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Apple Scores Just Enough to Put Big Points on the Board

“They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Terence Mann, “Field of Dreams,” Gordon Co., 1989 In the name of full disclosure: – I don’t worship at [...]

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Cloud, BYOD, Bad Judgement Changing Business Landscape

Crowd Pleaser – Tell people there’s been an accident or a train wreck and they rush to the scene to survey the damage. They will watch for hours and say under their breath, “thank gawd that’s not me.” Hollywood studios and businesses around the globe are watching Sony Entertainment’s virtual business drama unfold as personal [...]

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More Good Video Choices Coming Out on More Devices

“The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.” – Narrator, “Escape from New York,” AVCO Embassy Pictures, 1981 I didn’t really think I’d [...]

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Eliminate User and Security Breaches, Hacks Will Be Solved

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” – Sir Laurence Olivier, Henry V (The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with his Battle Fought at Agincourt in France), 1944 We recovered from Heartbleed and now Bash vulnerability/shellshock emerges as the next great “discovery” that’s going to cause massive data breaches (think Sony [...]

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Two Factions Are Making M&E Better, More Available

Old Sign, New Business – With the content industry rapidly transitioning to new digital options, new opportunities have emerged for the M&E industry even though it’s sometimes hard to realize with the land seemingly shifting under your feet. As long as you don’t think about it too hard, today’s entertainment is great. Think just a [...]

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Mergers, Acquisitions and Spinoffs are Board Games Played with People

“That is just the beginning. I’ve seen things you’ve only seen in your nightmares. Things you can’t even imagine. Things you can’t even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams.” – ‘Alan Parrish, “Jumangi,” Columbia Pictures, 1995 A while back, I figured out that the CE (consumer electronics) industry– [...]

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Finally, Ransom Notes Have Joined the Digital Age

“You pick me clean, you put me in a coffin with a rotten, stinking cat, and now you strip me bollock naked.” – Robert Agar, “The Great Train Robbery,” Sterling Films, 1978 Think how great it’s going to be in 2020 with 50B connected things. Not just your notebook, tablet, smartphone (if they’ll even be [...]

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Surprising Shift to Mobile Shopping Will Improve Holiday Sales

“Cash is the fossil fuel that keeps our economic pistons pumping.” – Walter, “Home for the Holidays,” Paramount, 1995 Well, my daughter is busy lathering her fingers with ranch hand cream (she found it online and swears by it) to get ready for the holiday shopping season, has charged her “old” iPhone (thrown out hints) [...]

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When Should You Stop Chasing A Potential Client?

You have been to see a potential client and then dutifully gone back and sent over a proposal. And then, radio silence. Nothing back at all. You know you’re going to have to pick up the phone and that thought doesn’t fill you with joy – what if they say no? Here’s the bad news. [...]

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The Secret To Writing Great Copy

How many times have you read something – maybe on a website or in a sales letter and thought “that doesn’t make sense” or found it hard to concentrate because the way it was written wasn’t very interesting? Well, let me tell you something. When I first started my business, that’s how the information that [...]

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Keep You and Your Stuff a Little Less Available to “Them”

“Folks that throw dirt on you aren’t always trying to hurt you, and folks that pull you out of a jam aren’t always trying to help you.” – Jack Beauregard, “My Name is Nobody,” Refran Cinematographica, 1973 If you think it’s all about you … you’re right! Samsung, Apple, Ford, M&Ms, Johnson & Murphy, Dos [...]

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Just Because You Have a List

I think there is definitely an expectation in marketing that just because you have a list of contacts, be it from a bought list, networking event, LinkedIn connection, referral and so on, that everyone on that list should be interested in what it is that you do. Let me give you an example. A client [...]

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The Recipe for Everything You Want, Need

“The Kanamit seem friendly and assure everyone they have nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they offer to share wonderful technology that will provide limitless energy, cure all disease and convert deserts into lush gardens. For the people of Earth, paradise has arrived.” – “To Serve Man,” Twilight Zone, 1962, Cayuga Productions I recently [...]

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There Will Be a Lot of Give, Take Needed Before IoE Really Arrives

“There is a building. Inside this building there is a level where no elevator can go, and no stair can reach. This level is filled with doors. These doors lead to many places. Hidden places. But one door is special. One door leads to the source.” – The Keymaker, “Matrix Reloaded,” Warner Brothers, 2003 I’m [...]

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Mobile, Social Media Don’t Spell Privacy

“First rule of magic: always be the smartest person in the room.” – J. Daniel Atlas, “Now You See Me,” Summit Entertainment, 2013 I saw the weirdest thing the other day … a woman was talking on her iPhone–seriously!! Have you ever seen someone with the battery level of their smartphone below 20 percent? Scary!! [...]

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Cyberworld Needs Better Personal Intelligence, Common Sense

“Remember Marine, ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die. Semper Fi. Over” – Ben Yahzee, “Windwhisperers,” MGM, 2002 You may have noticed over the past six+ months or so that bad folks and evil doers have been exposing software, infrastructure and cloud service vulnerabilities with devastating results: – Heartbleed [...]

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Raising the Odds of Selling your Business

The business of selling a business is not exactly a new trend. The number of businesses listed for sale in many different forms of media is proof that this course of action taken by entrepreneurs is backed by the right reasons. For several reasons, business owners decide to sell their company. Many do so due [...]

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Pizza Hut Launches Mobile Payment System Using Visa Checkout

In an era where convenience through technological advancements is the name of the game, embracing innovation is deemed an imperative course of action businesses need to take. Now more than ever, business owners and online merchants are prioritizing the provision not only of top value products and specific services, but also breakthrough systems in customer [...]

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3 Work-life Balance Tips For Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, you understandably want to put forth all of your effort into making your business venture a success. After all, you may have your personal financial resources at stake in your company as well as your professional reputation. Your family’s livelihood and financial well-being coupled with your ability to plan for [...]

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The Temptations of Web Data May Be Too Great to Resist

“Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee. Lips red as the rose. Hair black as ebony. Skin white as snow.” – “Magic Mirror, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Disney, 1937 Living online with all the free [...]

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