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A week ago, I wrote here about push notifications and why should you use them. Now, when your customers are at a certain place, you can get even more creative and send context-specific notifications to educate, entertain or drive them to your location. Push notifications were first introduced by Apple in 2009. Since then, they have become one of the most basic mobile app elements. The ability to deliver notifications that are instantly seen is the biggest benefit of mobile apps in general. Nowadays, we are always on our mobile phones and we check them up to 200 times per day. So mobile phones are the main screen in our lives. This is why mobile push notifications are an efficientContinue Reading

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“Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.”  Winston Churchill What an elegantly simple way to capture one of life’s most important things to know.  Fear is so misunderstood.  I know I didn’t understand it for many years.  I thought that courage was something that only fearless people experienced.  But, the older I got, and the more senior executives I worked with, I began to learn about fear from people who experienced it on a far larger scale than mine.  The more I spoke with these successful leaders, the deeper I got into their life stories. A constant theme in all their stories was overcoming something—a setback, a failure, a stutter, lack of education—you name it, they experienced it.  InContinue Reading

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“Yesterday, I was clever and wanted to change the world.  Today, I am wiser and want to change myself.”  Rumi, Sufi poet Stop for a moment and think about Rumi’s words.  To me, he is talking about the maturation process of critical thinking.  It begins with a very broad horizon, and through self-reflection gets narrowed to the real core of wisdom.  Many of us would really, truly like to change the world, but for most of us, that scale is not realistic.  What is realistic?  What makes common-sense?  It all begins with the core—you.  We have known for many years that we become what we think about.  So, staying with this quote, where do you begin?  You begin with yourself. Continue Reading

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What are push notifications? Well, basically a communication channel built into every device. Push notifications are automated messages allowing you to notify your users about anything they expect from you. Instantly. Desktop and laptop users receive push notifications from both applications and websites. Once they have given permission of course. But people spend more time on their mobile phones than on any other device nowadays. It’s nearly a few hours a day. We have all the information at our fingertips through our mobile phones. So in this article, I want to talk about mobile push notifications. One Mobile Rules Them All Mobile push notifications are messages of mobile applications. They pop up as a banner on the lock screen ofContinue Reading

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“Some people use complexity to create doubt, then offer a simple, self-serving solution.”  Anonymous At no time in our history could this quote have more importance than today.  Many years ago, as a young professional, searching for so many answers to life’s questions, I met someone who was a very persuasive speaker—someone who had a powerful impact on the thoughts and actions of others.  We became friends and, as I got to know him better, I asked him how he could be so effective at influencing others.  “Create doubt,” he told me.  “If I can create doubt about something you believe to be true, that opens the door to changing your mind, and your belief. “ Over the years, I watchedContinue Reading

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The first chamber of commerce ever was established by merchants, traders, and craftsmen in Marseille, France in 1599. It provided them a forum to discuss and tackle common challenges. Throughout the centuries, this representation of common interests has become the foundation of chambers of commerce worldwide. Chambers today are as diverse in name as the business communities they represent. Every chamber is unique, with different benefits, resources, and opportunities. However, their common goal remains to support their member businesses. Chambers primarily depend on membership fees paid by businesses to join. They often have different membership packages to keep doors wide open for all types of businesses. In order to support the administrative work and planned activities, chambers can also receiveContinue Reading

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Thanks to a partnership between Apple and Healthvana, a software platform that delivers test results to patients, residents in Los Angeles can have their vaccination records stored digitally since the end of December. In the Apple Wallet or selected Android wallets. With about 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States. All the vaccines are formally tracked in the government registries anyway. And people are given paper confirmations. This digital vaccination record was made in an attempt to ensure people are alerted by push notification to get their second dose. Because the approved Pfizer or Moderna vaccines require a two-shot dose. This digital record has also the added benefit of being very hardContinue Reading

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“Whether you believe you can, or believe you can’t, you are right.”  Abraham Lincoln Leave it to someone from very humble beginnings, born and raised in the Midwest United States, who rose to the pinnacle of political power, to draw upon his life experience and come up with a quote that is the essence of common-sense.  Lincoln suffered many defeats before rising to the U.S. presidency, and it was his ability to honestly, objectively reflect on his actions and beliefs that guided him to lead a nation through the greatest moral crisis of its history.  To believe in something is to make a choice—a choice to believe.  Choosing to believe in yourself, is investing in your future.  Sure, some thingsContinue Reading

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“No one ever listened their way out of a job.”  Calvin Coolidge Sage advice for those of us who might want to improve our listening skills.  In my work with leaders, I find that one of the most common complaints I hear from subordinates is that they just don’t listen to us.  The leader in question always has the “right” answer and will interrupt or speak over anyone trying to suggest another point of view.  That’s okay, some might say, and because I am the boss, I can do this whenever I want.  True, but…  The problem soon becomes on that the boss cannot talk their way out of.  Why?  Because people will stop trying to offer solutions and theContinue Reading

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Of course, I am familiar with paper entry tickets that have probably got the number, your logo, and a few other details on them. But that is all that they can, right? And it is hard to sell them online. In one of my last summer articles, I was writing that art galleries might want to come up with something new and find new ways to engage with visitors. Now, it is time to get rid of dull paper entry tickets once and for all and cut through the noise. But people love to buy stuff online, and this is not going to change. They also prefer shopping online for your digital single-entry passes or digital season passes. They canContinue Reading