Last year a student at New York University threw out an interesting challenge – via a Kickstarter campaign, he offered to divulge 60 days worth of private data gleaned from his digital devices.
He raised $2,733 from 213 backers.
And earlier this year, a research team at the University of Trento in Italy reeled in 60 people and their smart phones to participate in an experiment that recorded various personal details and created a marketplace to sell the data. These included phone calls, apps being used, time spent on them, photographs taken, and users’ locations 24/7.
Each week, as reported by MIT Technology Review, the participants took part in an auction to sell the data, e.g., they might want to sell a specific GPS location or total distance traveled, or locations visited on a given day.
While reporting all results could be the topic of another post, in brief, Jacopo Staiano, who headed up the research team, said there were a few key findings:
• Location is the most valued category of personally identifiable information;
• Participants valued their information more highly on days that were unusual compared to typical days;
• People who traveled more each day tended to value their personal information more highly.
Almost 600 ‘auctions’ were... Read more
The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) is a talented group of individuals that are good at their job. So good that a campaign they’re running could be causing marketers in the U.S. to fall behind their peers in other countries when it comes to an important component of any comprehensive online marketing strategy – domain names.
As I’ve written about before, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which governs the global domain name system, has started to introduce hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLD) that are joining traditional extensions such as .com, .net and .org. These include extensions that are brand specific such as .Nike or .AOL, those that are geographically rooted such as .NYC and .London, those that are written in non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese, and those that are truly generic, such as .music, .home or .club.
The ANA and other groups have been opposed to the introduction of these new extensions, citing issues such as the confusion they could cause, as well as the cost and difficulty of protecting a brand across so many new extensions. These are valid points for debate, but a healthy debate won’t change the fact... Read more
We tend to buy from people we like, even when they’re offering the same products or services for the same prices (or even higher) than people we don’t like. Are we being foolish, or just being human?
More than 95% of human thinking is driven by non-conscious influences. This means we often don’t even know why we react the way we do. Our emotions, typically, are driven by interactions we've had with other people.
Remember your last bad day at the office? Customers were unhappy, employees were crabby, and then your internet connection disappeared. At the end of a day that seemed too long to bear but too short to straighten everything out, what if a client called to express their gratitude for an excellent experience? You were able to go home with a smile on your face. When you talk about that day six months later, you’ll likely refer to the lows (feeling bad about all the things that went awry) and the highs (feeling proud of making a client so happy they called to tell you about it.)
Create Memorable Experiences with the Peak-End Rule
Peaks in all experiences are what create the memories. The highs and the lows are what customers... Read more