Employee Engagement Software Landscape (Intro)

Boy, there are a lot of tools out there to help get the pulse of your team’s engagement and their performance. Here’s what i found in 10 minutes of googling.




Happy Enterprise – http://www.gethppy.com/features/

Tembo Status – http://www.tembostatus.com/

TeamPhoria – http://www.teamphoria.com/

A long list at an aggregator – http://www.capterra.com/employee-engagement-software/







Link Collection: Card as UI

Cards as an interface metaphor have been around for a while thanks to Twitter and Google. But,  Vox has recently made their cards embeddable and are working with other publishers to distribute them, so it’s time to get deeper into cards as they evolve in the wild. (side note: Good interview with Ezra Klein covering the why’s of their card strategy)

Overview of the design metaphor

Intercom.io’s manifesto-ish take on cards is probably the best place to start.

But, not surprisingly, Benedict Evans might have been onto the trend first.

Koi Vinh takes a stab at defining cards. Focuses on presentation and the introduction of 3rd party data.

Taylor Davidson has a good overview of where cards came from. Importantly, he teases out the difference between the design/presentation issues and the the idea that the card itself can be platform.

The Rise of Mobile Cards by Cezary Pietrzak is a great primer

Jerry Cao at TNW provides a design-centric overview of how cards fit into the UI patterns.

Tools and Platforms

Cardstack.io is building a whole ecosystem around Cards.

Wildcard is news app (I think). It’s also an SDK and platform for creating and viewing cards.

Citia is a content marketing platform that uses cards as the primary UI interface.

A Good Reminder: Chouinard

I’m a huge Chouinard fan boy, and this is an oldie but a goodie. On why he turned away multi-million dollar buyout offers: 

“There’d be all this pressure to grow, grow, grow, and there’s a limit to this idea. There’s a limit to what I’m trying to do. And once again, it’s not going over the edge. It’s knowing what size you should be, knowing who you are, and don’t exceed that.”

As a guy in the middle of a small but growing business, this combination of understanding your limits and having clarity about why you’re in business in the first place is gold:

“We had been growing 50 percent a year, every year, and we were strung out financially. And suddenly — you know, we were ramped up for more growth, and it didn’t happen,” Chouinard said. “And so we got in financial trouble. And that’s when I decided to re-look at all our values and see, ‘Why are we in business? And what are we trying to do here?'”

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015) – Chief Marketing Technologist

The 2015 edition of my marketing technology landscape supergraphic has been released, now with 1,876 vendors represented across 43 categories. To actually read it, you need a hi-res version (be prepared to zoom and scroll, and then zoom and scroll some more):

via Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015) – Chief Marketing Technologist.

Why a Facebook cofounder’s magazine is crumbling, in two charts | VentureBeat | Media | by Gregory Ferenstein

This is an important concept:

Since online outlets started tracking “read depth,” we know that most readers get through about 50 percent of an article before leaving — and about a third never get past the headline. That makes news economics a volume game, both in terms of content produced and total readers needed, as publishers attempt to make up for their readers’ superficial attention by throwing more headlines and more content at them.

via Why a Facebook cofounder’s magazine is crumbling, in two charts | VentureBeat | Media | by Gregory Ferenstein.

2015 Digital Marketing Predictions / I’ll Read Them So You Don’t Have To

Here’s a list of worthwhile articles that fall, roughly, under the heading of 2015 predictions. I’ll a lot of them, so you don’t have to. This is definitely not comprehensive and i’ll be updating this as i dig up more. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Hootsuite’s Predictions for 2015

These folks are right on the front edge of the whole transformation happening in marketing. They’re watching organizations take on “Digital transformations”. I think that’s definitely needed and will happen more and more in 2015.

21 Digital Marketing Trends & Predictions for 2015

Top Rank Marketing has asked a bunch of friends/colleagues for their thoughts on what’s coming in 2015. It’s heavy on the importance of content and social, not surprisingly.

Forrester’s 2015 Predictions 

Forrester posted their 2015 predictions. Here’s the press release where they are all neatly organized. Also, they put their 2015 predictions on pinterest and in infographic format so their ready to share (smart!). Heavy on Mobile CEX, data,