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The Console Market Is In Crisis | TechCrunch

A few days ago Sony announced it has now sold a total of 6 million PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft’s next-gen equivalent, the Xbox One, has likely racked up sales of around 4 million so far. Both flagship consoles were released around the same time in late November last year, in time for the 2013 holiday season. And both companies have been shouting loudly about who’s beating whom for cumulative console and games sales globally and in key markets like the U.S.

via The Console Market Is In Crisis | TechCrunch.

Avoiding Spam with Email Aliasing

Anyone that sells anything wants an email address from me. There was a time when I could pretend to be a luddite and say I didn’t have one. But that’s getting harder to pull off and it doesn’t solve the issues presented by online stores that require an email address to do any transaction.

My primary concern is always that the email address will be abused, sold and ultimately create a lot more work for me.

via Avoiding Spam with Email Aliasing.

Earth wind map

Very beautiful wind map of the earth – multiple views

earth wind map.

This Flow Chart Explains Time Travel

This Flow Chart Explains Time Travel In All Movies and Television | /Film.

Firms must balance five elements before planning personalization

CI professionals have expertise in data, technology, and analytics — all important ingredients of personalisation. But to make the analytically driven personalisation work, they must :

· Prioritize what to personalize. Marketers have a massive choice of assets to personalize for the customer — web pages, product and service recommendations, email, dynamic prices, discounts and offers, and marketing and advertising messages. Prioritize what to personalize by:

1) distilling the intended outcome, such as improving online shopping experience or improving discount redemption rates, and 2) looking back at A/B tests for clues to positive customer responses that explicitly show how an offer or piece of content worked better than others.

  • Estimate customer’s expectation of personalization. Thanks to Amazon-like shopping experiences, customers expect a higher degree of personalization from digital channels than other channels. Before embarking on a significant technology investment for personalization, understand the level of expectations from customers though preference surveys, feedback forms, and even face-to-face interactions.
  • Distinguish between known and unknown attributes. Successful personalization depends to a very large extent on using known data about personal preferences and behaviors of existing consumers. But when targeting prospects, firms need to rely heavily on analytics to build proxies for the unknown attributes of prospects. For example, this might mean judging a user’s interests based on recently visited websites or based on other known details that are similar to those of existing customers. With every accepted or rejected offer, prospects are giving more clues about their preferences.
  • Understand the level of analytical complexity. The analytics complexity to execute personalization ranges from basic segmentation to real-time self-learning personalization. The level of sophistication in personalization depends on where the firm is in its analytics and technology adoption. For instance, to achieve real-time, self-learning personalization, the
    firm must already have an advanced data infrastructure that seamlessly ties all customer and prospect data together. Work backward from what personalization is supposed to drive and then choose the appropriate analytical methodology.
  • Choose the interaction context. The interaction context is the channel, either inbound or outbound, though which the customer or firm initiates a contact. To orchestrate cross-channel personalization, stitch the various channel deployment technologies together by evaluating the integration capabilities of single-channel vendors, such as Adobe Omniture, Baynote, or X Plus One, and multi-channel vendors, such as FICO, IBM Unica, Infor, or SAS. 

http://success.adobe.com/assets/en/downloads/forrester/20460.Forrester_Research_Use_Customer_Analytics_To_Get_Personal.pdf

 

Times Education Supplement – Teacher’s Top Reads

1. Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
2. To Kill a Mockingbird: Harper Lee
3. Harry Potter series: JK Rowling
4. Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte
5. Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte
6. Nineteen Eighty-Four: George Orwell
7. The Lord of the Rings series: JRR Tolkien
8. The Book Thief: Markus Zusak
9. The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
10. The Great Gatsby: F Scott Fitzgerald
11.. The Kite Runner: Khaled Hosseini
12. The Hunger Games series: Suzanne Collins
13. The Time Travelers Wife: Audrey Niffenegger
14. The Chronicles of Narnia series CS Lewis
15. Of Mice and Men: John Steinbeck
16. Birdsong: Sebastian Faulks
17. His Dark Materials series: Philip Pullman
18. The Gruffalo: Julia Donaldson+ Axel Scheffler
19. The Catcher in the Rye: JD Salinger
20. Life of Pi: Yann Martel

A Tour Of Dropbox’s Amazing New Albums

Dropbox is about to add a great new feature to make photo-sharing a lot easier. It’s called Albums, and it lets you group together photos from anywhere in your Dropbox folder structure and share them as a single album. The service is currently in beta testing, but if you have an Android device the most recent update also contains a version.Let’s take a look at how it works on your Mac.

via A Tour Of Dropbox’s Amazing New Albums [Feature] | Cult of Mac.

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Netflix deck

Brilliant!

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An Architect Gone Mad

Without the use of a camera Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian sifts through a library of some 25,000 images from which he carefully selects the perfect elements to digitally assemble mysterious buildings born from the mind of an architect gone mad. While the architectural and organic pieces seem wildly random and out of place, Kazanjian brings just enough cohesion to each structure to suggest a fictional purpose or story that begs to be told. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook, and prints are available at 23 Sandy Gallery.

via An Architect Gone Mad: Mysterious Buildings Assembled from Found Photographs by Jim Kazanjian | Colossal.

Bill Gates: 13 Talks That Expanded My Worldview

To stress the importance of malaria research, Bill Gates famously unleashed mosquitos on the audience in the first of his three TEDTalks. So which talks jolted him into action? When we asked Gates to curate a list of his favorites, his response was, “There are too many to pick, really.” Here, he makes an attempt.

via Bill Gates: 13 Talks That Expanded My Worldview.