The post covers five myths that surround key digital strategies: Programmatic, Data-First, Facebook, Mobile Apps and Cookies.

You'll learn why the commonly accepted myth around these strategies is so dangerous, and, as you've come to expect from me, you'll learn what a winning strategy consists of. Lots of challenging status quo, lots of big dollar implications on your company.

Check out the post here: http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

I'm so excited about my latest blog post, even though it might be a bit of a downer (for people who might already have invested millions going down the wrong path). 

Digital Marketing & Analytics: Five Deadly Myths De-mythified! http://goo.gl/ry3ihO

The post covers five myths that surround key digital strategies: Programmatic, Data-First, Facebook, Mobile Apps and Cookies.

You'll learn why the commonly accepted myth around these strategies is so dangerous, and, as you've come to expect from me, you'll learn what a winning strategy consists of. Lots of challenging status quo, lots of big dollar implications on your company.

Check out the post here: http://goo.gl/ry3ihO___

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2015-05-26 16:08:18 (19 comments, 11 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Debate please, add your point of view and help make us smarter.

14 of the top 15 of the "world's" most admired companies are American (BMW is the exception). This does not make sense because there are so many amazing companies in the world. So, why is this list wrong?

1. Is it simply that this list is created by a US based magazine, and it is not surprising that their view, even unintentionally, will be biased? (Likewise the "world's" sexiest person tends to be a caucasian US male.)

2. Is it simply that US companies are significantly more generous to their employees than non-US companies and hence are more admired?

3. Is it simply that more US companies are publicly held, and that broader ownership pulls in a lot more citizens in as stakeholders which in turn causes more admiration from everyone around the world?

4. Is it... more »

Debate please, add your point of view and help make us smarter.

14 of the top 15 of the "world's" most admired companies are American (BMW is the exception). This does not make sense because there are so many amazing companies in the world. So, why is this list wrong?

1. Is it simply that this list is created by a US based magazine, and it is not surprising that their view, even unintentionally, will be biased? (Likewise the "world's" sexiest person tends to be a caucasian US male.)

2. Is it simply that US companies are significantly more generous to their employees than non-US companies and hence are more admired?

3. Is it simply that more US companies are publicly held, and that broader ownership pulls in a lot more citizens in as stakeholders which in turn causes more admiration from everyone around the world?

4. Is it that American trade policies are such an integral part of the US political/foreign policy that US companies tend to dominate the world and end up with more admirable balance sheets?

5. Something else?

Why is it that the world's most admired companies are US companies? I invite your thoughts and analysis.___

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2015-05-25 16:47:05 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Lives are complicated. People are complicated.

There is no such thing as superworman/superman in real life. You win some, you lose some. The trick is to get the "what actually matters in life" bits right.

Each person will choose differently, and that is ok. For me, the graph of priorities would be reversed from Don's. 

Lives are complicated. People are complicated.

There is no such thing as superworman/superman in real life. You win some, you lose some. The trick is to get the "what actually matters in life" bits right.

Each person will choose differently, and that is ok. For me, the graph of priorities would be reversed from Don's. ___

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2015-05-22 19:40:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

The analysis of Humans and societal factors make for such a fascinating insights. I'm a huge fan.

I've created this collage from data analyzed by Havard economists and it shows the likelihood that you'll be married based on your home town. There is clearly a democratic/republican partisan divide. Blue america get's married later, compared to red america (10 percentage points difference!!!). Blue America also for the most part makes more money.

In fact, Republicans leaning, even in cities, encourage early marriage. 

Big difference between rural areas and cities, this might be obvious. 

My personal biggest surprise was the two graphs on the right. There is a very complex picture in the Deep South. Society there nudges rich children towards marriage earlier, and poor children away from it. 

While the graph looks at marriage by 26, there... more »

The analysis of Humans and societal factors make for such a fascinating insights. I'm a huge fan.

I've created this collage from data analyzed by Havard economists and it shows the likelihood that you'll be married based on your home town. There is clearly a democratic/republican partisan divide. Blue america get's married later, compared to red america (10 percentage points difference!!!). Blue America also for the most part makes more money.

In fact, Republicans leaning, even in cities, encourage early marriage. 

Big difference between rural areas and cities, this might be obvious. 

My personal biggest surprise was the two graphs on the right. There is a very complex picture in the Deep South. Society there nudges rich children towards marriage earlier, and poor children away from it. 

While the graph looks at marriage by 26, the researchers see the same patterns if they look at 30.

There is a lot more at the source, humans are fascinating: http://goo.gl/ex0R33___

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2015-05-21 16:29:51 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Most of my keynotes are to private gatherings. For one that I did recently in London, at the Brand Re-Imagined, a summary was written up to collect the themes in Marketing that I'm deeply passionate about.

You can read it here: https://goo.gl/YC6KSR  The title is fun, the details in the content could have a long lasting impact on your business.

Most of my keynotes are to private gatherings. For one that I did recently in London, at the Brand Re-Imagined, a summary was written up to collect the themes in Marketing that I'm deeply passionate about.

You can read it here: https://goo.gl/YC6KSR  The title is fun, the details in the content could have a long lasting impact on your business.___

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2015-05-18 18:21:05 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

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Sometimes we don't realize how much the world has changed. In particular, how much mobile devices have changed our behavior!

Check this out....

#trudat   #technology   #progress  

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Sometimes we don't realize how much the world has changed. In particular, how much mobile devices have changed our behavior!

Check this out....

#trudat   #technology   #progress  ___

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2015-05-16 02:37:56 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

This is amazing....

#creativity   #storytelling   #opportunity  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTLO2F_ERY

This is amazing....

#creativity   #storytelling   #opportunity  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mTLO2F_ERY___

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