Ladies and gentlmen, here are two great pieces for you all to read while procrastinating at work today:
First up, we have a Wired interview with Clay Shirky. He’s a professor at NYU and he has done a ton of interesting research around social media and its impact on society. There’s a ton we can all learn from him. Check it out.
Second, here’s an overview of some of the emerging players in the small and medium business loyalty space. The article is a bit misguided in it’s excitement around NFC and QR codes. Additionally, it has an alarmingly limited view of some of the companies in this area. I think the key takeaway, however, is spot on: the intersection of mobile advertising, loyalty, and small business tools is going to see a ton of attention and growth over the next 12 months.