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Launch of Futurist Influence Rankings app

We have just launched a Futurist Influence Rankings tracker, you can see the original here and an embed of the app below. It is certainly not intended to be rigorous, but simply to give an indication of how influential futurists are on social media and the web by combining a few key indicators such as

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Last week I visited Melbourne Spring Fashion Week as a guest of IBM and the City of Melbourne. City of Melbourne’s over-arching vision for the annual Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is to position Melbourne as Australia’s premier fashion destination, and have a real economic impact by driving increased sales for retailers in the city. In

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Advanced Human Technologies Group has just launched Creating the Future of PR, a publication that looks at how the Public Relations industry can create an exceptional future for itself and its clients in a fast-changing world. In my article Join Us in Creating the Future of PR I frame the context for the launch of

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The latest results from IBM’s annual Smarter Consumer Study provide interesting insights. If consumers are smarter, they are expressing it with not just increased expectations, but an increasingly active expression of their displeasure if expectations are not met. The following chart, provided to me by IBM in response to a request for more detailed information,

Continue reading Consumer expectations continue to rise: advocacy reduces, antagonism rises, but trust enables value creation

Launch of keynote speaker influence ranking tracker

We have just launched a keynote speaker influence ranking page, giving an indication of the social and online reach of people who work primarily as keynote speakers. The widget is embedded below (and you can embed it in your own website if you want), though it is better viewed on the main rankings page. There

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This morning was the launch of the Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia 2025 that I wrote and compiled for McAfee, part of Intel Security. There has been a very strong response to the report, with so far good articles in The Australian, Dynamic Business, WA Today, and many others, and the Federal Minister for

Continue reading Our reputation, personal opportunities, and identity will be shaped by social media

VIDEO – ExaTrends of the Decade: Reputation Economy

A while back we released our Map of the ExaTrends of the Decade. We are now releasing a series of short videos delving into the ExaTrends, starting with Reputation Economy. Some of the issues covered in the video include: * The amount of data we have now is enabling the measurement of reputation * Influence

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In a world of instantaneous information flows, managing company reputation is ever more fraught. An interesting article in Techworld titled How to manage your online reputation goes into the issue, describing how pharma firm GlaxoSmithKline had one of its trademarks hijacked by a dodgy company. The piece goes on: “Reputations are more visible – and

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Techmeme: The power of the headline

I first wrote about Techmeme over 5 years ago. Today Techmeme remains the reference point for what’s hot in technology news. Bloggers and publishers strive to appear on its pages, not just because of the traffic it drives, but also because the people who visit Techmeme are among the most influential in the business. Founder

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Six thoughts on the Klout scoring changes

Today influence ratings service Klout significantly changed its rankings. Last week Klout CEO Joe Fernandez announced there would be changes, saying “a majority of users will see their scores stay the same or go up but some users will see a drop”. It seems that was not correct, and rankings levels have been revised such

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The future of Chief Marketing Officers and leadership

Last week I attended a breakfast organized by IBM for a small group of Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) and influencers, hosted by its Australian CMO Mark Willson. IBM had recently launched its global CMO study, showing what CMOs are thinking about marketing today and in the future. At the breakfast it gave us a sneak

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Twitter has moved from asking ‘what are you doing now?’ to ‘what’s happening?’, and now describes itself as an ‘information network‘. The Twitter News Network is a manifestation of the global brain, in which we create value for others by contributing to the visibility and availability of high-value information. While many contribute nothing of value

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Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author. He is Founding Chairman of AHT Group, which consists of 3 companies: consulting, publishing, and ventures firm Advanced Human Technologies, future and strategy firm Future Exploration Network, and events company The Insight Exchange.

Ross is author most recently of Getting Results From Crowds, the prescient Living Networks, which anticipated the social network revolution, the bestseller Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, and Implementing Enterprise 2.0. (click on the links for free chapter downloads). He is based in Sydney and San Francisco with his wife jewellery designer Victoria Buckley and two beautiful young daughters.

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