Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Full Monty: Enough Already — December 18, 2017

Devices are eating our brains and it's time to take them back; artificial intelligence predictions for 2018; unpredictable side effects to ride-hailing and smart maps; non-financial uses of blockchain; going D2C in place of channels; where digital succeeded in 2017; social splitting from media; Best Buy and Target are still not out; a plum job at Walmart; threaded tweets for more tweetstorms; Fox gets eaten by Mouse; T-Mobile moves into TV; global audiobook trends; the repeal of Net Neutrality; Uber goes even lower; VR for Airbnb previews; accountability in marketing for 2018; improving your productivity and ability to solve crossword puzzles; and more in the  edition of The Full Monty for the week of December 11, 2017.

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Top Stories

Our devices are ubiquitous. For many, they are in our hands from nearly the moment we awake. They follow us to the bathroom, keep us entertained while we dine alone, hold our attention while we're in a queue, and put us in constant contact with our friends and family. And much of that is on social media.

But we've reached a point where we may be over saturated, and where we (including our children) might be spending too much time in front of a screen, either in our hands or in our laps. Perhaps it's time to dial back — to rethink our priorities. This time of year naturally lends itself to being reflective, so perhaps it's the perfect opportunity in which to determine the ways we might reduce the amount of time we spend in front of screens small and large, and spend more time on front of our families, friends and coworkers, giving them our undivided attention.

And consider this: even in those quiet times when you might instinctively reach for your phone to while away the time because you're bored or socially awkward, use that as a way to push yourself into an uncomfortable situation, a moment of self-reflection (one that doesn't require a New Year), or quiet observation of the world around you. You just might be amazed at what you've been missing.
The structure of these posts is usually the same. Step one: identify some ill in society. Step two: admit that people think technology, and Facebook, might be contributing to that ill. Step three: assert that more Facebook, not less, is the cure for said ill.

Artificial Intelligence / Autonomous

The latest in AI, machine learning, bots, and blockchain, mobility, and autonomous everything.






    Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World's Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World by Charles Pappas looks at how many of the industry-changing innovations that we take for granted today originated at some sort of trade show. With CES coming up, this should put you in the proper mindset.

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    Communications / Marketing / Business Strategy

    Industry developments and trends, including advertising & marketing, journalism, customer experience, content, and influencer relations.



    • The future of social media means abandoning the quest to respond to every confused man on Twitter and instead DMing with groups of people who matter. In the future, Social and Media Will Split from Nieman Labs.
    • Bloomberg's Twitter news network Tic Toc went live yesterday
    • Storify is shutting down. The aggregation service was once the hot tool used by journalists, but with functionality built into many platforms now, it became outmoded.

    As we prepare for 2018, here are some key digital trends to watch.

    Retail Apocalypse

    Humans are a transactional species, and the practice — if not the very notion of what retail is  is undergoing a historical metamorphosis. 

    Source: youtu.be/qalujiU7txs


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    News to know about relevant social, virtual, and augmented reality platforms that may affect your business.





        The latest in the world of streaming video, audio, and the advertising, pricing and bundling models related to them.



        Regulatory / Security 

        Business disruptions in the legal, regulatory, and computer security fields, from hacking to the on-demand economy and more.



          Measurement / Analytics / Data

          The future is not in plastics, but in data. Those who know how to measure and analyze it will rule the world.

          Mental Nourishment

          Other links to help you reflect, improve, or simply learn something new.

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