3 Ways a Virtual Reality Pioneer Is Rebranding the Form

Even new technologies sometimes need a reboot. September 14, 2018 5 min read Dekker Dreyer was over it. And in that moment, he saw an opportunity. A pioneer in the virtual reality (VR) space, he realized the narrative around this specific niche of the film and entertainment world needed a reboot. Despite having produced high-impact VR experiences for Disturbed’s hit cover of “The Sound of Silence” and the groundbreaking VR film of their Live at Red Rocks album, he couldn’t shake the feeling that VR was getting stale when it should be at its most exciting. Image Credit: Dekker Dreyer When Dreyer — a connoisseur of the form — found himself not wanting to experience what was being produced, he realized that others probably felt the same way: “The audience isn’t stupid, and they can tell that most of the content getting made is the afterthought of an ad agency with […]

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Best Tools for Connecting Businesses and Team Members in 2018

The typical workplace today doesn’t exist solely in a single physical space. You’ve got staff, consultants, freelancers, collaborators, and remote workers taking care of business on every corner of the globe, across a variety of different devices. It is neither effective or efficient to have everything housed in one physical location, requiring workers to access information and interact with one another in that one space. As the old adage goes, it’s not about working harder; it’s about working smarter. And if you want your team members to get the most out of their hours and be as productive as possible, you need to arm them with the best tools for the job. And this means getting everyone on the same page at any given moment. You need that alignment and a number of online solutions can aid in achieving that goal. Webinars and Video Sharing We all know how important […]

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The Best Language for Non-Tech Founders to Code Their Own Web App

Python offers plenty of user support. September 2, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a startup, it can be challenging to decide which programming language to use. Considering the plethora of options, it is important that you consider the future scalability and integration of the language you use. You’ll also want to conduct some market research. The goal is to focus on a language that will allow for growth, based on your potential prospects. Although each project differs in terms of its requirements, it is important to become familiar with Python — especially if you’re building your own startup. Related: 5 Open Source Libraries to Aid in Your Machine Learning Endeavors  Although Java, C++, JavaScript and Ruby are all common coding languages, Python is quickly growing in popularity. Built for its readability, it is easy to quickly learn and understand Python. From web applications […]

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I’ll Let You In on a Secret About New Technology: Everyone Has an Agenda

It’s easy to get caught up in the benefits of new tech, but be cognizant of “techlash” and try to foresee the negatives. If you can, you’ll be much more prepared to take on technology and wield it for good. September 1, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s no secret that there are some interesting and ground-breaking technologies emerging, but it can be difficult to wade through all the hype to get to the heart of what matters. These technologies receive a lot of attention. Some of it is deserved, but much of it is hype that gets blown out of proportion. Consider the fact that since the creation of blockchain, more than 2,000 cryptocurrencies have been created, each purporting to be unique and different. Blockchain itself will remove lots of friction in transactions, contracts and identity verification, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the […]

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How Do You Grab Millennial Buyers?

Lincoln is making a big bet on tech. August 28, 2018 4 min read What do millennial drivers crave in an SUV? Lincoln is hoping that “help not getting lost” is high on the list. This summer, Lincoln’s flagship SUV, the Navigator, came equipped with something the company hopes will appeal to younger buyers: Waze. Sure, most of us already have the traffic and speed-trap-avoiding app downloaded on our phones, but we’d all also agree that having to look down at our phones bouncing around in a cupholder as we drive can be a drag and a distraction. The Navigator’s SYNC 3 system ends that by letting drivers plug in and operate the app on the dashboard vehicle’s touchscreen, which keeps your eyes up and your thumbs off the phone keyboard. Related: 4 Strategies to Use When Marketing to Millennials Sounds pretty sweet, but is it really? Earlier this summer, I had the chance to […]

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Testing The Sony A7 III S&Q Video Mode at John Lawson Park

I got a chance to test the S&Q mode of the Sony A7 III camera at John Lawson Park West Vancouver. S&Q mode allows me to film footages from 1 frame per second up to 120 FPS. This can create dramatic slow motion or super fast time lapses videos. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: How To Sync Your Audio From The Zoom H1 To Your Video Testing The Sony A7 III at Terra Nova Adventure Playground Sony ICD-SX2000 Digital Audio Recorder Unboxing and Review My Zoom H1 Video Interview Setup How To Do A/B Split Testing With These Cool Tips How to Use Continuous AB Testing to Increase Conversions How to Use Continuous A/B Testing to Increase Conversions The Importance of Testing Site Speed

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How an Alexa ‘Skill’ Can Boost Your Brand

Get people to talk about you — literally. August 3, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you haven’t seen an Amazon Echo commercial where someone calls out “Alexa,” you are among the (luck?) few. According to a recent study by NPR and Edison research, one in six Americans, or around 39 million people, have a smart home speaker — and the Amazon Echo leads all of these sales. Alexa’s apps are called “skills,” and they can be downloaded onto the device by voice command, the app on your phone or the website. With so many people using Alexa, your business might consider adding an app or skill, not just for boosting sales, but for branding and awareness. Related: 3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Position Their Brand to Dominate Voice Search Types of skills. The Amazon Echo is compatible with more than 30,000 different skills, leading Google Home […]

