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Wellbeing enhanced more by places than objects, study finds | Life and style | The Guardian
The poet WHAuden is credited with first coining the word “topophilia” to describe a strong emotional pull to a special place.

Now scientific research, using cutting-edge brain imaging, suggests Auden was on to something. According to a study commissioned by the National Trust, people experience intense feelings of wellbeing, contentment and belonging from places that evoke positive memories far more than treasured objects such as photographs or wedding rings. // siehe menschen die umgeben sind vom baeume sind gluecklicher und gesuender
Consumer  Consumerism  Happiness  Capitalism  Vacation  experience  health  wellbeing  Depression  Selbstdarstellung  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  poverty  trap  travel  Generationy  Millennials  lifehacker  lifehacks  Minimalismus  minimalism  Frugal 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Worker confronts M&S chief over 'poverty wages' | Society | The Guardian
Gewinnbeteiligung & workers rep on board of directors!? Like in Germany. Especially in customer facing ops! It's not just about price, its also customer service! customer experience. acquisition (word of mouth, net promoter score - vs - getting foot-fall up through sales and deals) customer engagement. customer retention and empowerment - to make the better choice to shop where people are treated well, paid well, and shared economic interest (environment, ecology, sustainability, local economy and jobs (multiplier effects)). Compelling people to make a mindful and conscious choice, day to day and for the long-term! Differentiate, don't fight with Amazon and big grocery retailers for price, sales, deals. That war you lost already because you can't win that way (bc of them having deeper pockets, shareholders which look away since ever in case of Amazon, and it is their identity; why ppl shop there), new business, away from Amazon, Tesco & ASDA. And especially Lidl and Aldi.
CEO  pay  living  wage  minimum  wage  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  John  Lewis  Gewinnbeteiligung  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  HR  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  customer  experience  customer  empowerment  customer  retention  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  e-commerce  Amazon  Branding  brand  awareness  customer  acquisition  Blue  Ocean  differentiate  differentiation  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  marketing  Positioning  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  ecommerce  pure  play 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple's Ad-Blocking Apps Gaining Popularity - YouTube
"this is an arms race." //&! bit.ly/1iRx5vN //&! bbc.in/1LpAn4D - However Mr Arment withdrew his app after just two days and offered those who had bought it a refund.
ad-block  iAd  Safari  iOS  Platform  Silo  AdBlock  Content  Blocking  user  experience  UI  UX  friction  Chrome  publishing  2.0  business  model  pageviews  web  publishing  mobile  web  phablet  subscription  model  Google  Inc.  Facebook  Twitter  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  ad-blocking 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Inside Bayern Munich: Business of Sport Special - YouTube
brand awareness advertising/marketing (mass eyeballs.pageviews) - vs - user experience, engagement, empowerment, remix use, word of mouth, shared experience, sharing, social media, customer acquisition, net promoter score, )
business  of  sport  soccer  World  Cup  FIFA  UEFA  Premier  League  DFB  elite  sports  elite  athlete  IOC  doping  capitalism  brand  awareness  marketing  advertisement  advertising  TV  pageviews  eyeballs  user  engagement  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  customer  acquisition  user  experience  user  acquisition  user  churn  Gary  Vaynerchuk 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Angela Ahrendts doing at Apple? - Fortune
“She motivates people. She inspires people. And she is the sort of person who wants to see things succeed as a team. It’s a rare quality.” [...] Ahrendts believes the key to the company’s future is not just marvelous products, but also engaging and energizing its nearly 100,000 employees, 60% of whom now work in retail division. “If you’re going to employ people anyway,” she says, “why not make them the differentiator? They’re not a commodity.” Now that there are 459 Apple stores in 15 countries, many people have their first Apple experience inside a store—a first impression that could forever tarnish the brand if it’s not good. “Burberry was about building a relationship,” she says. “But it was always about selling an amazing product that you would have forever. Apple is just a deeper relationship with a much broader constituency. Because it’s everybody.” // apple positioned itself just above everyone else it competes w [having a margin!], but not too far up to be douchy, off-setting
Angela  Ahrendts  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  Apple  aspirational  product  marketing  user  experience  pure  play  e-commerce  Tim  Cook  user  engagement  customer  experience  UI  UX  CEO  Leadership  people  management  team  management  customer  service  customer  acquisition  customer  user  acquisition  user  churn  communication  Positioning  Value  Proposition  added  creation  emotion  advertisement  advertising  status  anxiety  community  community  management  R&D  STEM  Research  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
More evidence that Snapchat needs to just kill Discover already
>> bit.ly/15SfOfU &! bit.ly/1M6Khcb &! bit.ly/1uxEz6s (( Discover wants to be Newsfeed ala Facebook without 'Liking' a page (BEING FED ... uhhhh, so TV/Radio/Newspaper. You don't discover, you are being fed.), but curated, and first foray into introducing ads (figuring out a business model) ... and not opting to go/experiment w native ads (Snaps pushed to users, ala Superbowl ads! at around half the price point of Superbowl ads? Why not. With a tight grip on quality, storytelling, authenticity, ... sure can't scale it very much. And not the ultimate money machine at first.) )) --- vs --- Gary Vaynerchuks opinion on it - bit.ly/1zBUCYm &! bit.ly/1XSVS2L - argues if programming is good (content being the variable) people will go there repeatedly vs their website or own app. // BUT is Discover too far removed from Snapchat being Snapchat (medium is the message) itself and thus friction. Bc of no empowerment, engagement, experience the original medium has! Stapled on non-native feature.
Snapchat  Snapchat  Discover  Evan  Spiegel  Facebook  user  generated  content  Facebook  Instant  Articles  Newsfeed  Twitter  LinkedIn  Pulse  The  Wars  noise  pollution  noise  Signal  vs.  content  curation  curation  algorithm  Platform  TOS  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  creative  content  creator  ProAm  creator  creating  creativity  value  creation  utility  Escapeism  Entertainment  Smartphone  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  model  pageviews  advertising  advertisement 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
CEO Ambarish Mitra: independent Blippar may IPO - Business Insider
youtu.be/epMs3X8U9Ko?t=13m55s 'want's to take it all the way ... to IPO.' - Q: Is Virtual Search and Augmented Reality a feature on an existing (Search) Platform (with existing data and personal context - ie your past search history and relations (FB)) in the next 5 years or a public company? Could the extra friction of an app to launch, with the name ?blippar? be a friction point for traction!? - VS - native on iOS, Android camera app that gets into augmented reality mode when it sees a specific QR code. Time will tell. What past has show, to gain mass adoption it is about being immersive (whoa), creates emotional - chemical (dopamine) intangible value, and being sort of 'invisible' "Don't show me." and thus habit forming, // &! bit.ly/1N4a5oj
VR  virtual  reality  Blippar  vertical  category  visual  search  Google  iOS  Android  Microsoft  Bing  Apple  Spotlight  Cortana  Google  Now  on  Tap  Google  Now  Amazon  context  contextual  content  Augmented  AR  Facebook  Apple  Google  Inc.  search  engine  IoT  Windows  10  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  QR  code  mass  market  mass  culture  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Modern Storytellers: Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat - YouTube
>> always on record. thus being consistent, you, authentic, key to sustainability. everyone is the PR agent for themselves. // bullshit detectors have become hyper-refined. // - have to open yourself up to it, as requirement, to be radically honest, vulnerable, see Brene Brown. // also, have to leave money on the table! << going for the marathon! not the sprint. not profit maximisation. go for legacy. willingness to say no, knowing when to say no because it would be short-term optimisation. // keeping values/guiding principles/mission/vision with growing team - is about success of your leadership team/exec team (Eventbrite gal talked about this in yc talk, surprised about internal champions/leaders). // [AD PRODUCT FOR CLOSETPHILE AND OH HI THERE WORLD!] attention graph/span: what brings value to ppl?! ads should bring, have to bring value! its not about reach/pageviews. its about attention. being part. creating value!!! also not add friction - ie pre-roll ad. normal ads steal time!
