A big thank you to Samantha Alford for having Ian and me on her wonderful podcast – The Daily Hub. She interviews us on how we got into marketing, what our key pieces of advice for marketing managers are, and some general thoughts on where the industry is going. Listen to it here. Make sure you sign up – you’ll get access to some bonus bits not included in the final interview...
Thanks to Justin Theng for this idea – it’s fun to play with HubSpot’s GrowthBot.
Here he/she is being all coy:
UPDATE: you can play along on Instagram too:
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HubSpot CRM now supports parent-child relationships
This is a biggy, because I know a lot of companies have been asking for this. HubSpot CRM now supports parent-child company relationships. The full announcement is here. Note: a parent can have many children, but a child can only be attached to one parent ie there’s no many-to-many relationships allowed. Also, there’s no data rollup – ie deals against a child company won’t...
HubShots: HubSpot Sales Templates and How NOT to do SEO
Ian and I discuss HubSpot Sales Templates, including their pre-prepared library of templates, some of which I don’t like, others I do.
And listen out for the quote of the week – it’s a head scratcher.
Listen to it here.
Snap hosting bills
TechCrunch notes from Snap’s filing that Snap are committing to spend $2B with Google over the next 5 years on Cloud Infrastructure. $400M per year isn’t big compared to Google’s other revenues (from ads), but it shows the growth coming. Similar to how Apple’s watch business is tiny compared to the iPhone sales, but is huge compare to other global companies eg Rolex (Apple...
Amazon head count hits 341,000
That’s a lot of people for a ‘technology company’. And the growth rate is staggering – more than 110,000 in the last 12 months. And they plan to add another 100,000 in the next 18 months. Incredible.
WhatsApp backdoor misinformation
Good rebuttal to The Guardian’s report on insecurities with WhatsApp. If true (ie that The Guardian is wrong), then this is a very dangerous issue they’ve potentially created for people in some countries. Zeynep Tufekci writes: The behavior described in your article is not a backdoor in WhatsApp. This is the overwhelming consensus of the cryptography and security community. It is also...
Self-driving cars mean less organ donors
For all the good that self-driving cars will bring, there’s always a way to look on the bad side: As technology takes the wheel, road deaths due to driver error will begin to diminish. Itâ€™s a transformative advancement, but one that comes with consequences in an unexpected place: organ donation. Here’s why: Itâ€™s morbid, but the truth is that due to limitations on who can...
Most emojis in tweets give me the 💩
I wish there was an extension or app tweak that would replace emojis with words. Yes, actual words.
Emojis used to be a way to enhance a tweet or message, or add some humour to it. Perhaps even spice it up 🍆.
Now though it seems people often use them to replace writing. The result is that most tweets with emojis now take twice as long to read, due to having to decipher them first.
AI disruption and jobs
Fascinating interview with Andrew Ng, Baiduâ€™s chief AI scientist (via The Ringer). About Andrew: A former AI researcher at Stanford, Ng is best known for spearheading the Google Brain initiative, an ambitious artificial-intelligence project that helped advance Silicon Valleyâ€™s understanding of deep-learning techniques. Instead of being programmed to respond to specific actions, a deep...