Betting on Local Wi-Fi: A Look at ZenReach and LinkNYC

Sometimes, you want to cut the telecom chord and rely on Wi-Fi and Skype. Well — Good luck with that! When you get beyond Starbucks, McDonalds and the public library, Wi-Fi signals can be kind of spotty. Currently, 28 percent of SMBs provide some type of Wi-Fi service, according to Unacast. Is there a good […]

ShopTalk17: Retailers as ‘Hyperlocal Shoppable Destinations’

Macy’s, Sears and JC Penney’s are closing dozens of store locations. Others will follow. So the question arises: Can stores use digital tech and e-commerce to save themselves? The value of their real estate, alone, certainly incents them to highlight their stores, instead of just selling online. At ShopTalk17 in Las Vegas last week, executives […]

Borrell LOAC17: Traditional Media Leaders Lay Out Digital Blue Prints

One doesn’t typically pick the large media conglomerates to lead the way in today’s search-and- find digital environment. But some of them have money, and have quietly assembled digital properties and toolsets that are evolving into a digital mindset. At Borrell’s Local Online Advertising Conference in New York this week, leaders from CBS, McClatchy, Nexstar […]

Media Cos Shifting ‘Labs’ Towards Productization, Revenue

Media companies – like their counterparts in Software, Hardware, FinTech, Telecom, Retail, Travel and Insurance – are seeking to get a jump on potential disruptions (and disruptors) with media labs focused on changes in technology, consumer habits, distribution and industry scale. Some are investing in next generation companies. Others have contributed to forward looking efforts […]

Making Next Generation Labs Front and Center

Many companies engage in “innovation theater,” where they showcase a new generation of products to highlight an executive’s vision, impress shareholders and investors, win favorable press, build their brand, and fake out the competition. Elon Musk has proved himself to be a master of innovation theater, most recently by showcasing the Hyperloop magnetic train connecting […]

Bookshelf: ‘Digital Vortex’ is a Digital Playbook for Incumbents

Most business literature celebrates disrupters, but what should “incumbent” companies do to stay ahead of new competitors? How can they leverage digital capabilities and trends to steer themselves into the next generation? These are the questions addressed by a Cisco Initiatives/IMD team in a new book, “Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive […]

Verizon, Visa Sees Local Synergies for Digital ‘Ecosystems’

Major brands with millions of users can leverage their digital activity and platform to really boost the fortunes of local players, according to industry leaders speaking at Money2020 this week in Las Vegas. While Starbucks and a few others may be able to go solo at the local level, others can really benefit from “frictionless” […]