Thoughts, real-world observations, and anonymous examples – good and bad – regarding the use of Web/Social/Mobile technology in the insurance industry. Follow Mike Wise, President WebWisedom LLC, for the latest in Social Technologies.
In September and October, I mentioned this November trip to Thailand on the blog and via Social Networks. I’ve been back for 10 days now and still find myself tearing up everyday at some point. Having finally recovered from jet lag, which was a LOT harder and more painful than expected (you global travel vets might comment), I’m finally starting to think clearly about what happened to me over there and what it means for me/us longer term. As of today, Thursday, I’m not yet ready Read the rest of this entry »
So why take Social Tech Strategy development seriously in 2014? If you don’t, failure to do so will be abundantly clear to the world around you, unacceptably so in 2015 and beyond. Think about it. Today, right now, if a CEO of an enterprise told you, “We don’t have a Web site,” what would be the first few thoughts that cross your brain? Would they be positive or negative in nature? Now apply that same thinking to your Social Tech outposts – Blogs, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. Ten years ago, it would have never occurred to someone that a mature Web site would be ‘table stakes’ for anything. It is today. Tomorrow it will be a mature Blog, a savvy Twitter feed, an active YouTube channel. Keyword: mature. Read the rest of this entry »
At dinner tonight, I heard the oft-repeated Albert Einstein quote, “What’s the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
There seems to be little question about it anymore – Technology has been changing the world around us for some time. With the advent of personal technology that connects the individual to the crowd in real-time, the human dynamic of Social Technology is accelerating that change. Read the rest of this entry »
Doing anything in Manhattan is a milestone event. By any account, it’s one of the greatest cities on the planet.
So organizing a Social Tech Boot Camp for Insurance Executives in Manhattan took some doing – 24 months of doing. Read the rest of this entry »
I sat weeping in my seat, wedged in between an old friend and a new friend, weeping – just straight weeping. Not sobbing, not crying – weeping. Tears running faster than I could wipe them away, nose running with no tissues in sight, grateful the house lights were down and I wasn’t the only one. Scott Harrison’s Charity: Water video was playing in the closing moments of what had become a sudden and dramatic shift in my perspective. I was completely undone.
HubSpot’s #Inbound13 – a milestone event. Time shifted for me there. So did my take on what the heck I’m doing. A new life had been unfolding over the previous seven days. Greater meaning, new ideas, new thoughts, new visions had been breaking in from the edges of an old framework of thought. In this moment, my entire legacy structure shattered. A higher sense of my humanness…..connectedness had replaced the old self-centeredness, pride, greed, envy, and most of the other Seven Deadly Sins. Yep, I admit it. Coming from a highly-connected guy in the insurance business, my prior focus collided head-on with a higher purpose.
9 elements that came into sharp focus in the midst of 5000 attendees from around the world: