My Crazy Prediction?

In September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time.

Read The Death Of Email by 2018

Will I be proved to be a:
or Fool?

Time Remaining:

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Sunday
Dec232012

What's Hot In Social Tools (#SWChat)

Introduction

Social tools and social platforms are evolving at an incredible rate with new tools popping up all the time. "What's Hot In Social Tools" will be appearing as a regular event on #SWChat for the community to share what they are using, how they use them and what new social tools / platform are new to the market.

Event Question

Just one question.....

Q1) What social tools do you use for business use and why?

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Social Tools List

  1. brat rapid annotation tool - online environment for collaborative text annotation
  2. Yammer - collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications
  3. Scoopit - Shares ideas that matter on beautiful topic pages
  4. Twylah - brings your brand message into focus, extends the life of your tweets, and helps you get discovered beyond Twitter
  5. RebelMouse - creates your social front page, building a dynamic site around what you share
  6. Bufferapp - shares your great articles, pictures and videos automagically through the day
  7. Triberr - website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach
  8. IFTTT - a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: IF This Then That
  9. Connectedhq - contact management without the work
  10. Nimble - solution to offer small businesses the best features of high-end CRM systems combined with the power of social media
  11. eGrabber - automated list building tools for B2B sales & recruiting
  12. Listly - help bloggers & brands curate, crowdsource, and engage readers via live embedded list content inside blog posts
  13. Hootsuite - a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard
  14. LinkedIn - manages your professional identity and builds and engages with your professional network
  15. Mylearningworx - crowd sourced hub for online learning covering everything from business skills to hobbies, lifestyle and leisure
  16. XeeMee - a social presence management tool, helping you organize, grow and optimize yor social presence
  17. Twitter - a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting
  18. Oracle Social Network - a secure private network that provides a broad range of social tools designed to capture and preserve information flowing between people, enterprise applications, and business processes
  19. IBM Connections - a social software platform that enables organizations to engage the right people, drive innovation, and deliver results
  20. Tweetdeck - your personal browser for staying in touch with what's happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace ...
  21. Facebook - a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them
  22. Google+ - making sharing on the web more like sharing in real life
  23. Sendgine - the missing link between email and project management
  24. Basecamp - a web-based project management and collaboration tool
  25. Bottlenoseapp - provides live social intelligence for marketers by analyzing activity across all the major social networks
  26. Sproutsocial - a social media management tool created to help businesses find new customers & grow their social media presence
  27. Socialbro - tool to manage and analyze your Twitter Community
  28. Slideshare - an online slide hosting service
  29. Yoono - is allows you to connect and share with all your social networks and instant messaging services in one place
  30. Evernote - helps you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use
  31. Springpad - a web app allowing users to save, organize, and share collected ideas and information
  32. ManageFlitter - a web-based application that assists Twitter users with their unfollower and general account management
  33. Commun.it - an online tool to manage your community, monitor engagement, track campaign and discover leads on Twitter
  34. Pinterest - a content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard
  35. oneQube - a modular #cloud platform for the #social #enterprise
  36. Klout - a tool that measures social influence across the web
  37. Kred - a visual history of your Social Media Influence
  38. Google+ Communities - an online community tool to talk about the stuff you’re into with people who love it too
  39. TweetLevel - a Twitter measurement tool 
  40. Storify - an online tool making sense of what people post on social media
  41. Google Alerts - are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries
  42. PeerIndex - an analytics tool measuring interactions across the web to help you understand your impact in social media
  43. Awareness Social Marketing Hub - a tool letting serious marketing teams extend their brand messaging and campaigns to social networks
  44. NutshellMail - tracks your brand's social media activity and delivers a summary to your email inbox on your schedule
  45. Postling - a tool that makes it easy to manage all of your social media from a single interface
  46. Tweetseeker - an advanced Twitter search tool designed with powerful filtering capabilities to remove less relevant or less-interesting Tweets
  47. Topsy - a realtime search engine powered by the Social Web
  48. Socialmention - a social media search engine that searches user-generated content 
  49. Rapportive - shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox
  50. Google Hangouts - a video chat service enabling both one-on-one chats and group chats with up to ten people at a time
  51. Crowdbooster - offers social media analytics with suggestions and tools to help you improve your online presence
  52. MarketMeSuite - a social media marketing dashboard that allows businesses and teams to manage their social media

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Friday
Dec072012

Gamification: Just Point's and Badges? (#SWChat)

Introduction

Gamification has always been a favourite topic with the #SWChat, community where it's usefulness in business has always split the audience. We are returning to this topic to see how Gamification has evolved and how people's opinion's may have changed.

