Image by Dion Gillard Hello Siri. Hello there weird Android fellow. We are all more and more comfortable with using voice recognition interfaces to help us search and navigate through our lives. Lately there is a lot of new buzz about natural language understanding, and how these products that deal with speech and voice recognition. Google recently acquired API.ai, a speech recognition and natural language understanding startup. These technologies are embedded in smartphones thus most of us are more or less familiar with these products. We thought a potted history of their evolution and the advanced in UI warranted further investigation. First off, how did it all begin?ByEdward
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Image by William Murphy. Source. At RattleBerry we are really interested in the intersection of design thinking and customer experience. A lot of the people we hire into large enterprises are tackling UX, CX and UI design problems. It is our view that design thinking applied to problems is the best way to affect business transformation. With this in mind we keep an eye out for interesting events, symposiums and conferences that will help expand our knowledge in this space. The Web Summit has not heretofore been one such conference. Traditionally they have focused on internet technology, investment, start-up culture and other aspects of product development. A pleasing aspect of this year’s conference in Lisbon, Portugal is how much design thinking and UX is now featured across the different tracks and interviews. Our Managing Director Edward Conmy will be in attendance and to help him and you we have taken the time to summarise the best design thinking and user experience focused talks to attend.ByEdward
Any popular social media platform will have two main stages in its career - before and after digital marketing. Neither stage is better than the other, Facebook and Twitter aren't considered lesser now because you can like Reebok. If a company can find a tasteful way to promote their content on these platforms then there's no harm done. But what about the new kid on the block; Snapchat?ByEdward
Google Adwords is a valuable tool for any business. It's a great tool to use when you want to expand your business and it's a great means of reaching countless new potential customers or consumers. It's a complex tool and that perhaps is it's greatest downfall as it can be hard and can take weeks, even months to get your head around and even longer to master. So this week on our RoundUp, we've tried to gather some good content that can help improve your AdWord skills and overall better your chances of more effective spending.ByEdward
Here at RattleBerry, we work with various companies to help them source UX talent, both at the research level and the design level. Often times we do this before they look to hire a strategic agency partner. Therefore we are often asked what agencies are out there who specialise in design thinking. So we thought we would write a post about the guys we know in the market. It is not exhaustive but here goes:ByEdward
Consumers are ultimately selfish and contradictory. They demand content and service of the highest quality, but with minimum cost or no commitment at all in response to it. It's a marketer's worst nightmare and greatest frustration, especially with the rate at which technology is advancing. One of the frustrating things for us to come out of this overdemanding consumer mindset are ad-blockers; which ultimately put your business opportunities at risk and can make your efforts fruitless. A quick google search show's that it's not hard to get this software, and Google despite making much of its revenue through ads, encourages adblockers, making them available on their own store:ByEdward
There are a million styles of management and every manager is different in their own way. But when it comes to breaking down management styles, there are three categories that a manager, leader or boss will always fall into - Democratic, Authoritarian and Laissez-faire. All management styles have their pros and cons, and depending on the nature of the industry, your workers and what you are trying to achieve, a different management style might be required each time, which can mean switching between the three from time to time. But what do these three types of management mean? Here's the breakdown:ByEdward
When it comes to getting advice on interviews, it's mostly about being interviewed and not the other way around. In fact, this was one of the more difficult articles to write, because the right content was few and far between.
As I'm sure you know, employee motivation is kind of a big thing for management. As I'm sure you also know, there's not exactly one size fits all answer to the problem. But it seems that nowadays, a lot of companies act like one of the best motivators, money, shouldn't be treated like one. Instead, there's a huge focus on 'perks' and 'gimmicks' and making the office setting more exciting motivates an employee better than anything else. A happy employee is a poor one who's desk is 30 feet from a ping-pong table, right?ByEdward
Welcome to the RattleBerry RoundUp! This is a weekly series where we select a trending topic and round up the latest and greatest articles to keep you up to date. We hope you enjoy it! Let us know either way on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. This week on the RattlBerry roundup we're talking about failure and setbacks. It's not an easy topic to face, especially when you're full of optimism for your new strategy. We're not saying you're going to fail, we're not saying you presume you should fail. What's important, though, is when things take a nosedive or pan out differently to what you expected, you have a plan in place. So here's a few articles on the subject and what to do if things aren't working out quite as well as you hoped or expected:ByEdward