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Global Web Users: A Work in Progress

25 Aug

Recently, the International Communication Union, a UN agency conducted research on Web usage around the globe. Click here for a PDF of the highlights of its 2016 report based on this research.

Statista has devised an interesting chart from the ICU data. [See below.] And its Felix Richter  offered these insights:

“25 years ago, August 23, 1991, a British computer scientist made the World Wide Web available to the public. Tim Berners-Lee, who was then working at CERN, could not have imagined the impact his actions would have on the world over the next two-and-a half decades. Honoring this milestone in the history of the Internet, August 23 has become known as Internaut Day.”

“However, even 25 years after what some call its inception, the World Wide Web is not nearly as universally available as its name suggests. According to the latest estimates by the International Communication Union, a UN agency specializing in information and communication technologies, only 47 in 100 world citizens use the internet these days. While Internet access in regions such as North America and Europe has become a commodity not unlike electricity and running water, people in less-developed regions often still lack access to what has arguably become the most important source of information of our times.”

 

Infographic: The Not So World Wide Web | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista.

 

Are YOU Doing Enough to Build Your Network?

9 Aug

If you are not heavily involved in professional networking, you are probably doing yourself — and your career — a disservice.

Consider these observations from Lindsay Kolowich, writing for HubSpot:

“When done right, networking is an incredibly valuable investment of every professional’s time and effort. It helps us make meaningful business connections, get feedback, and advance our careers. And best of all, it pays significant dividends over time. So why does it seem so unpleasant sometimes? It can feel fake, it’s exhausting, and frankly, standing alone in a sea of unknown faces with nametags and cheese plates can be utterly painful.”

According to Kolowich, here are common networking mistakes that people make:

  • “You’re waiting to build your network until you need it most.”
  • “You aren’t keeping up your personal brand.”
  • “You’re afraid to attend networking events by yourself.”
  • “You don’t follow up with personal messages.”
  • “You ask the same questions everyone else is asking.”
  • “You dominate networking conversations.”
  • You’re overeager.”
  • You don’t venture outside your existing network.”
  • “You don’t ask for anything, or you ask for too much.”

Click the image to read a lot more.


 

Women in Business

4 Aug

Here is some value information on this topic:

  • Womenable.com has a large number of infographics. Click here.
  • Gender Equity Index. Click here.
  • State of Women-Owned Businesses. Click here.
  • A One-Women Firm Goes Global. Click here.
  • Women, Especially Women of Color, Fueling Business Startups. Click here.

 

Meet Pepper: The Humanoid Robot

15 Jul

As we have noted numerous times over the past few years, technology has been changing the face of business — for both small and large firms. So, are we ready for personalized robots taking our orders and payment at restaurants?

According to Maria LaMagna, reporting for MarketWatch:

“Soon, when restaurant-goers hear ‘May I take your order?’, those words may be coming from a robot. Some restaurants have started experimenting with human-like robots instead of human cashiers, allowing consumers to pay for their meals without interacting with another person. Although many restaurants have allowed digital ordering, either online, by kiosk, or on tablets at the table, the practice of using humanoid, or human-like robots, is still in its earliest stages, and it’s primarily happening in Asia so far. Experts say the robots could benefit restaurants and lead to wider adoption — if diners aren’t too freaked out by them.”

“Pizza Hut is the latest company to try a robot cashier, in a partnership with robotics company SoftBank Robotics and MasterCard, which has created the payment app. The application works only with MasterCard’s MasterPass, a digital wallet that allows payment by MasterCard cards, as well as credit, debit, or prepaid cards.”

“SoftBank’s robot is named Pepper. It has a face and can even respond to human customers with some emotional intelligence. For example, if a customer seems more tentative to interact with a robot, Pepper will be more reserved, whereas if a customer is more energetic, Pepper will be, too. It looks like an alien, with eyes and a touchscreen on its chest, and it’s the size of a small child.”

Here is a photo of Pepper from MasterCard. Below the photo, there is a fun YouTube video.
 

 

 

An Oracle Infographic on the Internet of Things

5 Jul

With the rapid advancement of technology around the globe — and our expanded use of connected devices — the Internet of Things (IoT) is here in full force, and major IT companies are acting accordingly in expanding their client offerings.

But for those who are unfamiliar with or unsure about the concept, what exactly is the Internet of Things? According to TechTarget:

“The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals, or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.”

 
Here is an interesting infographic on the IoT and its importance from B2B giant Oracle.

 

Which Newer Apps Are Poised to Take Off?

23 Jun

It’s critical to identify the next big things in social media before they become the “next big things.”

Here is some excellent information on this topic from Salesforce Canada, whose blog features tips, trends, and insights from the world’s leading enterprise cloud ecosystem in sales, service, marketing, community, analytics, and apps:

“What social media platforms are you sure are going to be the big thing for 2016 and beyond? Is Snapchat where it’s at — or is Instagram still ruling the online roost?”

What if you were wrong? What if the social media apps to think about, plan for, and engage with are things you haven’t even heard of? Will you and your company be left by the side of the social media highway? You just might.”

“What’s new and cool in social media apps often come with strange-sounding names and unique connecting methods. Snapchat hasn’t lost its cache, but it’s been joined by other video-focused formats including Vimeo. There are also new ways to provide content with apps like Anchor. Instant messaging services like Yo and Viber area also poised to break out big.”

“Why do you need to know [what’s the next big thing]? Because social media are where more and more Internet users (we’re talking billions of people) are at. Use this graphic to figure out your next strategic moves in the social media world.”

 

11 Smaller Social Media Apps Poised to Break Out in 2016

Via Salesforce

 

The Dollar Shave Club Goes Humorous

17 Jun

Over the last several years, the Dollar Shave Club has revolutionized the way that shaving items are sold. Since its inception, the DSC has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. And its success has generated new online competition, include the venerable Gillette brand — which now has its own online shave club: the Gillette Shave Club.

In response to the heightened competition, the DSC has just introduced a new, humorous advertising campaign.
 

 

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