January 15

Sentient AI E-commerce Personalization

The e-commerce industry is one of the quickly growing sectors in the world with the retail E-commerce sales is expected to grow at an average rate of 15% per annum until 2020, per eMarketer studies. By then, the industry will have total sales of $4 billion. It shows the fast integration of retail sector into online while customers significantly find online purchase as their favorite choice. When every retail player goes to E-commerce mode of business operations, the customer experience plays a vital role in concluding the winner in the industry. Since the industry is very vast, everyone has a place for their own innovations based on technology. Interestingly, Artificial Intelligence has got widespread accessibility to enhance the customer experience, in the recent years.

While coming to AI, only 3% of the online retailers implemented the technology into their platform efficiently, per the latest report by Boston Retail Partners. Another 11% implemented, but not in full-fledge. While coming to E-commerce personalization, the customers get individualized search results using the technology. It means that the AI-system analyzes the users’ purchase pattern, shopping history, preferences, and more and provide the best results based on the data. For instance, if someone regularly checks the details of a particular brand, they get the new products from the brand as suggestions. Also, people who look for highest rated products will get products sorted per user rating.

It helps the customers to find their desired products most efficiently. Many online retail stores started visual search options to take the E-commerce personalization to the next level. It allows people to search a particular product using the image of it. For instance, if customers see a stylish fashion outfit somewhere outside, and they want to buy it, then they can take a photograph and search it on online fashion stores that allow image search. The E-commerce websites generate same or similar products to the customers.

Interestingly, the AI technology is also effectively used for social proofing as well as to understand the preferences of a particular region and provide products according to their needs. Another great application of AI in E-commerce personalization is in purchase assistance. Per the latest reports, AI chatbots and assistant programs are getting increased acceptance from the customers in the recent years. Interestingly, Millennials are finding a more efficient way of shopping by the help of AI assistant systems rather than human agents – a change of notion that is visible in the recent years. Read more at Wikipedia about Sentient.

December 29

Daniel Taub Shares Sage Advice and Life Lessons

Soon, Daniel Taub will say goodbye to the United Kingdom, where he has been the Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Court of St. James for the last four years. Taub has the refinement of an upscale British man, combined with the fiery wit or an Israeli, and he will be greatly missed. The Jewish Chronicle’s Michael Freeland shares that Daniel Taub is likely the most popular and successful Israeli envoy after Shlomo Argov, who nearly lost his life to gunfire in London in 1982. Learn more: http://il.linkedin.com/in/daniel-taub

Taub himself, who prefers to be called Daniel, admits that he has accomplished a lot in his role as ambassador, seeing as how Israel and UK relations are at their strongest now. Huffington Post conducted a Q&A with Daniel, who is a father of six and a grandfather of one. He shares his take on serious matters like conflict between Israel and Palestine and Europe’s anti-semitism. Taub also touches on the life lessons he has taken to heart throughout his time as ambassador.

 

Daniel admits that he wishes he and his family would have visited the London theater scene more. He shares that work was especially demanding and now that he is on his final days of vacation, he and his wife plan to take their children to as many shows and musicals as possible. The family has seen High Society, and plans to see Les Miserables.

 

The ambassador also shares that now that he is ending his four-year term, he can truly say he’s satisfied. He states that it’s common to leave a position and think of all the things that could have been accomplished. However, he is proud of the goals that the embassy has accomplished so much and has done more than expected. Taub also shares that the embassy was able to geographically get to new places, and were able to open information centers in Israel, Wales and Scotland, and to expand the Manchester information center.

 

Taub also shares that it’s beneficial to talk to both friends and “enemies” in order to learn more about the world and to have a more well-rounded perspective. He also discusses the importance of family, and says that his family is a priority: so much so that he and his family are looking forward to moving back to Jerusalem.

November 10

Brandao’s Leadership Sentiments Likely To Influence Who Will Become The Next Bradesco’s CEO

Even with the retirement of the longest serving employee Lazaro de Mello Brandao, Banco Bradesco SA is under the able stewardship of Luiz Carlos Trabuco. Brandao, 91, served as the chairman of the Osasco headquartered bank for 25 years. He joined the financial institution at its birth in 1943. At the time, Brandao worked as a clerk, but he rose through the ranks to be the CEO (replacing the founder of the bank, Amador Aguiar) of Bradesco in 1981; he served in the position for 18 years.