Gary  Vaynerchuk  Casey  Neistat  storytelling  Selbstdarstellung  status  anxiety  Social  Media  authenticity  authentic  Selbstfürsorge  Start-up  of  You  Branding  Personal  Brand  Brand  communication  community  management  attention  span  attention  oh  hi  there  world  closetphile  business  model  pageviews  value  creation  Core  Product  Proposition  intangible  value  Proposition  corporate  values  added  value  value  values  values  shared  economic  interest  lesson  advice  differentiate  differentiation  noise  pollution  noise  distraction  user  behaviour  lilwrld  advertisement  advertising  native  advertising  branded  content  content  marketing  advertorial  Programmatic  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  celebrity  culture  of  You  Vlog  Vlogging  shared  experience  shared  perspective  user  generated  content  actions  change 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
AdBlock  iOS  Safari  Apple  iAd  Platform  user  experience  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  tracking  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Apple  App  Store  mobile  web  HTML5  corporate  strategy  corporate  media  PR  public  relations  spin  doctor  Silo  TOS  EULA  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ecosystem  Facebook  content  blocker  business  model  pageviews  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  BuzzFeed  Huffington  Post  AOL  Yahoo!  Page  Rank  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  newspaper  newspapers  paywalls  paywall  subscription  model  freemium  Print  is  Dead  jeffjarvis  Vox  Washington  Post  Insider  Linkbait  linkbaiting  click  bait  Clickbait  NYT  NYTimes  New  York  Times  Pando.com  PandoDaily  Facebook  Instant  Articles  The  Economist  Financial  Times  The  Guardian  Android  Google  Chrome  Google  Inc.  AdSense  AdWords  pre-roll  Programmatic  Programmatic  Advertising  Outbrain  mobile  ads  native  content  marketing  MoPub  Flurry  Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  ISP  Net  Neutrality  Adobe  Flash  customer  experience  friction  frictionless  commodity  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast 168: Really good codeine - YouTube
min 46 // Instagram increased res for square format, now allowing all photo formats (vertical and landscape, after user hacked the square format - putting in landscape or portrait photos with borders - to make it square) vs what it was and was not and what it only offered on release day. "the great equaliser." all had the same tool, limitations, options, ways to express, make photos more interesting. thus it showed off some specific creative you (how to use your phone camera), not your skill and experience with Photoshop, lighting, photo school rules - that can set you apart. Instagram was a small, limited, enhanced window you your world, to that moment - captured. And now like Social Media. It is being gamed. Exploited. Abused. For specific commercial and or personal purpose. // Instagram was sort of, lucked out, with not being something for everyone. No it has become that thing that can be used by everyone - for their purpose. Follows it being primed for advertisers ...
Instagram  differentiate  differentiation  photo  app  constraint  artificial  constraint  community  philosophy  Facebook  Newsfeed  Social  Media  Selbstdarstellung  Celebrity  of  You  Beme  community  management  Twitter  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  category  vertical  consumer  management  experience  user  hack  strategy  Snapchat  Vine  YouTube  expression  creative  content  creator  digital  content  user  generated  content  The  Wars  Multimedia  Periscope  Meerkat  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC TV chief warns of US threat after big-money Amazon deals | Media | The Guardian
>> iPlayer needs to become an international subscription business. and leverage the BBC brand (sought after and trusted, it's the last public crown jewl that actually can compete in a global market! Channel 4 or ITV can't. ) // “Their model is built on having global rights and we have got to respect that. They are a very smart, impressive bunch of people,” Cohen said. “The key thing we look at more and more is the impact of global competition rather than just in the UK where very big companies can distribute their content around the world. That is a very big challenge.”
distribution  model  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  Netflix  HBO  cable  provider  Amazon  Amazon  Prime  on-demand  convenience  friction  frictionless  user  experience  economies  of  scale  scale  globalization  globalisation  digital  economy  digital  content  Television  TV  The  Wars  content  discovery  content  distribution  user  generated  content  competition  competitiveness  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  brand  awareness 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How To Get 1 Million Subscribers - YouTube
meritocracy, democratic, egalitarian. anyone who has interest, can find it. u will have an audience, even it is just 1. either they like it, share it & come back. or they leave u alone. // Beme, remove the aspect of creation. the friction. the cognitive cost. the overhead. a process to follow. a tutorial or how to listicle to read. to Google or to ask. >> Product developers & investors should think about the cognitive cost of their products. The cognitive cost very often can be much higher than the financial cost. Products with a low cognitive cost are those where the technology fades away and dont require a consumers ongoing attention. bit.ly/1Nz0veO // "Don't make me think." << book, UI UX mantra. // Photo-filter-app vs photo-editing-app vs video-editing-ai-augmented-intelligence-app that have popped up. podcasting. EDM // what has lots of overhead & sometimes really disappointing user experience? Skype, Windows, FriendFeed, Twitter?(niche compared 2 FB). Q&A youtu.be/6xVdM0QJq6Y
Casey  Neistat  freedom  of  expression  expression  creative  destruction  Beme  Vlogging  vlog  YouTube  Vine  Instagram  Periscope  Twitch  justin.tv  Qik  writing  Video  mainstream  filter  bubble  editor  Reddit  4chan  storytelling  Music  Industry  Indie  Music  Hollywood  content  discovery  content  distribution  distribution  model  TV  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  painting  digital  economy  digital  content  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  critics  Artist  graphic  artists  digital  cognitive  cost  friction  frictionless  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  UI  UX  user  engagement  user  generated  content  user  experience  user  churn  hook  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  Podcast  podcasting  Platform  content  creator  The  Wars  Snapchat  SMS  WhatsApp 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Growth vs Retention – AVC
"Retention was clearly bad, and that’s what killed us" [...] [...] This all comes back to stepping on the gas before finding product market fit. You might think you have product market fit and so you scale up your hiring, your marketing, your sales, and your capital raising and spending. But if you can’t retain a healthy percentage of your users past ninety days, you don’t have product market fit yet and all the investment you make in your business is just money down the drain. So focus first on your 90 day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have product market fit. Then scale. // find natural/organic marketing - advertising - instead of building a non-product related cost center like sales, marketing, and advertising. short-cuts like these don't fix the product per se.
user  churn  customer  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  user  acquisition  business  strategy  product  strategy  strategy  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  distribution  model  discovery  content  distribution  content  discovery  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Tribe  1000  True  Fans  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  service  SAAS  marketing  growth  round  cost  center  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  feedback 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Revealed: Building Amazon One Box at a Time - YouTube
Not in Silicon Valley. Not inside the bubble. was not inside the bubble when it imploded. // can not rest on your laurels. can not stop for a second innovating. even trying hard to disrupt yourself (Kindle) and capture the market (monopsony - in book and ebook market and w audible the audiobook market). and taking out your partners (delivery firms) with building very close to the city their warehouses. also, locking in customers with Amazon Prime, and convenience one click order. and having the verything store. Amazon A9 - its search engine could be the one of the top 5 search engines in the world. Google, YouTube, ... Amazon? or Bing/Yahoo in between? // Nobody can compete on price with Amazon with popular items! they discount popular items to attract (loss leader items). making it up all the other items of the long tail // run in late with lots of antitrust. // all encompassing (encapsulating every decision) motto: obsessing over customer & inventing in the name of the customer.