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Why I’m Returning The 2018 7K MacBook Pro

I’m sad to report that I decided to return my top of the line 2018 MacBook Pro. The performance gain over last year’s model should have been much higher but it was only modest because of thermal throttling problems. On the bright side, I have $7K to spend on something else now. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: Want to Speak at MozCon 2018? Here’s Your Chance – Pitch to Be a Community Speaker! 2018 7K MacBook Pro Unboxing How to Rock MozCon 2018 Like the Marketing Superhero You Are How I Got Neil Patel To Buy Me a MacBook Air How to Write for SEO in 2018 – Whiteboard Friday Win a Ticket + Lodging to MozCon 2018! The 2018 Local SEO Forecast: 9 Predictions According to Mozzers How to Optimize Your Google My Business Listing [Updated May 1, […]

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A Look At My $30,000 Home Office

This video features an inside look at my updated $30,000 home office. It’s the perfect place to make money online and live the Dot Com Lifestyle. The office is a work in progress. I will be updating it throughout the months. Keep an eye out for future updates. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: 4 Essentials for Succeeding When You Make the Switch to Working From Home Is Everybody Home? Here’s How to Devirtualize Your Team. My Home Office Set Up and Tour Products and Services You May Have Forgotten For Your Home Office 5 Lessons I’ve Learned While Transitioning From Working at Home to a Physical Office What ‘The Office’ Can Teach You About Life These 5 Simple Tweaks Will Make Your Office More Productive It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day! What You Need to Know to Make […]

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Why ‘Cognitive Computing’ Is the Next Big Thing for Business Growth

This innovative technology is transforming employee contributions and optimizing business results. July 19, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Computers have always been faster than humans at consuming, calculating and computing data, and artificial intelligence is a boon for our global economy. Yet, computers do have their limitations. They are machines, after all, and lack native precision when attempting to recognize and interpret language, objects or images on demand. In those instances — especially when verification is required to proceed with a transaction — most programs require a fail-safe checkpoint. Ever notice the requests to verify that you’re not a robot when submitting data online? However, combining insights from computer science (the study of computers and their algorithmic processes) with cognitive science (the interdisciplinary study of the mind and how it works) can advance human thought, shape outcomes in ways that transform the process of human capital development and enhance […]

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2018 7K MacBook Pro Unboxing

In this episode of the Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog, I unbox the 2018 7K MacBook Pro. No, the 7K doesn’t refer to the resolution. It refers to the price! Yes, this MacBook cost over $7,000 ($7,224.17 to be exact)! Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: Why I’m Returning The 2018 7K MacBook Pro How To Sync Your Audio From The Zoom H1 To Your Video Sony ICD-SX2000 Digital Audio Recorder Unboxing and Review Growing Your Business Internationally? Reinvest Every Dollar to See Results. How I Got Neil Patel To Buy Me a MacBook Air My February 2018 MOBE Income Report Win A Networking Plus Pass To Affiliate Summit East 2018 My April 2018 MOBE Income Report

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The Smarp Way to Effectively Use Social Networking to Grow Your Business

When you think of social media, your mind likely turns to platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The problem is that you are probably only looking at social media as means of networking with other users on a personal level. As blog owners, entrepreneurs, and brand promoters, we need to be looking at social media as a way to expand our reach, bolster our brand equity, and grow our business – and nothing else. With this direct approach in mind, we can start spending less time on social media as just a regular user and more as a customer acquisition professional who makes the most of what social media has to offer holistically. Today, we are going to look at some of the best ways to accomplish this through Smarp, an online platform and social media tool designed to empower employees with pertinent content and encourages them to communicate and […]

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4 Free Android Apps for Cool Smartphone Videos

Video has become a very big deal, particularly on social media. If you’re still only posting plain text tweets and status updates, you’ve fallen far behind the times. And yes, if you’re only posting static pictures, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do too. Plain text status updates and pictures definitely still have their place, but you definitely need to include video as part of your overall social media plan. And this is true even if you have no interest in launching a YouTube channel or putting together a regular vlog. Video should be just as much a part of your strategy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as the rest of your content. And while you certainly can invest in more expensive equipment, the smartphone you already own is already a remarkably powerful content creation tool. But if you’ve only been using the default camera app on your […]

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Teens Are Increasingly Ditching Facebook. Here’s How Entrepreneurs Should Respond.

