<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/email-marketing.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-1591" alt="email-marketing" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/email-marketing-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>We all have a love/hate relationship with EMail. Go on. Admit it. We all want it to go away, but no matter how much we keep going on about how bad it is - we don't disconnect. This is not to defend EMail. It does have serious problems. But if your car or phone has a problem - you fix it. You don't just throw it away and / or stop using it. And you know that this isn't the first time I have written about this.
I guess it started when I kept hearing the line that EMail is dead and broken – Social Media is the way. How people would say that the “First thing I do each day is ‘check my linkedIN / Facebook / Twitter” Facebook Messages is EMail by another name. And really – SMS / MMS – more messages that use a different protocol to reach you.
…. the very space that IBM – according to the first link – is being threatened.
"Pivotal is building a new platform for a new era, setting the standard for Enterprise Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS). The company’s mission is to enable customers to build a new class of applications, leveraging big and fast data, doing all of this with the power of cloud independence."
<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/good-design.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2777" alt="good-design" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/good-design-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>I am not a designer - but I sure do appreciate good design. I like typography that works, frameworks and infrastructure that allow you to convey information clearly and consistently.
Downside is that as the bar has been lowered to allow pretty much anybody to write, publish and sell and app, roll out a web site or push out a product and in parallel it is amazing how little attention is paid to the user experience.
In my world of software – it also seems to me that there is more and more complexity for those developers to think about in the ever increasing variety of form factors phones of infinitely variable sizes, pads likewise. Computer monitors. TV monitors. And then all of that has to be wrapped up with more and more browsers and app guidelines and different code sets.
This piece from Brian Solis just caught my eye - his conclusion ...
If you’re a business, the takeaway is that sharing without analytics is essentially useless, that engagement is not as valuable as insight, and that seeing things in context is more important than being popular.
… and there’s the problem for the small business person – there is no easy cost efficient way for small businesses to sort out that noise to make sense of it.
<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/most_interesting_man.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2774" alt="most_interesting_man" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/most_interesting_man-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a>This one's a little different, but I have always like the Dos Equis ads featuring 'the most interesting man in the worl'd. <a href="href="http://www.policymic.com/articles/9659/22-of-the-best-dos-equis-the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world-quotes-video" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">So when I saw this</a> - well - had to share....
To give you a clue – some of my favorite lines ….
He lives vicariously through himself.
He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels.
The police often question him just because they find him interesting.
In museums, he is allowed to touch the art.
His business card simply says “I’ll call you.”
He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice.
When he drives a new car off the lot, it increases in value.
<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/danlyons.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2764" alt="danlyons" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/danlyons-150x150.jpeg" width="150" height="150" /></a>Doesn't matter what you read, where you read it, what the topic under discussion is - if you are absorbing mainstream media - the question you need to ask more and more is - can I trust them? And if you think you can ... why?
I read a lot about tech, futures, sales, customers, politics, religion, music …. And in each of those disciplines, there are favorite writers that I checkout regularly – and the list keeps growing. The really good ones cross over between my silos of content interests – and the more they cross over – the more I hope one day I will meet the people – because I just feel that we will ‘get along’.
Now notice – writers – not media. The media has the agenda. Grant you – so does the writer – but it is more obvious, easier to track IMHO.
His (JPs) point on album covers and packaging is spot on even of itself – I for one love the album art of the past and mourn it’s passing …. But I also believe that packaging continues to be one avenue that musicians can use to differentiate and offer something special to their listeners, fans, customers …. But that’s another story.
From then he moves into the death of the artist Storm Thorgerson – another loss of a master – and whilst talking of packaging, wanders over to David Byrne’s book How Music Works – and yes I do need to go get that one – looks fascinating.
I understand that nobody cares.
I realize that it is all about the headline.
EXCEPT when you read unadulterated crap like this on a site under the CBS banner – it really real makes you wonder. Full Article Here
(MoneyWatch) The evidence has been clear for a while that Apple (AAPL) is no longer the singular dominant force in mobile. But the alarm bells have grown shriller. Supplier results suggest “lackluster iPhone demand.” Anonymous supply chain sources say that iPad mini unit sales could drop 20 percent to 30 percent this quarter, compared with the same period last year first quarter of 2013. [Update: The iPad mini was introduced in the fall of 2012.]
Think about that for two seconds ….
CBS is quoting Anonymous sources that iPad mini sales are dropping – 20 to 30 percent compared with the same period as last year. (when the iPad mini didn’t even exist).
So CBS chooses not to ignore it – but use it as a lead – offering their own correction on the data.