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How to solve the speed vs quality challenge with Agile

This is a great article that touches on the real challenges of delivering marketing and technology programs for now. It is not good enough to be “Agile” to speed things up. The question is how the business or the organisation applies Agile concepts as there are both good and bad ways to do so. There […]

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Apple Management Lessons Every Company Should Steal

It’s producing the best products on earth, and delivering record-breaking earnings results. So what can other companies learn from Apple?

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Steve Job Presentation Genius (Download)

In case you missed it, you can download the Steve Jobs guide to presenting for impact. A very short and useful read for anyone.

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The Five Ways Companies Organize for Social Business

Overall, this is a powerful framework which can help organisations figure out where they are and what they’re aiming to achieve. Significantly, Owyang doesn’t present any model as being the ideal one, acknowledging that different organisations have different needs/objectives in social networks.

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Podcast: Groupon Has To Pivot Out Of The Daily Email Deals Business If It Wants To Survive

This podcast looks at a Groupon, one of the newer online business models and challenges the viability of relying on email for the long term.

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Review and definition of investor types

In my view the terminology being used for early stage investors by the press and the media is not as clear as it should be. I’ve talked about this on several occasions when I’ve been at conference and on panels, but I figured it would make sense to do a post explaining my taxonomy of the early-stage investing world.

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L’Oreal digital spending jumps as CMO figures out where to invest

L’Oreal USA will spend as much on digital advertising in 2011 as it has the past two years combined, said Marc Speichert, CMO of the company, on June 9. Digital advertising is a “must-have” for the brand, because one of out three consumers are researching products online before they purchase, he said at the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s “The Future of Display” event.

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The 8 Stupidest Management Fads of All Time

Into the life of every office worker, some rain must fall… and often that rain takes the form of the latest jackass fad that your management latched onto. In most cases, a new management fad means endless meetings, new buzzwords for the office toadies, and extra work that ends up either driving you crazy or your company out of business.

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Google more important than Facebook for purchasing decisions

As Facebook grows, one concern for Google is that users could eventually turn away from traditional search and instead ask their friends for advice and answers. So far, that’s not happening according to the chart below from Bank Of America Merrill Lynch. When consumers want to research buying something, Google is still the primary option. Only 1% of 418 people surveyed say they ask friends on Facebook about the product.

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