We are living in times of unprecedented social and technological change. The tools that individuals and organizations can now access provide real opportunities to transform how our society and commerce operate. Although this is an observation that could have been made at any time in the past 30 years – by definition, technology is always about change – what is different today is the speed of change and the scale of impact. The question arises, therefore, as to how best to navigate the digital world, sifting hype from reality whilst ensuring that organizations genuinely benefit from the opportunities available. More
Posts by Ken Eastwood:
LinkedIn usage is a topic that always generates debate at our Social Media for Business Workshops.
We’re often asked about frequency of use, time requirements and using company pages and groups.
Power Formula show in this infographic how the average LinkedIn member uses the site.
- Who’s Viewed Your Profile is the most popular LinkedIn feature.
- Only 18% of the people surveyed pay for their LinkedIn account.
- Most users have between 500 and 900 LinkedIn connections.
- 43% of people spend under 2 hours a week on LinkedIn.
Nurses across Berkshire are beginning to take advantage of faster mobile connectivity in a new project supported by EE.
The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust employs 4,000 members of staff, and provides specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within the South East county.
Under the umbrella of the trust sits over 100 sites, including Prospect Park Hospital, community hospitals, GP surgeries and clinics, with 263 mental health inpatient beds and almost 200 community hospital beds across five locations.
However, for most people, trust services are in their own homes, and the key aspect of its care provision is a large team of nurses making home visits to those less able to reach a medical centre or hospital. More
Andrew Evans reveals top 2013 travel experiences
(Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Travel)
Of all this year’s destinations, I’d have to say Bhutan was the best.
National Geographic Travel‘s Andrew Evans logged 276 days on the road this year, quite a lot even for an official Digital Nomad. Every year he makes a list of his top travel experiences, and here’s his list for 2013, including Best Dive (Palau), Best Sunsets (Botswana), Best Winter Adventure (snowmobiling in Yellowstone), Hottest Swim (Laugarvatn, Iceland), and Most Extreme Board Game (Scrabble on the Arctic Circle).
Best meal (Langass Lodge, North Uist, Scotland) sounds interesting too.
For his picks on Best Airport, Best Bathtub, Most Unusual Wildlife Spotting, Best Budget Hotel and LOTS more, check out his blog post here.
Full story at National Geographic.
Blog by Jeff Bullas, Social Media Marketing Blogger, Speaker, Strategist and Author
Original Post on May 6, 2013, www.jeffbullas.com
Social media networks were a novelty 5 years ago and today they are no longer debated around the dinner party table.
The conversation has moved on.
Facebook is now part of most people’s web lives, Twitter is where a lot of people are reading the breaking news and if you want to be entertained then just dial into YouTube.
Despite it’s minimal mindshare, media profile and awareness Google+ has woven its way into our consciousness and is now the second largest social network.
As if these social networks aren’t enough to distract us. We also now have Pinterest and Instagram to add to the online temptations.
The social web is the modern version of Alice in Wonderland, where we are following not one but many rabbits down innumerable rabbit holes. More
Mobile Smart Wearable Devices to be worth $19 Billion by 2018, Juniper Research finds
Retail Revenues will be driven by Multi-functional Smart Watches & Glasses
New findings from leading hi-tech analysts, Juniper Research, has revealed that the retail revenue from smart wearable devices, including smart watches and glasses, will reach $19 billion by 2018 compared with $1.4 billion this year. Revenues will be driven by high price points for these devices allied to their anticipated strong market demand.
In its latest report, Juniper Research has revised upwards the adoption of devices in the two key segments of consumer electronics Multimedia & Entertainment, and Multi-functional devices. Revisions such as these are common in the early years of a new technology category, and reflect the latest announcements from vendors across the sector. More
Mobile Technology Changing the Way We Live Our Lives
Deloitte’s ‘upwardly mobile’ report commissioned by EE highlights the state of mobile working in the UK today, and outlines the missed opportunity that has resulted in lost productivity and cost savings worth millions of pounds.
According to the report, 56% of Generation Y* respondents believe mobile improves their productivity, yet only 21% of employees in large organisations are equipped to work away from their desks.
In addition to this, 39% of employees said they would be more productive at work if they could perform tasks from more convenient locations. More
On Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending LearnPod at Doncaster College’s flagship Hub campus.
Purportedly the UK’s largest unconference for post-16 learning, LearnPod was the brainchild of Internet entrepreneur and former college Chair of Governors, Rob Wilmot
The event started with an address by college Principal, George Trow, who gave some mixed messages about the use of social media although overall was trying to be positive and supportive.
Being an unconference, delegates were asked to pitch up ideas for sessions and yours truly volunteered to facilitate a discussion on Communities of Practice, using the Maths Champions and YourCouncillor networks to introduce the issues. More
The Industrial Revolution marked a transition in manufacturing. An age of advancement characterised by coal, steel and steam that marked a major turning point in history (from about 1760 to 1840). Almost every aspect of daily life was influenced in some way, with new technologies having many disruptive effects e.g. railways rapidly replacing canals.
In 150 years time will Wikipedia describe a Digital Revolution? A period of rapid advancement and disruptive change occurring from the start of the space race, the development of the Internet and world wide web and the emergence of mobile technologies? More
Web designers and developers from across the UK filled Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre for The Digital Barn, a sell out tech conference on Saturday 22 September.
We were delighted to sponsor the event, which attracted 115 delegates, and to speak about 21st Century Business and The Future of Work.
Digital Nomads believe that we are living in the middle of a revolution that could impact upon work to the same extent as the steam driven industrial revolution of the past. Digital technologies are enabling people to work remotely, from home and other locations and this has potential to benefit individuals, organisations and society at large.
The session explored some of the opportunities and led into a lively discussion touching on tools but focusing on organisational and cultural changes. Several people could see the benefit in terms of reducing cost and the need to travel but there was an opposing view based upon one man’s lack of trust in himself (and love of Cheerios).
We arrived at a shared conclusion that one size does not fit all and that all organisations should focus on managing their people by performance and outcomes, instead of presenteeism.