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Digital Signage Industry, Forget Consolidation

Consolidation!  That’s a topic that’s been bantered around the Digital Signage Industry for years.  It seems that nearly everyone has been eagerly anticipating the day when the small players cash out and the big players are left to enjoy the benefits of scale.  This thinking can be seen in a recent Digital Signage Today article: […]

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BlackBerry and the Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma Many years ago I read a terrific business book by Clayton M Christensen entitled “The Innovator’s Dilemma”.   Christensen’s book discussed how revolutionary new technologies could fundamentally “disrupt” long-held business models and unseat long-time industry leaders. It also discussed how individual companies, in an attempt to satisfy existing customer needs, could become prisoners […]

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No One Buys Cellphones Anymore

There was a day when it was relatively simple to buy a cellphone.  Back in the “olden days” of pre-2008, cellphone features were generally limited to talk, text and email.  Then along came Apple. Apple ushered in a fully integrated mobile ecosystem consisting of sophisticated smartphones connected to ubiquitous wireless broadband networks that provided anytime/anywhere […]

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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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Where’s The Game-Changing Innovation?

Last Monday Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, took the stage to introduce Windows 8 Mobile and a bevy of new Windows 8 phones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia.  This announcement followed Friday’s release of their new Windows 8 Surface tablet.  On the same day, Google also announced a new Nexus 4 smartphone, an updated […]

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Oh No! Here We Go Again!

James Wester of Mobile Payments Today wrote a great article this afternoon entitled: “Wal-Mart Exec Says ‘No’ to Google Wallet, NFC”.  Not long after the article was published, I had people flooding my in-box with both shrieks of panic saying: “oh no! You’re doomed!” and boasts of pride saying: “nah, nah, I told you so.” […]

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NFC: It’s Not All About Mobile Payments

Nearly every review of the iPhone 5 since its September 14th release has made reference to its conspicuous lack of Near Field Communications (NFC). These reviews, almost without exception, have regarded the absence of NFC as a major defeat for mobile payments.  In addition, most reviewers have written their articles in such a way as […]

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But They Didn’t.

It’s official.  The iPhone 5 is out.  How do I feel about it?  Not good. First, let me say that the iPhone 5 appears to be a masterpiece of engineering excellence.  It packs more features and functions in a smaller, more elegant package than anything before it or anything likely to come along in the […]

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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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NFC Will Change Things – Perhaps In A Big Way

Imagine a world in which copious amounts of information pertaining to just about anything you can touch is only a tap away.  That’s what NFC represents. NFC is an acronym for the term Near Field Communications.  It is a derivative of a 1940’s technology called Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Both RFID and NFC are microchips […]

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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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Mobile Ain’t Easy

Few digital signage providers, especially AV Integrators, are pursuing the convergence of digital signage with mobile technologies.  For those that are, the implementations are basic and generally limited to the display of 2D barcodes or SMS short codes. Convergence is rare because most digital signage solutions providers are ill equipped to handle the complexity of […]

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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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2D Barcodes Revisited

Two years ago I wrote an article about 2D barcodes and my opinion of their viability. I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit the subject given all of the recent discussions surrounding the topic.  Before I give you my latest views however, I think it may be worthwhile to look back at what I wrote […]

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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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Digital Signage – Two Years Out

I just finished writing an article for an upcoming edition of the “Digital Signage Future Trends Report”.  The purpose of the article is to convey my thoughts on the prospects for the digital signage industry looking forward two years.  The following is the concluding paragraph from my article. “My prediction for two years out is this:  A handful […]

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What I Tell Mobile Solution Providers

It’s the venues who will ultimately control convergence I was recently contacted by the CEO of a major mobile messaging company and asked if it would be beneficial for him to attend one of the upcoming digital signage tradeshows.  He indicated that he wanted to introduce his company and the mobile value proposition to digital […]

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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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