Although the exit of Brandao came as a hard blow to the bank owing to his many years of experience, the chairmanship position will remain occupied as Luiz Carlos Trabuco will step into the breach. Before assuming the chairmanship roles, Luiz Carlos Trabuco was the CEO of Bradesco since 2009. In fact, he is still the CEO of the institution until the bank appoints his replacement who will take office beginning next year March.

As the CEO and Chairman, Brandao called for the nurturing of Bradesco’s employees to head various departments or even rise to be CEOs or chairmen of the bank. He vehemently opposed the bringing in of professionals from other institutions to come and directly exercise leadership over Bradesco or its employees. An analysis of many Bradesco’s leaders reveals a common trend: most of them have risen through the ranks to get to where they are currently. An example is Luiz Carlos Trabuco who joined the bank in 1969 as a clerk, and since then he has served Bradesco in different capacities before becoming the CEO and recently, the chairman.

As Luiz Carlos Trabuco prepares to hand over the presidency of the second largest private bank in Brazil, pundits are busy trying to figure out who might replace him. According to them, it is no secret that Mauricio Machado de Minas, Alexandre da Silva Gluher, Domingos Figueiredo Abreu, Josué Augusto Pancini, Marcelo de Araujo Noronha, Octavio de Lazari, or André Rodrigues Cano will replace Luiz Carlos Trabuco.

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Analysts considered Brandao’s sentiments regarding the appointment of leaders. Therefore, when they generated a list of the most likely candidates to replace Luiz Carlos Trabuco, they considered only Bradesco’s employees. Also, over the years, the trend by Bradesco to appoint CEOs who are in their early or mid-50’s was a factor in generating the list. In fact, the youngest professional in the group, Noronha, is 52 years. The average age for the group is 56 years. The oldest expert in the group, Cano, is 59 years and if appointed, he will serve for a maximum of eight years. Thanks to the new Bradesco’s by-laws which allow CEOs to hold office until they are 67 years old rightfully. The old laws ensured that Bradesco’s CEOs were 65 years and below. Going by the past by-laws, Luiz Carlos Trabuco, 66, would be unlawfully in office.

Luiz Carlos Trabuco was not handed the chairmanship of Bradesco on a silver platter. The professional who has been at the bank for over 47 years has put Bradesco on the map. For example, two years ago, he convinced the board of directors that it was imperative to acquire the Brazilian branch of HSBC Holdings Plc. The bank went ahead to buy the said financial institution for a whopping $5.2 million. The purchase was considered the most significant one in Brazil and Latin America in 2015. Also, the acquisition revived the bank’s hopes of becoming the leading private bank in Brazil; a tittle Bradesco continually held until 2009 when Itaú Unibanco came to life. Pundits concur that the, in fact, the acquisition put Bradesco ahead of its main competitor in certain aspects.

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October 27

Bob Reina Followed After His Dreams

Bob Reina was someone who was working as a police officer when he decided that he wanted something different from his life. In an interview, he shared how he suddenly had a new dream, and how he followed after that. Bob Reina is the founder and CEO of a video marketing company, but he would never have started Talk Fusion if he hadn’t decided to leave his old career behind and focus on following his dreams. He shared in an interview that he was introduced to the network marketing industry while working as a police officer, and how he followed after that to make something more of his life.

 

When Bob Reina was asked about how he makes money, he shared that he benefits off of the successes of others. He mentioned that he loves the industry that he is in because everyone helps one another make it. When Bob Reina was asked if there was ever a time that he doubted what he was doing, the answer that he gave made it sound as if he never did. He shared that he knew right away that Talk Fusion was something that could be successful, and that his other ventures made him feel positive, as well.

 

Bob Reina is someone who is self-disciplined, and that has helped him as he has followed after his dreams. As he became his own boss, he had to keep himself in line and he had to push himself if he wanted to be successful.