Amazon  Kindle  audible  competitive  competitiveness  competition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  IPO  growth  round  e-commerce  Jeff  Bezos  e-book  ebook  ebooks  books  book  Print  is  Dead  user  behaviour  Amazon  Prime  Platform  Marketplace  efficiencies  long-tail  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  monopoly  monopsony  antitrust  creative  destruction  disruption  disrupting  markets  customer  experience  user  experience  Silo  TOS  Silicon  Valley  corporate  culture  corporate  values 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple car clues emerge from letter to test facility - BBC News
Apple's vice-president Jeff Williams said earlier in the year that the car is the "ultimate mobile device" - a space you'd assume Apple would be desperate to be in. The question is the extent of what they are building. Are they, as some have said, intending on creating an entire Apple-made car? Or are they perhaps content with providing sophisticated software for already-established car makers to use in their vehicles? Car makers are understandably keeping a close eye on things. Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne told the BBC earlier this year that Apple's pursuit of the car market would be highly disruptive.
Apple  Car  Apple  Google  X  autonomous  self-driving  cars  user  experience  Tesla  Motors  aspirational  product 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
technological  history  technological  progress  Technology  ARM  Qualcomm  Xbox  Microsoft  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  phablet  user  behaviour  snacking  Entertainment  Escapeism  customer  experience  consumer  product  consumer  choice  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  attention  span  TV  Television  Wireless  Carrier  Apple  Google  Android  iOS  Facebook  Twitter  The  Content  Wars  Silicon  Valley  App  Store  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Windows  10  GNU/Linux  Linux 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon’s Dash Buttons Hint at a Future of Interface-Free Shopping | Re/code
[ Amazon / Jeff's mantra, obsess over the customer and invent in the name/for the customer, dash button is just the next sensible common sense iteration of their frequent item subscription option during check-out (re-order in 1-2-3 months automatically) and their Prime Membership Subscription (free shipping) >> convenient, on-demand, frictionless, no need to think about it, nothing annoying. it's incremental, but it is an improvement. what is not incremental is printing it at your home - Star Trek replicator style, that is 3D printing - what it promises to be. ] There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.
e-commerce  Amazon  friction  frictionless  Jeff  Bezos  multi-product  company  pure  play  user  experience  user  behaviour  on-demand  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  convenience  augmented  intelligence  3D  printing 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: “Video is an unfair advantage you either join or lose” [SPONSORED]
your Newsfeed in Facebook became 50% video over night, and those videos started to autoplay, grabbing all of your attention. I think the change was dramatic, and it changed social media from being this static journal to something where everything is moving all the time. [...] Video is not even remotely close to photos when it comes to complication, but it’s also 1000 times more powerful. [...] Just to give you an example, consider, autoplay video. It has different requirements. It needs to capture your attention very fast. When we design for autoplay video, how do we create the first few seconds to capture your attention? [ GaryV does edit his videos between YT and FB differently! ] [...] We expect the market will penalize someone who is not prioritizing video. [...] Photos and text are just becoming more and more invisible. // Snacking, Entertainment, Escapeism, - or - Utility (here is a 20% coupon)
Newsfeed  Facebook  Video  Meerkat  Periscope  YouTube  Vine  Instagram  storytelling  user  behaviour  consumption  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  snacking  Entertainment  Escapeism  native  content  native  advertising  branded  content  The  Wars  attention  span  user  generated  content  user  experience  user  churn  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  engagement  engagement  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  marketing  brand  awareness  advertisement  advertising 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Brings Auto-Play Video Ads To Apps In Its Mobile Ad Network | TechCrunch
[ it doesn't disrupt (well, less) the experience, flow, ... like a washing powder ad on TV during GoT episode, after somebodies head was cut off ] Facebook’s making a killing with its native, in-feed, auto-play video ads, and now it’s going to let other developers earn money off them too. Today Facebook announced that it’s opening up its own best-performing ad units to publishers that show Facebook’s Audience Network ads to monetize their apps. Facebook says Audience Network publishers using its native ad units get 7X better performance than on their traditional banner ads.
Facebook  Messenger  Facebook  Newsfeed  native  advertising  native  content  content  marketing  advertising  advertisement  marketing  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience  user  churn  user  generated  content  user 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Adobe study finds there are 198 million adblocking users, growing 47% YoY and that the advertising industry will lose $21bn in 2015. : technology
>> advertisers have no to add value ... One Redditor writes: "Don't loose more money and time to complain about it, you have to adapt your distribution systems, price and mainly your product quality to attract more paying customers."
AdBlock  advertising  business  model  friction  frictionless  pageviews  CPM  content  marketing  native  advertising  value  creation  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  added  value  user  experience  user  behaviour  attention  span  user  engagement  user  churn  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  brand  awareness  communication  PR  public  relations  marketing  advertisement 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Bürodesign: Office Snapshots zeigt Arbeitsplätze weltweit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1MHRiQT officesnapshots.com // designed by designers VS designed & input by employees (see Joel Spolsky comment abt what office programmers & every employee would like (input and accommodating their needs! the individual(s) & the team(s) & the companies) // &! Google Startup Lab workshop: Workspace design youtu.be/j0wM_NIXUYY // &! Robert Grudin youtu.be/9XInkz_XcEo Design & Truth "Good design is the material image of mental health. Design can reintegrate our character & fulfill our awareness. We follow good design to discover what is good in ourselves." // &! Design Rules - Interior Planning youtu.be/kdh08cVW8Os // &! Frank Wilczek "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design" youtu.be/q_1ApbLzJAg // << inspo: melting the company, the people, and the outside (city) into a somewhat identifiable always re-refreshing concept, identity, recognizable, regionally sourced! & adding value 2 local economy: make space 2 provide ~15% subsidized freelance/smb office space.
interior  interior  design  officespace  Office  Politics  work  environment  workplace  beyond  workplace  drama  Inspiration  architecture  architect  productivity  Collaborative  collaboration  well  being  chronic  stress  friction  frictionless  workplace  design  beauty  Art  shared  experience  offline  experience  shared  economic  interest  cooperation  sharing  value  creation  ecosystem  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  happiness  index  perks 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
SAAS  Box  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  management  experience 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it
via bit.ly/1MEHKDc [ can't be everything for everyone ! Aaron Levie (Box, SAAS, Enterprise) in one interview said they did not go ahead with some clients ("Saying NO, is maybe even more important than saying yes.") because they wanted so much change, which would make further update to the whole system a headache/more cost than the client would bring in. ] // "The Product Death Cycle is tricky because it’s driven by the right intentions: Listen to customers and build what they want. People in the Product Death Cycle naturally believe that they are doing the right things, but good intentions don’t translate to good traction. Instead, ask “why?” over and over, to understand the root cause for lack of growth."
product  management  Officer  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  feedback  KISS  Leadership  vision  mission  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Design  product  experience  Core  Value  Proposition  friction  frictionless  communication  community  community  management 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Banner “Fraud” Doesn’t Matter | Hacker News
bit.ly/1Jb27sI "A Message from brand marketers to publishers [...] We use banners as little billboards now. We use them strategically as incredibly cheap repeat impressions for brand awareness. We know many people don’t see them, we know most people don’t see them. Thats okay. We use them accordingly & the cost has been adjusted down to make them a perfectly great buy even though most people dont see them. [...] It’s an indicator to us that you don’t get this by the fact you’re still always talking about clickthrough, which was kind of BS when you first sold it to us twenty years ago, and doubly the case now." [ CPM will go lower, fundamentals point in that direction, Social Media & other future forms of advertising will fill in the lower CPM rates overall. Thus pressuring business models reliant on pageviews even more 2 increase pageviews as the revenue average per pageview declines. Thus u have 2 question which consumer product (entertainment & else) business model do you choose!?
