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Explainer: What is a blockchain? - MIT Technology Review

What is it?<p>A public1, permanent2, append-only3distributed4ledger5.<p>What’s that?<p>A mathematical structure for storing data in a way that is nearly …

Blockchain

20 books to ignite the innovator in you

With innovation and entrepreneurship on everyone’s mind today, where do you begin the journey of learning in a digital world that’s now in the …

Innovation

15 Latest and Best Loading Animations to Make User Enjoy Waiting

Nowadays, since internet speed has been highly improved, people can smoothly open a website/app within seconds and get their desired information …

UI Design

6 Powerful Lessons My Children Taught Me About Being a Better Leader

Every leader can benefit from a fresh, pint-sized perspective.<p>On International Women's Day, our team at ThirdLove spent time talking about the women we admire. We heard about moms, grandmas, sisters, wives, and best friends.<p>I chose my daughter, Sloane.<p>Sloane is four-and-a-half years old, and she's …

Leadership

Retention Marketing: Grow Your Business by Selling More to Current Customers

You’ve heard it time and time again. It’s cheaper to get current customers to make a repeat purchase than it is to find new customers. It’s true for …

Customer Experience

First Look at New Research and Ideas, April 18, 2018

• forthcoming<br>• Academy of Management Journal<p>By: Bermiss, Y. Sekou, and Rory McDonald<p>Abstract—Though organizations are increasingly active participants in …

Harvard Business School

India’s mom-and-pop stores are finally ready to embrace technology

Kirana stores, or neighbourhood corner shops, are the backbone of India’s retail trade.<p>Approximately 12 million of these are the first port of call for most Indian households for everything from soaps to pulses. And they contribute heavily to sales of large consumer goods companies. But tech isn’t …

Profit

Marketing Day: Google’s ‘Funding Choices’ ad messaging, net neutrality & loyalty programs

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:• <b>Google</b> …

Marketing

Going Beyond Conversions: 5 Indispensable Tactics for Creating a Loyal Customer Base

Breaking into the vastly crowded world of ecommerce is an intimidating task, especially when you are looking up at giants named Amazon and eBay. As …

Marketing

GDPR and the End of the Internet’s Grand Bargain

In May the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, two years after passage by the European Parliament. This radical new privacy law, which covers any business that processes information about EU residents, will dramatically affect the way data is collected, stored, and …

Privacy

Think Tank: New Age of Retailing and Big Data Analytics

Vic Bageria, chief executive and chief visionary officer of Xpandretail powered by Sávant Data System LLC, discusses.<p>All in all, in spite of the …

eCommerce

Want to Improve the Customer Experience? Try This Strategy That Has Nothing to Do With Customers at All

Sometimes, it's important to look internally first.<p>You probably know that a large part of innovation comes from understanding your customers' behaviors and needs and then designing new solutions for them. Sometimes, however, your most innovative ideas may have nothing to do with customers at all. …

Customer Experience

How to Create Your Own Good Luck in 4 Simple Steps

A British researcher has found four principles are involved in creating good fortune.<p>Sometimes bad things happen and there's nothing you can do to stop it.<p>My husband lost hundreds of thousands of dollars when the construction contractors who owed him money went bankrupt during the recession a …

Bankruptcy

How to build a strong brand from scratch

Alison Coleman<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>More businesses are being launched in the UK than ever before. Their success will be determined by a range of factors, not least the strength of their brands and how well they attract customers in a competitive marketplace.<p>Branding is …

Marketing

What Steve Jobs, Venus Williams, and the Dalai Lama Have to Say About Focus (Hint: It's Really Important)

Is your mind wandering off again? This will inspire you to find your focus again and get going.<p>Anytime is a good time to spring into action. But making the decision to get work done, start that project, or pursue that dream is only half the battle. You will need a deep reserve of commitment and …

Motivation

Contrarian Take: Don’t Start Your Content Marketing with “What Do My Customers Want?”

If you’re in the business of content marketing, I know you’ve seen advice like this:“Start with your customer personas.”<br>“Create content that will …

Marketing

What Is the Difference Between Marketing, Advertising, and Branding? A Simple Analogy to Help Explain

To understand the differences between these concepts, simply apply them to you.<p>In my work with entrepreneurs and business students, I often hear marketing strategies explained as "having social media," "having an online brand," or "advertising a lot."<p>These explanations make me cringe because, while …

Marketing

When consumer packaged goods start acting like software

Historically, consumer packaged goods (CPG) were designed to be sold in a brick-and-mortar retail environment — in packaging flashy enough to catch a consumer’s eyes while presenting the right information to compel a purchase. But packaging doesn’t need to sell the product anymore. The Internet is …

Innovation

Want a 300 Percent Return on Investment? Try This Problem-Solving Practice

Align and get things done faster.<p>Design thinking is probably a term you hear every day, but have you woven it into the DNA of your business? Do you operate under the misconception that you don't run a creative business and therefore design is merely a superficial exercise, or the chrome you add at …

Design

Tips to create a better mission statement

<i>This is part of The Handover, an original Chase series that aims to help business owners think strategically about succession planning. It is</i> …

Profit

Use This Equation to Determine, Diagnose, and Repair Trust

<b>Anne Raimondi</b> was stumped. Two people she managed weren't getting along, and it was really impacting progress. In her private conversations with each …

Leadership

2018 framework to understand digital innovation

Digital innovation is being embraced by everyone — from startups to large corporations. New tools, frameworks and service providers seem to pop up …

Innovation

A Stanford professor explains how 'design thinking' can help you lose weight, stop worrying, and change your life

Shutterstock<p><b>Bernard Roth is a professor of engineering at Stanford and the author of "The Achievement Habit."</b>• <b><br>In the book, he explains how design</b> …

Design

HGTV's Chip Gaines Just Nailed the Key to Trying New Things (and Persevering) In 1 Brilliant Sentence

The "Fixer Upper" star offered sage advice to people seeking new experiences in life.<p>It's so easy for us all to get stuck in a groove on the turntable of life, stagnating, but afraid to change the tune and try new things. Maybe we need help persevering or help in overcoming a fear of failure. Or …

Chip Gaines

Many Employees Have a Mid-Career Crisis. Here’s How Employers Can Help

Plenty of media coverage — and companies’ attention — is devoted to employees at the beginning and end of their careers, at least in my experience. Entry-level employees learning the ropes garner more than their share of managers’ time, and those transitioning toward retirement pull executives’ …

Employee Engagement

Essential Learnings That No Designer Should Go Without

A compilation of the most important points from the most important points from “The Bible Of Design”<p>I recently finished reading ‘The Design Of …

UX Design

3 Ways Listening to Music Actually Makes You More Productive

Yes, listening to music can actually make you more productive. Here's how.<p>It's no secret that music can be powerful. Music is an inherent part of just about every culture on the planet, and in addition to being a central force for entertainment and everyday discussion, music might even have hidden …

Mindfulness

How to Prepare for a Crisis You Couldn’t Possibly Predict

On the morning of May 18, 2012, at precisely 11:05, Nasdaq planned to execute the first trade in in Facebook’s hotly anticipated initial public offering. The opening trade was an auction of sorts — buyers and sellers entered orders, and Nasdaq calculated a price that would cause as many shares as …

Wall Street

Finding New Ideas When You Don’t Have a Broad Network

People who study creativity and innovation talk a lot about the value of “recombination” — bringing existing ideas, practices, processes, or technologies together in new ways or applying them in fresh contexts or markets. It’s a model that has led to many popular consumer products, such as …

Innovation

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book <i>The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1</i>, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”<p>Your attention determines the experiences …

Time Management