Emerging Technology

Is the Future of Video Vertical?

Whether you’re snapping a selfie or filming a video, most people naturally hold their phones vertically when capturing content to share on social media. (Who can be bothered to flip the phone horizontally?) While this approach makes professional videographers cringe, the shift from wide to tall is here to stay…and brands are getting on board. …

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How Brands Can Use Snapchat Memories

Over the past month, Snapchat has started to roll out one of its biggest changes to date. The app’s newest feature, Memories, allows users to save snaps in a private long-term collection within the app. This is a major shift from Snapchat’s defining characteristic – that snaps last only for a few seconds, or for…

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UVA McIntire Spring Symposium Recap

I had a fantastic time last week participating in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce Spring Symposium, Analytics: From Revolution to Evolution. I was honored to be included as a member of the panel accompanying the keynote speaker, Tom Davenport. The other members of the panel included incredible movers and shakers in the world of analytics:…

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All You Need To Know: The New iPhone, iPad Pro And Apple TV

Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted the company’s annual Fall press event this week where he unveiled changes not to just one Apple product per the usual norm but improvements to several products including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. We love this recap from The Verge highlighting “The 10 Most Important Things From Apple’s iPhone…

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What’s New on Pinterest: From Buyable Pins to Video Ads

We love Pinterest because it gives us a virtual bulletin board to collect all of our future goals and desires: the healthy recipes we want to make, the stylish clothes we want to wear, the beautiful home we want to decorate. Pinterest boards are actually personalized wish lists, so they capture what users are drawn…

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5 Inspiring Highlights from Cannes Lions 2015

The annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity brings together some of the most interesting and innovative minds from different industries – advertising and marketing agencies, social media and tech giants, business and entertainment personalities. While we didn’t get to hang out with the likes of Al Gore, Kim Kardashian and Ira Glass in the…

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How to use live video streaming for your business

Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app, launched last week to much fanfare. Like Meerkat, a similar app, it enables you to broadcast live video from a mobile device, in real time, to the world or to a private invite-only audience. The app requires iOS and is optimized for iPhones (see details on iTunes’ app store…

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The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2015

Who doesn’t love a good list? Don’t miss Fast Company’s March cover story, The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, which ranks and profiles the “gutsiest, smartest, most interesting and forward-thinking businesses on the planet right now.” Spoiler alert: Apple comes in at No. 2, “for making magic with minutiae.” Taking the top spot is Warby…

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Storytelling Versus Storymaking

Anyone engaged in business has heard about the import of employing storytelling as a means of selling. Stories are a tool scientifically proven to boost sales, and are highly effective not only for short-term profit, but for brand loyalty and advocacy. According to Yesware’s The Exchange, Neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak says that, “Stories are powerful…

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