display  advertising  banner  ads  advertising  click  fraud  AdSense  pageviews  Google  Search  brand  awareness  billboard  user  experience  user  engagement  Social  Media  eyeballs  CPM  Google  commoditization  clickthrough  native  advertising  branded  content  marketing  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Programmatic  advertisement  advertorial  business  model  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  SAAS  consumer  product  closetphile  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  sustainability  sustainable  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  added  creation  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  viral  coefficient  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  subscription  model  subscription  productivity  aspirational  aspirational  product  mass  market  niche  Popular  Culture  Pop  Culture  click  bait  clicks  Clickbait  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Newsfeed  gatekeeper  impression  metrics  commodity  business  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  paradgimshift  uncertainty  Evernote  DropBox  paywalls  paywall 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Beauty Product Subscription Service Birchbox Is Opening More Brick-And-Mortar Retail Stores | TechCrunch
The subscription business has 1 million subscribers in total, and while the company doesn’t share revenue numbers, recent estimates indicate the international retail business now pulls in $170 million per year. [...] Birchbox is now one of several e-commerce marketplaces that’s experimenting with engaging customers via offline promotions and pop-up shops over the summer holidays. Amazon, for example, earlier announced its Seattle-based “Treasure Truck” (though apparently ran into delays), and eBay also has been driving an Airstream trailer around the Hamptons and New York to connect shoppers with its various deals. // youtu.be/grU0xJ7JwLs - Scott Galloway on the Death of Pure-Play Retail & Impulse Buys
Birchbox  subscription  model  business  model  user  experience  offline  experience  user  behaviour  pure  play  e-commerce  ecommerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1NAmQWu "he's showing that he can make practical decisions that benefit the Snapchat users, even if it means losing something that was fundamental to Snapchat's product itself." // But doesn't he give up the 'attention grab/focus' feature for long-form content and thus also loosing share of the snacking %' !!?? long-term we will see what Snapchat will become and be eventually worth. Because it won't be a Facebook. It could turn out to be a Twitter with problems in monetisation (turning a profit and meeting growth stage investors expectations - current valuation ... at IPO and post-IPO one, two years on.) Gary might be right about putting yourself out of business than letting the other guys do it for you. But Snapchat (Mr Spiegel) may have been forced to abandon its 'differentiation' in order to meet valuation expectations by appealing to a broader potential user base to use it more, like to read news & consumer other types of content than Snapchats ( P2P or B2C versions ).
Snapchat  snacking  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  valuation  Evan  Spiegel  product  management  consumer  product  Social  Media  Social  Network  Core  Value  Proposition  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  Product/Market  Fit  Officer  differentiate  differentiation  Twitter  Facebook  business  model  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  growth  round  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts | TechCrunch
pushing the envelope to improve Newsfeed experience, to keep people on Facebook. Same with FB Instant Article. keeping people on FB. // thus ad dollars keep rolling if not even increase ... // their business model is keeping people on FB and clicking, wasting time and occasionally clicking a promoted post and or other ad.
augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Newsfeed  algorithm  Facebook  Big  Data  analytics  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Facebook  Instant  Articles  user  engagement  user  experience  user  churn  product  management  Social  Media  curation  content  curation  curator  noise  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  model 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple aims for bigger bite of music market - BBC News
Spotify can be a "very comfortable number two" after Apple. Some investors appear to agree. Despite the imminent arrival of Apple Music, Spotify said in June that it had raised $526m (£334m) in new funding and was now valued at $8.5bn (£5.4bn). That's more than household names such as Sainsbury and Royal Mail are worth. Unsurprisingly, Spotify also thinks it can survive the Apple onslaught. Mark Williamson, its head of artist services, says the company has only just "scratched the surface" after getting people to pay for music again. (To be fair, Apple probably deserves some of that credit for its iTunes store.) [...] The big challenge for Spotify is continuing to grow if it has any hope of becoming profitable. The company reported a net loss of €162m (£117m) last year - largely because its agreement with record companies and publishers requires it to pay 70% of revenues to performers and writers. [...] Live music is worth more than sales of recorded music in the UK.
Apple  Music  Spotify  Music  Industry  freemium  subscription  model  business  model  Android  iOS  Platform  TOS  iTunes  Indie  Music  360-music-contract  offline  experience  shared  experience 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter-Projekt Lightning: Live-Berichte über Großereignisse - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Medienberichten zufolge will Twitter Großereignisse künftig in Echtzeit begleiten. Redaktionell ausgewählte Tweets, Videos und Fotos sollen es den Nutzern leichter machen, auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben. // http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/18/lightning-is-twitters-plan-to-be-event-central-for-users-and-non-users-alike/
Twitter  Signal  vs.  Noise  content  curation  curation  curator  editor  editorial  pollution  Newsfeed  algorithm  algorithms  user  experience  snacking  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  power  user 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No — Spotify’s been doomed from the start | PandoDaily
Spotify is really the only legitimate competitor left. But its fate, like that of every streaming music service, is also subject to forces outside of its control — forces that are guided by the three-headed hydra of Warner, Universal, and Sony. [...] Although Apple Music and Spotify’s paid tier offer perks that free subscriptions do not — namely, full mobile access and no ads between songs — the majority of users will not pay for something they can basically get for free, even if they miss out on a handful of features. The percentage of Spotify users who pay for the service bears this out, having held steady for years at only 25%. And this trend shows no sign of abating — according to the most recent figures, paid users as a percentage of the whole crept up a hair but still sits at only 26.7%. [rather spend limited disposable income (and time) on weed and other offline experiences (leisure activities) with friends. -VS- The time of u and ur buddy(s) listening 2 new vinyl release]
Apple  Music  iTunes  Spotify  Soundcloud  subscription  model  business  model  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  self-publishing  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  user  behaviour  snacking  Pandora  Deezer  Radio  8tracks  Tidal  YouTube  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  abundance  friction  frictionless  convenience  Netflix  disposable  income  offline  experience  shared  experience  Millennials  generationy  aspirational  product  Apple  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  commodity  business  commoditization  commodities  Media  mass  market  consumerist  consumer  product  antitrust  freemium  Venture  Capital  value  creation  Core  Proposition  Proposition  intangible  value  added  value  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Silicon  Valley  corporate  strategy  exit  strategy  business  strategy 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Marketing Is Not a Department
[ seth godin; being remarkable ] [ fix product first, make it remarkable first, otherwise (1) it is an uphill battle and (2) the other third falls through the cracks. ] "Every time someone uses your product, it's marketing. [...] No amount of marketing will save poor products. As I learned working in the music industry, "you can't polish a turd. [...] vanity metrics. You're only as good as the next time a customer uses your product and tells their circle of friends about it. No amount of brand marketing will help in this area. Brand marketing is a linear practice that made sense when communications were one-way. Emerging mobile media and social networks destroyed that outdated model over 8 years ago with the rise of Facebook and Twitter."
marketing  content  marketing  native  advertising  communication  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  community  community  management  Seth  Godin  product  experience  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  landingpage  user  churn  Brand  Branding  metrics 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel: What Is His Endgame? - YouTube
"This is fucking hard." << coming from a person from a very well off background, education, circle of friends. << never faced a wall he had to break through or make it happen by his own. // currently crowned winner at the 'SNACKING media entertainment game on the mobile phone.' // "Snapchat is doing something very important in the world right now." LOL // real question is can they scale advertising (ie turning a profit or be cash flow positive) till the time runs/road runs out to the IPO ... ie having to accept termsheets for a growth round not in their favour. Without loosing one eyeball. Pinterest seems to struggle and is tip toeing into the waters.
