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#NZSOMO 2017

A huge thanks to the team at Conferenz for asking me to speak on Social Media and VR/AR. I had a great time and was impressed with the wide variety of speakers. I particularly found it interesting the different views on brand personas verse brand stories. 

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GOVIS 2017 – Responsive Government – Drone Panel

I had the honor of speaking on the Drone panel at GOVIS, was a great way to end an excellent event!

“Conference Finale” – Game of Drones We are promising a great wrap up to the conference! Our wonderful panel of external speakers will take us on a journey to strange new worlds, exploring the appropriate and other uses of Drones. Where could this go? We won’t know but we do know it will fly! 

 

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The rise of the Influencer

I was having a chat with a UK based VC firm about the rise of influencers and their impact on the world of advertising. And it inspired this post on influencer marketing and what it actually means. It’s essentially a return to the core values of organic social marketing, the days of old when algorithms weren’t in control of who got to see what. But what really is influencer marketing and how is it successfully implemented into brand marketing?

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What is Blockchain?

Lately, I’ve been promoting The Blockchain NZ 2017 conference, but have received a few questions on what blockchain actually is. It’s a revolutionary and somewhat complex concept at first, but here’s how I understand it!

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AR, VR, MR…too far?

With this ever changing and evolving space of technology, how far is too far to be immersed in an experience?

I was asked this very question the other night at Smackle.com and it really got me thinking. My initial response is that this technology isn’t something that’s designed to replace reality, it’s virtual. We action the experience. Do we need to have the wind blowing in our faces as we “fly” through the air? Do we need to completely recreate this world, only to escape into one that is almost completely fictional?

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Imagination meets experience: Immersive VR/AR

I had a great time presenting with some of the best in the industry on VR and AR.

“OMG! WOW! are normal reactions when one first experiences Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality. Some call it an optical illusion, while others call it the Fourth Revolution. A whole new way to consume content, VR/AR is tipped to be a $162 billion industry by 2020.”


Thanks for having me SMCALK see more here.

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Outsource or in-house? What’s right for social media content production.

Content production for social media channels is made up of a variety of different inputs in its attempts to be engaging and relevant. What’s interesting about trying to keep content sustainable is the balance of strategic content vs original content, and whether this content is generated in-house or by an agency.

In a world where User Generated Content (UGC) is becoming more and more prevalent, we’ve seen that brands need to produce content that is authentic and original, and often this is strongest when it comes directly from the company themselves.

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The future of the internet; goodbye to desktops.

I’m often asked where the internet will be in 5 years.

Ultimately, I believe the internet will become more integrated with our daily lives. Phones are already a natural extension of our hands, or at least never too far from them. 

But really, where do I see the internet? Here, I look to the giants of the industry: Google and Facebook. It seems they, like most, are going nuts over Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality so it makes sense to assume that whatever the internet turns into, it will be an immersive environment. 

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Integrating traditional and social marketing

Product placement on TV shows isn’t a new concept, but combining it with social opens up new opportunities.Brand or product placement on TV can easily be supported by digital content that is disseminated through social at the very same time the audience is watching the TV show. After all, people are no longer watching the commercials but reaching for their smart devices during the ad break. In most cases, they are using both whilst watching the large screen in the living room (yes, by this I’m including people watching Netflix and other streaming options on the old TV).

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Collider opening event – Tom Reidy

Some of my thoughts on collaboration and innovation captured in an interview at the Collider Wellington opening in 2015.

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