Trends to Watch in 2014 from Altimeter Group

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As we launch into 2014, the analysts at Altimeter each pulled together a compilation of trends and issues they are watching closely this year. Below is a link to each post as well as a synopsis of some of the top themes we are exploring. As you read through each post, you’ll see that there are commonalities and overlap. This isn’t a surprise, as we have multiple people researching different aspects of customer experience, big data, innovation, and digital marketing. The diversity of thought and … [Read more...]

Holistic Gamification: Applying Social Dynamics to Solve Problems Across the Enterprise

The concept of using game mechanics to achieve desired outcomes may not be new, but to many brands, the use of gamification across the enterprise to drive business value is gaining speed. In our latest research, Altimeter has found that gamification is quickly evolving to become an important component in many organizations’ internal and external strategic plans for growth. Fifty-five percent of digital strategists surveyed are already investing in gamification, or are planning to invest in the … [Read more...]

Four Disruption Themes for Business

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By Altimeter's Research Team Analysts: Susan Etlinger, Charlene Li, Rebecca Lieb, Jeremiah Owyang, Chris Silva, Brian Solis; Consulting: Ed Terpening, Alan Webber: Researchers: Jon Cifuentes, Jessica Groopman, Andrew Jones, Jaimy Szymanski, Christine Tran Over 30 Technologies Have Emerged, at a Faster Pace than Companies Can Digest. If you think social was disruptive, it was really just the beginning. Altimeter’s research team recently convened for our annual research offsite and found … [Read more...]

SXSW Interactive: Exploring the Perhiphery

SXSW Interactive—or what I like to call it, “Geek Mardi Gras”—is over, and the dust is settling. Although there was no real central theme at this year’s SXSW Interactive conference, there were very interesting themes on the periphery of digital. It’s great that the conference curators are exploring the outside boundaries of “Interactive”.  It’s just that kind of attention to peripheral vision (and not a direct hit on traditional interactive) that will keep South-By relevant and … [Read more...]

Call for Insights #2: Altimeter Blog Ring and the Adaptive Organization

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Request: We want to hear from you. Tell us on your blog or website how the principles of an Adaptive Organization impact your business, and we’ll cross-link to the conversation. Altimeter Group continues its blog ring in July and August to deepen understanding of our three research themes. The next theme of focus is the Adaptive Organization. Consider these key questions when contributing to the conversation on your blog or website: What consumer technology trends will contribute to the … [Read more...]

Beyond the IPO: Ten Implications of a Public Facebook

By Susan Etlinger, Charlene Li and Rebecca Lieb The run-up to Facebook's IPO reminds me a bit of a wedding: everyone's attention is on the big day (expected to be Friday May 18), without much regard for the weeks, months and years afterward. Charlene Li, Rebecca Lieb, and I sat down to discuss some of the implications of a newly public Facebook: on shareholders, business and Facebook itself. -- SE Whether or not Facebook's IPO ends up being one of the world's largest (this Washington Post … [Read more...]

Altimeter’s Research Themes And Upcoming Research Calendar

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As an analyst and research firm focused on disruptive technologies, our clients and others frequently ask us what we are paying attention to and what we are researching. There are a multitude of areas we would like to be paying attention to and probably just as many that we would like to research, but we can’t. So instead, we are focusing on just a few key disruptive themes that have the potential to significantly impact organizations and consumers from tomorrow through three years from now - … [Read more...]

Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

This post originally appeared on Altimeter Group Researcher Jaimy Szymanski's blog. Follow her on Twitter here. If you would have asked me, even a week ago, what I thought of Pinterest, I would've likely given this tongue-in-cheek answer: "I'm not getting married anytime soon, so it's not really for me." To some extent, I still think that, and I'm not alone. A recent stat released by Ignite Social Media confirms that 80 percent of Pinterest's users are female. Does that mean they're … [Read more...]

What’s Facebook Going to Do with All That Money?

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Many of us grew up with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. For the past few years the refrain has been Google, Google, Google. But this past week, it’s been all Facebook, all the time. As we wait for the biggest IPO in tech history to shake out, the question I’m being asked most by clients and particularly the mainstream media is, by far, “what’s Facebook going to do with all that money?” Clearly, no one's in possession of a crystal ball, but some reasonable conjectures can be drawn. 1). Mobile … [Read more...]

Can Apple Lose The Mobile Innovation Game?

The big story this week is the record number of iPhones, iPads, iPods that Apple sold in Q4, 2011. Great news for Apple and it's shareholders - their stock got a 7% bump on the news - but, with stellar growth in the number of users of the iPhone, what's the achilles heel that slows their march on the market? I think it's innovation. It's something I've been doing a bit of thinking about on my own blog, and here's my case, I'm interested in your reasons for agreement or disagreement. "Apple … [Read more...]