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Taking A Sabbatical

This will be my last post for a while. Last month I closed Pyrim Technologies — the mobile business and new market development company that I founded 15 years ago. Why? Frankly, I needed a break. The 24×7 nature of the business along with the financial and operational stresses were sapping the joy of life. […]

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Pyrim Announces Launch of the Mobile Commerce Education Resource Kit

Mobile innovations such as mobile wallets, payments, marketing, shopping, loyalty and mobile services are revolutionizing the way consumers shop and buy things. The vast majority of merchants, however, are struggling to make sense of it all. Most have neither the time nor expertise to assimilate the fast-changing data. They need someone who can objectively do […]

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The Mobile Commerce Revolution: Are You Prepared? Take the test.

Mobile innovations as embodied in mobile wallets, payments, marketing, shopping and loyalty are redefining global business. This ecosystem of mobile commerce elements is at the heart of a revolution that is fundamentally changing how retailers and consumer engage with one another while online, in-store and via social media. Unfortunately, very few truly understand this evolving […]

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Pyrim Launches Mobile Commerce Support Service

Mobile commerce innovations are revolutionizing global business. Marketers are being tasked to capitalize on these innovations, but the rapid pace of change and the massive volume of new information are making it difficult for them to stay current. In response, Pyrim Technologies has launched the Mobile Commerce Support Service (MCSS); a leveraged marketing support offering […]

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Something Good Is Coming

For those of you who follow my blog but don’t personally connect with me on an on-going basis, you are likely wondering why I have not posted in a while. The reason for this is that I am focused on something that I’m really excited about and it has my full attention. I will be […]

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Can Ad-Funded Digital Signage Survive The Mobile Onslaught?

In 2010, I wrote a white paper entitled: “Ad Funded Digital Signage: Is There A Future In It?”  That paper discussed how Apple’s 2008 launch of the iPhone 3G and the iTunes App Store was a catalytic event that spawned a new era in mobile communications.   The paper went on to describe how this new […]

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NFC Advances In November

November Was A Busy Month Please excuse the dearth of blog posts this month, but it’s been a very busy time around the office.  In the last three weeks I have . . . Spoken on NFC and Mobile Payments at the Customer Engagement Technology World (CETW) conference in New York.  It was a good […]

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Will It or Won’t It? Have NFC That Is.

In a matter of hours, months of speculation about the successor to the iPhone 4s will likely come to an end. It is said that we’ll finally learn what the new iPhone will be called, what feature/functions it will possess and what form-factor it will embody.    For those who follow Near Field Communications (NFC), the […]

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The Many Faces of NFC

Mobile communications entered a new era in June of 2008 when Apple simultaneously launched the 3G iPhone and the iTunes App Store.    That one event became the cornerstone of a new mobile model in which hyper-intuitive smartphones, high-speed wireless networks, geo-location services, multimedia content, downloadable applications and mobile commerce seamlessly converged to form a new […]

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A Fight For Eyeballs

The birth of a revolutionary new mobile ecosystem only three years ago radically changed the way individuals engaged with technology, with one another and the world around them. Shortly after the genesis of this new ecosystem, industry analyst began forecasting, as measured by smartphone penetration, rapid growth and adoption. Actual growth, however, has far surpassed […]

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My Twitter Strategy

It has been quite some time since I posted a blog entry.  My inactivity has not been from lack of interest or dearth of things to say; it’s simply because I’ve been buried supporting my employer’s (Symon Communications) growth and new market development initiatives. I’ve also been buried working on several writing projects, which includes […]

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Timing Is Everything…. Especially For The Digital Signage Industry

Earlier this week I had a serious case of déjà vu while talking with a leading digital signage industry consultant. As he was sharing with me a growing concern that the digital signage industry was losing momentum, I was reminded of my experience with the birth of another industry nearly 20 years ago. In the […]

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Just Returned From CTIA Wireless 2011

I just returned from a three day trip to the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando. I was there on behalf of the Digital Screenmedia Association to give a series of talks targeted at educating the mobile industry on the value of digital signage as a tool for promoting mobile context. We were pleased to […]

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Money Flows Where The Herd Goes

Over the past two years, I’ve spoken and written extensively about the trends and events that are facilitating a gigantic mobile revolution.  The point of my efforts has been to educate the digital signage industry on how the exploding consumer affinity for mobile will ultimately impact both digital signage and digital signage ad revenue.    […]

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Addicted to Mobile

Five months ago, I wrote a white paper describing five key trends that would affect digital signage – particularly ad-funded digital signage.  Those trends focused on the increasing affinity of consumer to: Consume video-oriented content – particularly via mobile devices Consume and share information via social networks – increasingly via mobile Adopt wireless technologies – […]

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Mobile & Digital Signage

The following is the opening paragraphs of an article that I just completed for an advertising supplement on Digital Signage that will appear in the November 5th issue of the USA Today. Once you read my opening paragraphs, take a look at the video that follows. It’s a funny but all too real look at […]

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Mobile Innovation Moves To The Wrist

Let’s face it. The purpose of digital signage is to communicate messages to large audiences of viewers. I have been maintaining for quite some time that rapidly evolving technological innovation and changing social behaviors would dictate that the mobile phone will be the consumer messaging platform of choice — particularly personalized messages. Today, I came […]

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Recent Happenings

I usually write about events affecting the convergence of digital signage and mobility, but I thought today I’d write about some items of general interest. First, you may be interested in reading a short blurb that I wrote for an informational insert that was included in the September 24th issue of the USA Today. This […]

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Why CTIA

Last week Charles Ansley, the CEO of Symon Communications and an executive on the Digital Screemedia Association (DSA) Board, wrote an article that articulated the value of augmenting traditional digital signage tradeshow participation with that of non-traditional tradeshows.  In the article, Charles referenced the collaborative efforts that the DSA is making with the Specialty Graphics […]

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Mobile Interactivity White Paper

The editors of Digital Signage Today just released a new white paper on the convergence of mobile and digital signage. The white paper, called Mobile Interactivity, leverages content from this blog — particularly from the FAQ section. You’ll note that Symon sponsored the paper, but other than serving as a reference, we at Symon had […]

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