When Wal-Mart Enters the Funeral Business

The Funeral Business is About to Change by Idris Mootee Will Amazon.com Follow? What’s The Latest Innovation In The Funeral Business? Some survey stated that the average person’s greatest fear is having to give a speech in public. That’s not it for me, but I am sure it is for many. I remember one guy telling a story about how ...

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Can social media take the place of marketing automation platforms?

Our October Innovation Contest winners won a signed copy of “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis” by Bill George and the right to have their article re-published here on Blogging Innovation. Here is the second of the three winning entries: by Barrett Coakley The Corporate Learning group at Harvard Business Publishing currently uses Eloqua as our marketing automation platform (MAP). ...

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Innovating Every Day

Who doesn’t recognize the need to constantly innovate today? After all, just look around at all that is new in our world in the past few years. Are you twittering? – 30 million+ others are. Do you have a product or service video on YouTube? – 25 million+ people do. And are you LinkedIn or participating in SecondLife? These are ...

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Innovating with Constraints

Our October Innovation Contest winners won a signed copy of “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis” by Bill George and the right to have their article re-published here on Blogging Innovation. Here is the first of the three winning entries: by Tim Kastelle I’ve been giving further thought to the issue of public sector innovation which I discussed briefly last ...

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How a Blizzard Saved the ATM

“Build it and they will come.” We hear that mantra a lot. But with innovation, it is often more like, “Solve a pain and they will come.” The ultimate success of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is a great example of this. The other night I was having dinner with someone who in the mid-1970’s worked with Citibank, the second ...

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7 Reasons I Joined the Local Chamber of Commerce

Last week I finally joined the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. I’ve attended a few events over the past year, but it was time for me to become an active member. I know in an age of Twitter and LinkedIn and all kinds of alternatives to business networking, joining the local Chamber can sometimes be seen like less of a priority. ...

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Inspiring Your Team with a Chief Innovation Officer

Who inspires your team? Who develops the ideas, promotes an environment that fosters creative camaraderie, nourishes espirit de corps – and steers the organization toward greatness? In short, who is your Chief Innovation Officer? Every organization that grows by creating new products or services or aspires to out-class the competition needs a Chief Innovation Officer, or CIO. In Robert’s Rules ...

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Can Innovation Create Competitive Advantage?

Over the last six or seven years, definitely since about 2003 or 2004, there has been an increased focus on innovation in many businesses. I think much of this was driven by several factors, including an increased rate of change in competition, especially the growing capabilities of India and China. I also think that information costs have fallen as the ...

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October's Innovation Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our innovation contest for October. After much deliberation, I have chosen the three winning articles. The three winning article authors win one of three signed copies of Bill George’s latest book “7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis”, and the opportunity to have their article republished here on Blogging Innovation if they so desire. For ...

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Does BN Nook Compete with Amazon or Starbucks?

There has been a flurry of news lately about Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader, the Nook. It will compete head on with Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader, offering additional features such as limited book sharing and newspaper subscriptions. If successful, of course, those features will be matched by the Nook’s competitors, just as Barnes & Noble has matched their price ...

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