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April 23, 2018 8:20 AM

Amazon's Beast That Is Prime, Netflix Pumps Up And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • Amazon is a beast. And that beast keeps growing. Last week, Amazon's Jeff Bezos wrote his annual letter to shareholders. To date, the company has held the number of people signed up to their Prime service private. In 2015, he said that Prime had "tens of millions" of customers. Well, now we know that more that 100 million people are paying the Prime fee for the privilege of free two-day shipping and services like Prime Video and Prime Music. This is staggering. It's more expensive and has more members than Costco. Plus, people who have Prime tend to buy more at Amazon.
  • Netflix? They're a beast too. And that beast keeps growing too. According to eMarketer, their viewership base jumped 3.6% to 132.6 million members. Traditional TV networks and channels are on the run.
  • File this under: Things change. Remember Flickr? The Vancouver-created photo-sharing app dominated for so many years. Long before Instagram, Snapchat and, even, Facebook. Back in 2005 the company was purchased by Yahoo! for (reportedly) $35 million dollars. Back then, this was a big deal. Well, Verizon (which bought Yahoo, AOL, etc...) just announced that they have sold Flickr to SmugMug - another (and even older) photo sharing service. You would think that nobody would care. Not true. Flickr reportedly still has more than 100 million users, who post tens of billions of photos. You might also think that this is all one, big collective shrug. Not true. What's most interesting here is the reaction to this news. People are genuinely excited that an independent company is taking this brand back from one of the giants. A trend that may just be getting started?
  • App of the Week: Fortnite Battle Royale.

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April 22, 2018 6:40 AM

The Suckiness Of Brands With Bernie Schroeder - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #615 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

If you're going to write and publish a book called, Brands and Bulls**t - Excel at the Former, Avoid the Latter. A Branding Primer for Millennial Marketers in a Digital Age, it's bound to get my attention. Bernie Schroeder was born in Austria, but is currently the director at the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center where he teaches entrepreneurship courses at San Diego State University. Bernie is a dreamer and a doer. His career involved being a professional marketer that led to the building of an agency called, CKS| Partners. This was one of the first integrated marketing agencies with more than 25 offices and 2,500 employees. He became a brand expert and helped to launch brands like Yahoo! and Amazon. Back in 2015, he published his first book, Fail Fast or Win Big. His second book, Simply Brilliant, came out in 2016. And now, he's back to call BS on brands... and much more. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #615.

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April 21, 2018 4:32 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #408

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for InterestingTilt the WindmillHBS, chair of StrataStartupfestPandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another: 

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter

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April 16, 2018 8:17 AM

TED 2018 in Vancouver, Facebook's Government And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what's going on in the digital world. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • TED 2018 is in the books. This was my 10th year attending the conference. I was the only person from Montreal there. It was another incredible experience. Themes went from #MeToo and equality, pessimism and optimism in our world, to whether or not artificial intelligence will control and kill us all. It was another extraordinary year of ideas worth spreading.
  • Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington. Facebook founder and leader, Mark Zuckerberg, spent two intense days testifying before congress last week. Are we on the path to regulation? If anything, these sessions demonstrated just how disconnected these government officials are from technology and how it works.
  • App of the Week: TED.

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April 15, 2018 7:35 AM

Never Lose A Customer Again With Joey Coleman - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #614 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

There are so many books on how to generate leads, close the sale, negotiate the sale, market the products and services and on and on. How many books have you read (or seen) about how to not lose the customer once you get them? You might think that once you have a customer, that you have them for life. Not even close. Joey Coleman has a unique ability. He is laser focused on how brands need to think once they have closed the sale. It's not just an ideology, either. It's a system. His latest book, Never Lose A Customer Again - Turn Any Sale Into Lifelong Loyalty in 100 Days is rocketing up the charts of every bestseller list... and for good reason. For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. He has a long history of energizing and motivating audiences to enhance their customers' experiences. He is an award-winning speaker, and now he has packed that insight into a very important book. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #614.

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April 14, 2018 4:27 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #407

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks,... Read more

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April 9, 2018 7:46 AM

Spotify Is Public, Apple Is Going Touchless And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the... Read more

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April 8, 2018 7:06 AM

Tom Peters Is Back And Demands Excellence - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #613 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. There is only one Tom Peters. He's a legend. Literally. For anyone in business, Tom Peters is the gold... Read more

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April 7, 2018 4:43 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #406

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO, Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks,... Read more

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April 5, 2018 8:56 PM

Chris Wood On This Month's Groove - The No Treble Podcast

Chris Wood is this month's conversation on Groove - The No Treble Podcast. You can listen the new episode right here: Groove - The No Treble Podcast - Episode #40 - Chris Wood. Who is Chris Wood? Wikipedia can be... Read more

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