This event debated whether Gamification can incentivise employees better or whether it's really just about point's and badges.

Definitions

 Gamification is the concept of using game design elements in non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging.

 Game mechanics are constructs of rules intended to produce an enjoyable gameplay. Think of it as basic building blocks that can be combined in interesting ways to drive a (often complex) sequence of actions in order to achieve desired results.

Courtesy of KISSMetrics

Event Questions

Q1) Gamification is a smart way to increase Brand loyalty & better understand your customer. Agree/disagree?
Q2) Are companies turning to Gamification as standard reward programmes no longer motivate employees?
Q3) Can (and should) Gamification be used to drive a companies core business processes?
Q4) Can Gamification drive cultural behaviours of employees to increase productivity?
Q5) Can Game mechanics in the workplace help to build and foster better employee working relationships?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants (confirmed): Greg Lowe

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

 

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Friday
Nov302012

Next Generation Collaboration (#SWChat)

Introduction

Collaboration is nothing new. People have been collaborating since the stone ages to hunt for food. But how has collaboration evolved in the last few years, what has been the business impact and what makes a good collaborator?

This event took a deep dive into collaboration from the social tools to people's behaviours.

Event Questions

Q1) Companies today must build an infrastructure for it's employees to work remotely. Agree/disagree?
Q2) Is a flattened hierarchy, openness, and shared ideas the new work culture of today?
Q3) Should companies encourage more social networking / relationship building of it's own employees?
Q4) Is reward and recognition essential in today's collaborative culture to encourage better contribution?
Q5) Does the role of a manager change in a company with a collaborative culture at it's core?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe, Colin Hope-Murray, Jenn Emerson, Alastair Walker, Richard Rashty

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

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Friday
Nov022012

Email Is DEAD. So What's Next? (#SWChat)

Introduction

It won't come as a surprise to you that talking about the death of email is my favourite subject. When we talk about workplace productivity, email is the biggest blocker to being efficient with most of us spending between 3-6 hours a day purely reading and sending email.

Back in September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time (see The Death Of Email by 2018 ) and when I did I was literally laughed at by most people.

Time Remaining of my prediction:

Today no one seems to be laughing.

In fact quite the opposite. Companies like Atos have already stated that they will ban internal email by 2014 and other comapnies are following suit. There are even social products on the market today that are integrating email into them. Is this the beginning of the end of email?

On today's live panel debate it was the general consensus that email is not dead today, however we do need to start addressing the behaviours in how we use email. Stopping cc, bcc, and reply all were some of the key messages (see full playback below).

One thing is clear, the next generation coming through are not brought up on email but instead on social applications like Facebook and Twitter. These behaviours they are bringing into business and is why today we are beginning to see a communication gap between traditional and social which needs to be addressed.

There are still 6 years to go on my prediction of the death of email as we know it, a prediction that people are now debating rather ridiculing.

So before you send your next email STOP, and THINK, is there a better way - a more SOCIAL way of communicating your message.

Event Questions 

Q1) Email is dead. Agree / disagree?
Q2) A week without email. What would be the real impact?
Q3) Is integrating email with social tools into a single platform the next big thing in comms?
Q4) What email etiquette would you advise others when communicating with you?
Q5) If starting a new company with 1000 employees, what comms tool(s) would you use internally today?

(watch video panel playback below of these questions being debated)

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe (from car); Jenn Emerson; Luis Suarez; Richard Rashty

Producer: @LizCpher

Recording: (watch playback embedded below)

 

 

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Saturday
Oct272012

Twitter Etiquette: Tips & Tricks IV (#SWChat)

Introduction

As the #SWChat community are massive fans of Twitter, and the 3rd party technology and Twitter's own policies are changing regularly, #SWChat likes to revisit how brands and people should use Twitter to engage better.

This was the 4th Twitter Etiquette event in the series and again we shared the latest tips & tricks to really get the best out of Twitter personally and professionally.

Event Questions

Q1) What is an manageable number of #Twitter followers you should have at any one time?
Q2) What are the DO's and DON'T's for creating a #Twitter bio?
Q3) Is it better to send lot's of tweets rarely, or tweet moderately but often?
Q4) What are the DO's and DON'T's for a #Twitter avatar?
Q5) What bad #Twitter Etiquette really annoys the hell out of you?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Panelists (confirmed): Colin Hope-Murray; Greg Lowe; Emily Atkinson

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

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