Customer Experience
May 9, 2018

Moving From Channel Strategy to Customer Centricity

Last week's commentary began with a focus on Big Tech – how Facebook and Google hold a duopoly in digital advertising – and ended with a call for brands to own their data. Given that the piece mostly focused on the former, we'd like to explore the latter a bit more. The IAB…
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April 11, 2018

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

As we write, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing before Congressional committees where he is testifying on Facebook's approach to data and privacy. We read the prepared testimony that Facebook released (spoiler alert!) and caught some of the questioning. You've probably heard the phrase "with great power comes great responsibility." Its origins are uncertain, as…
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Customer Experience
March 14, 2018

Trust Matters

There's no question that we live in a society in which information moves faster than ever before. So the old adage that "a lie is halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on" is quite accurate. A recent study in Science found that false news travels…
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Artificial IntelligenceCustomer ExperienceInnovationStrategy
March 7, 2018

The Golden Customer Record: Personalization, Profits and More

In a previous post my colleague Scott Monty shared a word on The Silent Brand Killer, a brief note on the very real threat of brand dilution and competition that Amazon represents to just about any consumer-facing business. Today, we take a look at one of the immediate steps a…
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Customer Experience
March 6, 2018

The Silent Brand Killer

They say that high blood pressure is "the silent killer." However, what will ultimately defeat CPG brands is not a silent killer, but rather an invisible one. When you use an Amazon Echo, unless you've established some loyal relationship with a brand, you'll likely ask for the category of product…
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Customer ExperienceInnovationLeadershipStrategy
March 2, 2018

Brain+Trust Partners: Perspective on Transformation

(Photo credit: Jason Thibault via Flickr Creative Commons) One of the most overused terms in entrepreneurship is "pivot." You've undoubtedly seen it used by various startups, and it seems like they're trying to fix a broken business. Or it may seem like they've tapped into some new insight and are…
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Business NewsCustomer ExperienceInnovationLeadership
January 11, 2018

CES 2018 IBM Watson IoT Expert Chat with Tim Hayden

To start 2018 with a bang, a couple of the Brain+Trust Partners team members headed to CES to take in all the breakthrough technology being introduced. Tim Hayden was invited to IBM Watson Internet of Things’ booth for an Expert Chat. The interview took place in #accessibleOlli which is an all-electric,…
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Customer ExperienceLeadershipStrategyUncategorized
November 29, 2017

Customer Experience, 2007, 2017 and Onward…

This fall, we are celebrating the one-year mark of Brain+Trust Partners being open for operations. It has been a kinetic launch, and we will forever have a “startup” attitude, leaning into a journey that each day has seemingly only just begun. After all, the rate of change in human behavior…
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Customer ExperienceInnovationStrategy
January 17, 2017

Deaf & Blindsided: Innovation is About Listening

What does the Inauguration of the 45th American President and Blockbuster have in common? The organizations weren't listening. I know, probably an answer far less snarky than what you were expecting. However, there is a far more pragmatic and important reality impacting your business you need to recognize. With the holiday season…
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Customer ExperienceTrust
October 12, 2016

Awareness, Transparency, & Trust: How A Fake Instagram Account Might Cost Marketers More Than We Realize

(Photo credit: Terry Johnston Photo via Flickr Creative Commons) If you haven't yet heard the Internet-based tale of Louise Delage, it's worth a few minutes of your time and consideration. Ms. Delage, a 25 year old woman from Paris,  joined Instagram on August 1 and quickly became a star. Pretty, fun-loving,…
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