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If you read my posts and content you might know the street kred I give Gary Vaynerchuk. When I saw IHRSA 2014 included him as a Keynote Friday morning and that I’d get to have some more private interaction with him afterwards, I was stoked. In the end IHRSA 2014 was the best ever for many reasons but mostly Gary's talk which met all of my expectations. Here are some of Gary’s quotes from his keynote and private talk afterwards at IHRSA 2014: You better be a media company first because your ability to just advertise is disappearing fast. Anytime someone says “our data shows” and they are on the wrong side of history its over (referring to how Blockbuster declined to acquire Netflix for $50 Million, more on that story here  ). When the Blockbuster executives explained why they didn’t want to acquire Netflix they used a variety of “fact... (more)

IHRSA 2014 - A Busy Schedule In San Diego. Hope To See You There

This year IHRSA 2014 will be one of the best ever. I am particulary delighted to be speaking at the Medical Wellness Association forum, sharing views with the leaders of IHRSA Federations from around the world, conducting a technology roundtable with some great industry experts and sharing views on mobile technologies and their impact. One really special aspect of the event will be Gary Vaynerchuk's talk on Friday morning. If you are attending IHRSA this year, do not miss it. I've included Gary's video discussing health clubs and how social media and consumer change are impacti... (more)

Technology Tools That Are Changing The World - Why Twitter Rocks

Some thought has been put into my profile on Linkedin. When it says "helps organizations and professionals realize their full potential and solve their biggest challenges" well that's what I am trying to do. Hopefully it shows every now and again. When @StartracFitness invited me to share views on social selling, there came a few points during the presentation where I saw that look in people's eyes. I'll call it the look of WOW, wonderment, realization; a look I live for because it can mean you are making an impact. When you can get an audience to rethink what they are doing, ho... (more)

Technology Predictions for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer It's that time of year again, so I am sharing some thoughts about what 2010 should entail for technology. Here are some leading technology experts who share their valuable insights. Richard MacManus, Founder & CEO, @rww 1. There will be a breakthrough consumer application for Internet of Things - involving the iPhone, RFID tags and a major consumer product such as books or groceries. In general, Internet of Things will ramp up in 2010, with thousands more everyday objects becoming connected to the Internet. 2. Google will acquire PostRank and promptly con... (more)

Mobile Devices Meet Bricks and Mortar

A recent WSJ report Venture Capitalist's New Frontier, Where Cellphones Meet Retailing points to Reid Hoffman, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who put money early into hot start-ups like Facebook Inc. and online gaming company Zynga Game Network Inc., now has his eye on the intersection of mobile phones and bricks-and-mortar retailing. As well he should. The explosion of mobile devices, adoption of social media and new business models that blend online and bricks and mortar components around the customer will contribute to new ways to engage shoppers.While the technology is emer... (more)