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Top 5 reasons Facebook will become an E-commerce giant and Top 5 reasons it won’t

May 25, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow Yesterday it was announced that Karma, Facebook’s new gift app, will be instrumental in its e-commerce success. No doubt social data is an incredibly powerful e-commerce tool yet there are many reasons both for and against for arguing that …


Today’s social media landscape and where you fit in

May 21, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 1 minutesFollow When you look at this rather frightening infographic of social media landscape from Buddy Media/Luma, it’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed. And it’s true that each day presents new opportunities and complexities for social media engagement and management. …


How your brand wins over empowered customers to profit from social commerce

May 16, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 1 minutesFollow I recently had the pleasure of speaking at there First Data ‘Engaging Today’s Empowered Customer’ Summit in New Orleans where we discussed in detail the shifts that financial institutions, credit card associations, and merchants across all industries must …


How social ads are winning over advertisers and consumers

May 14, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow Over the last two years we have seen a steady shift from Google Search to Social Search as consumers, faced with an overwhelming amount of choices and information, are turning to their peers within social networks for trusted recommendations …


Why you need more than good intentions to build a purposeful brand

May 10, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow One of the most encouraging trends in today’s social business marketplace is the demonstration of greater social responsibility by brands. At one extreme you see large brands showing a greater commitment to their purpose, and at the other a …


What Facebook is worth to your business and brand

May 8, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow As the Facebook IPO Roadshow shifts into high gear, it seems relevant to consider exactly what value Facebook can offer your brand and business. While the addition of Instagram and Glancee has done much to sure up their mobile …


Biz Stone on the powerful role of social media in business and social change

May 2, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking in New Orleans at the First Data conference. It was a fantastic event and the other speaker was Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, who said something that struck me deeply. He …


When virtual worlds collide: Facebook meets 3D shopping

April 24, 2012 Comments

Reading Time: 2 minutesFollow If brands and ad agencies were already struggling to create seamless, real-time shopping experiences built around customers’ multi-screen lifestyles, their work just got harder. It is one thing to migrate seamlessly between the on and offline world across multiple …



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Simon Mainwaring

Reading Time: 1 minutesSimon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers companies to lead business, shape culture, and better our world.