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May 5, 2016

A Comma Misconception: A Follow-Up

Magritte-The Pilgrim; comma mustache

It’s been three years since the landmark article "A Comma Misconception" was published. We sat down with the author to discuss how the piece came about and how his life has changed since it took the world by storm.

May 3, 2016

Why the Dark, Mysterious & Broken World of App Discovery Needs SEO

Searching for an app in app stores is a bit like searching on the web used to be. It’s basically a black box – you never know what you’re going to get. In fact, your search can be exceptionally specific and still not find what you’re looking for. For example, see what happens when I search for Adobe Analytics on the iTunes App Store.

April 25, 2016

Marketers: Adapt or Die! 6 Key Takeaways from ClickZ Live NY (Part 2)

Last week, I covered the first three overarching themes I pulled from ClickZ Live’s conference in New York. Here are the last three.

April 22, 2016

Nebo's Earth Day 2016: Ranting, Recycling and Being a Team

The Earth is pretty awesome, and today is the day we celebrate it. Like everything that gets a special day, we kinda take the Earth for granted 99.73 percent of the time and then remember that its special day has arrived and try to do something nice for it (don’t forget Mothers’ Day is May 8th).

All week, we’ve been trying to be nicer to the Earth around the office. We’ve focused on recycling, conserving energy, finding alternative methods of transport, eating less meat. And sure, we’ve recycled some stuff. I think a couple of us might have carpooled, and we have a few vegans among our ranks that skipped the meat for the rest of us. Mostly we all just daydreamed about owning a Tesla Model S.

April 19, 2016

Marketers: Adapt or Die! 6 Key Takeaways from ClickZ Live NY (Part 1)

There’s no denying that technology and our culture have shifted tremendously in the past decade or so. The impending arrival of the Internet of Things and the rise of mobile and wearables means we’re always on, always connected, always able to gratify any whim or answer any question with a few clicks. There’s more everything out there—more videos to watch, more information to consume, more groups to join, more spotlights shining on events happening on the other side of the world. And everything’s evolving at a faster and faster pace.

As a consequence, our habits and expectations have changed. Heck, we have changed. The old models of marketing and advertising are gasping their last breaths while new business models, new approaches and new mediums are taking off.

Companies that don’t adapt to these technology and cultural shifts will die. Maybe not tomorrow, but I’d start administering last rites soon.

Which is essentially what ClickZ Live’s conference in New York last week had to say. The conference boasted an impressive array of speakers from quite diverse industries, yet several clear themes emerged. These themes may look familiar to marketers, but whereas they used to be talked about as something to strive for (with only a rare “real life” example cited), they are now becoming a means to survive and thrive in today’s world.

I’ll cover the first three themes today and an additional three next week.

April 13, 2016

Why the Smart Revolution Needs UX More Than Technology

Every now and then, we need a change of perspective to move forward in the world, especially when our circumstances change dramatically.

We’re on the cusp of something huge. Our lives are becoming increasingly networked. More of our devices understand what we say, and some even think (on a basic level) for themselves. Estimates for the number of connected devices by 2020 range from 50 billion to 200 billion. That’s around 25 connected devices per person on the planet. The smart-home industry, which was non-existent a few years ago, will be worth nearly $60 billion by the same year. With hundreds of millions of wearables, connected cars and the like, we’re stepping into a sci-fi reality of Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, Google’s autonomous cars and IBM’s Watson.

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