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David Sable
David Sable is Global CEO of Y&R, one of the world’s leading global marketing communications companies, with 186 offices in 90 countries. An early digital entrepreneur, David continues to be tapped for his marketing and digital expertise around the world, and has an active presence in the blogosphere with his Weekly Ramble []. An active philanthropist, he was just named the Chair of UNICEF’s New York Board. David and his wife, Debbie, have two married daughters, and Henry and Teddy — their treasured grandsons.

Entries by David Sable

Why the Apple Watch Works

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 2:20 PM


I don't know about you, but I love watches, and I own a few. (My wife would say more than a few.)

Some are simple, like the one I wear during the summer at the beach: waterproof, thick and sturdy, with a colorful...

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My Kind of Pi... With Ice Cream on Top!

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:19 PM


It was just 9:26:53 p.m. on March 14, 2015, and I have officially celebrated the second transcendent moment of Pi Day, the first being that same time that morning.

Some are calling it the Pi Second, although there is a controversy around the...

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Do You Support Gun Control? Do You Believe That Guns Kill?

(11) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:43 PM


The history of secret and anonymous denunciation is no doubt as old as the world. Religions and governments both have used the "tool" to control the errant masses, and the allure of a gain in favor has always been a great incentive for...

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The Biggest Game-Changer in Online Commerce?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 10:50 AM


Do you know what is driving higher conversion rates on e-commerce sites?

Big data, from multiple sources in real-time, crunched by powerful programs that ultimately recommend products to you based on where you are, what you have bought in the past, what people...

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Not Digital First, Not Mobile First, but People First!

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 2:19 PM


Is there a difference between disruption and transformation?

Between shaking up a business sector (I'd say "business model," but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society?

Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people's lives for the good?

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Don't Blame the Messenger

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 8:35 AM


What separates the good guys from the bad guys?

Hollywood once made it really easy, because all the good cowboys wore white hats while the bad wore black ones.

I wish it were so easy in our world. And I wish that the...

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Killer Content on Demand

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:52 PM


I am fairly confident that a declaration can be made that the once-definitive analyst prediction that UGC -- user-generated content -- would supplant and replace all advertising, movie, broadcast, film, video and whatever else production can now officially be declared dead digibabble.


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Shake Shack Disrupts the Big Mac

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Disruption comes in all flavors.

We have become so used to technology, or at least its application, being touted as the disrupting factor in everything from taxi service to overnight stays that it's worth taking a moment to look at other factors...

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My One and Only Ever Top Ten List

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 11:06 PM


Full and embarrassing disclosure...

Like everyone else, I click on list links.

As a public service, I provide some for your entertainment and amusement as well as three core sources for continued and higher education in list learning....

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Lessons From CES: It's Always All About People

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 1:56 PM


I have just returned from Las Vegas, where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet.

To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show), an event...

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Predictions, Predilections, Prophecies, Punditry... and Future Babble

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:26 PM


How do you end one year and begin another without the onslaught of future gazing by the experts who know...

There was a time when looking forward was a function of truly challenging imaginations: Leonardo DaVinci imagining flight -- parachutes, airplanes,...

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The JetBlue Blues

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:10 PM


For 2015, a new concept in customer service and personalized experiences.

You go shopping for clothes...

You can go basic and buy something that really doesn't fit, because it's been cut narrow to save you money, if you don't mind the tightness; but...

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Scrooge and a Digital Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 8:15 AM


Has Scrooge taken over digital shopping?

Is the global discount World Wide Web in danger of returning to its save-human-kind roots?

Does Amazon have a business model, finally?


"What surprised me was how many of these deals were bad," said...

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Hi-Fi to Wi-Fi: Let the Music Play... Err, Stream

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 3:06 PM


While the debate on streaming music vs. downloads rages -- a stupid and fruitless discussion, in my view -- I decided to "digitize" my already digital CDs so that I could have access to them 24/7 and stream the music whenever I wanted.

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How Technology Will Not Save the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 1:08 PM


The United States is currently tangled up in a racially charged debate around police violence, or maybe better put, excessive and biased use of force against people of color.

We have seen riots and demonstrations over the past few weeks, reminiscent...

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Simplicity Rules... But Simplistic Is a Killer

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Over the past few days:

I have been driven around town in Uber cars ordered on my smartphone.

I have managed to navigate the crowded streets of New York using Waze on the same smartphone.

I have ordered holiday gifts from both...

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Uber Or?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:05 PM


Uber Alles?

Or Uber Lame-O?

Some think that Uber is the ultimate disrupter. A poster child for the digital age. Turning old, tired models upside down and bouncing them on their heads before throwing them...

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Net Neutrality's Big Bottom Line

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 11:49 AM


Net Neutrality. Not to be confused with Net Openness.

And certainly not with Right to Be Forgotten.

And clearly not to be mixed up with entitlement to dump on anyone anonymously or otherwise.

And without a doubt has nothing to do...

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:46 PM


Since the dawn of time we have marched to war with music.

Drums beating, trumpets blaring -- music was created to stir the soul of one side and freeze the soul of the other.

Marshal music, enhanced by thousands of stamping feet, swords...

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Doot, Doot, Doot

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:28 PM


Always learn from the greats. Try to understand the most successful. Emulate, yes, but more -- build and innovate on what they do so well by learning what they miss.

Kind of simple wisdom, that... no?

So why then in the digital age...

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