 

When he was asked about where he comes up with his ideas for the products that he offers and the work that he does, Bob Reina shared that he looks for a need. When he has found a need that is out there in the world, then he works to fill that need. He has found a way of working toward his goals that has allowed him to not only touch others’ lives but also to be successful.

 

 

October 9

Why you cannot beat Fabletics in this Decade or the Next

Presently speaking, Fabletics is at the top of the mountain in what we now refer to as the athleisure brand. Created in 2013, Fabletics has grown into a corporation that commands the respect of its competitors. It is in that same year that Kate Hudson, Don Ressler, and Adam Goldenberg joined hands and created Fabletics, a company that since day one has provided women with comfortable attire that can get worn both in the gym and casual set up.

 

One thing that has helped Fabletics succeed for so long is its ability to provide clients with unique products and services they can never find anywhere else. Also, the Fabletics brand has gone above and beyond to provide customers with quality wear that is not only durable but one that can evoke emotions due to the unique fashion statement.

 

However, we all must agree that Fabletics would never be the way it is today without Kate Hudson. Before joining Fabletics, Kate Hudson was an actress with zero to no experience on how to run a company or any other business for that matter. Despite her shortcomings, Kate Hudson has relied on insight and instinct to run Fabletics as she sees fit.

 

Taking the role of co-founder, Kate has concentrated her forces on selling the Fabletics brand to the rest of the world. Be it on social or print media, Hudson has done it all. By bringing her beautiful persona on board, Kate Hudson has been able to attract clients from all across the globe. Today, Fabletics has even earned a place among the celebrities. Demi Lovato, a celebrity and one of Hudson’s faithful fans is proof to the above claim.

 

Before Fabletics, Demi hardly knew Kate Hudson. However, after Kate joined the brand in 2013, she has become a global sensation. Another approach that has helped Fabletics succeed is its ability to lend the many customers at its disposal an ear. In so doing, the brand has been able to come up with products and services that directly fit into the shoes of each Fabletics consumer. By investing highly in the company’s customer care service, Kate Hudson has kept service delivery more of a priority.

 

As an insightful person, Kate Hudson has gone above and beyond to eliminate the wastage of resources. By only spending on the essentials, Fabletics has been able to grow and expand in a way that never got imagined before. Presently, Fabletics net worth happens to be way over the $250 million mark, a value that has since increased since the estimation got done in 2015.

 

Because Fabletics also customizes its active wear, it has become a company for all. Nevertheless, clients are always encouraged to take Fabletics lifestyle quiz to help the team at the corporation to match them to attire that suits their needs. From the outlook, you realize that Fabletics is more than a brand. It is an avenue that has inspired women to be the best they can be for four years, something that might never stop in future.

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September 26

Jeremy Goldstein Remarks on Stock Options

Jeremy Goldstein is a famous lawyer from New York. He has his own market niche and is currently doing very well. Jeremy has been on the frontline advising companies and corporations on the best compensation means. He pursued law from the University of Newyork whereby he specialized in business law. He is always companies’ best option when they need any legal advice regarding the employee’s payments and benefits. They refer to him as attorney Jeremy Goldstein. He has worked in the field for more than 15 years and currently operates his law firm that is located in the city of New York. Previously, he worked in another law firm as a business partner. In his many years of experience, Jeremy has played very vital roles and transactions that have involved some of the leading world companies ie. Chevron, Verizon, Merck, Bank one and also Duke Energy.

 

Jeremy Goldstein besides being a very good company lawyer has got so many other interests. He is also a professional writer and contributes on the New York law journal. He has published several publications that have been read by so many lawyers across the United States. He is also a famous philanthropist and is the director of a non-profit organization called Fountain House. He has been on the frontline contributions for such organizations. He has been respected by so many people for his effortless move in saving them.

