SXSW From The Sidelines

SXSW From The Sidelines

This is the first year I haven’t attended SXSW in seven years. I’ve attended badged, unbadged as a speaker and as an attendee. This year I was in both the fortunate and unfortunate position of being swamped with work. I was very tempted when a big brand offered me a free ticket and transportation to [...]

Why Facebook’s Graph Search Doesn’t Matter

Why Facebook’s Graph Search Doesn’t Matter

Last week Facebook launched another new feature, Graph Search. When I heard the name my eyes glazed over – it sounded far too like a high school math class to me. In many ways it is. There have already been hundreds of posts about the amazing new feature, how it will empower, enhance and otherwise [...]

Kick Your Kids off KiK

Kick Your Kids off KiK

KiK Messenger from KiK Interactive was a hot app last year having been released late in 2010. In March 2011 they received $8m in series A funding. The basic operation of the app is as an instant messenger, think Blackberry Messenger or iMessage and you have the general idea. KiK Bad App or Bad Users? [...]

Will Consumers Be Left With A Sour Taste If Blackberry Fails

Will Consumers Be Left With A Sour Taste If Blackberry Fails

If recent reports are anything to go by we may well soon see the demise of the Blackberry phone as we understand it. They have been losing market share, from a once dominant market position. While there are many opinions as to why RIM have lost the battle with Apple and Google there is no [...]

Google Plus:Not for Social Gamers

Google Plus:Not for Social Gamers

Google Plus the year old social platform that has struggled to define itself since its inception is discovering another audience component that it doesn’t appeal to – social gamers. Both EA games and Wooga (the third and fourth largest social game producers on Facebook) are pulling their games from the platform citing lack of engagement [...]

Why It’s Ok That You Don’t Like Google Plus

Why It’s Ok That You Don’t Like Google Plus

Its been about 9 months since I joined Google Plus – I got early entry the week it launched, before the initial rush of excitement was over. I really thought it had potential. There was this great thing called Hangouts and a group texting service called Huddles (later renamed as Messenger) and the threaded conversations [...]

Being More Creative

Being More Creative

Being a “creative” isn’t an easy thing to describe. When asked what I do for a living I often find myself stumbling over words to describe it. Often I will take the easy way out and instead describe IncSlingers as an entity – a digital marketing agency. But that isn’t really what I do for [...]

3 Things That Wowed Me at SXSW

3 Things That Wowed Me at SXSW

There was a lot to be wowed by at SXSW Interactive this year, here are the three things that wowed me the most. Lytro I’ve been following the Lytro story for quite some time. Finally I got hands on with one of their cameras and I can definitely say it was not a disappointment. Lytro [...]

Waiting To Write

Waiting To Write

Waiting to write makes you a waiter not a writer, the sage advice from Somerset Maugham. It is advice I give myself regularly and have shared with many others, both privately and publicly. There exists a strange new beast in the creative world, the content scientist. These people can tell you how many times a [...]

Check Your Hair, Make Sure Your Mic Is On – The Series

Check Your Hair, Make Sure Your Mic Is On – The Series

Check Your Hair, Make Sure Your Mic Is On is the title of a  post I wrote a few weeks ago in which I talk about the importance of appearance for speakers. In talking with new, aspiring and even existing speakers it seems people would like to read more of the same. Rather than simply share my [...]