All students of marketing should listen to this piece from On the Media.
If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate. – Thomas J. Watson
Scott Galloway seems to claim that implicit targeting based on clickstream (i.e. observing a user’s browsing history and making recommendations) beats self-reports by a wide margin. While I’ve said before that I think doing so is a great idea, I’m not sure this will always be true. Google has done quite well for itself by demanding that users first type something into the search box.
When I look at the future of TV, I think it’s going to be on demand; it’s going to be mobile and cross-device; it’s going to be global; and it’s going to include a diverse set of content. – Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube
Adam Alter and Hal Hershfield have a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing people search for meaning when they approach a new decade in chronological age.
- A.L. Alter, and H.E. Hershfield, "People search for meaning when they approach a new decade in chronological age: Table 1.", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 111, pp. 17066-17070, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1415086111
European telecommunications company Orange partnered with Paris-based advertising agency Publicis Conseil and Toronto-based digital design agency Jam3 to create a surreal digital experience that allows users to speak with a simulated version of themselves 20 years in the future. The result, which is part of Orange’s 20th anniversary #futureself campaign, uses a combination of aging simulation and 3D rendering technologies to essentially allow folks to question their future selves.
Hal Hershfield, one of my closest advisors and mentors delivers a brilliant TED talk. You MUST check this out.