 

Jeremy Goldstein has worked with numerous companies offering them with necessary advice regarding their worthiness and how better should they treat their employees. He has held an interview explaining some reasons and benefits of stock options. Companies stopped exercising stock options long ago because they thought they were wasting money but the truth is that several employees tend to fear these stock options because of the fluctuating market prices. Sometimes economic downturns make these options not to function properly and even make them worthless. He also adds that values of these stocks sometimes may significantly drop and make it hard for many employees to exercise these options. Even after encountering losses after the values have dropped, the companies are required to report expenses. This is another burden added to the company. On the company’s end, options may result in huge accounting burdens that can only be regulated when they stop exercising them. The staff members do not think that these benefits may be valuable but rather tend to think that they are an eclipse of financial advantages.

 

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August 4

Logan Stout- Chief Executive Officer Of IDLife

In the world today, people have been overly focused on health and weight management. In the craze of weight loss, many companies have been established to satisfy the need of the society. One of the significant companies to produce effective products is the IDLife.

IDLife, established in 2014 has received tremendous growth becoming on the top 100 Multi- Level Marketing Companies in the world. Logan Stout is the founder and the C.E.O of the Company. IDLife focuses on providing organic nutritional supplements to help in weight management.

Despite the fact that Logan Stout is focused on building successful businesses, his primary focus is helping people. He motivates and also helps other business owners to develop leadership skills. Due to his passion for seeing people succeed, Logan published a book ‘The Secret to Building Yourself, People and Teams’ in 2013. The book was published to empower leaders in business and to inspire those who seek to establish their potential and purpose. The books received great reception especially in the business world, and it was endorsed by renowned business woman Barbara Corcoran and Fubu Founder, Daymond John both starring on Shark Tank Program.

Logan dream to inspire people in the world was attained when he partnered with John C Maxwell. John is a popular Leadership expert, and together with Logan, they are establishing personal development and leadership training across 196 nations of the World.

Logan Stout is a business mogul with different establishments in the world. Before creating the IDLife, Logan founded the Dallas Patriots Baseball Foundation. He serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Through the organization, Logan has focused his attention on mentoring the youth. The Dallas Patriots Baseball Foundation has grown to become the largest organization in the World providing leadership training and mentorship to young people.

Logan made appearances in both radio and television. Stout has also been featured in different publications including the Philadelphia Life Magazine and New York Times. The Philadelphia Life Magazine named Logan, the ‘Man of the Year.’

Logan attended the University of Panola where he graduated with a business degree. Stout also attended the University of Dallas for his Psychology degree.

For more information about Logan Stout, just visit loganstout.com

August 4

Dick DeVos Leading the Way in Philanthropic Giving

Although Dick DeVos’ name is synonymous with the Amway empire co-founded by his father Rich, not enough attention has been given to his charitable contributions. The amount is staggering In comparison to political contributions, with $11.6 million dollars given out in 2015 alone- More than double the 5.3 million over the past five years as reported by Betsy DeVos reported to the federal government as part of the vetting process for her position as Secretary of the Department of Education.

 

The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation have given back to the community nearly $139 million dollars over their lifetimes. However, giving is an even larger part of the Amway family Dynasty, with DeVos’ father and four grown children contributing a total of $104 million dollars in charity donations in 2015. According to Forbes Magazine data, the family has given $1.33 billion, or roughly one quarter of their $5.2 billion dollar fortune.

 

Among the philanthropic endeavors for Dick and Betsy, it’s evident that education is a top priority. In 2015 alone, more than $3 million was earmarked for educational causes, which made roughly 26 percent of their total charitable donations for the year. Additionally, their foundation awarded 3 percent or $357,000 for educational reform.

 

When asked about educational priorities, DeVos said that it became became clear to he and his wife over time that the current system was not fulfilling the American dream. In other words, he believes the issue is increasingly a civil rights problem. During an interview with MLive and The Grand Rapids Press, Devos also stated that kids growing up in the wrong zip code can have a difficult time reaching the American Dream, and education is a necessary part to achieving that dream.

 

Although critics argue that school vouchers and Charter Schools take tax dollars away from public schools, DeVos believes choice addresses the failings of a one size fits all program inherent within the public school curriculum. DeVos truly believes there are many great teachers and administrators doing wonderful work, but a better job can be done at helping talented educators to be even more effective in reaching out to every child.

