These are the headlines from some of the web sources that I follow.
New Tiki Community Video
In this newly produced video, Tiki community member Jean-Marc Libs (aka Jyhem) speaks about the benefits of using the Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware. In an interview originally recorded in Ottawa in 2012 (in French), Jean-Marc explains one of TIki's greatest strengths: tight integration among its features. Jean-Marc is a senior contributor to the Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware, dedicating several hours each day to programming and development, as well as general administration of the Tiki Community and infrastructure. Jean-Marc lives in Strasbourg, France and founded the alsawiki.com company, which specializes in open-source software and Tiki deployments.
News Bites: DIYers, Over-Achievers, Testing-Providers
The latest in growth, apps and testing from the Little Cottonwoods City, the Big Scrapple and the Old Colony State. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
Part II: Buy or Build a Marketing Cloud? What Practitioners Say
Scott Brinker’s marketing technology landscape graphic is the face of the space. It captured plenty of air time at Brinker’s first Marketing Technology Conference in Boston this week. Isaac Wyatt built his very own marketing technology landscape at New Relic, a San Francisco-based real-time application monitoring platform. It includes the approximate 30 technologies he uses to get his job done. Sums it up, right? More than 1,000 digital marketing platforms in more than 40 categories. At the heart of it all is the "buy vs. build your marketing cloud" debate, sparked this week at #MarTech by presenter Travis Wright, chief growth officer for MediaThinkLabs. Yesterday, we caught up with vendors on buy vs. build. Today, we conclude our series with marketing veterans who have had to face the question themselves. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
Keeping Marketing Up with the Speed of Innovation
From Google glass, to smart thermostats, self driving cars and beyond, digital innovation is on the move. The iPhone was introduced seven years ago, and today we’re predicting a thirty fold increase in Internet connected physical devices in the next seven years. The speed of innovation doesn’t only apply to the introduction of new gadgets and products. Today’s consumers turn to websites and apps for information, entertainment and services, so companies need to evolve their processes and toolsets to move faster in the digitally disrupted world of business. It used to be that digital excellence was a competitive differentiator. But now companies must move beyond excellence — and move at a faster speed of digital innovation. Otherwise, they risk becoming extinct from Digital Darwinism. Read full story... Follow us on Twitter Join free newsletter View upcoming events Find a new job
Here's A Phone-Charging Bracelet You Might Actually Wear
<em>Editor's note: This post was originally published by our partners at <a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/08/phone-charging-bracelet">Fashionista</a>.</em>There's no cellphone owner who doesn't understand intimately the special agony of watching their device drain and then ... die. It's a universal. Most people have a plan B: Use a Mophie juice pack, bring along a charger and pray for an outlet—or this reporter's favorite, hang out in a bar for an hour and use the bartender's charger. There's always one behind the counter.A new startup called Q Designs is hoping to make juicing on the go a bit more convenient. The company just launched pre-orders for its first product, a sleek bracelet that conceals enough rechargeable lithium-ion battery to give your phone a 60% charge. The bangle, available for both Android and iOS devices, unhooks to reveal the connector.We took a look at one of the prototypes a few weeks ago, and it's really, truly not bad-looking. It comes in black, silver and gold, the last of which co-founders James Kernan and Alessandro Libani say they spent a lot of time getting exactly right. The bracelet is still fairly thick—according to Kernan, making it any thinner would reduce the charging potential significantly —so it's a statement, but a clean one.It's also not terribly expensive. Pre-orders run at $79, and the bracelet will eventually retail for $99, hopefully in time for the holiday season. Although frankly it's the type of thing we'd like to have for September's various fashion weeks, a.k.a. the month of dead phones.
Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics
Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this year.Instagram launched advertising last fall. Images courtesy of Instagram.