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Here are a few lessons Gaius Julius Caesar might have taught us were he alive today.  He ultimately met a pretty brutal end, but until that point, the guy was so successful that his last name became synonymous with “Emperor”. (Point of note: the titles “Czar” and “Kaiser” come from the ...
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It's that time again!For the last eight months, my team has been working with the world's top experts in social marketing, content  digital influence to put together the most complete list of vital social media insights every business owner needs to pay attention to in 2015. (You can download ...
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What just happened in Indiana?If you haven't heard what happened in Indiana this past week, here is a brief recap: a "religious freedom" bill that allows businesses to refuse service to customers for "religious" reasons was signed into law by Indiana governor Mike Pence. The s ...
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Q1 2015: Let's take a quick glance at Apple's remarkable market dominance:Apple generates about $1M dollars every 2 minutes. Let that sink in. (In the time it took you to read this sentence, Apple generated about $30,000.)Apple is sitting on enough cash to buy Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL ...
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Influencers: to pay or not to pay?

Okay... let's get back to business for a minute. Today's topic: the ethics of paying influencers.Buzzword Bingo: is "influencer" even a credible term?Note: When I use the term influencer, assume that I mean "influencer" (with conspicuous quotation marks). I am not a fan of the term and would ...
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Today, I though I would show you something cool again, and pretty different from the sort of stuff that you usually hear about when people like me talk about new tech or clever business practices. You have probably noticed that I spend a good deal of time thinking and talking about cloud computing, ...
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Last week, I noticed that the links I was posting to my Facebook wall were getting significantly less play than the posts I was sharing from Facebook. For instance, if I shared a post from, say, Mashable, the likes, comments and shares were pretty solid. But when I posted a link to page that wasn't ...
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There's so much stuff going on and so much information about a million different news items being shared all day long that sometimes, big changes in the world don't necessarily make headline news. As you know, I've been spending a little more time recently digging into the world of innovation, par ...
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I wrestled with the idea of starting a new series in parallel to The CMO and the Cloud called The Entrepreneur and the Cloud, but in the interest of keeping our conversation about the cloud's impact on business (and our lives and... well... everything) nice and streamlined, I opted instead to just i ...
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Change With Purpose – Part 4: innovation endgames

I was going make Part 4 of this series about the role of virtual tech in retail experience design, but this video seems a more appropriate follow-up to Parts 1 and 3. I stumbled onto it over the weekend (and I just finally saw Chris Nolan's somewhat flawed but nonetheless beautiful < ...
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