 

A specific breakdown of philanthropic education contributions for 2015 is currently unavailable. However, according to the Foundation’s tax records in 2013 include several Major beneficiaries. Among those are the West Michigan Aviation Academy ($315,000), Ferris State University in Big Rapids ($100,000), Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning ($25,000), Potter’s House in Wyoming ($301,000). Rehoboth Christian School New Mexico ($50,000), and Dick DeVos’ alma mater Northwood University in Midland ($200,000).

 

Apparently, it’s not the wealth accumulated but how much is given away, according to Dick DeVos and his family. They show it in actions instead of rhetoric, and lead the way in philanthropy.

 

July 31

Education Philanthropist Betsy DeVos

It is no simple task to reform the education system that is implemented in current times, mainly due to the fact that the schools are run by the government. If the schools were privately owned with competition with other privately owned schools then basic economics would improve the school system. When parents and students have more choice in schools then this will ensure that the education being provided will be more honed for the student’s individual needs rather than a generalized method of teaching. Also, with teacher unions making it nearly impossible to fire teachers who are under-performing, the quality of education being provided is not the primary incentive for teachers to ensure they are doing their job at the utmost capability.Betsy DeVos has been a life long advocate in education reform for the nation and she now is in a position to make some really necessary changes on a grander scale than before. DeVos has always felt the reform movement was increasing in momentum in recent years and now she can reinforce that movement so that there is at least no downward stride in the popularity behind more school choice.

One inspirational incident that led for DeVos’ contributions to the reform movement was when she and her husband, Dick DeVos, were looking for schools for their own children and they happened across Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI. This particular private school was providing great education for low-income families and DeVos’ admired the level of determination of the parents to ensure that their children were getting appropriate education as well as being safe and cared for. After learning of the struggles these families faced to have access to the same quality of education the DeVos’ could have easily afforded, DeVos’ then began supporting several students for the tuition cost of the school which gradually built itself into the significant generosity she provides to the school currently.

It was the interactions with this school that empowered DeVos’ to fight for what she thinks that every American deserves in education, the access to quality education of the parent’s choice and not mandated by government on how to perform better, but rather by the natural competitive market of private schools. If tuition was not guaranteed and had to be sought for so that the school stays operating than that alone will improve the school system by increasing the quality of teachers and faculty to ensure students are getting the best education. Giving the power back to the family in school decisions is one of the strongest ways to enact school reform, and also one of the more obvious, but that doesn’t mean that matters will change over night.

July 11

Podcast Advertising Results

Norman Pattiz, the Executive Chairman of Podcast One, and Tom Webster, the VP of Strategy at Edison Research, recently announced the results that came in after a series of studies were conducted on the impact of Podcasts as an advertising vehicle.

The results of the study, which at how Podcasts influenced attitudes on five major consumer brands in the US, were released in February of 2017. What’s found is that when used strategically, Podcasts can definitely have an impact on the way major brands are perceived by the public.

Results of the Podcast Study

The study was the first of its kind, and it studied five brands that represent different product and service categories. All of this makes the study more broad reaching in its scope and significance.

What was found was that over 60% of the Podcast study participants retained information about a grocery store brand they heard about in the Podcast (as compared to 7% initially). Financial services and lawn and garden products also saw awareness of their brands increase after the study, while the opinion of automotive aftermarket services also became much more positive after the study was completed. The positive results in awareness for casual dining restaurants was also significant.

According to Norman Pattiz, all of this shows the real impact advertising on Podcasts has. The studies were conducted in 2016 over three sessions, by Edison Research. What is clear is that people who are listening to Podcasts are very receptive to the messages they hear, which is very good news for advertisers.

Bloomberg revealed that Norman Pattiz is a man whose career has long been intimately involved in broadcasting. He founded the leading advertiser supported Podcasting network, www.PodcastOne.com, which produced over 340 hours of programming per week.

Pattiz is also the founder of WestwoodOne, a radio giant. Patti has long been convinced that Podcasting is a significant tool for communicaters who want to get their messages heard.

For advertisers, this means they have a way to get a positive message out in a way that will be heard and retained by consumers. That all adds up to great news for brands and for the Podcasting arena, too.