Snapchat  Evan  Spiegel  attention  span  distraction  attention  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  mobile  first  Entertainment  WhatsApp  Instagram  Newsfeed  Facebook  Pinterest  user  engagement  user  experience  Silicon  Valley  IPO  scale  scaling 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
San Francisco’s independent retailers disrupt themselves to survive | PandoDaily
[ Don't compete directly with Amazon, price is not a long-term, sustainable business model ] “I was sitting next to a woman that I know, but who isn’t all that into comics. She told me that she didn’t really know where to begin, but if I would pick out a comic every month and send it to her, she would buy it. And a lightbulb just went off,” Hibbs said. Since then, he has purchased the domain graphicnovelclub.com and set out to do just that. For $20 a month, anyone in the world can sign up to receive the comic that Hibbs and his staff deem to be the best release that month. He’s also just set up a $15 a month graphic novel of the month club for kids. In addition to the book shipment, club members can attend or watch monthly book-club meetings, often featuring call-ins from the books’ artists and authors. [...] Each of these three businesses has built a devoted followings over many years, and occupies a cultural niche that comes preloaded with die-hard fandom.
pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  eTailer  Retail  niche  Amazon  differentiate  differentiation  curation  content  curation  subscription  model  e-commerce  Brand  1000  True  Fans  offline  experience  shared  experience  urbanisation  tourism 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
LukeW | Designing for Large Screen Smartphones
Bottom Positioning of hamburger/menu item ... " Facebook found in recent testing that a bottom tab bar solution in their iOS app also improved engagement, satisfaction, and even perception of speed." // form implies function - holding phone and navigating w thump that reaches max to the half way across the screen comfortably, implies that function buttons/menu has to be in the lower half and or bottom of screen // plus in options to flip order (of function icons) from left to right for left handed people?!
Phablet  Tablet  UI  UX  user  experience  friction  frictionless  usability  design 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Development Through The Years | TechCrunch
While it was fun to invite hundreds of your ‘friends’ to play on your farm or help with your mafia, it always felt that the very nature of many of those gaming experiences was simply to push as much content out onto friends Newsfeeds, as opposed to creating a deeper online connection with your friends. Through those experiences, it’s clear with the Messenger Platform rollout that the mission is different; have developers build great products and experiences that are more directly oriented to their friends. The very nature of the documentation for Messenger suggests building experiences that are focused, explicit and structurally sound, something that wasn’t quite there in 2007.
Facebook  Facebook  Messenger  Platform  TOS  user  experience  Newsfeed 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
How the Sharing Economy Is Impacting Travel - YouTube
w great app - word of mouth and net promoter score and marketing and advertisement you can, in an age of appification and single-use apps, create a deep trench away from Google Search (customers using desktop search from booking travel, hotel, flight, leisure experience). Lastminute.com can only react to Hotel Tonight and Hipmunk being first on the homescreen of phones with a great product/market fit. // min 6:30 - post-Search world (desktop) with limited screen size etc on homescreen we have come back to the portal. Yahoo! was a portal. No we have a new one in our hands in form of Apple iOS iPhone and Google's Android
Google  Search  Appification  single-use  app  Brand  Branding  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Expedia  lastminute.com  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  UI  UX  user  experience  Hotel  Tonight  vertical  niche  Portal  Yahoo!  Yahoo  Y!  Android  iOS  Apple  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding | TechCrunch
Aims 2 raise up2 $500M at $3B+ valuation; Zenefits prev said it expected $100M ARR by '15; expects GAAP rev of $50M+ this yr; prev raised $83.6M // Free SAAS, makes money by receiving commissions from insurers. [NEEDS SALES & MARKETING hires to sustain growth trajectory and justification of valuation multiple.] By the end of 2014, Zenefits had around 500 employees, according to sources, but that number is expected to quadruple by the end of 2015. Last year, the company said it wanted to hire around 1,300 employees over the next 3 years. [Capturing Marketshare USA/Canada - hitting it with the baseball bat.] // youtu.be/KporpXG0XK8 min6 direct marketing/e-mail/hustle/hands on sales pitch > COO/Accounting/HR // youtu.be/7KmjzfK3f38 min 11 Start-up struggle, figuring it out along the way but having a sense // (2015) youtu.be/8DwlS_6jLAo "Hyperscaling Inside Sales" &! YC W2013 application video - youtu.be/-S83fysRwn4
valuation  Silicon  Valley  Zenefits  HR  Unicorn  growth  round  enterprise  2.0  SAAS  SPV  business  model  customer  acquisition  user  churn  customer  churn  user  acquisition  marketing  Box  DropBox  Salesforce  ZenDesk  user  experience  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  operations  freemium  scaling  LTV  scale  human  resources  hiring  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  sales 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages | TechCrunch
combat falling usage & engagement!? VS bit.ly/1by0vvx pay-to-play // FB turned from keeping up with the lifes of their friends (young demographic), into clickbait distraction & time wasting machine. Other platforms emerged 2 hang digitally with ur friends that are way more simplified (tuned down 2 1 usage; Appification) with much less bells & whistles & complexity/depth & distraction vs hooked). Thus the defensive acquisition of WhatsApp, Instagram & fork-out of Messenger. They saw Snapchat as a vector of attack bc of the appeal of ephemeral in todays 'always on record' products. Where VR is bet that is maybe even 10 years out 2 come finally 2 full fruition; mass market adoption (like the phone). Crossing the chasm. // Not even 10 years old & other people attack FBs weaknesses &are winning. But what FB got going for it, another 10 years is, the usr base as advertising victims (targeting&re-targeting) enabled by masscollection via Facebook-button. &log-in used in Apps.
Facebook  Newsfeed  WhatsApp  Instagram  Snapchat  Facebook  Messenger  user  behaviour  Appification  single-use  app  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  Mark  Zuckerberg  multi-product  company  attention  span  friction  frictionless  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  distraction  filter  bubble  advertisement  targeting  Programmatic  Advertising  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  marketing  Social  Media  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The First Phone Jony Ive Ever Designed - YouTube
7:30 form implies function; tableness & then came the silicon chip. a phone could look like a banana&still function like a phone. &culture/society is in there too as well as learned behaviour&usage of ie the table form. || THUS how do u design a button, layout, functionality or UI/UX, with half the usual buttons & no deep menus on a smart phone screen? u let them swipe the entire screen left, right, up, down. all while you adhere 2 "don't show me." || if something is designed well & u might hv borrowed some components/ideas elsewhere from proven concepts (turning pages), people dont need 2 be shown. users apply learned behaviour from existing design concepts, get immediate feedback that tells them u did it right or no you have to do it this way, bc there is no other way. there are no 3, 4 options to try out X, there are only two, right & wrong. & and wrong shows/nudges them to the right use of X. || Anticomplexity, -friction, communicating without words, medium is the message (ie led)
design  Product  web  design  interior  design  systems  design  UI  UX  user  experience  user  behaviour  user  churn  user  hack  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want | TechCrunch
[The up-market version of Google Search for those with the disposable income. SV/SF, NY, London, all mega cities/hubs; of $ and innovation/disruption. because people with very much disposal income know, time is a non-refundable resource while cash-flow, when earning +100k/y (above US middle class), is a sort-of refundable/replenishing resource. When guys buy pricey escort girls for the experience and convenience. People will eventually spend $ on services for pure convenience & the bragging rights to afford it. And the phone becomes, truly, the remote control of your life.] Operator’s app acts as an inbox of your requests, which each live as message threads. To start a new request, you just type in what you want and send it. [...] it’s likely that Operator will be able to handle more than just deliveries, such as some personal assistant tasks.
