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The Sciamachy between Big Data And Big Ideas

Posted by in Advertising, Brand Experience, Communication, Strategy

Much to my surprise, the last couple of weeks saw an increase in conversations I had about a topic that apparently does neither get old nor boring. It’s been around for a while but still creates a natural tension – which is, in a way, exciting for strategists: the sciamachy between the Big Idea and Big Data. It is a debate about good versus evil, the pure versus the inauthentic, the real versus the fake. It is one versus the other, an either-or-argument. A debate where non of the contestants seem to be able to see…read more

The Misguidedly Targeted Flyer

Posted by in Advertising, Brand Experience, Communication

Every now and then a little piece of direct marketing gets lost in my mailbox. This particular time it was a flyer from an online retailer where I had bought some technical accessory for a washing machine a while ago. They offered me a 10 EUR discount code for my next purchase. On the front page of the flyer: a blonde woman in a winter coat. The guys in the marketing department there know my name (a common first name for a male in Germany) and they have my one dimensional purchase…read more

How Apple’s iOS 8 Puts Words In Your Mouth

Posted by in Brand Experience, Consumer, Innovation, Technology

I upgraded to iOS 8 yesterday. Besides the fact that I was slightly disappointed (it looks exactly the same, how boring!), I became a little bit upset after typing the first message. I have read about the new keyboard’s contextual word suggestion, yet I wasn’t aware what that actually really meant. The phone happily suggesting words above the keyboard was distracting me from what I initially wanted to write. And I caught myself altering my intended sentence structure in order to go with a suggested option from the phone. That…read more

Jelly is a Great Opportunity for Brands

Posted by in Brand Experience, Communication, Consumer, Technology

A little new app called Jelly sparked some interest among tech blogs yesterday. Their motto: Let’s help each other. I downloaded it and surprisingly it’s quite fun answering questions of your larger social network (friends of friends are included). People ask the community by uploading pictures of the „problem“ and add a short question. The interesting thing: most of the questions appearing in my feed where about problems related to consumer electronics (laptop keyboards, cameras, tech devices, etc.). Sounds like a decent and very simple opportunity for brands to actively…read more

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