Mot slutten av 2016 begynte jeg som produkteier på et lite utforskende innovasjonsprosjekt i SpareBank 1. Det som var spennende var at prosjektet var rigget med et lite, autonomt team som hadde mandat og frihet til å jobbe som en startup.
At the F3 FintechAcademy: Future of Investments & Crowdfunding Expo event I held a pecha kucha presentation on Spleis and donation based crowdfunding. The pecha kucha format is 20 slides of 20 seconds each – with autoplay. So no room for any bloopers! This event had a shorter format of 12 slides of 20 seconds, but it sure made the presentation tight.
“These 3 lessons boil down to empathy, organization, and communication. The key with all of these: Make sure you’re in control of the execution of the final product. You want your vision to be realized, right? Do everything you can to equip your engineers with the right materials and knowledge so they can execute your vision perfectly — and so you end up with a kickass product.”
Over at the Invision Blog they’ve shared three ways to improve the collaboration between designers and developers. Collaborating closely within cross-funtional teams, the team will also be able to close the build-measure-learn loop in a shorter time span, which the lean startup theories suggest is a key factor to successful products.
I was speaking about mobile in the banking context at the 2nd Annual Financial e-Marketing Forum the 25th September 2013 in Amsterdam. User adoption of mobile has increased rapidly, and banks are slow at redeveloping their websites to the new mobile friendly standards. As a result, mobile marketing is suffering. The talk goes into how we quick fixed mobile at SpareBank 1 without doing a complete revamp of the website. The slides can be found at Slideshare.
Scot McKee is the managing director of a B2B branding agency who believe in creative branding for B2B companies. McKee is the author of the unconventional marketing book Creative B2B Branding (no, really), where he takes the boring lot of B2B brands by it’s horns, which is the focal point of this lecture; he speaks about how new digital media changes everything for B2B Brands, and he presents different B2B branding cases of different sizes with different impact. The University, where he held his lecture, didn’t want it’s name associated with the video nor the slides of his lecture because they didn’t want to locate their brand “next to the deliberately provocative brand image he presents”.
It’s been a while since my previous post, and two significant things have changed since last time. The first and most important change is that I’ve got a job working with digital media for a a Norwegian savings bank, SpareBank 1 SMN. I will blog about that later. The second change is that I switched my old Nokia N82 for one of them iPhones.
The thesis includes four interviews with social media experts, synthesised around brand management for B2B companies, where as the theoretical background is B2B brand management. Thought leaders of social media and branding in the online environment are currently doing their work out in the field, whilst the academics are lagging behind.
In order to shed some light on issues regarding how B2B companies should manage opportunities and challenges in the social media space, this master thesis seeks to address the topic by conducting an exploratory study on how B2B companies can utilise social media to enhance the brand.
ShipServ designed a social media strategy which evolved around using social media platforms as beacons to drive traffic to their main site, in order to qualify the “readiness to buy” of the visitors by tracking and nurturing them with an automated marketing solution. Whilst their product is an innovative technological service, the target audience are conservative late adopters; the challenge ShipServ faced was solved by creating relationships with their target audience through multiple social networks backed by a high-quality content marketing strategy.