Monthly Archives: February 2008

Facebook for fashion

Social shopping or ‘crowdsumption’ is what happens when social networking principles meet the vagaries of fashion. It’s what happens when the fickle facebook crowd meets the faddish fashion industry. There is even a new word for this — shopcasting — … Continue reading

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Impatient and increasingly well informed

A decade or so ago, many exuberant e-experts were predicting the death of bricks-and-mortar stores due to the rapid emergence of online stores and e-tail. It didn’t happen. Instead the Internet has complimented physical stores and given customers the choice … Continue reading

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Phone books

Sales of books in Japan are in decline but a novel idea — the ‘phone book’(keitai bunko) — is enjoying spectacular sales success. People — and especially women in their 20s and 30s — are reading love stories and mysteries … Continue reading

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User generated medical content

If you thought user-generated content was limited to the media and entertainment industries you’d be wrong. The medical industry has recently seen an outbreak of cancer videos, wellness wikis and bulimia blogs that borders on a epidemic. In many ways … Continue reading

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Northern Shock

Late last year there was a cartoon in the Daily Telegraph (UK) showing a bank cashier pointing a gun at a customer and saying ‘Leave your money where it is’.The sign above the cashier said ‘Northern Rock’. If you don’t … Continue reading

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Impatient and increasingly well informed

A decade or so ago, many exuberant e-experts were predicting the death of bricks-and-mortar stores due to the rapid emergence of online stores and e-tail. It didn’t happen. Instead the Internet has complimented physical stores and given customers the choice … Continue reading

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Growing Up In a Cotton Wool World

If you ask someone old or middle-aged where they most liked to play as a child they will invariably answer that it was somewhere out of sight from adults and their parents. But ask someone young and you don’t generally … Continue reading

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