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Do you ever get the sense that retail technology is overhyped?

Personally, I love it. In my career, I have overseen technology roll-outs at thousands of high-touch retail stores nationwide. I have also consulted with major retailers and automakers on a raft of tech-related projects.

But let’s take a moment to get real about the role of technology in retail.[…] Continue Reading »

A central part of any social media strategist’s job is to stay up-to-date with the latest changes in newsfeed algorithms, analytics features and paid post programs. After managing social programs for a wide variety of brands, I’ve discovered that the best strategy is not to be reactive to these changes, but rather to authentically engage with users.[…] Continue Reading »

For Debbie Curtis-Magley, Director of SAP Cross-Cloud Social and Community at Ariba, social channels are great tools for handling company crises. While most brands define social media ROI as “return on investment,” some see it as “rescue of image.”

In her presentation at’s Brands-Only Summit, Debbie discusses three different crisis management scenarios in which social media can help.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s hard out there in social media for regulated industries like healthcare. UnitedHealth Group for example, has to carefully craft their responses to customers in social media to comply with legal requirements.

According to Rachel Medina, their senior communications specialist, they’re making progress with reaching customers despite these strict rules. In her presentation at‘s BlogWell conference, she explains it’s all a part of following HIPAA regulations while trying to do more for their customers in social media.[…] Continue Reading »

Like it or not, Facebook is no longer the “free” community mecca that marketers with a guerrilla mentality fervently embraced years ago. Just looking at the organic reach over the last 27 months of the many brands Renegade manages, we’ve seen a decline from a peak of nearly 20% in 2012 to a new low of under 5% in 2014.[…] Continue Reading »