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Posts tagged with Innovation

How to write an awards entry that stands out

Econsultancy’s Innovation Awards deadline is fast approaching and I thought it would be useful to provide some guidelines on what judges typically look for in an awards entry.

Ultimately it’s about focus, and answering questions in a clear and concise way. It's about accuracy. And it's about standing out.

Here are 15 things to keep in mind when compiling your awards entries…

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Movie theatres kill interesting movie rental experiment

Traditional media companies, like movie studios, are often criticized for their lack of innovation. But an experiment planned by Universal highlights just how tough progress can be.

Last week, it was revealed that the company planned a limited experiment in two mid-size cities in the United States. The experiment: for $59.99, consumers would be able to rent the movie Tower Heist while it was still in theatres and well before it became available as a traditional VOD rental.

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Google's Blogger refresh: too little, too late

It's easy to forget that more than a decade ago, when 'blog' was still a nascent buzzword, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched a service that would help propel blogging into the mainstream.

That service, Blogger, was acquired by Google in 2003, and a year later, Williams left to pursue new opportunities.

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The New York Times adopts the Google Labs approach

Google is arguably one of the most innovative companies of our time. A big part of that is that, despite the fact that the vast majority of its revenue comes from a single revenue stream (online advertising), the company has been eager to experiment with new ideas not necessarily related to search.

One of the primary ways it has conducted its experiments in public has been through Google Labs, "a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas and offer feedback directly to the engineers who developed them."

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Can a faster release cycle boost Firefox?

Mozilla Firefox is still the second most popular web browser in the world, trailing Microsoft's Internet Explorer by a still-hefty margin. But Firefox might lose its number two spot in the battle of the browsers to Google Chrome by year end.

What can Mozilla do to keep that from happening? One possible answer: a faster release cycle.

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Q&A: Samih Toukan, CEO of Jabbar Internet Group

Samih Toukan is Chairman and CEO at Jabbar Internet Group, the leading group of internet sites and web properties in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2000, along with Hussam Khoury, Samih founded the Arab Internet services company, Maktoob as the world's first Arabic / English email service provider.

Following the subsequent acquisition of Maktoob by Yahoo, Samih founded Jabbar Internet Group, an integrated group of online companies and websites. The group’s assets extend from e-commerce sites to online games, to advertising products & search services. 

I caught up with Samih to find out a little more about the companies within the Jabbar Internet Group, and the future of digital marketing in the Middle East...

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16 mind-blowing examples of big-brand projection mapping

At Econsultancy’s Future of Digital Marketing event last week, a term popped up that I’ve had some interest in recently: projection mapping. 

It was mentioned only once, by those clever chaps at Layar, but I feel it deserves a little bit of expansion. 

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Nine incredible interactive YouTube campaigns

I’m a big fan of creative, engaging approaches to advertising, which is something I’ve covered before.

A lot of talk at the moment seems to be around brands using Facebook or Twitter for various campaigns, but it’s important not to forget YouTube as a potential engagement platform.

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The Amazon Way: is it OK to be misunderstood?

Little more than a decade ago, some wondered if Amazon.com might be a Ponzi scheme.

Today, the company has a market cap just under $85bn and has established a firm position as the 800 pound gorilla of online retail. But it has even bigger ambitions.

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Q&A: Joshua Karpf of PepsiCo

Joshua Karpf of PepsiCo

As senior manager of digital media communications, Joshua Karpf is part of a team that runs digital and social media programming for the $60bn food and beverage parent of such icons as Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Quaker Oats.

He will be delivering the keynote at the Econsultancy Peer Summit in New York on June 2. 

Karpf has worked on a number of innovative programs, including Gatorade Mission Control, a digital engagement center at the core of the business, and PepsiCo10, a digital incubator that connects emerging media companies and PepsiCo brands.

We talked with him about innovation, emerging technology, and the value of failure.

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Six ways to bring Agile Innovation into your company

SixI have a dislike for the word 'transition' when used in the context of describing the challenge of adapting organisational thinking, practice and output to be more aligned with the new networked, digital environment.

It suggests that there is a beginning, middle and end to the process of change that many organisations are undertaking right now. The reality, of course, is very different.

The requirement for businesses that play in the many markets that are being disrupted by new digital platforms and models is not just to innovate, but to continuously innovate. To adopt an approach to that is, I'd suggest, very different from that which is practiced in most organisations. Agile innovation.

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Q&A: Reevoo CEO Richard Anson on social commerce

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Richard Anson is the CEO and co-founder of Reevoo, which aggregates verified reviews for brands and retailers. 

I've been speaking to Richard about how he fosters a culture of innovation within the company, and how he sees the development of social commerce and Reevoo's role in this. 

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