Tuesday, October 23, 2012
However, when you get to the very top of companies, there is a surprising lethargy about using the online tools already available: social media. Embracing social media isn't just a bit of fun, it is a vital way to communicate, keep your ear to the ground and improve your business.
So why are only 16% of CEOs currently participating in social media? IBM's 2012 Global CEO Study found that most CEOs are clearly not taking social media seriously. Only one of more than 1,700 respondents had their own blog! Some are on LinkedIn, fewer on Twitter and even less on Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere on the web.
The study indicated that within five years social media will be the number two way to engage with customers (after face-to-face personal interaction). That's a step in the right direction, but why wait five years? The internet will have changed all over again by then, and business is in danger of being left behind.
It isn't just CEOs that can make the most of social media. Where possible, everyone within a company should be engaged in what is happening elsewhere within their business, and in the wider world. Social media is a great way to do this. Also, it can furnish a spirit of community, not least amongst global, widespread companies.
Nevertheless, like all other areas of business, CEOs have the opportunity to set the bar. By ignoring social networks, they are potentially missing a trick.
There are lots of business leaders utilising social media, and yours truly is only too happy to be counted among them. But the beauty of the web is that there is plenty of room for everyone. Does anybody else want to join the party? There's only one rule for entry - no ties allowed!
ICE revealed in a solicitation document last week that it will buy iPhones for more than 17,600 employees, according to Reuters. The memo said that RIM's BlackBerry platform could "no longer meet the mobile technology needs of the agency."
The agency looked into both the iPhone and devices running Google's Android platform. Officials at ICE determined that Apple's ecosystem best suited their needs because of tight controls over the hardware platform and its operating system.
While the switch is yet another feather in the cap for Apple's iOS platform, it's also a major blow for RIM, which was once the de facto choice for government employees. That's changed as RIM has seen its share of the smartphone market slip away to Apple and Android.
RIM's losses in government have continued for some time, as one report last year dubbed the trend of switching from BlackBerry to iPhone as "federal government 2.0." One study published by the Government Business Council earlier this year revealed that managers using BlackBerry devices had dropped from 77 percent in August of 2009 to less than 50 percent in September of 2011.
For now, RIM is attempting to hold on until the release of its new BlackBerry 10 platform, currently scheduled to launch in early 2013. The company has seen a shakeup at its executive level, and announced in May that it would cut 40 percent of its workforce.
The people must first be willing to change before the organization can. People, by nature fear change like nature abhors a vacuum. They fear the uncertainty that accompany change. They are unwilling to get out of their comfort zone. Here too, we have many of similar ilk. Sad but true and it's something that is very discouraging. Just do what you can. As the chinese saying goes, you can't force the head of a cow down if it doesn't want to drink water. There must be a will to change before anything can happen. Accepting ones short-comings is the first step. Easier said than done.
Monday, October 22, 2012
http://mobino.com is a new way to pay for things through the mobile phone, through any cheap voice-only mobile phone as well, using voice prompts when dialing the payment system, and using a pin code to authorize the payment.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
David Liu, Founder and CEO of mobile gaming company RedAtoms, discussed industry trends in China at the 3rd annual China 2.0 conference. The event was hosted by the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SPRIE) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on September 28, 2012.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The very fundamental idea behind ChopChop is helping consumers to digitalise their loyalty cards onto their smartphones. No more missing cards, no more losing out on loyalty promotions. They are reminded of cards that are about to expire, or rewards that they are yet to claim. Our users love our product.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Talent acquisition is no longer about workers coming to you—you have to go to them. In this clip, Candy Lewandowski, VP Centers of Excellence at Kelly Services tells us how she helps clients to see and understand their total workforce, and how to get the most out of them.
It has been estimated that there are 18.9 million internet users in Malaysia. 10.5 million from which have, in some way or another, purchased online.
Malaysians have chosen to make online retail purchases on local websites to the tune of RM825 million (45 per cent) compared with RM627 million on overseas websites (35 per cent). The remaining RM371 million were made on websites of unknown countries of origin.
Is e-commerce booming in Malaysia? Where are the trends going and what innovations are changing the landscape of the sector?
This week find out how two young Malaysians are leveraging off the global online market and are leading the way in online marketing strategies.
We talk to Chan Peng Joon the founder and CEO of Smobble which currently has over 573 websites in various niches ranging from gaming to forex, fitness, dog training and dating. Coming from a background of computer gaming, Peng Joon currently trains others to capitalise on their hobbies and passions and educates them on how to transfer that passion into passive income online. Smobble Sdn Bhd was birthed in 2008. Peng Joon has recently organized his many years of marketing experience into a comprehensible training course called the Internet Income Intensive.
Mindvalley Co-founder and CEO Vishen Lakhiani shares with us his insights into the future of the global online market. Founded in 2003, Vishen's vision for Mindvalley was to build a company whose mission was to bring enlightenment and personal growth to the world in a scalable way using a hybrid of marketing and technology.
Mindvalley Technology, formed in 2011 has fast become one of the hottest tech incubators in Asia. In 2011, it spun off Dealmates.com, which now jousts with Groupon as the #1 or #2 social commerce site in Malaysia. In 2010 Intel Capital Ventures invested $2 million for a minority stake in Dealmates.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Facing tough times, Malaysian retailers to form new body
AvantiKumar | Oct. 1, 2012
Despite an increasing demand for ICT products, more than 140 independent ICT retailers from all over Malaysia said they face the challenge of surviving in a highly competitive and changing local market.
The forum held on 27 September 2012, which was themed 'Survival of IT Retailers', was chaired by 1 Utopia Berhad managing director Chin Book Long in Kuala Lumpur, who said he had called for the discussion in response to the current challenges faced by Malaysian IT retailers over the years. Other attendees included Irene Sau, chairman of Penang ICT Association (PICTA), Kevin Chan, chairman of Ipoh IT Association and Simon Kong, vice president of Kuching Computer Business Association.
Chin said serious issues plague IT retailers, include the steady decrease of retail prices and profit margins as well as increasing operating expenses and rental costs.
A statement released after the meeting added that many IT retailers could go out of business as competition increased while they needed to reduce 'unrealistic stock commitments set by vendors'.
National ICT Association, Pikom executive director Ong Kian Yew said Pikom was committed to take on the issues raised during the discussion and to table them at the coming council meeting in two weeks' time.
However, more than 100 IT retailers supported the decision to form an independent association to champion and safeguard the survival of IT retailers in Malaysia, said 1 Utopia's Chin.
The IT retailers also signed a petition to show their support on the solutions proposed during the forum. The petition has garnered the support of most attendees, and is still going nationwide to reach out to those who were not able to attend the forum.
So far, 13 IT retailers from all over the country volunteered themselves to be part of the working committee for the new association.