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Push, pull, and
the gig economy

July 20, 2018

Most marketers know a push from a pull strategy. True to its name, a push strategy pushes a product the market has yet to demand. 3M brand Post-It Notes provide a great example. People the world over had no idea how badly they needed those little yellow stickies until they found themselves at wits’ end when their free, introductory supply ran [...]

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Zelle to overtake Venmo

June 28, 2018

Some of you may recall my predicting a bright future for Zelle at last year’s Payments 2017. Indeed, Zelle has not disappointed—as you’ll see in my just-published article for The Financial Brand: Zelle on Trajectory to Crush Venmo in War for P2P Payments Since this time yesterday, the number of people enrolled in Zelle increased by 100,000. [...]

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The Six-cent Dollar

June 18, 2018

There’s something odd about money. Namely, that it has no intrinsic value. What gives it value is billions of people throughout the world agreeing that … well, that it has value. Currency has come a long way since its start in the fourth century BCE. We have arrived at a time and place where you can [...]

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Net neutrality:
Now it’s official

June 12, 2018

The FCC repeal of 2015 net neutrality regulations took effect yesterday, so this seemed like a good time to share the following, originally posted here on January 3, 2018. • • • It all started in 2008, when the people at Comcast noticed a curious thing. File-transfer giant BitTorrent was consuming more and more Internet bandwidth. More, it [...]

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Effects of digital media

June 11, 2018

I approach this topic with some reluctance. In no way do I wish even to appear to side with doomsayers who in every technological advance see the end of humankind. Not enough can be said about the wealth of important advances that digital technology has brought to modern life, from the convenient to the lifesaving. Besides, [...]

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