Google  Search  Magic  Operator  convenience  Silicon  Valley  on-demand  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry  economy  customer  user  experience  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  friction  frictionless 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things | Co.Exist | ideas impact
"The tendency of keeping up with the Joneses tends to be more pronounced for material goods than for experiential purchases," says Gilovich. "It certainly bothers us if we're on a vacation and see people staying in a better hotel or flying first class. But it doesn't produce as much envy as when we're outgunned on material goods." Gilovich's research has implications for individuals who want to maximize their happiness return on their financial investments, for employers who want to have a happier workforce, and policy-makers who want to have a happy citizenry. "By shifting the investments that societies make and the policies they pursue, they can steer large populations to the kinds of experiential pursuits that promote greater happiness," write Gilovich and his coauthor, Amit Kumar, in their recent article in the academic journal Experimental Social Psychology. [...] but also place an emphasis on employers giving paid vacation and governments taking care of recreational spaces.
Millennials  HR  human  resources  Share  Economy  happiness  index  happiness  experience  shared  experience  life  hacker  lifehacks  lifehacker  Vacation  western  lifestyle  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  life  lesson  lifelessons  work  life  balance  lifelesson  quality  of  life 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Meerkat CEO: Competitive Products Are a Sign of Success - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD3FYSmTADQ - Why Twitter Users Prefer Live-Streams in Their Feeds // serendipitous of YouNow, Persicope, and Meerkat (plus their previous version) are a sign when one technology capability matures for wider user adoption and not just for early adopters. #timing #luck --- Jobs talked about the user experience and utility and working backwards to the technology from that point of view, of the user. "It just works." // first there was 3G and ustream and qik and others. then there came 4G/LTE and we now have huge reach with social networks(effect) and instantness of twitter and co. ... and we will soon have 5G which will make the experience even more immersive because of more bandwidth, think of streaming 720p from your phone to the world with a great sound.
Meerkat  Periscope  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  user  experience  Technology 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App | TechCrunch
The subtext of Zuck’s “family” quote is that one app can’t do everything. On mobile, people want lean, purpose-driven experiences. Cramming everything into a one-size-fits-all can make it slow and bloated. But when you’re talking about trying to connect every human on earth, a singularly focused app alone can’t possibly meet the diverse needs of a diverse population. Zuckerberg explained “We’re building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for every way that people want to share.” --- // add as user behaviour slash trait "convenience." // ie Instagram releasing separate app for photo collages. // Facebook Messenger as Platform - have ppl not learned to build their business on other ppls lawn? Ok for established businesses and own domain and standalone product and to be on Messenger only to reduce friction, ... still double edged sword.
Appification  single-use  app  mobile  first  user  experience  UI  UX  frictionless  friction  Don't  make  me  think  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  user  churn  attention  span  Facebook  convenience  Instagram  focus  execution  noise  distraction  Platform  TOS  Facebook  Messenger 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Drowning In The Livestreams | TechCrunch
everyone is shouting .... The problem is the incentives are aligned all wrong. Livestreaming apps want content and engagement, so they’re built to make starting a stream as quick and frictionless as possible. Livestreaming apps are not designed to make you take a deep breath and consider whether anyone gives a shit about what you’re going to broadcast. // vs. measurement of quality metrics like Medium measures reading time. // vs ephemeral nature of Snapchat - guaranteed attention. - // and FOMO,
attention  span  attention  Signal  vs.  Noise  content  curation  filter  bubble  Newsfeed  recommendation  Internet  user  generated  content  pollution  Twitter  Tumblr  Periscope  Meerkat  Facebook  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Clickbait  YouTube  user  experience  frictionless  Instagram  status  anxiety  Celebrity  of  You  Vine  engagement  KPI  Snapchat  FOMO  Notification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  ustream  Qik 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Apple Watch's Insanely Great Economics | WIRED
How many billions has it cost in R&D to develop all the gobsmacking manufacturing techniques, all the software tricks and all the battery tech inside? The reason it costs so much less than a [high-end competitor] isn’t because it’s less well made. It’s because 700 million people have helped amortize Apple’s investment in it. Apple now seems hell bent on finding new ways to flex that muscle. [it started w the iPod, then iPhone, and on and on. extreme iteration on +3 components of product ie MacBook (March 2015); battery, fan less, 2 ports only, touchpad click imitation, keypad, low power retina. possible by owning the whole chain from start to finish, purpose build german cnc mills in china, whole manufacturing complexes build only to build Apple products. and thinking about the user experience and working backwards to the technology, not thinking about newest technology to add and making a gimmick out of it. being radical. "this is better 4u, no discussion.] &! on.mash.to/1B9iywv
Apple  iPhone  iPod  Apple  Watch  MacBook  manufacturing  scale  economies  of  scale  iteration  focus  user  experience 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings | TechCrunch
- via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9218191 // is Web 3.0 a move out of native apps to actually usable >HTML5 applications? ... some time in the future? // see Web 2.0 Origin - http://pmarchive.com/no_such_thing_as_web_20.html - it was a conference. // thus Web 3.0 could be the follow-up of 2.0 because of the fallout dev community and companies have had with Apple and Google?! // Isn't it a thing that you shouldn't build your empire on other peoples lawn?! >> ie Uber, WhatsApp, etc. &! on the other side, Apple and Google don't want to upset the cart full of Apples. Wondering what they would come up with to maximise profit ... in the future. They will too, be made obsolete eventually (Google Play and Apple App Store), with technology. Period. Making true mobile apps for the web. &! !& http://pando.com/2015/03/17/google-will-now-screen-android-apps-before-theyre-released-to-the-play-store/
Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  TOS  Google  Apple  Appification  single-use  oligopoly  oligopol  Windows  10  Microsoft  Blackberry  Android  iOS  HTML5  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Deep  Linking  Silo  CSS3  user  experience  UI  UX  Native  App  Web  3.0  Silicon  Valley  frictionless  friction  Tim  Berners-Lee  Open  Platform  Open  Source 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Gang of Four: Why Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook Dominate the Market - Kara Swisher Keynote - YouTube
some remarks from 2012 /// 'continuous partial attention' // min 40 - always on >> presentism, >> affects journalism and Media >> divide between Pando likes and BuzzFeed likes // FB & Google are in content distribution. // min 46 - VR - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality ... things respond to you interacting with it, without pressing buttons or calling their name ("Xbox"). &! &! (2012) Keynote Presentation: The New Power Brokers: Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google - youtu.be/rpsigsW-688
SoMoLo  Amazon  Google  Facebook  Apple  attention  span  user  experience  user  behaviour  Platform  Presentism  on-demand  Twitter  Google  Search  YouTube  mobile  first  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  content  distribution  content  discovery  Google  News  Yahoo!  Netflix  virtual  reality  VR  Augmented  Microsoft  HoloLens  Oculus  Rift 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Chief Product Officer: The Full Code/Media Interview | Video | Re/code
Facebook Is Talking to Publishers About Hosting Their Content "Cox says one of the challenges for publishers — including Facebook — is that reading on mobile is still a crummy experience. He believes Facebook can make it better. [...] min7-8ish >> people become singular individuals living in their own bubble ... because of Newsfeed ... it doesn't challenge people on their worldview nor world nor thinking." - on.recode.net/1LaHMlT // &! Big Players (FB, Twitter, Google - and their sister companies) are swallowing the attention on the home screen of the phone of the world, now they push for even more control and data over content; to host their works. There is no free lunch. Although FB says it is. In the end, the user pays for it through intrusive targeted advertising. &! on.recode.net/1BL6GI5 Nick Denton 'FB swallows the web and the homescreen.'
