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industry events coverage plus the monthly iMedi8 – top 8 posts I select from the blogosphere on a particular topic.

iMedia Labs: Learning to Embrace the Beauty of Imperfection

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It’s been almost a month since Chicago Ideas Week #CIW 2013 wrapped – after attending 17 different events I’m still absorbing a lot of mind blowing stories and great tools.  But the one thing that has persistently occupied my mind is the epic battle of the Perfect vs Imperfect, which at times as haunted me more often than I’d like ... Read More »

5 Ways to Get Your Hands Dirty with Design Thinking

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Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) 2013 has come and gone – once again, this year’s Innovation Labs did not disappoint.  I was fortunate to attend five really amazing lab sessions and walked away with a whole new cadre of design thinking techniques and tools to spice up my team’s as well as my own innovation work.  Like most people, the images ... Read More »

Creating a Culture of Innovation that’s Built to Last

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Innovation.  Its easily one of the most used buzzwords floating through corporate hallways and coffee houses alike yet most would agree it is fundamentally misunderstood.  Vast numbers of books, articles, conferences describe key ideation processes, prototyping techniques and organizational structures ranging from venture funds and corporate innovation labs to start-up teams and enterprise crowdsourcing communities.  But even with all of ... Read More »

Socking It to your Customers with Social Utility: A Tale of 2 Brands #CAMAExpert

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Last week, the Chicago chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) brought together powerful +100 year-old consumer brand Walgreens with clever, rising startup Georama to share how they each built sticky customer experiences through a committed focus to creating social media utility. Walgreens is no stranger to serving the utilitarian needs of its customers on a daily basis.  A few ... Read More »

iMedi8: Inside Emerging Commerce

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This month’s edition of iMedi8 features eight great finds covering recent trends happening within mobile, social and other emerging forms of commerce.  From Facebook Gift Cards integration with brick & mortar and Pinterest in mom’s grocery shopping carts, to Amex enabled Tweet purchases and Foursquare expansion of credit card specials – eCommerce as we know it is poised for rapid ... Read More »

SXSWi 2013: In Search of the Next Big Thing

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It’s that time of year…March Madness is upon us.  For most, it’s the season for NCAA championship ball accompanied by frothy green pints of Irish ale.  But for the techno-geeks, creative chics and other innovator-enthusiasts, the early part of March heralds a 5-day pilgrimage to Austin, TX for the annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) or ‘Southby’ experience as it’s ... Read More »

Dachis Social Business Summit 2013: Data, Content, Culture & Conviction

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Yesterday, I spent the day with the Dachis Group at their annual Social Business Summit (SBS), now in its 4th year as a mecca for industry thought leaders and brand pioneers to exchange insights and challenge one another in their approach to social business.  The fantastic speaker lineup included vanguard strategists and authors of the models and frameworks defining the ... Read More »

iMedi8: Inside Innovation

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Welcome to the first edition of iMedi8 – featuring eight great reads, infographics and videos on an industry topic / trend each month.  Lately, my research in innovation has led me to some fantastic thought leadership pieces from top consulting minds, academics and brand leaders.  Each of the links below have directly contributed to my day job of designing and ... Read More »

Pushing the Check-In Envelope: A Day Spent Hacking at Foursquare HQ

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Ah, the lure of the social media check-in…you may be asking, what’s all the hype about?  Is it the vain need to inform the world of where you are every moment? A serendipitous tool for finding a lunch partner or meeting up with a former colleague you didn’t know was in the same town or airport as you?  Perhaps it’s ... Read More »

Unraveling Innovation: Winter DIG Day with Engauge

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Innovation continued its disruptive march in 2012 – across not only the tech and communications fields, but other more mainstream industries such as healthcare, sports, retail and in-home appliances as well.  Its transformative pace is accelerating as fiesty digital trends quickly evolve into new business models and product inventions. Last December, I was invited by Engauge’s Digital Innovation Group (DIG) ... Read More »