London’s Wearable Tech Show 2014

By Rupert Cook, Business Development Director at Gekko

Last week saw London’s Olympia host the UK’s first ever Wearable Technology Conference and Expo dedicated to showcasing the latest developments in smartwatches, wristbands and other wearable devices. With speakers from Microsoft, Google, Samsung and Intel, the show promised a lot, but did it live up to the hype?

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Rakuten Forecasts Global Retail Trends For 2014

By Claire West. Fresh Business Thinking

In a year where the global economy expanded at a slower pace than many had hoped[i], retailers worldwide continued to see sales grow considerably on the web. Estimates suggest that the global e-commerce industry will generate $1.2 trillion in sales by the end of this year, driven largely by rapid growth in Asia and the changing shopping habits of consumers worldwide[ii].

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Deadline extended for entries in the 2014 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

The deadline has been extended in the UK’s flagship initiative for raising awareness of the women leading the way in technology. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with Intellect, were launched in 2011 to celebrate those that are spearheading technology in business, whether as founders of start-ups, leaders within global corporate organisations, or young high-fliers who are the IT stars of the future. The entry deadline has now been extended to 25th November at 5.30pm.

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Wearable Technology: The Next Big Thing For Businesses?

By Stephen Demianyk, channel manager, Ipswitch, UK

The latest Sony SmartWatch or Samsung’s Galaxy Gear are likely to be making an appearance on many people’s Christmas lists this year. Certainly industry analysts are convinced, just one of the many firms predicting an explosion in wearables is ABI Research, whose figures predict 485 million shipments by 2018.

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Entries Open For The 2014 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

The UK’s flagship initiative for raising awareness of the women leading the way in technology is inviting entries to its 2014 Awards. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with Intellect, were launched in 2011 to celebrate those that are spearheading technology in business, whether as founders of start-ups, leaders within global corporate organisations, or young high-fliers who are the IT stars of the future.

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Are We Witnessing The Coming Of A Cashless Society?

By Simon Black, CEO of Sage Pay

Change is afoot when it comes to currency. Digital currencies like Bitcoin continue to make the news, while last month saw the Bank of England announce plans to switch the UK’s banknotes with a polymer based alternative – a development some believe doesn’t just mark the end of paper notes, but a possible end for cash in general.

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Effectiveness of Facebook for Marketers

By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking

Conversational marketing technology provider Neolane today announced the results of two studies aimed at exploring how marketers leverage Facebook.  The first study analysed page tab applications of the 150 most popular Facebook brand pages in the United States, United Kingdom and France to understand how they are using social opt-in capabilities.  The second looked at a sample of 150 leading websites in the same regions to determine how they are implementing Facebook Login, Facebook’s social sign-on solution.  As marketers aim to drive conversational marketing efforts, they are hungry for insight into how to effectively leverage social media like Facebook to capture and enrich customer data and ultimately increase customer engagement across communication channels.

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