Facebook  Newsfeed  Platform  TOS  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  user  behaviour  Phablet  filter  bubble  algorithm  Signal  vs.  Noise  democracy  journalism  journalismus  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  BuzzFeed  Presentism  WWW  Android  Apple  iOS  Google  Play  Apple  App  Store  AppStarr  Philosophy  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  PR  YouTube 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - MWC 2015: Are tablets falling out of favour?
[ tablet is too much of a ask/compromise for the things that you can do on/do where you are better served on a phablet or on a pc/laptop/ultra portable laptop !!! in terms of user experience and convenience. ]"Tablets will rule the future," one analyst said three years ago, forecasting sales would swell to 375 million in 2016. Nobody is that bullish anymore. The tablet sector recently suffered its first drop, according to tech consultancy Canalys - down 12% over the final three months of 2014 compared with the same period the previous year. Apple - the market leader - sold 15% fewer iPads over 2014 as a whole compared with 2013. Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC) will attempt to reinvigorate interest next week - a Sony leak indicates its will unveil a model with "industry-leading battery performance". But research house Gartner is now saying the sector's growth will be limited to 259 million sales next year, meaning PCs will continue to be more popular.
Tablet  Phablet  user  experience  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy | TechCrunch
Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19th, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had never used — it seemed ludicrous. Zuck had to be crazy, right? Wrong. Without WhatsApp, Facebook’s international situation would look a lot dicier. And if a competitor like Google acquired it instead, it could have been disastrous. Instead, Facebook possess the most popular messaging app, and has neutralized the biggest threat to its global domination of social networking. Why? Chat Is The Mobile Portal! [...] Its Stories feature has grown into a competitor to Facebook’s News Feed. And Discover could make it all quite monetizable if it gets popular. Snapchat is constantly cited as where teens are ditching your parents’ social network for.
WhatsApp  Snapchat  Instagram  Pinterest  Facebook  Twitter  Mark  Zuckerberg  Yahoo!  Google  Microsoft  SMS  Wireless  Carrier  MMS  Newsfeed  trend  trends  M&A  acquisitions  acquisition  scale  Tumblr  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  user  behaviour  Phablet  AOL 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: HoloCraft - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV
first topic: Apple devices and sw is/was a step change from - beige pc and can code and open the hood and do stuff after learning stuff - to - solving day to day problems/use cases elegantly without able to look under the hood. << change over last 15 years of "IT" to mass-market consumer products and in parts, in case of Apple a aspirational product. "it just works." *Steve Jobs / aka Don't make me think. &! http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/2/7/in-search-of-objects &! Smartphone supply chain dwarfs now the old PC supply chain >> http://ben-evans.com/benedictevans/2015/1/11/home-and-the-mobile-supply-chain >> making server clusters from small mobile phone components like passively cooled CPU's PLUS is it the end of the web browser (vs native apps)? &! http://a16z.com/2015/01/30/a16z-podcast-mobile-is-eating-the-world-and-apple-is-gobbling-fastest/ &! just look at size of Asia Pacific that is dwarfing rest of the world combined - bit.ly/1zKN2dm - extrapolate to
Apple  iPhone  Android  Google  Linux  iOS  Mac  OS  productivity  Windows  user  experience  Apple  Watch  escapeism  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Appification  single-use  app  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  globalization  globalisation  borderless  competitive 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The just maybe unsinkable Dick Costolo | PandoDaily
Costolo worked to stabilize an unsteady management team and outline a plan to address the main concerns: sluggish user growth and wringing new revenue out of its service. At the company’s analyst day in November, Costolo outlined several plans to boost user growth, engagement and revenue: make sponsored tweets 5 percent of user feeds, up from 1.3%; give new users an instant timeline to simplify the work needed to make Twitter useful; use Fabric and other initiatives to make Twitter an indispensable platform.
Twitter  Dick  Costolo  Product/Market  Fit  user  experience  Product  Design  experience  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  user  churn  Vision 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Megatrend Teilen – wenn die Privatsphäre verschachert wird, Kulturplatz 11.02.2015 - YouTube
Sharing = Renting (splitting up cost for X) &! the trend for lifestyle and experiences instead of pure consumption as consumerist. Still, there is differentiation - see Uber and Lyft.
Share  Economy  Social  Economy  consumption  Co-Op  Collaborative  collaboration  consumerism  consumerist  generationy  Millennials  user  experience  product  experience  offline  experience  shared  experience  capitalism  cohesion  trend  trends  western  lifestyle  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  status 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Labels, not Spotify, are screwing over artists and breaking the music industry. Here’s how to fix it. | PandoDaily
[ Platform - everyone (middlemen, plural) is taking a cut. ] A new report from audit firm Ernst & Young and the French record label trade group SNEP reveals better estimates than we’ve ever seen on the payout distribution of music streaming services. And who do you suppose takes the biggest cut? You guessed it, labels. According to the report, labels net 45.6 percent of the streaming revenue created by Spotify and Deezer, the two platforms included in the study. The streaming platforms themselves — most of which have yet to achieve profitability despite fielding frequent attacks for their supposed greed — take home 20.8 percent. An additional 16.7 percent is paid in taxes before songwriters and performing artists finally see their shares — which amount to 10 percent and 6.8 percent, respectively.
middleman  Music  Industry  digital  artist  Entertainment  Industry  Entertainment  Spotify  iTune  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  YouTube  Platform  TOS  freemium  business  model  free  digital  content  digital  economy  digital  natives  Millennials  Trend  Generationy  user  behaviour  user  experience  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  Music  1000  True  Fans  Multimedia  Social  Media  marketing  advertisement  added  value  Proposition  exploitation  fairness  Silicon  Valley  Signal  vs.  Noise 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
WhatsApp testing voice calls on Android
WhatsApp launches voice calling test for limited Android users; full rollout & iOS avail date undiscl; WhatsApp last mo surpassed 700M MAUs. // << TREND >> Means that Carriers will abandon charges for calls and put eventual cost (avg across users) as flat-rate item it into data plan cost. Thus customers pay only for data plan or flat-rate data plan. Carriers will eventually offer such plans, maybe even target them early at teems/parents with teens (family plans).
WhatsApp  Skype  Wireless  Carrier  Facebook  Appification  single-use  app  Trend  trends  user  behaviour  user  experience  user  hack  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Viber  Kakao  Talk  Tango  Line  VOIP 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Twitter boss admits firm is failing victims of trolling
The debate over so-called internet trolls - people who use social media accounts to abuse others - has been attracting headlines for several years now. The daughter of actor Robin Williams signed off Twitter following taunts about her father's suicide. Screenwriter Jane Goldman deleted her account following abuse of her family. And Sara Payne, whose daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in 2000, said she was leaving the social media network after years of online harassment.
