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From pollution to weather, next-gen wearables will tell us more about our world

An effective fitness tracker is basically like a passive-aggressive personal trainer on your wrist. It gathers information on the inner workings of …

Returning to the Super Bowl in 2015, Dove Men+Care Aims to Challenge Male Stereotypes

After debuting its first advertisement campaign during the 2010 Super Bowl, Unilever's Dove Men+Care will make its second appearance in the upcoming …

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By 2020, Millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans. It is estimated that by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of …

How to Build a Secret Army of Innovators

Software company Adobe didn't want innovations, it wanted innovators. Here's how the company figured how to fail fast by funding 1,000 internal projects.<p>Plenty of businesses strive to be innovative by spending millions of dollars launching new products. While new research from Global Innovation …

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Why Social Media Analytics Can't Tell You About Your Customers

“Don’t for a minute think that what social media analytics are showing you is a representative picture of how your customers as a whole see you,” cautions Alexandra Samuel VP of Social Media at tech company Vision Critical . Since the most enthusiastic users of social are atypical as customers, she …

Microsoft finally sold more Xbox Ones than Sony did PlayStation 4s

Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the number one selling console for November -- ending the PlayStation 4's almost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest console was the best selling in the United States and …

Millennials Mentoring Executives: It's a Brave New World

Talk about a hotbed of true entrepreneurial activity – I recently saw it and felt it at the Ace Hotel in New York City. Think of how the Woodstock rock festival capitalized on a big idea of like-minded, free spirits meeting up with little planning. This 4.5 star Ace Hotel is doing the same for …

7 Crucial Web Design Trends For 2015

Looking back at 2014, we can see some spectacular trends emerging in the web design landscape: code-free design platforms, parallax effects, …

Design Inspiration & Ideas from Envato

Envato Elements is celebrating its 2nd birthday, and you can join in the fun by locking in a low $19 …<p>With the amount of content that gets uploaded …

Spotify tackles the paralysis of choice through friends

Here's the weird thing about choice: it breeds indecision. And the more choice you have, the harder it is to simply settle on something... anything. It's a serious challenge facing streaming services like Spotify that put literally millions of options at your fingertips. Today the Swedish company …

6 Ways Big Data Will Shape Online Marketing In 2015

Initially big data seemed to be something only available to the biggest businesses. Analytics are now being built into almost every application, however, making the technology accessible to businesses of all sizes. As businesses realize the power of information to create successful marketing …

11 Of The Best Strategic Brand Partnerships In 2014

Strategic partnerships can be a highly effective way to build businesses. 2014 saw some stellar examples that have enabled brands to compete in new markets, offer unique competitive advantages in their own markets, gain new distribution, or benefit from a positive brand imagery halo. Here are my 11 …

Brand Publishers Are Ditching Facebook in Favor of Microsites

Brand publishers are more aware that they’re really just renting social media space on Facebook and are moving resources away from the social network.<p>…

Poll: 1-In-5 Consumers Say They’ll Die While Still In Debt

Millions of Americans dream of the day that they exit the dark, desolate tunnel of debt and can live their lives without owing money to anyone. But …

Mobile marketing drives digital ad spend skyward

As a growing number of consumers look to smartphones and tablets advertisers will soon spend as much on computing devices as TV.<p>According to the …

Is Google Glass on the brink of going mainstream, or the brink of failure?

We’ll wear just about anything on our wrists. From watches to jewelry and emblems of our favorite charities and causes, humans have never been afraid …

The Biggest Music Comeback of 2014: Vinyl Records

Sales of LPs Surge 49% but Aging Factories Struggle to Keep Pace<p>Nearly eight million old-fashioned vinyl records have been sold this year, up 49% from the same period last year, industry data show. Younger people, especially indie-rock fans, are buying records in greater numbers, attracted to the …

Crystal Ball: Top 10 economic predictions for 2015

The global economy muddled along this year, with the resurgence in the U.S. economy helping to offset slowing growth in Europe, Japan and China.<p>So, …

Millennials A Mixed Blessing for Employers: Outlook Survey

CFOs prize the technological savvy and creativity of the millennial generation but believe millennials present unique employment challenges including …

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE CRUSHES EXPECTATIONS

The preliminary reading on December consumer confidence from the University of Michigan came in at 93.8.<p>This is the highest reading for the index since January 2007.<p>Expectations were for the reading to come in at 89.5, up from the 88.8 reading in November that marked a seven-year high for the index.<p>…

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Three cool new things you'll get in next year's smartphones and tablets

Have you ever tried to take a video of a play, recital, or other performance only to be stymied by your phone, which recorded all of the sound around you and not just the music you wanted? Next year's phones should be smart enough to avoid that, thanks to a new algorithm built into the Snapdragon …

Instagram Is Getting So Good at News, It Should Scare Twitter

It's raining in San Francisco. Hard. Trees have already fallen, and the skeletons of cast-off umbrellas are tumbling down the street. This is the …

How The New York Times Built Its Content Marketing Engine — The Content Strategist

Last September, <i>The New York Times</i> hired Sebastian Tomich and gave him a critical task: Help introduce the most controversial advertising product in …

Facebook has an empathy team to teach employees that users are human beings

'It's kind of arrogant to think the only reason people exist is to use what you built.'<p>Every so often I like to go back and watch Facebook's first-ever TV commercial from 2012. It's only 39 seconds long, and it features a lot of chairs. I never get very far because the commercial is bonkers. It …

How Big Data Is Blurring Industry Lines At Companies Like Nike

In my previous blog, I used the evolving business model of the data science crowd-sourcing company Kaggle as an example of how data and analytics can drive new paths to value for businesses in the big data era. But, it’s not just happening within the big data community itself. It’s an evolution …

Economic mood slumps across Europe

Europe’s summer of economic optimism is over, according to the latest data from YouGov’s EuroTrack survey, which tracks economic sentiment across …

Ericsson’s hot consumer trends for 2015 • Telecom Trends

In the fourth edition of its annual trend report, Ericsson ConsumerLab says that consumers want technology and connectivity to be integrated into all …

These 2015 Trends Will Impact All Businesses, According To Ford

By Christine Champagne5 minute Read<p>The influence of Gen Z is on the rise, consumers are interested in traveling lighter, and the definition of family …

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