If All Screens Are TVs, What Then?

Last week, the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announced that they would be awarding prestigious Emmy Awards in an expansion of the short-form series category. The deeper explanation of categories and requirements is: The Emmys has expanded the short-form series awards to four categories: comedy or drama; variety; reality/non-fiction; and animation. Series must have a minimum of six episodes with an average [...]

What’s Up With Narrow-Mindedness When Judging Technology Firms?

With the brewing storm of excitement/dismay/wonder surrounding Facebook's acquisition of What's App, the disconnect between expectations for - or public perception about - large conglomerates and new technology business seems to have widened. Much has been discussed about melding What's App into Facebook's interface or bringing advertising into What's App's in or just a Big [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:34:00+00:00 February 23rd, 2014|Ruminations|0 Comments

Transcending The Pitch And Becoming The Lifestyle

The delineation of Lifestyle Brands as a separate vertical is odd to me.  Its hard to think of "lifestyle brands" that don't retain a product at its core. Some examples of lifestyle brands - to me - are: Nike, Gatorade, Coca-Cola/Pepsi, and some could argue Apple or Facebook. You could arguably suggest that Livestrong at [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:34:49+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Core|0 Comments

The End Of Search?

A version of the end of Search is what Google's Amit Singhal presented at Google I/O. And, while the implications can certainly scare or annoy many, there are just as many that are excited about its implications. But, there are considerably fewer who can begin to fully comprehend the possibilities. Of those few, I can bet [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:34:52+00:00 May 17th, 2013|Ruminations|0 Comments

Facebook and General Motors Showing The Gamesmanship Usually Reserved For Playoff Season

Days before Facebook's IPO, General Motors announced that they were pulling advertising from Facebook. If I didn't know any better, I would think it was a matter of an established company attempting to stick it to the newest young Turk.  We may never know how much the pulling of around $40 million advertising dollars annually affected [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:40:29+00:00 May 30th, 2012|Ruminations|0 Comments

HBO Presents Their Own Smart Freemium Model

In the past, HBO was able to drive subscriptions for their services based on the fact that they were a special premium product. Whether through buzz about their shows, awards their shows garnered, or the enabling of a few days a year of allowing users to sample their content, they were able to drive subscribers.  Now that [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:41:45+00:00 April 13th, 2012|Ruminations|0 Comments

Is Facebook The One To Rule Them All?

Yesterday, as the Mobile World Congress' Keynote Speaker, Facebook CTO Bret Taylor laid out the company's plans to "help" the mobile industry and developers work around the pesky control that Apple and Google now share. While unveiling two key programs that Facebook is looking to lead, he addressed Facebook's plans to tackle both the in-app purchasing and [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:43:55+00:00 February 28th, 2012|Ruminations|0 Comments

Why Is It So Hard To Opt-Out Of History Repeating Itself?

Following on yesterday's entry about Facebook's Timeline and that old adage of history repeating itself, I feel like I am back in the end of the 20th century when it comes to assumptions and inconveniences laid before online and mobile users.  While much debate and consideration of best practices led to companies switching to Opt-In [...]

By | 2016-10-12T21:04:30+00:00 February 1st, 2012|Ruminations|0 Comments