When I am speaking at conferences, I usually ask a question to the audience that sends people into a panic: "Who here uses six or more digital devices daily?" In many cases, people look at me like I'm insane. They panic thinking the conference moderator has booked a crazy person. And most times, only a few people raise their hands. But then I point out that without knowing it, all of us are digital slaves. We most likely have, and use on a daily basis, these devices:
A BlackBerry or smartphone
A computer of some sort
At least one TV
A digital clock
A navigation system or a projector for the office
An iPod Touch, shuffle, or an e-reading device/tablet
The room becomes silent at this point when reality sets in. I then usually name other digital devices that go beyond the six we use daily and propel us into the realm of eight to 10, including screens on exercise bikes, airplane seats, taxi cabs, and even billboards. People are shocked to realize how dependant they have become of digital devices.
After the shock wears off, it's time to get down to business, and I usually jump into my speech and everyone has a good bit of fun.
For years I have been advocating for the need to understand device usage in order to create marketing programs that cater to the experience from which the content is being digested. In basic terms, this means, make sure the reader of your content is able to see it, read it, and enjoy it.
In today's fragmented device world, taking on device optimization can be very daunting. For that reason, I have broken it down into three key types of optimizations and realizations you can be excited about:
Are you ready to capitalize on the opportunities in front of you? Start now with the three platform strategies and you will soon find yourself branching out into other areas that will truly drive results.
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Jeanniey Mullen, a recognized women-in-business and tech, is known for her entrepreneurial style and her ability to build, shape, and grow brands into well-known dominant, successful entities. Jeanniey is a pioneer in email, mobile, and digital marketing; publishing; and brand-building. She now leads her own agency, YellowBean LLC, focused on assisting companies of all sizes with driving innovation and growth. Most recently, Jeanniey was the Global EVP, CMO, and subsequently Chief Growth Officer for Zinio, where she worked to define and implement strategies creating explosive growth through strategic partnerships with publishers, technology companies, brands, and consumers during her five-year tenure. Jeanniey has authored and contributed to multiple books, blogs, and magazine articles. She is a regular columnist for ClickZ, a blogger for Huffington Post, and a frequent keynote speaker. A serial networker, in 2005 Jeanniey founded the Email Experience Council, which was sold to the Direct Marketing Association in 2008. She sits on the Advisory Board for IndieFlix, and on the International Executive Council of the Internet Marketing Association. Jeanniey is recognized as both a Top CMO and Top Author on Twitter, and was most recently featured as Mover and Shaker by the Professional Woman's Magazine, and a featured Woman in Technology by The Legacy Series Magazine.