Tagged 'tech'

How Smartphones Have Changed the Entertainment Industry

Posted by Morgan Sims on September 15th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Smartphones have changed a lot about modern life. The entertainment industry has certainly experienced a lot of challenges. Here are four ways that smartphones have changed the industry.
Audiences are Laughing at You, Not With You
The evolution of 4G phones has changed the way that people experience the world. It doesn't take long before smartphone owners start to rely on their devices for everything from directions to Internet access.
As people have gotten used to carrying small, Internet-ready devices, problems from past decades start to look humorous instead of dramatic. Iconic '80s movies like National Lampoon's Vacation and Friday the 13th look silly to audiences yelling at main characters to just call someone for help.
When the Griswolds get lost in the desert, older viewers who grew up without mobile technology have to explain to younger audiences that Google Maps wasn't an option. When a murderer creates havoc at Crystal Lake, young viewers throw their hands up in disbelief because no one calls the police.
When TV and cable stations air movies made as recently as two decades ago, they have to know that young viewers will find the plots frustrating because they don't seem relevant to the way people solve problems today.
Everyone on... Read more

Budweiser Toasts Facebook-Integrated 'Buddy Cup' – Clink to Make Friends (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on April 30th, 2013 at 8:38 am

I'll drink to that.
As I write in my book THE ON-DEMAND BRAND, we've reached a point now where brands should no longer view social media as a cool new way to connect with consumers.
We must now view social media as a means by which we as brands can enable consumers not just to connect with us, but to each other. And not just in some virtual space, but in the physical world as well.
This initiative can help break the ice in a social setting - as well as continue the conversation (and/or flirtation) after that beer (or the many, many beers, as the case may be) is gone.
Cheers to Bud for the bold idea.
Read all about it, here.

Mobile Phone Branding: An Overview of the Race to the Top

Posted by Bri Bauer on March 11th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

It’s customary for mobile tech companies to show off their new products at heavy-hitter trade show events like the Consumer Electronics Show and Mobile World Congress (MWC).

5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Stay on Top This Year

Posted by Bri Bauer on March 5th, 2013 at 10:41 am

The mood among the nation's small business owners is picking up.
After the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index plunged 28 points to -11 in November 2012, the most pessimistic level in two years, the most recent index indicated small business owners are feeling more optimistic: The index improved 20 points to +9 for the first quarter of 2013. The survey, conducted Jan. 7-11, signifies increased optimism among business owners about their overall financial situation for the next 12 months. Seventy-one percent of business owners expect the number of jobs at their companies to remain the same during this time, and 17 percent expect to add jobs in the next year, too.
What's the prognosis for your business over the next 12 months? Are you feeling less gloomy about its future, as well? Every small business owner contends with issues surrounding market size, competition and demand, but the internal factors that focus on operations, strategy and leadership are within your control. Smart small business owners know that attention to these areas keep them out of the red:
Price for Profitability
Identifying your profitable price point is key to keeping business in the black. If you find you need to raise your prices, there are several... Read more

How to Optimize Your Website for Mobile Viewing

Posted by Neil Spencer on January 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

There are over 80 million smartphones in circulation throughout the world. Which means we are truly entering an age of "always on" and "on-the-go." This new mobile explosion is changing the way we receive and interact with content, whether we're paying bills, answering emails, ordering food, checking our favorite sites - news/design - or purchasing our favorite products on Etsy.