UX Makes All the Difference

The Whole Foods experience is singular among supermarkets  “User experience” encompasses all aspects of the end-user’s interaction with the company, its services, and its products. – Jakob Nielsen From a technical standpoint, few issues carry more weight than user experience. UX creates a fluid dialog between users and computers that ultimately is store in our brain as the most important brand association pertaining to your firm. UX matters because it impacts both the perceived as…

Experience Meerkat and Periscope

The Meerkat home screen is friendly and simple. The future of online streaming is here. Both Meerkat and Periscope provide nice ecosystems so film and live stream your life over mobile devices. My experience with Meerkat a couple of days ago was simply amazing and I very much prefer it over Periscope. These two platforms are riding a new wave of innovation that will prove crucial to social media. Citizen journalism, real estate open houses,…

Internet Trends 2015

Annually, Kleiner Perkins publishes the though-leading “Internet Trends” report.  In this year’s report, Mary Meeker presents a fascinating set of new trends. Among the most salient is the fact that Internet growth pace is slowing both in the classic as well as mobile webs.     Another salient slide talks about the new ad formats available on mobile platform, including cinematic pins, local inventory ads and carousel ads. The report also devotes significant attention to…

Ideation and Design Thinking

Idea generation and design thinking A good idea can make or break a business. But good ideas aren’t only castles in the sky, they’re actionable insights. The very best ones are actionable insights that you can defend like nobody else in the marketplace. The Ideation Process Idea generation is the process of generating, communicating and developing new ideas. Contrary to popular beliefs its a very hard process. For example coming up with the idea for…

Optimize your Pages to Gain Readers

Web page optimization can be hard sometimes Web page optimization is as hard as marathons. Thankfully, in today’s world of dynamic systems you only have to optimize a handful of templates and keep some guidelines in check. There are two main evangelical movements to make the web faster. Slow (backed by Yahoo) and PageSpeed (a son of Google). According to Yslow you need to keep the following in check: Making fewer HTTP requests Using a …

How Are YouTube Videos Ranked?

General Video SEO Tips I get this question a lot, and the short answer is that Youtube videos are ranked according to social signals. Google takes into account the number of views, the channel’s frequency of posting, audience retention metrics etc. This infographic by Martin Mibfeldt explains it very well: YouTube Videos are primarily ranked using social signals and channel strenght Hence, in order to ranked well with your video content I suggest you take…

Web Development and TV Production

Few people have talk about the many similarities between web development and TV production. As we move into an evermore video-based web the similarities become apparent. In many ways, YouTube has become the new TV experience. Influential bloggers are now heralded as respectable pundits and regularly invited to major TV programs. But how can you capitalize on this convergence and learn from TV to enrich your website? For a while now, I have suggested highly…

Why the Bitcoin Revolution Will be Bigger than the Internet

The social media revolution is mostly over. The mayor players have matured, innovation is very stagnant in this area and most social networking ideas are “pretty much out there”. With the exception of a civic network all the potentially mainstream social networking innovations have been created. The next revolution is something far greater in scope and potential gains for humanity. A large group of programmers, activists, venture capitalists, investors and technical leaders are now seeking…

Hillman Curtis. In memoriam

Hillman Curtis from Hillman Curtis on Vimeo. Hillman passed away at home on April 18th, 2012 at 6:03 pm in the presence of his loving wife, two children, his sister, sister in law and brother in law. He was 51 years old and died after a long and fiercely fought battle with colon cancer. Hillman deeply loved his work, all of it – film directing, graphic design, all aspects of new media – and he…

Connected But Lonely?

This is a guest post and TED talk about social change in the social network era. Just a moment ago, my daughter Rebecca texted me for good luck. Her text said, “Mom, you will rock.” I love this. Getting that text was like getting a hug. And so there you have it. I embody the central paradox. I’m a woman who loves getting texts who’s going to tell you that too many of them can…

The Mightybell is Born

The faboulous Gina Bianchini (social media’s wonder woman and ning co-founder) has launched a new project called Mightybell. I quote: “At the core of a Mightybell Experience is creating something other people want to do. The difference between Mightybell and making an online video, writing a blog post, or answering a question on a Q&A site is that on Mightybell, when you layout your best plan for, say, a four day survival camping trip to…