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In 2018, influencer marketing is about driving sales

<i>By Bryn Caruso — vp, sales & customer success at Julius</i><p>In less than five years, influencer marketing has gone from a trendy method of marketing …

Marketing

Interfaces are dying, so your brand needs a bigger personality

Less than a decade ago, branding style guides used to be a huge PDF covering multiple visual aspects of a brand, such as typography, colors, and photography.<p>When digital came about, style guides started to account for pixel-based touchpoints between brand and consumer, including things like header …

UI Design

I Cofounded a Company and Led It to an IPO and a $2.5 Billion Acquisition. Here Are 5 Things I'd Do Differently | Inc.com

From the outside-in, Trulia's path to its IPO and later acquisition was a smashing success. In reality, the road was fun but not without its share of major bumps along the way.<p>Now three years into trying to reverse type 2 diabetes at Virta Health, I often reflect on what I learned during the Trulia …

Diabetes

Why The Best Marketing Dollars Are Spent Improving the Customer Experience | Inc.com

If I like something, I will become the biggest advocate for everyone in my family having one. This comes with mixed feelings for them sometimes, but they ultimately go along with it and humor me.<p>When I adopted my cat, Ninja, for example, my life was immediately better - so what did I do? I made …

Customer Experience

Monthly Amazon Prime memberships just got more expensive

Amazon announced today that it is increasing Amazon Prime monthly fees in the US, Recode reported.<p>The increase will be from $10.99 per month to $12.99, which would come to around $156 a year. This goes into effect from February 18.<p>It will still cost $99 for an annual membership, or $49 for …

Consumer Tech

How Often Do Prime Members Buy From Amazon?

A new report shows that the online leader's best customers are hooked on the retailer.<p>While <b>Amazon</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) shares very little data about its …

eCommerce

Amazon effect steamrolling the restaurant industry

Retailers are in the throes of adapting to a shopping environment completely revolutionized by e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), but restaurants are now facing the same challenge thanks to what has become known as the “Amazon effect.”<p>Delivery apps, including Amazon Restaurants, Uber Eats and …

Hospitality

Is Amazon Fresh Killing Blue Apron?

A recent industry report indicates that Blue Apron’s days might be numbered.<p>Shares of meal-kit maker <b>Blue Apron</b> (NYSE:APRN) fell over 6% on Jan. 16 …

AmazonFresh

'Entire aisles are empty': Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages

Whole Foods is facing a crush of food shortages in stores that's leading to empty shelves, furious customers, and frustrated employees.<p>Many customers are blaming Amazon, which bought Whole Foods in August for $13.7 billion. Analysts have speculated that the shortages could be due to a spike in …

Employment

8 Apps That Will Save You Real Money on Food

Make dinner a little cheaper.<p>The days of loyalty punch cards and clipping coupons are (almost) over. Just as technology has enabled us to get …

Apps

Smart speaker market intensifies with 40 million Americans now owning one

Smart speakers were one of the holiday season’s big-ticket items, so you may not be altogether surprised to learn that some 39 million American …

Google Assistant

9 Grocery Delivery Apps For When You'd Rather Hibernate Than Make A Supermarket Run

Theoretically, we could make it through winter without ever setting foot outside. How? By ordering every meal in. And no, we're not talking about …

Apps

When Restaurants Promise Health Benefits, They’re Crossing the Line

<i>This is</i> <i>Eater Voices</i><i>, where chefs, restaurateurs, writers, and industry insiders share their perspectives about the food world, tackling a range of topics through the lens of personal experience. First time writer? Don’t worry, we’ll pair you with an editor to make sure your piece hits the mark. If</i> …

New York Times

Facebook’s Virtual Assistant M Is Dead. So Are Chatbots

It’s difficult to remember now, but there was a moment in early 2016 when many in the tech industry believed chatbots—automated text-based virtual …

Despite challenges, retailers aren’t giving up on Facebook chatbots

Facebook may be killing its virtual assistant, but not all brands have given up on the platform’s bots.<p>This week’s announcement that Facebook is …

Chatbots
APIs

9 stupid mistakes entrepreneurs make, according to a guy who started 20 businesses and failed at 17 of them

<b>A) IGNORING THE "SIX MONTH RULE"</b><p>I was on the board of a business where we all got the financials for that month and realized that the company had six months of cash in the bank.<p>I called the CEO. He said, "no problem. We have six months. I'll raise money a long time before then and we have some big …

Entrepreneurship

Celine Dion's Response to Unruly Fan Rushing the Stage Is a Powerful Lesson in Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

How would you react if a drunk stranger suddenly rushed you at work? Would you run? Fight? Freak out?<p>That's the apparent situation famous singer Celine Dion had to deal with during a recent performance at Caesar's Palace. During the middle of her concert, a fan who appears to be intoxicated rushed …

Emotional Intelligence

The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed

A new breed of online retailer doesn’t make or even touch products, but they’ve got a few other tricks for turning nothing into money.<p>It all started with an Instagram ad for a coat, the West Louis (TM) Business-Man Windproof Long Coat to be specific. It looked like a decent camel coat, not fancy …

eCommerce

Weight Loss

Weight Loss
Apps

Malaysia’s Dahmakan chows down $2.6M for its end-to-end food delivery service

Dahmakan, a food delivery startup from Malaysia that graduated Y Combinator last year, has raised $2.6 million as it begins to explore the potential to expand its business across Southeast Asia.<p>The startup distinguishes itself from the likes of FoodPanda and Deliveroo with an “end-to-end” approach …

Startups

Your new Kitchen Assistant

Smart help. Like a great sous chef, Bridge anticipates your needs. If you have a smart appliance that can help, Bridge talks to it — preheating your …

Kitchens

Five Must-Haves for a Healthy Chatbot

Whether you are trying to find traction, or if you are already growing, here are five growth functions(with examples) you need to keep in mind to …