The 6 Stages of the Product Life Cycle

When I was 12 years old, I used to look through my older cousin’s CD collection, a little confused.
I didn’t understand the need to have CDs when I could go on my iTunes and listen to all my favorite songs. Then, when I was in middle school, I got my first hand-me-down iPod shuffle.
This is a great example of the product life cycle (PLC) in action.

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How HubSpot Service, Support, and Sales Reps Stay Productive on a Noisy Floor

As a customer-facing representative — whether you work in sales, service, or support — you’re probably used to working in a busy, noisy office space. Maybe you work on a loud sales floor surrounded by reps chatting on the phone with leads. Perhaps you work in an office space with customer service and support reps working to assist customers over the phone or video chat throughout the day.

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Facebook takes down fake accounts with fake faces pushing politics

By Donie O’Sullivan | CNN
Artificially-generated faces of people who don’t exist are being used to front fake Facebook accounts in an attempt to trick users and game the company’s systems, the social media network said Friday. Experts who reviewed the accounts say it is the first time they have seen fake images like this being used at scale as part of a single social media campaign.

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Instagram Uses AI to Warn Users Who Are About to Post Potentially Offensive Captions

Instagram rolled out a feature in July in which it used artificial intelligence to detect comments that might be considered offensive, warning the people who are posting those comments and giving them a chance to reconsider. That feature was extended to captions Monday.

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MarTech Interview with Burr Smith, CEO at BroadSign

“OOH used to be about buying media based on time and place, but with programmatic it’s more about buying an audience.”
Could you tell us about your role and journey into Marketing Technology? What inspired you to join Broadsign?
I originally joined Broadsign as an investor early on. I liked the product, the company’s vision and its track record in the space.

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How to Use Data to Drive Customer Propensity

Propensity – that is, a natural inclination or tendency – is a term that’s used frequently in Marketing, but not much anywhere else. Customers are a jumpy lot: a recent survey from the DMA found that 61% of customers had switched at least one brand in the last 12 months, so it’s no wonder that marketers and brands want to know what their customers will do next and when.

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The Plain-English Guide to Semantic Search in 2020

Like many kids, when I was younger, I used to spend Christmas Eve eagerly awaiting the morning when I’d run downstairs and see a mountain of presents to unwrap.
I imagine search engine optimizers feel the same way when the news hits of a new Google algorithm update.
While Google makes updates every day — an average of almost 9 per day — most of these are minor updates.

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What Do Contractors Own? A Guide to Freelance Copyright

When I was a young teenager, I used to write songs with my best friend.
We knew that one day we’d be famous songwriters (because, of course we would), and we didn’t want to fight about who owned the songs when we were famous.
So, at 13 years old, my friend and I looked up copyright laws to see what our rights were … I’m not kidding.

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Pricefx Completes Series B Funding Round With Additional €23 Million

Total of €48 Million Raised in the Round Will Be Used to Expand the Company’s Award-Winning Pricing Platform and Engage in Strategic M&A Projects
Pricefx, the global leader in native cloud pricing software, has secured €23 million in additional funding to conclude the company’s Series B financing round.

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Stan saves Australians $20 billion

Jim Savage writes:
Not sure if you knew, but Stan was used in the Australian Productivity Commission’s review of the Australian retirement savings system. Their review will likely affect the regulation on $2 trillion of retirement savings, possibly saving Australians around $20-50 billion in fees over the next decade.

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Analyze tweets about global warming using Fact Autogeneration

Because of their brevity, tweets can be difficult to analyze. In this blog, I used SAS Visual Text Analytics (VTA) 8.4 to analyze 40,000 tweets posted from September 20, 2019 to September 27, 2019. At least 7 million people, mostly youth, in more than 700 cities across the globe, demanded the world to act to combat global warming.

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Animating MCMC with PyMC3 and Matplotlib

Here’s the deal: I used PyMC3,
matplotlib, and Jake Vanderplas’
JSAnimation to create
javascript animations of three MCMC sampling algorithms —
Metropolis-Hastings, slice sampling and NUTS.
I like visualizations because they provide a good intuition for how
the samplers work and what problems they can run into.
You can download the full notebook here or view it in your browser.

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