Archive for The Big Picture

The Buddhist and the Digital RoadMap

Apr 05, 2012 Comments Off

My old friend,  trainer and motivator Brian Leaning-Mizen had this little story amongst the gems in his newsletter this morning.  I like it – and wanted to share it here. An aging Bhuddist master grew weary of his apprentice, constantly complaining about his life, so one morning, he instructed the unhappy young man to put […]

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How will you do smarter business as the Digital Natives grow up?

Mar 30, 2012 Comments Off

Have you ever wondered how the ‘digital native’ kids of today will grow up to do business online in the future? What will they expect? What will they demand? These kids have grown up to assume that all this online stuff is natural and normal. Just as anyone born after 1969 knew that “of course, […]

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False clues may add to retail confusion about connected consumers

Jan 24, 2012 Comments Off

An interesting article in RetailWire includes the following chart from research carried out by Equation Research in the US.  1,500 consumers were asked their preferred method of browsing and discovering new products. I’ve added the chart below, with a link to the article on RetailWire. From the research, the vast majority of respondents preferred to […]

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Digital Wallets and the Future of Payments

Dec 07, 2011 Comments Off

Some of these stats will surprise you. And what does it mean for your business when 1 in 4 consumers say they would be happy to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone? View the original post from Intuit here.

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Beware of Online Coupon Scams

Dec 03, 2011 Comments Off

Sadly, the Dark Side of the Internet continues to flourish. If you use online coupon Deals sites, here is a new risk you need to avoid. More than ever, we need to be on guard. In a timely article today, Patrick Stafford of Smart Company.com.au wrote about becoming more aware of 12 Digital Scams in […]

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You have amazing opportunities when your competitors think they are successful

Dec 03, 2011 Comments Off

If your competitors think they are successful now, then you’ve got some amazing opportunities. Success today often sets businesses up to be easy targets for you to attack them tomorrow. And if they were successful yesterday, then start attacking them now. Today. Do it smarter. Plan first, plan quickly, roll it out fast and get […]

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Crowd-sourcing for geniuses helps businesses make better plans

Dec 03, 2011 Comments Off

Just came across this great article from Asher Moses of Fairfax Digital about the guy behind a new online predictive modelling service called Kaggle. Check out the video – and then read Asher’s article here about the business itself.

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9 Quick Questions for struggling retailers to ponder…

Oct 04, 2011 8 Comments

Sometimes, retailers are their own worst enemy. Right now, many retailers are complaining about how bloody tough things are – but there are plenty of smart things smart retailers can do to help themselves. Try these for starters… There’s no denying retailing can be tough – wages are high, rents can be really high in […]

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Choose your Words, Choose your Thoughts and Choose your Results

Sep 26, 2011 10 Comments

What do you say when someone asks you “How’s business?” What does the little voice in your head say to you? What are all of the little voices inside the individual heads of your employees telling them?  Do you think these voices are helping your team create the future you want? And how about your […]

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Avoid more pain with smarter business planning now!

Aug 26, 2011 Comments Off

If you’re trying to make smarter business plans in the rapidly changing blur of business today, it might be time to step back, see the ‘big picture’ and understand how the puzzle pieces fit together. Otherwise most things you do will just add to the confusing blur, cause you more stress and grief – and […]

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How many retail stores will get flattened in the digital tsunami?

Apr 13, 2011 Comments Off

The trends of the digital age are finally getting noticed by many slow-to-move retail shops who thought they had a nice safe captive local market of customers. Now new online stores are challenging local stores by selling into the once safe backyard, and it is made worse for retail shops as customers realize how easy […]

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Are you in the business of Dream Support?

Apr 08, 2011 1 Comment

Wondering how your business can use online systems and social media? Here’s a great video from Barry Judge, the Chief Marketing Officer at Best Buy in the USA. As Barry says in the video, his industry is incredibly competitive and customers bring the Internet into the Best Buy stores.  Differentiating just on price and being […]

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