After a 2014 that saw countless biotechnology and biopharmaceutical product advancements and biotech stocks blowing away the overall market, can 2015 be as exciting? Will our experts' predictions come true? I look forward to watching the developments in the coming year.
What's the first thing you do when you meet someone new? You search for them online. You may look at their LinkedIn profile, their company website, blog and maybe even their Facebook profile and Twitter account.
"If you are feeling stuck in any way, whether it's financially, emotionally or intellectually, and you need to move forward -- that's actually a call for you to be innovative, be entrepreneurial or 'intrapreneurial.'"
We are hearing so much now about social media creating a shift from "the wisdom of crowds" to "the wisdom of friends," but what does that really mean for brand advocacy? A lot. It's this "wisdom of friends" that brings a new "social power" to Brand Advocacy.
As a future retiree I start from where my financial situation is today, not as I would like it to be. That I accept that fact does not in any sense undermine my future goals -- but it is necessary to begin where I am today, if I am to change it to where I want to be.
To engage on an even deeper level brands can create shared content and experiences with those consumers in real-time. So, how can a brand capitalize on the interplay between real-world events and social media?
If there is one thing that I have learned in my career, it is that the money always follows the trends. In a world gone social, we are influenced by our trusted network at a rate of near 90 percent and that alone speaks volume for where things are heading.
We want Buzzfeed to tell us what personality type we are and Fox to give us dramatics instead of news so we can poke fun. Because all of that is easier than actually doing something about the things that bother us.
Awhile back, in my social media marketing class at UCLA, we had a discussion on the power of recommendation, influence, and user reviews. It's a very good topic -- the Yelp generation relies almost totally on what their peers say -- good and bad.
Until very recently I wouldn't have called myself an avid social media user. Sure, I created a Facebook profile in 2006, at a time when a college email address was still required to sign up, but who didn't? The concept of the "social network" has changed a great deal since then.
Building a brand is something that takes a lot of thought and time. Once you find what ultimately makes your readers tick on both a materialistic level and a human level, people will be able to relate to you and your words.
In the first experience, your users decide how much of their time or money they will invest in your company. Will they become a lifelong devoted fan, sharing your company with all their friends or will they drop off after the first signup?
We are influenced every day by celebrities, politicians, media, and peers. If Justin Bieber stated, "I don't believe in the tooth fairy," how many little girls would stop believing in that little magical pixie?