'Word of Mouth' Category

Technology Transforming the Fashion Industry

Posted by Neal Leavitt on November 27th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Last week after a nice lunch with my sister, niece, brother-in-law and cousin, I got corralled into following them into Nordstrom’s in downtown San Francisco. I quickly realized that with only two magazines, a book, and a smartphone, it would be a challenging afternoon.
And once my niece pulled about a half-dozen outfits off a rack and said “I just want to try on a few things,” the situation became untenable. Elevated heart rate. Accelerated pulse. Beads of sweat on forehead. If the store had started playing Slim Whitman songs, my head would have exploded, similar to what happened to the little green Martians in Tim Burton’s campy Mars Attacks.
Quickly gave everyone a hug and said I was dashing out to Ghirardelli’s for a sundae (dark chocolate hot fudge; medical studies have indicated dark chocolate’s good for you, ergo, Ghirardelli’s sundaes are healthy. Bit of twisted logic but effective for assuaging any guilt feelings).
But while scraping away the last nanometer of ice cream, it got me thinking about how technology has radically changed the fashion industry in just a few short years.
“Technology is now completely ingrained in our interaction and relationship with fashion retail,” said... Read more

Why LA is the new Silicon Valley

Posted by David Zaleski on November 21st, 2014 at 1:27 pm

When people think of LA, they think Hollywood. Los Angeles is world-renowned for having a creative hub unlike anywhere else in the world. Artists flock here in droves and for good reason: We have a creative infrastructure like none other. People also think of LA and think of palm trees, beaches, sunshine, and -- of course -- traffic.
It's not often that this city is perceived at as a technological pioneer. However, it turns out that tech in LA is an under-reported powerhouse that rivals that of any other mainstream innovative city. The tech industry is almost as large as the creative world that Los Angeles is broadly known for. There are more PHDs in this city than anywhere else in the country. Three universities (USC, UCLA, and Caltech) account for a vast amount of the technological education that changes the world. It begs the question: If LA is such a tech giant, why is it not perceived that way?
The answer, ironically, lies in storytelling. For a city that is an expert in crafting narratives and character, it's been difficult for it to find a PR angle to deliver a consumable story about its tech world. Unlike San Francisco and Silicon... Read more

The business world – a new infographic from The Language Factory

Posted by Russell Morling on November 21st, 2014 at 8:48 am

A brand new infographic has been released by The Language Factory detailing some interesting facts about the languages of international business.
Germans love structure and the country has always had a reputation for efficiency and structure - they’re not famous for Vorsprung durch Technik for nothing. And if you’re in a meeting there, make sure you arrive on time and when you say what you mean, mean what you say!
Interestingly, though the British may have a reputation for being a bit uptight and hard-working, the average Brit currently works around 1,650 hours per year. They may not reach the dizzying heights of the 2,000 hours or more worked by Koreans, Mexicans or Greeks, but we’re still ahead of our German and Dutch neighbours, all of whom average less than 1,400 hours per year!
An impressive 6.15% of the world’s inhabitants speak Spanish as a native language, beating English by more than 0.5%. But both languages combined still fall some way short of Mandarin in terms of global coverage. The Iberian Peninsula however does boast (for the language aficionados out there) the last remaining pre-Indo-European language, Basque, a language with ancient origins which has influenced Spanish as it is spoken today.
Transport... Read more

Report: Instagram vs Facebook vs Twitter

Posted by Doug Schumacher on November 18th, 2014 at 11:44 am

We just published a 6-brand comparison of social media posting and content performance across the three networks. The brands analyzed are Burberry, Chevrolet, Coca-cola, Covergirl, Oreo and Red Bull. These are brands we've seen be very active on Instagram, and thought it would be interesting to compare their content activities across the three networks.
Highlights

Red Bull posted over half the content, and generated more than 55% of the total engagements.
Red Bull posted 574 times during October
Coca-cola only posted 39 times
Coca-cola’s engagement rate is more than 3x the average among all brands
Oreo had the most equally-distributed posting volume across all 3 networks. And the 2nd highest engagement rate.

Report: How Tourism DMOs Are Using Instagram

Posted by Doug Schumacher on November 5th, 2014 at 10:54 am

This report provides an insightful look into the posting calendars, engagement levels and campaign themes of the Instagram accounts of 9 state tourism DMOs.

Brand post engagement rate averages on Instagram are 5.48% compared to .39% on Facebook, and .04% on Twitter
Instagram pages on average are growing followers at over 8% for the month of October, compared to .62% for Facebook pages.
Between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Twitter gets the most posting volume, but the least engagement.
Pure Michigan’s Instagram page generated more engagements than their Facebook page, despite having less than 20% as many followers.
Pure Michigan’s top campaign theme #upperpeninsula featured community-generated content.

State DMOs in the report: Alaska Travel News, Explore Georgia, Go Hawaii, I Love New York, Pure Michigan, Texas Tourism, Visit California, Visit Colorado and Visit Florida.