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In the Collaborative Economy, the Crowd Has Built a Car

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 09.09.2013 | Small Business
Jeremiah Owyang

What if I told you the next affordable, long-range, fuel-efficient vehicle might be assembled in your garage or built by your neighbors? That's what I was surprised to hear when I learned about the Wikispeed auto project.

The World According to Grameen Social Inc.

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Fancy doing business without necessarily becoming wealthier as a main goal but improving a social situation? Well seems like Social Business is what y...

Avoiding The Social Trap: 3 Social Business Myths That Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Ilina Dimitrova | Posted 08.05.2013 | Small Business
Ilina Dimitrova

Although marketers and 'social' enthusiasts are quick to recommend social media and social networking as a low-cost promotion technique, entrepreneurs should carefully design their strategy before flooding their business with tweets, Instagram images, Pinterest boards, and countless blog posts.

Are You Ready for Social Business?

Beverly Macy | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Beverly Macy

Fortune 500 companies need to get smart about social business -- and fast. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for senior teams -- from the CEO on down -- to buck up and get educated on what social means and how it should be implemented throughout the organization.

What's a Social Business? Look Beyond the Tweets and Likes

Graham Kittle | Posted 06.23.2013 | Technology
Graham Kittle

Every company these days knows they have to get social. Yet often, even when organizations think they're embracing social media in a big way, they aren't. For most companies, social means marketing. It equals Facebook likes and Twitter followers. But that's just the price of entry into the social world we -- the 1.5 billion people using social networks -- are crafting around us.

Perhaps Congress Can Also Honor Dr. Yunus by Paying Attention to Him

Bob Harris | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Now that our leaders have given Dr. Yunus a gold medal, perhaps they might more truly honor him by considering why.

Slacktivism Makes Not the World a Better Place

Patricia Morizio | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

We're not all (nor can we all be) cardiothoracic surgeons, human rights lawyers, or Mother Theresa. That leaves the rest of us critical thinkers scratching our heads about what it is we last did for mankind.

Ignore Happy Customers At Your Peril

Sam Fiorella | Posted 05.21.2013 | Technology
Sam Fiorella

Our hyper-connected society has made customer experience the defining factor in the consumer's perception of a business brand.

Kinder Capitalism: An Idea Worth Pondering

Philip Wilson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Philip Wilson

I was very fortunate to meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohammed Yunus at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 in Davos. He challenged us to th...

Want to Be an Influencer? Be Service Oriented

Blake Landau | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Blake Landau

Is it just me or do you too feel that people are so focused on building their "street cred" online they've forgotten their manners? They've forgotten what it means to be service-oriented.

Will "International Business Machines" Make Business More Human (and Social)?

Blake Landau | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Blake Landau

While IBM has grown a hugely successful consulting practice around social business, one has to question how social the company actually is. Is the internal culture of IBM truly open? Does it embrace the same tenants of social business it preaches to its clients?

The One Thing All Successful Sales People Do Well

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.21.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

In a world that's become overwhelmed with sales analytics, market studies, revenue forecast spreadsheets and dashboards, most businesses make the mistake of ignoring the reason behind successful selling: establishing relationships based on mutual trust and benefit.

The 50 Most Social CIOs on Twitter (and 20 Rising Stars)

Vala Afshar | Posted 01.16.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

These CIOs produce good and frequent content and are engaging. Since my Top-50 cut-off minimum thresholds excluded some amazing social CIO rising stars, I decided to include a rising stars section with 20 more social CIOs.

Top 100 Business, Leadership and Technology Twitter Accounts You Must Follow

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.19.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Selecting the top 100 Twitter accounts that every business, technology, and leadership person should follow on Twitter was not an easy task. My criteria for selecting the very best accounts was based on three factors: Content quality, content frequency, and a willingness to engage.

You're Not a Social Business Leader If __________? (10 Hints)

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Instead of defining what a social business executive is, we decided to list 10 hints that you're not a social business executive.

Washington Can Benefit From Social Business Leadership Principles

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.17.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

To collaborate with the ethos of value exchange, we must embrace social collaboration. We live in a connected world, where businesses must be able to change and adapt in order to achieve sustainable growth. Washington should take a lesson.

It's Time for Businesses to Get Socialized

Jure Klepic | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

The flood of evidence continues building the case for a paradigm shift in communication from mass marketing to personal marketing, from traditional media outlets to social media communication strategies.

If Your CMO Isn't Social, How Can You Have a Social Business?

Jure Klepic | Posted 02.12.2013 | Business
Jure Klepic

If these CMOs can't become social media influencers themselves, how can they expect to lead their companies in this crucial area?

The Fiscal Cliff Will Force Re-invention of Sales

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.13.2012 | Business
Vala Afshar

Combine the changing nature of business today with the macroeconomic stress levels that exist and we are sure to face an unavoidable fact for 2013 -- selling stuff will be much harder than before.

The Future of Customer Support is Social, Mobile, Video and Insourced

Vala Afshar | Posted 02.06.2013 | Business
Vala Afshar

Summary of fact: people are more mobile and social and spending more of their time connected that ever before. And yet so many businesses, notably in the B2B space, have customer service and support organizations that are not ready for the mobile, social, and hyper-connected era.

Dear Employee/Employer: Be Social or Be Irrelevant

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.05.2012 | Business
Vala Afshar

If, as a job candidate, you haven't built up your personal online brand -- accomplishments and most importantly beliefs and values -- you risk becoming irrelevant to any forward-looking employer regardless of your domain expertise.

What's the Difference between Social Media and Social Business?

Alistair Rennie | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
Alistair Rennie

A major change is taking place in social media these days: Leading-edge companies are moving from "liking" to leading. The next step will be much deeper as the leaders recognize that social engagement is an opportunity to redefine the client service experience, be proactive is delivering customer care and differentiate in new ways.

Secrets to Success for Social Media in Business in 2013

Beverly Macy | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business
Beverly Macy

What are the two or three critical success factors we should be focused on to move forward as a social business in 2013? Great question. My answer depends on where you are on the implementation of real-time social media both internally and externally.

Social Business as a New Paradigm to Deal With World Poverty

Marieke van Schaik | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Marieke van Schaik

Existing technologies must be combined with human creativity. It is key to include the young world citizens in this process. And we need to scale up -- to say at a rapid pace is an understatement.

Social Media Is Nothing More Than Common Sense

Ehsan Khodarahmi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ehsan Khodarahmi

The future of competition is collaboration and partnership. The real winners of the future will be those who genuinely say "Let's talk."