Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Episode 70: Generation Gap


Recent years have seen Millennials blamed for just about everything, from the changing norms around working hours, to marriage and car ownership, and for killing things like napkins, golf, and department stores.

And while it's easy to lay the blame at the feet of a new generation that is disrupting the age-old way of doing things, this generational conflict has a tradition that spans the ages. If we can understand the patterns of differences in the generations, we can prepare for how to position our businesses appropriately.


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Monday, March 25, 2019

This Again? — March 25, 2019


Hit replay for the TV revolution, and a bonus Streisand effect sitcom; A.I. and ethics are becoming interwoven (or should be); what the tech sector gets wrong about mobility; the #AdobeSummit is here; how to build trust as a leader; what went wrong at Boeing; tales of the drunk shopper; Walmart's secret weapon against Amazon; Instagram goes shopping; Facebook's adult content guidelines, explained; Pinterest files for an IPO; Google gets a massive fine; Disney completed its acquisition of Fox; branded podcasts are preferable; Facebook employees may have had your password for years; Airbnb's guerilla warfare against municipalities; marketers can't put ROI against everything; why Wite-Out is still at thing; and more in the This Again? edition of The Full Monty for the week of March 25, 2019.



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Remember when streaming video was a novelty? When you could brag about being among the first to switch from Netflix's DVD-mailer model to online video? The world of streaming media seemed simple in those days.

The idea was that you could exercise choice and determine what kind of programming you wanted to watch — not be told by your cable company that you had to accept the sports package if you wanted to include a channel like AMC or Bravo. It was called bundling, and it led to ever-higher prices for consumers as they were locked into programming situations that they couldn't control.

Along came Netflix — and Hulu— and Amazon Prime Video — and you were free from that.

Until...

Suddenly streaming services popped up everywhere. CBS, HBO, Showtime, and now newcomers Apple, Disney+, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal and suddenly consumers are feeling subscription fatigue.  It's like the 1990s, all over again, but this time consumers are creating their own bundles. And it's getting a bit pricey.

In the return to what is essentially the same business model (i.e., you can't get all of your preferred content in one place), we're also seeing retro programming. In 2018, 14 of Netflix’s top 20 shows, and all 10 of its top 10 shows, were broadcast-network reruns.

It's as if we forget the past and long for it at the same time.

Another case in point: there are instances when the misinformed public uses historical examples to reinforce a point, but haven't done their research thoroughly. Which is why it' heartening (at least for this former classics major) to see historians taking to Twitter to set the record straight.

Then there's the instance of Congressman Devin Nunes suing Twitter over the Devin Nunes Cow account — a parody account — that annoyed him. But Rep. Nunes forgot the very real Streisand effect: the account had around 1,000 followers before last week's lawsuit; it currently has over 630,000.

Those who don't know history...

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About this week's image: Ulysses and the Sirens (John William Waterhouse, 1891) depicts Homer's hero Odysseus (the Greek version of Ulysses) on his way home from the Trojan war, facing the Sirens. The Sirens, who with their melodious voices lured all navigators to destruction were, according to classical tradition, creatures having the body of a bird with the head of a beautiful woman. They were informed by the oracle that as soon as anyone passed by without heeding their songs they should perish. Circe warned Odysseus in advance, and he plugged his the ears of his crew with wax and ordered himself to be bound to the mast, allowing them to successfully pass the fatal coast. 


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Retail Apocalypse

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


Platforms 

News to know about relevant social media and technology platforms that may affect your business.

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  • Twitter is cracking down on API abuse. If customers primarily use the data to serve business customers as a B2B tool, like for customer service or social media monitoring, they’ll have to pay to enter a commercial licensing agreement with Twitter with a custom price based on usage. Twitter refused to even specify the range those prices fall into. (TechCrunch) If data is the new oil, expect to pay.
  • For months, Twitter has been inserting tweets from popular accounts into feeds of users who do not follow them. (CNN Business) The practice means Twitter at times has amplified inflammatory political rhetoric, misinformation, and conspiracy theories. Because, why not? Everyone else is doing it.
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The future is not in plastics, but in data. Those who know how to measure and analyze it will rule the world.


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    Top image credit: Ulysses and the Sirens by John William Waterhouse, 1891 (Wikimedia Commons - public domain)

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Episode 69: Lessons from The Brain Center at Whipple's


    The practice of ethics seems to have been forgotten – or perhaps ignored – as technology has improved. At every turn, we seem to find examples where someone realized they could do something without stopping to ask if they should.

    Further, the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of technology is not fully understood. We're only beginning to see the dangers that lie ahead. Who's at the helm to steer the ship through these rocky ethical shoals?

    I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.”
    – Dalai Lama

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    Monday, March 18, 2019

    A Question of Ethics — March 18, 2019


    I'm not pulling any punches with the lack of ethics in some tech companies; how CMOs are using A.I.; fixing the robocall problem; the cost of autonomous vehicles is a concern; social video ads need your attention; a social media influencer study worth noting; some conditions in Amazon warehouses are brutal; Facebook's rough week; the hottest chat app for teens is...; the significant podcast statistic hiding in plain sight; the Spotify-Apple battle royale; phone numbers aren't good authentication data points; a new take on the data/oil analogy; your spouse doesn't know you as well as someone else; how museums are rethinking the way they collect art; and more in the A Question of Ethics edition of The Full Monty for the week of March 18, 2019.