Twitter  troll  hater  haters  Platform  doxing  abuse  Dick  Costolo  user  experience  Product  Design  user  behaviour  4chan 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter doesn’t need to “beat” Instagram — and should feel no shame about telling people to stop using it | PandoDaily
Instagram cut off its Twitter Card integration a few months after being acquired by Facebook. >> User Experience downside for Twitter users. On the one hand. But people not visiting Instagram, is a downside for Instagram. ... Concerning Twitter UI and UX for average user; underlined links are ugly, and it takes users away from Twitter to other destination which is not in the interest of Twitter (KPI's).
Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  product  experience  user  experience  UI  UX 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing Place Tips in News Feed | Facebook Newsroom
Facebook launches location-specific Place Tips for iPhone; appears at top of News Feed when user enters establishment; tapping displays friends' comments & photos related to business; also shows maps, restaurant menus, etc; viewing does not post to Facebook or reveal location; also testing w/ beacons in NYC // http://www.businessinsider.com/the-swarm-and-foursquare-backstory-and-progress-2014-10 >> "In late 2013, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his leadership team decided it was time to rethink things. If the company was founded today, what would the app look like? What would the experience feel like?" // &! http://taylordavidson.com/2014/apps &! http://features.en.softonic.com/why-single-use-apps-like-yo-could-take-over-your-smartphone
Facebook  geolocation  location  foursquare  Yelp  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  differentiation  differentiate  features  feature  Big  Data  Appification  Single-Use  App  unbundeling  user  experience  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  UI  UX  business  strategy  focus  focused  simplification  simplicity  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  multi-product  company  Officer  discovery  curation 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut | 9to5Mac
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut — We've already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace. // Apple really positioning itself into the upper market segment with watch. ... as hardware prices & manufacturing becomes something you can't compete on/with. it's a no-win-margin game, to compete nowadays with just-hardware. Apple marketing it's devices and brand (as well itself) as aspirational products. Starts from the physical stores, to the apple store (screening of apps for quality standards) to communication/pr/marketing, ... ends at internals, things you don't really see as average consumer, like the hw design where compromise is a word they don't use. et al. etc etc.
Apple  Apple  Watch  strategy  business  strategy  iOS  Android  Google  Microsoft  HTC  product  strategy  aspirational  product  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - How Ikea assembled a win in Poland
>> Listening to the customers needs. Then comes design & style. Not the other way round. >> "The starting point is to listen to people and be in their homes because we do thousands of home visits yearly. We look at what their needs and dreams are. We are actually creating products that fit people's home lives." [...] "Half of our room settings consist of a sofa bed because we know that it's relevant for people at home," Mrs Higler says. "Of course our products need to be well-designed and functional but at a price that many can afford them." [...] "Ikea design is different to traditional look of Polish furniture which is quite baroque in style." says Pawel Ciacek, from Millward Brown, Poland. "Being minimalistic and yet relatively affordable it has become a sign of a new middle class lifestyle, clearly differentiating it with the old, traditional one," he says.
Ikea  customer  experience 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Amazon to deliver to customers via local post offices
[+50% ppl not at home during usual delivery hours due to work] - The addition of the Royal Mail Local Collect "click and collect" facility means Amazon will have 16,000 pickup locations in the UK. Existing locations include "Pass my Parcel" newsagent and convenience stores, Collect+ stores and Amazon lockers at train stations. Customers can select their preferred pickup location during the checkout process on Amazon's website, and present identification at the post office branch to receive their parcel. "This is a good thing," said Lindsay Mackie, an expert on Royal Mail from the New Weather Institute. "Royal Mail needs to open up to be convenient for customers," she said.
Amazon  frictionless  friction  customer  service  UK  customer  experience 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Facebook Makes It Harder (Again) for Brands to Advertise for Free | Re/code
Facebook has a message for brands on the social network: If you want to advertise on Facebook, you’ll need to pay for it. The company announced today it will begin limiting the number of “promotional Page posts” in the News Feed starting in January. That means you’ll see fewer posts from brands asking you to buy products or “enter promotions and sweepstakes,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. That also includes brand posts that “reuse the exact same content from ads.” In other words, Facebook is cracking down on brands trying to share ad-style content with their followers, unless, of course, they pay for it. [...] Facebook came to this conclusion after surveying more than 500,000 users on what types of content they liked and disliked within News Feed. Users said the ad-like calls to action and product pushes were “too promotional” — even moreso than the ads themselves.
Facebook  Newsfeed  algorithm  native  advertising  advertising  business  model  Social  Media  TOS  Platform  marketing  user  experience 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Mobile is Eating the World | Hacker News
>> http://a16z.com/2014/10/28/mobile-is-eating-the-world/ & From Comments "So we find ourselves in the ironic situation of a domain that is experiencing almost unprecedented growth but in which almost nobody is making money except Facebook and the vendors of what are essentially gimmicky slot machine games. My take on this is that the market for richer desktop/laptop software isn't going anywhere soon. People that need to edit complex spreadsheets, compose scores for films, analyze genomes, and render 3d effects need real computers. As a developer this kind of customer is in many ways a better customer to serve than a teen snapping selfies on a phone."
mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  user  habit  user  user  experience 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
(12) What are the early symptoms that a startup is going to fail? - Quora
6.) A desire for perfection. Perfection kills. The things that your early adopters care about? Those should be awesome. Everything else? Fuck it. A team that has a hard time being pragmatic will spend a lot of their time and money on shit that doesn't matter. And that will keep them from getting the product out early enough to get useful feedback. [...] 10.) Teams that know that they don't know much: generally awesome. Teams that think they know it all? Very dangerous.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Lean  Start-Up  traction  Net  Promoter  Score  user  experience  user  churn  user  acquisition  viral  coefficient  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Sascha Lobo über die Macht der Mädchen im Internet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Aber tatsächlich hat das Verhalten insbesondere amerikanischer, weiblicher Teenager großen Einfluss auf Netz- und Medienkonzerne. Denn das Herz der Technologiewelt schlägt inzwischen "social", und junge Mädchen benutzen soziale Medien deutlich intensiver als alle anderen Gruppen. [...] Jüngstes Beispiel ist die Einführung von Stickern auf Facebook, also kleinen, meist niedlich gemeinten Bildchen, mit denen man Beiträge kommentieren kann. Das koreanisch-japanische Netzwerk Line, eine Mischung aus Twitter und WhatsApp mit Facebook-Elementen, hat eine junge, eher weibliche Nutzerschaft; dort ist dieses sehr visuelle Kommunikationsprinzip Sticker groß geworden: Emoticons auf Speed. Nebenbei gibt es interessante Theorien dazu, dass die verwandten Emojis die erste echte, weltweit funktionierende Sprache seien. & http://pando.com/2014/10/08/quartz-coins-the-venmo-line-reminding-us-that-the-under-30-crowd-lives-in-a-totally-different-digital-world/
Social  Media  WhatsApp  Tinder  Snapchat  Instagram  Pinterest  Silicon  Valley  Emoticon  Millennials  generationy  Venmo  user  experience  Platform  utility  adoption  user  churn  user  acquisition  user  babyboomers 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now » Nieman Journalism Lab
The two apps were part of the paper’s plan to increase digital subscribers through smaller, targeted offerings. Now, with staff cutbacks on the way, one app is being shuttered and the other is being adjusted.
NYTimes  NYT  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  pageviews  added  value  business  model  content  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  user  experience  virality  Viral  BuzzFeed  Upworthy  copywriting  Clickbait  attention  span  attention  generationy  Millennials  freemium 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
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