5 reasons to worry about your Klout score, as social influence comes of age

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The idea of categorising people according to their level of social influence may be as old as the hills and the subject of extensive academic research in fields as diverse as politics, psychology, biology and economics. Yet the ability to measure social influence and equip it with statistical credibility appears to be entering a new [...]

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10 trends shaping the communications agency of the future

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Technology has already dramatically changed the communications industry. Yet an even bigger evolution in the way communications agencies work appears to be just around the corner. A thought provoking new book ’2016: Beyond The Horizon’ by leading media agency PHD paints a new picture of the future marketing and advertising industry. This week we have an exclusive [...]

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The 36 CEOs set to shape the companies of tomorrow

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These are not good days for chief executives looking to feel loved. With many of the world’s economies stuck in the doldrums and many employees struggling to make ends meet. Even if they can hang on to their jobs, they are as a group still enjoying the sort of handsome rewards that would still attract [...]

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Retailers grow by 49% on the electronic high street

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The attention given to the state of the high street as an indicator of economic health is looking increasingly misplaced. According to Skrill, the company behind online payments provider Moneybookers, online retailers enjoyed “a scorching summer” while more traditional rivals reported a more dismal season with sales only up 1.5 per cent. A similar picture [...]

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10 reasons entrepreneurs should pay more attention to the past

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Entrepreneurs have often had mixed feelings about the past. In 1916  the great automobile pioneer Henry Ford declared ‘history is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.’ What Ford acknowledged [...]

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5 lessons businesses can learn from cricket and other sports

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When the England cricket team inflicted its heavy defeat of India earlier this summer it taught the business world a lesson. When usurping their guests as the top Test match nation in the world, it is arguable that it had less to do with individual brilliance – though there were instances of that – than [...]

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Is time running out for the export agenda?

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There is increasing concern that companies that aren’t currently trading in new global markets will find it much harder to get involved in a decade’s time. So quickly is the economic focus of the world moving away from the West that the train may have long left the station by the time many companies start to [...]

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The workplace makes room for Generation Y

Examining career opportunities might be harder than getting good grades

It has become customary for people of a certain age to talk dismissively of the generation currently opening their exam results with more than a little trepidation. Sure, they work harder at school and university these days, but have they really got have what it takes to succeed in the world of work? Whilst acknowledging [...]

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What the London riots say about the future of business

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Of all the questions raised by the recent UK riots, one is likely to linger longer than most. Why did retail businesses become the focus of the disturbances and what does this tell us about the future? In many respects a riot is a type of public census, albeit one involving an unusual form of [...]

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Top 5 characteristics of disruptive innovators

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The recent stock market volatility has been motivated at least in part by worries about where growth in major industrialised countries is going to come from. But the growth issue is not just stalking governments. It is a serious cause of concern for individual companies, too. Hitherto, many executives have managed to make figures look [...]

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