Why Apple is Winning [Infographic]

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

There is no doubt that Apple is one of the world’s most well known tech companies, however if you have any doubt, then seeing their success in numbers will surely put it out.

Check out this infographic presented by CaliforniaPhoneLookup to see what exactly is driving Apple to win.

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The Psychology of an Internet Troll [Infographic]

February 6th, 2013 Comments off

Internet trolls are the bane of the internet social community, but only recently have scientists begun to really understand the effects that these individuals have on the rest of us. The best way to describe an internet “Troll” would be to say that some individuals develop online identities that are completely independent and often much different from their true identities. These people tend to become socially involved in chat rooms and other online social forums where they make offensive and antagonistic comments toward others. Trolls hold no regard for others because they feel protected behind the veil of their personal computer.

A study conducted in relation to the “Troll” effect was focused on the phenomena referred to as “Suicide Baiting.” This study showed that people were more likely to jump from a large building if:

  • They were part of a large crowd
  • They were above the 7th floor
  • It was dark outside

In short, Trolls can and will inflict heavy psychological damage on you if you don’t recognize their tactics. Be mindful of these, and you will stay clear of these fiends. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the psychology of internet trolls.

Psychology of an Internet Troll
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Retail Social Media Top 10 [Infographic]

January 30th, 2013 Comments off

Social media has proven itself to be a great platform for companies to reach out to their consumers quickly and efficiently. Retailers are one of the many industries using social media to interact with consumers.

It’s interesting to see what social media outlets certain retailers are using to reach their customers, and that’s just what the infographic below presented by Retail Customer Experience does. Check it out to see if your favorite retailer made the cut.

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New Social Media Trend: Social Gifting

January 18th, 2013 Comments off

The average price for top selling gifts in the 80s and 90s was $48. From 2000-2011 the average price for top selling gifts was $244. As you can see, gifts have gotten much more expensive over time.

So how can you buy your loved ones the gifts they want without going broke? Collaborate! Social gifting allows others to share wishlists so that friends and family can pitch in to get the things they want.

Check out the infographic below presented by Countmein to learn more about social gifting and how it works.

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Football and Television [Infographic]

January 17th, 2013 Comments off

Nothing can make you angrier than planning on spending your Monday night watching some football when suddenly your cable/satellite connection goes out.  Make no mistake, you likely aren’t the only one this has happened to and soon customer service departments are being bombarded with phone calls from angry fans.  In an effort to combat such a frenzy, many providers are making a move to customer service support via social media sites like Facebook & Twitter.  By doing so, they are able to reach a large number of people at once and answer the questions you would normally have to wait on hold for.

To learn more about this and other ways football season is impacting cable and satellite providers, check out this infographic from ClickSoftware.


CES Trends 2013 [Infographic]

January 16th, 2013 Comments off

Technology trends are always changing and the worlds largest consumer technology tradeshow, CES, showcases these new trends every year.

Are you wondering what the best television, car technology, smartphone, or camera are for 2013? Check out the infographic below presented by BestChoiceReviews to learn more about the coolest new trends in tech for 2013.

Data Footprints by Generation [Infographic]

January 15th, 2013 Comments off

A digital footprint is a trail you leave behind after interacting in a digital environment.  From watching TV, to surfing the web, to using your mobile device, you’re likely contributing to your footprint more than you know.

Like many things, our data footprints can be looked at generationally as well as individually.   This infographic, presented by Wikibon, looks at the data footprints of three generations:  millenials (ages 18-29), generation X (30-49), and boomers (55+). Check it out below to learn more.

Data Footprints by Generations
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The 5 Biggest Internet Entrepreneurs of 2012 [Infographic]

January 11th, 2013 Comments off

An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, operates, and assumes risk for a business venture.  Sometimes those risks pay off, and sometimes they don’t, but for entrepreneurs like Ben Silbermann & Paul Sciarra, it paid off in a big way.

Silbermann & Sciarra are the brains behind the ever popular website Pinterest.  Both failed app designers, Silbermann and Sciarra began development of Pinterest in December 2009 and launched the first closed beta site in March of 2010.  Silbermann wrote to the first 5,000 users of the site with his personal phone number, a way to be contacted with any questions.  Nine months after it’s launch, Pinterest had grown to 10,000 users and was by invitation only.  The website has been steadily growing at a rate of 40-50% per month and is now one of the ten largest social network services.

Silbermann & Sciarra clearly made the top of the list of The 5 Biggest Internet Entrepreneurs of 2012.  See who else made it big in 2012 with this infographic from BestFinanceSchools.

The Top 5 Internet Entrepreneurs of 2012
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The State of Infographics [Infographic]

January 8th, 2013 Comments off

When you think of social media, you’re likely thinking of outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Infographics, however, are also a form of social media, and also a great marketing tool.

Infographics, by definition, are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.  As such, they have the ability to present almost any kind of information and data available.  With the right topic they can reach as many as fifteen million people, something most marketing tools are incapable of doing.

This infographic, brought to you by TopMarketingSchools, looks at some of the recent trends in infographics, popular topics, and more.  Check it out:

State of Infographics
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review of HTC 8x from Verizon Wireless

January 5th, 2013 Comments off

It’s not everyday you get to carry around a cellphone in your pocket, but for the last few weeks Jon Jackson has gotten to do just that.

I’ve been using an HTC 8x Windows 8 phone with Verizon 4gLTE (Model number HTC6990LVW) for the last few weeks – and not just as a backup, look at it every now and then kind of phone – I’ve been using it as my primary phone the whole time.

By choice, I’m generally an Android user. This is my first foray into the world of windows, if you don’t count my brief affair with an htc tilt a few years ago.

(Though i don’t think you can really hold that one against me, I was younger, and it was a much different world. We all have our pasts… don’t look at me like that.)

Having recently upgraded my home computer to Windows 8, i was excited to see how their phone would hold up to the drastic OS changes. I was pleased to find that after connecting my Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts within just a few minutes the live tiles were updating and pulling in all kinds of social information.

I did find that this was a really good consumption device. The OS as a whole is still fairly young, but the options available even since the Windows 7 phones were introduced are getting stronger every day.

  • Call Quality: Excellent
  • Build Quality: Very good.
  • Performance:Excellent
  • Experience:Good (I feel as the OS and available apps mature, it will be very good, or excellent as well)
  • Bottom line:I WOULD recommend it to a friend

My wife was so impressed by the phone that she had me buy her a Windows phone for her and she is also loving that as well.

one last note i would make, i found that using the phone has made using Windows 8 a little easier as well – which was a pleasant bonus.

Sample photos from the phone under fluorescent light

Sample photo using the front facing camera under fluorescent light

Customer Service in Social Media

December 21st, 2012 Comments off

It’s no surprise that social media has become the new medium for customer service. It’s quick, easy, and pretty much everyone has a profile. However, there is a certain strategy when it comes to customer service in social media.

By the end of 2012, 80% of companies plan on using social media for customer service, and with good reason. It’s been found that customers who interact with companies via social media spend 20-40% more money.

Check out the infographic below presented by Click Software to learn more about how customer service has migrated to social media.

Facebook Privacy Fail [Infographic]

December 20th, 2012 Comments off

Privacy is very important to social media users. We want to trust that our personal information, pictures, and posts will not be shared with anyone else without our consent. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

As one of the most popular social media sites, Facebook has had multiple fails when it comes to privacy and the infographic below presented by topwebdesignschools.org highlights those fails.

Facebook Privacy Fail
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