The percentage of teens using Facebook has dropped 20 percent in just three years. June 1, 2018 3 min read “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” The answer: probably not on Facebook, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on teens, social media and technology. In just three years, the percentage of teens using Facebook dropped 20 percent, reaching 51 percent in 2018. And though Facebook was the most-used online platform for teens in the Pew Research Center’s 2014-2015 survey, it’s now lagging behind. Three other social media platforms now lead the way for individuals ages 13 to 17: YouTube (85 percent), Instagram (72 percent) and Snapchat (69 percent). (It’s worth noting that YouTube wasn’t a response option in the previous survey, and it’s now snagged the top spot.) In the same three years, the percentage of teens reporting they use the internet “almost constantly” […]

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A Quick, Punchy Week on Copyblogger

This was a short week on Copyblogger, as we took Monday off in observance of Memorial Day. On Tuesday, Stefanie Flaxman wrote about one of my favorite topics — the Necessary Mess, and why writers need it. She gives some helpful tips on how to get comfortable with the funky stuff that comes before the greatness. On Wednesday, I wrote about a topic that’s been much on my mind: the apparent paradox of automation in marketing. At a time when we’re not so sure we do welcome our new robot overlords, “automation” can feel creepy or even scary. But the real role automation can play for digital marketers is very different from how the aggressive language might make it seem. Over on Unemployable, check out Brian Clark’s conversation with James Clear about entrepreneurial habits. And if you’re craving some writerly advice, The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ episode on The […]

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Skynet, Gluten-Free Cupcakes, and the Paradox of Automation

This is a weird time to talk about marketing automation. If you spend time on social media, you’re probably fed up with the plague of misinformation bots that cluster around any important conversation. Then we found out that companies like Cambridge Analytica had put their slimy hands on our data by taking advantage of our goofy cousin, the one who still isn’t too savvy about the purpose behind that What Kind of Cheese Am I quiz. Just to add to the fun, we have the GDPR, a well-meaning law that has sown more than its share of chaos and confusion. So here I am, wading into the middle of all of this noise to talk about automation, and why it isn’t what we think it is. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t think it was important. And here’s why. Terminator is the dominant myth of our time I would […]

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How to Focus on What Matters Most in Business

Becoming enamored by the endless new tech possibilities can cause you to divert your focus from the critical functions of your organization. April 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Running a company in the 21st century maymake you feel as if you’re living in a world of infinite possibilities: Technology is causing things to change rapidly in every industry, and there are so many different things you can try, to out-innovate your competitors. Related: 3 Ways to End Technology Distraction But becoming too enamored with the endless possibilities can cause you to divert your focus from the critical functions of the organization. Striking a proper balance, therefore, between learning when to embrace new opportunities and sticking to what you know is actually fairly straightforward. You just have to pay attention to the evidence around you, understand what makes you successful and never take your eyes […]

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The Constant Pursuit Of Excellence

Panerai Traits celebrates extraordinary distinctive design and light in the first two chapters of this unique film series with Panerai’s remarkable ambassadors. Read_more Related posts: ClickFunnels Actionetics Vs Aweber Vs Constant Contact Go the Extra Mile If You Want to Achieve Excellence Getting Real with Retail: An Agency’s Guide to Inspiring In-Store Excellence Why I’m Returning The 2018 7K MacBook Pro Facebook Tests Charging Subscriptions for Access to Groups Wide Markets – High Paying Affiliate Programs Social Media: Threat to Democracy? Exclusive Offer: Get 50% Off For This Premium Masterclass On Influence And Persuasion

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Sony ICD-SX2000 Digital Audio Recorder Unboxing and Review

The Sony ICD-SX2000 is a high-resolution portable audio recorder. It’s a great device to use to add high quality audio to your vlog videos. It’s a nice upgrade from the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model! Read_more Related posts: 2018 7K MacBook Pro Unboxing Testing The Sony A7 III S&Q Video Mode at John Lawson Park How To Add Great Audio To Your Video How To Sync Your Audio From The Zoom H1 To Your Video Testing The Sony A7 III at Terra Nova Adventure Playground Top 25 Digital Marketing Articles – Week of 07/13/18 My Zoom H1 Video Interview Setup How to Repurpose Audio Content Like a Machine

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Once Only for Huge Companies, ‘Web Scraping’ Is Now an Online Arms Race No Internet Marketer Can Avoid

Companies don’t just vacuum up data on competitors’ prices; some gain advantage by distorting the picture competitors see. April 20, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In January 2017, news broke that Amazon had successfully managed to block bots from Walmart, which would scrape Amazon’s listings “several million times a day.” In the Reuters report, the Chief Executive of Boxed, a New York-based online wholesaler, spoke of scraping competitor prices every 20 minutes and adjusting accordingly, saying, “If we’re not decently priced, we’ll see it almost immediately [in sales declines].” Web scraping is something of a secret. The original growth hack is used by Fortune 500 companies to stay competitive on price, inform strategy and measure customer sentiment. Related: Who Owns the Data Your Business Uses? Not Knowing Could Hurt the Sale of Your Company. Knowledge is power. What started as a one-way tool to extract web data […]

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