Is 2016 the year marketing and the Internet of Things finally enter a meaningful new phase?
Don't bet on it. But there are some promising signs.
In the days since CES, much has been made of the emergence of new ecosystems enabled by so-called "smart products"—connected devices that deliver information or can be controlled using your mobile phone.
Fitness apparel brand Under Armour was one entrant that generated a lot of attention during the show for its new Gemini 2 running shoes, which can track run duration, distance and more—without the need for syncing with a mobile device.
It's just the latest in innovative smart products UA has been rolling out, including a heart-rate monitor, new headphones and apps that, as Engadget reports today, the company hopes to use as the foundation for an interconnected ecosystem.
Indeed, while Engadget indicates these products still have a ways to go, they still point toward fitness apparel that doesn't just keep you comfortable, but also delivers useful services to you automatically and seamlessly, behind the scenes, to help you attain your goals.
From Data Collection to Data Utility
Last week, Social Times cited a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit that finds 51% of marketing executives... Read more
Presumably you are interested in marketing to Millennials, so you’ve clicked on this article. I’m sorry to tell you, if you’re reading up on this topic—you’re probably doing it wrong.
While attending a high-profile marketing event recently, I listened—for the umpteenth time—as an executive talked about what Millennials want and need and how his brand plans to give it to them. I was struck by how detached he seemed from the information and how he spoke with such conviction: This is what they want. Period.
I am often asked for best practices on effectively marketing to women, Hispanics, Asians, luxury buyers, and, of course, Millennials. Are there some general truths we can apply to certain demographics? Sure. But I think we get into really dangerous territory when we allow a couple of decimal points to turn a statistical likelihood into fact.
This tendency toward demographic absolutes is something I call “The” marketing (the Millennials, the Hispanics, the women...). Instead, the focus should be on “We” marketing. The messages that resonate most are inclusive and speak to the core psychology of the buyer—not age or race. Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America said it best when he announced that Audi would continue to... Read more
As a former trade union member and also having worked previously in a distribution company, I was absolutely shocked to read a BBC investigation about how workers in a very well-known online retailer’s warehouse face an ‘increased risk of mental illness’.
The BBC’s undercover investigation into the warehouse was shown to one of the UK’s leading experts on stress at work, Professor Michael Marmot, who described the conditions are “all the bad stuff at once”
Without having seen the resulting programme, being screened on the BBC’s Panorama programme tonight (Monday, November 25, 20:30 GMT), I really don’t want to pass too much comment. However, with the continual technological advances in warehouse management systems and wholesale & distribution software, I find it incredible that staff are being subjected to this kind of working environment.
I’m an avid online shopper, and can completely understand the need for ever-cheaper, ever more efficient online sales systems and delivery, but surely advances in technology at the front end of online shopping should at least be matched with systems that make the picking and packing of my online order more effective and not to the detriment of the people working in the not-often-seen warehouse environments.
One of the companies I... Read more
When Wal-Mart announced plans to use its retail locations to fulfill online orders last week, the media and business community broke into a collective game of word association. The word? Amazon.
Welcome to the era where being a contender in the technology industry means offering the consumer the vertical stack. The companies who introduced us to these technologies (Amazon, Apple, Google) have evolved, from providing a product to providing efficiencies across every layer of the spectrum (from the device to the data) – and each wants to be considered the best.