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Technology and marketing in the world of tomorrow

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What Markets are Being Disrupted by Groupon?

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over 3 years ago

In researching Groupon's IPO for the earlier post, I tried to think about which markets are being affected by Groupon. The biggest is almost certainly Yellow Pages ($26Bn worldwide) -- but there's also Online Local Advertising ($10Bn and growing) and Coupon Books (probably much smaller?). Are ...

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Why would Groupon IPO?

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over 3 years ago

A lot of people are trying to figure out why Groupon would go public now, before their revenues/profits are a bit more derisked. Going public now allows Groupon to establish dominance against their competitors. They can show that they are the most mature and encourage a perception from the ...

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Getting ready for e.g.

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over 3 years ago

In less than two weeks, I'll be taking a short pilgrimage from San Francisco to Monterey for the e.g. --  an event that has been summarized to me by a previous attendee as "what TED used to be." I'm going this year for the opportunity to both teach and learn from other passionate creators and ...

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Agile Marketing

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over 3 years ago

I want to share with you a more personal update today -- a new practice we've developed which has improved the marketing efforts at my company. We've recently begun practicing Agile Marketing. A choice we made several months ago that has improved both our process and output. I wanted to share ...

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The Facebook Society

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over 3 years ago

The Paypal Mafia is the most famous example, but Silicon Valley greats tend to leave a host of successful entrepreneurs in their wake. Historically, this has stemmed from employees inside the mothership learning as they helped create a juggernaut. Today, we're seeing a new trend start, where the ...

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Emotional Marketing

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over 3 years ago

Good brand marketing is about getting the right emotional response from your target audience. You can get people to buy a product in many ways, but to get them to love it, you need to play to their emotions.    Apple is one of the best in the world at this -- all of their marketing is ...