Blog

How South Korean Beauty Brands Are Winning Consumers in India

How South Korean Beauty Brands Are Winning Consumers in India

South Korea is inarguably a world leader when it comes to beauty. It’s one of the world’s most influential and innovative skincare markets, with many recent developments in beauty technology originating from here. South Korean innovations include sheet masks and ampoules, and the market’s also good at coming up with beauty-related tech innovations.

Read More
How Agile Development Took the World By Storm

How Agile Development Took the World By Storm

Once upon a time in the world of programming, years could pass between the identification of a business need and the launch of the software to meet it. In the interim period, it’s highly likely that the original business case would have evolved, meaning the software was already obsolete at launch.

Read More
How the Physics of Topography Explains Language Diversity

How the Physics of Topography Explains Language Diversity

It’s not only linguists that are permitted to study language. A recent investigation by a physicist and mathematician has shown how the physical landscape affects the spread of dialect. The new model of language diversity and spread indicates how geography and population density play an important role in influencing the spread of dialects – and it can all be explained mathematically.

Read More
Beyond Diversity: Is Your Company Culturally Competent?

Beyond Diversity: Is Your Company Culturally Competent?

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. It isn’t necessarily an ability to understand a multitude of cultures – humans are so varied that it just isn’t possible for anyone to be able to pass seamlessly across all cultural barriers.

Read More
Understanding Digital Transformation Trends in the Retail Sector

Understanding Digital Transformation Trends in the Retail Sector

Whether retailers like it or not, expectations from consumers are evolving as technology increasingly becomes part of their daily lives. For traditional retailers, competition from newer, online retailers has intensified, forcing them to adapt and focus on creating better customer experiences.

Read More
How to Give Feedback in Different Parts of the World

How to Give Feedback in Different Parts of the World

British people are notorious for understatement. In one Korean War encounter, many British soldiers died unnecessarily when their CO’s description of the situation as "a bit sticky" failed to communicate to their US allies the seriousness of their problems.

Read More
Understanding the New Eco and Ethical Trends in the Jewellery Industry

Understanding the New Eco and Ethical Trends in the Jewellery Industry

We’re living through one of the most turbulent periods the jewellery industry has ever experienced. From online retail to 3D printing of jewellery, this sector is being affected by a number of disruptive forces.

Read More
Is Your Company Using WEIRD Design?

Is Your Company Using WEIRD Design?

People from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) societies are disproportionately being used as research subjects in many areas – and it’s a global problem.

Read More
How Businesses Can Properly Value Information

How Businesses Can Properly Value Information

Time was, we made value in factories. In the industrial age, businesses created wealth through the output of newly-invented machinery. But we’re now in the information age – one where value is created via information and computerisation rather than at the lathe or loom. Data can be used to improve decision making, refine processes, develop better products and services, or sold to create value for the company. But we’re terrible at calculating its value.

Read More
Debunking the Myth of China’s Lack of Innovation

Debunking the Myth of China’s Lack of Innovation

In 2017 it looks as if China is again on-track to file more patent applications than any other country in the world, putting to rest the tired old trope that China’s entrepreneurs don’t innovate.

Read More
Why Solving the Problem of Sustainability is the Next Era for the Fashion Industry

Why Solving the Problem of Sustainability is the Next Era for the Fashion Industry

The ecological burden of the clothing industry is a considerable one. Fast fashion fills landfill; global supply networks mean a single item of clothing can clock up thousands of air miles. There’s also the chemical toll from bleaching and dyeing clothes, the heavy use of water, the cotton industry’s massive insecticide use and the leather industry’s consumption of toxic chemicals.

Read More
Why the Language You Speak at 10 Years Old Determines Your Future

Why the Language You Speak at 10 Years Old Determines Your Future

The language that you speak at age ten can help determine the course of your life: that’s according to a recent study into immigrant populations in the USA. Children that relocated to the US from non-English backgrounds before age 10 follow very different career paths from those that migrate there after that age. In most cases, older immigrants tend to pursue STEM-type careers – the kind that isn't so communication-dependent.

Read More
Why Luxury Brands Need to Rethink Their Approach for the Next Generation of Shoppers

Why Luxury Brands Need to Rethink Their Approach for the Next Generation of Shoppers

The luxury sector is facing an emerging audience with very different expectations. By 2025, Millennial and Gen-Z consumers will represent nearly half the audience for luxury goods. These generations aren’t going to find the luxury industry’s traditional business model to be very appealing.

Read More
Why Your Company Needs a Chief Marketing Technologist

Why Your Company Needs a Chief Marketing Technologist

With technology increasingly fundamental to the practice of marketing, is it time to rethink the nature of the CMO role, and consider that ‘chief marketing technologist’ could be a more accurate title? Gartner predicts that next year chief marketing officers will be spending more on technology than chief information officers.

Read More
The Rising Trend Towards Sharing Apps in China

The Rising Trend Towards Sharing Apps in China

Last year we explored data showing how Chinese consumers seem to be particularly receptive to the sharing economy. According to Nielsen data, 94% of Chinese consumers were willing to share items, compared with fewer than half of North Americans.

Read More
Understanding the Increasing Decline of Skeuomorphism

Understanding the Increasing Decline of Skeuomorphism

Skeuomorphism describes a digital design approach where items are made to resemble their real-world counterparts. One example would be making a document delete feature look like an old-style dustbin. The idea behind skeuomorphism is that anyone should be able to identify design features and guess what they do.

Read More
How the Fashion Industry is Embracing AR and VR

How the Fashion Industry is Embracing AR and VR

Smart use of technology is proving to be the way to get ahead in the cutthroat world of fashion retail. Technological innovations can help retailers understand and interact better with their customers, personalise products and shopping experiences, and refine the logistics process to nibble away at their cost base.

Read More
Exploring the World’s Top Power Languages

Exploring the World’s Top Power Languages

The dominance of English worldwide as a lingua franca is well documented, but there are other languages that can also afford their speakers more power than others.

Read More
Understanding the Quirks of India’s eCommerce Market

Understanding the Quirks of India’s eCommerce Market

Touted to soon become the world’s second largest eCommerce market, India is full of digital potential. But wary shoppers, challenging logistics, and inefficient payment systems contribute to a high mortality rate for digital startups in this market.

Read More
How Automation Could Save Our Global Economic Future

How Automation Could Save Our Global Economic Future

Falling birthrates in many countries are leading to a decline in working age populations. The economic consequences could be severe but automation could provide a solution.

Read More

Subscribe to our newsletter