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    "All the world's a stage"
    — William Shakespeare (As You Like It)

    The world saw the impact of a terrorist unleashed in two mosques in New Zealand late last week. Rather than try to describe the situation in my own words, I'll borrow from The New York Times:
    "On Friday, a gunman strapped on a helmet camera, loaded his car with weapons, drove to a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, and began shooting at anyone who came into his line of vision. The act of mass terror was broadcast live for the world to watch on social media."

    The original video was removed within the first hour, but by then, the damage was already done. Around the world, people copied and uploaded the horrific video to their own accounts and to additional platforms. And the tech companies had difficulty in taking them all down.

    The A.I. that they've developed was too slow in flagging and shutting down violent videos. Some will say, "That's just how A.I. works. It's easier to match to known and expected things." Maybe so. But share a nipple on Instagram or a copyrighted song on YouTube and it'll get yanked immediately. Not to mention that Facebook says it can now detect revenge porn automatically.

    The sad reality is this:

    Tech companies don't care enough about curbing hate speech and violence. If they did, they'd have made this a priority.

    “The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” 
    – Albert Schweitzer

    Tech companies have engineered a reality in which conspiracy theories and hate are allowed to fester and then go viral, both online and in real life. The power they have unleashed is beyond their comprehension (or at least their expectation). But hate and anger is what fuels the social web. And that drives clicks.

    We've long believed that with great power comes great responsibility. And yet Mark Zuckerberg — who has operated Facebook by apology — wants to control the encrypted conversations of nearly a third of the world's population.

    At some point, we need to hold such companies to account — not from a regulatory perspective, but from an ethical and human angle. Where is their moral compass?

    At this point, their True North seems to be profitability and user growth. They worship at the altar of the golden calf. Sadly, the only way they may pay attention is from an exodus of users and advertisers.

    Speaking of exodus, that's the book in the Torah and Old Testament that includes a story about the people worshiping a golden calf while waiting for Moses to return with the Ten Commandments.

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    About this week's image: Garrit de Wet painted The Adoration of the Golden Calf in the first half of the 17th century to memorialize the scene described in Exodus in the Torah and the Old Testament, in which Aaron and the Israelites constructed a golden calf to worship while Moses went to Mount Sinai, from which he eventually descended with the Ten Commandments. 



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


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    • The psychology behind brand storytelling should be apparent by now. Creating empathy and using social proof are helpful in that regard. (AdWeek) But all too often, brands forget this: don't always make it about you.
    • And if you're going for empathy, the link between brand and leadership means connecting with your heart. How do you do that? (Foster Thinking)
    • If you work in influencer relations, you'll want to download this social media influencer study from Trust Insights that looks at engagement by platform, and by audience size. (Trust Insights) Bottom line: larger audience means less engagement.
    • Are influencers ignoring your emails? There's something you can do about it. (Agility PR) I receive a lot of pitches; one bit of advice is this: please take the time to read and understand the people whom you're pitching. Don't cut and paste.


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    Retail Apocalypse

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



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    • An AT&T executive recently said that Netflix has a brand problem. Does it? (Variety) Does it even matter? Side note: no one is saying "HBO and chill."
    • Netflix subscribers watch an average of two hours per day across multiple devices. (Variety)
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    The future is not in plastics, but in data. Those who know how to measure and analyze it will rule the world.


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      • Ramin Djawadi may not be a household name, but you've most likely heard his music. He's the composer for Game of Thrones and this is how his music helped make the show a hit. (The Atlantic) Side note: he's also behind Westworld.
      • The 50 best spy movies of all time. (Vulture) I strongly agree with their #1 pick.
      • Comedian isn’t the first word you associate with Machiavelli. Most familiar today as the godfather of Realpolitik and as the eponym for all things cunning and devious, the Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli also had a lighter side. (The Public Domain Review)
      • With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns. (The New York Times) No, the Marie Kondo effect hasn't reached museums, but they all have limited space, and bequests and gifts make it difficult to manage. They have to make some hard decisions.
      • How to avoid sources of stupidity and make smarter decisions. (Farnam Street) 
      “I regard it as a criminal waste of time to go through the slow and painful ordeal of ascertaining things for one’s self if these same things have already been ascertained and made available by others.” 
      —Thomas Edison


      Top image creditThe Adoration of the Golden Calf by Gerrit de Wet, first half of the 17th century (Wikimedia Commons - public domain)

      Wednesday, March 13, 2019

      Episode 68: [Facebook] Data Is the New [Standard] Oil




      For the extremely ambitious, too much is never enough. The battle on the field of commerce is a game to be won at all costs, crushing the competition at every turn.

      Occasionally, the business world is met on the battlefield by a general who is a titan of industry. Who knows more about his industry than anyone else, including the loopholes and hidden opportunities that are exploitable.

      John D. Rockefeller was just such a man. And a century later, so is Mark Zuckerberg. Is Facebook on a collision course with regulatory and anti-trust authorities?


      “Malefactors of great wealth.”
      – Theodore Roosevelt

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