Scott Monty

Scott Monty

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It's time for the annual Trust Barometer from Edelman, the great digital divide in newspapers and other industries, display passes search, the interconnectedness of Detroit and Silicon Valley, Facebook readies its Stadium in time for the Big Game, Twitter wants to give brands access to your tweets, understanding Snapchat, Uber's continued success (Lyft too!), roles you need to recruit for in 2016, building personas on a budget, why classical culture is important, sarcasm abounds, the Chart of the Week, plus our trivia challenge, our podcast pick and more, it's The Full Monty.

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This is the spot we usually post a video from our Sunday evening Facebook Mentions chat. We had to cancel this week's installment, due to illness.


    • In Davos last week, leaders joined forces for the annual World Economic Forum. One of the attendees, venture capitalist Jim Breyer predicted that we're coming to the end of what many have called an economic bubble in the technology industry—specifically that 90% of the "unicorns" (companies valued at $1 billion or more) will fail or be repriced and that only 10% will survive.
    • What happens when your startup gets acquired? You write an acquisition blog post. Well, now there's a template for that. Don't miss the translation.
    • It's that time of year — the annual tallying of how businesses, the media, government and NGOs are doing in the trust department: the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer. This time around, there's been an overall lift in trust, but there's a more pronounced gap between the way the informed public and the general public perceives trust. 


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        • Remember Foursquare? They're still around, and they just raised money on a $250 million valuation and their CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley moved to an executive chairman role.

        Trivia question: What global mega brand is adopting "Taste the Feeling" as its new campaign slogan? *

        Collaborative Economy 


        • Podcast Recommendation of the Week. This week, check out Re/code Decode with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode. Hear hard-hitting interviews about the week in tech with influential business leaders and outspoken personalities from media, politics and more. Do you have a podcast recommendation for us? Add yours to our Google Sheet:

        Content / Customer Experience

        Privacy / Security / Legal

        Measurement / Metrics / Data 

        Chart of the Week

        Brought to you by Zignal Labs, a realtime, cross media analytics platform (and a client).

        The sarcasm analysis machine could have been helpful in the news that Univision is buying The Onion. A savvy move to increase its digital chops and to expand the Spanish language reach. And it clearly made a splash as seen in the chart below. But the word cloud indicated that people were skeptical of the news at first.

        * Answer to the trivia question above: 

        • Coca-Cola is changing its catchphrase from "Open Happiness" to "Taste the Feeling." The move strikes is as one of practicality that is focused on moving more product. This is in direct contrast to the more aspirational tone of Open Happiness. Because of Coke's dominance, this could be the beginning of a trend for marketers.

        When You Have the Time: Essential Watching / Listening / Reading 

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        I advise brands and agencies to help them improve their communications and digital acumen. Please get in touch if you'd like to put my experience and digital smarts to work on a project, to consult with your group, or to address an audience at your next corporate or industry event.

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