Thursday, April 04, 2013

Keeping it Real

Thought for the day from Twitter:
Roses are red, violets are blue / While you #Facebook me, they're watching you.

If you have watched and shared PSY's "Gangnam Style" video or gone into an unknown restaurant simply because it was full of people and appeared to be popular, you have the basis for understanding what makes things go viral. In Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger's new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, he identifies six principles that cause people to talk about and share an idea or product 'Contagious': Jonah Berger on Why Things Catch On

80/20 Rule Keeping it Real

Steeped in history and tradition, many of our core institutions have struggled to maintain their relevancy in the modern world.

A common thread among failing institutions that leads to their unravelling is an inability to meet the needs of everyday people in a contemporary way. Without changing with the times institutions will simply cease to be relevant

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• · · · · The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire’.- David feels humanity is indeed entering a new age, which he calls the Shift Age. This is driven by three forces: the shift to globalization of culture and politics, the flow of power and influence to individuals, and the acceleration of electronic connectedness My Book Review of Entering the Shift Age; Once in every five times that someone clicks a search result, it goes to one of five websites: Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Wikipedia or Amazon. These Five Websites Captured 20% Of All Search Result Clicks

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