“Agencies of all shapes and sizes gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, this week to discuss what’s ailing the agency world and how to build the next great modern agency. Over town halls and working group sessions, they discussed everything from consultancies to transparency. Here are the highlights.”
Andrew: A quick must-read. If it is this bad in the digital consulting and agency space (which it is), imagine what clients experience. Change is rarely pain-free. Add rapid growth to the mix and you have a digital wild west.
“Count one more new agency entrant that can boast serious scale. Over the last few years, Wipro, the software and outsourcing giant based out of India, has slowly put muscle behind Wipro Digital, its agency and design services arm.”
Andrew: the agency-consultancy-outsourcer convergence marches forward. Expect even greater upheaval on this front.
Amazon is now challenging major online business suppliers in office products (Staples) and industrial goods (Grainger). It has over nine million items for sale and all products available on the Amazon.com marketplace are also accessible on the Amazon Business site.
Patagonia, long known for eschewing traditional retail models, announced today that it is disabling its mobile app, a result of enhanced mobile web capabilities that may render certain apps obsolete.
And just like that, social networking is no more. The sites formerly known as social networks are pivoting to something else.
CMOs’ greatest business challenge today is industry convergence, in which competition increasingly comes from both inside and outside their traditional speheres of business, often fueled by digital innovation, according to a new study by IBM Corp.
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We’re drowning in excess, in a world where everyone can make everything and the democratization of creativity, but what if the wisdom of crowds is a myth? Maybe we should focus on quality and not participation, maybe we need a way to bring the best to the top. Maybe the reaction to a time of abundance is that in the future, less is more.
The real reason online advertising is doomed and adblockers thrive? Its malware epidemic is unacknowledged, and out of control.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 list came out this week and it featured a prominent security researcher. Other researchers were pleased to see one of their own getting positive attention, and visited the site in droves to view the list.
On arrival, like a growing number of websites, Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers in order to view the article. After doing so, visitors were immediately served with pop-under malware, primed to infect their computers, and likely silently steal passwords, personal data and banking information. Or, as is popular worldwide with these malware “exploit kits,” lock up their hard drives in exchange for Bitcoin ransom.