Twitter vs. Facebook: Which Platform Should Your Business Be On?

If you are faced with the task of choosing between Facebook and Twitter to implement your social media strategy, you should consider a side-by-side comparison of the features, and notate which platform provides the most value for your needs. In this article, you will find a short breakdown between the two platforms to
— Weiterlesen www.campaigning.swiss/post/twitter-vs-facebook-which-platform-should-your-business-be-on

How this simple trick significantly increases the performance of Facebook ads

This article experiments with the copy length to maximize campaign performance. Contrary to the experts that claim the best way to achieve maximum leads is to have short copy, emojis and a few key points, the ads with at least one paragraph achieved the best performance, and the results improved over ads with only one
— Weiterlesen www.campaigning.swiss/blog/how-this-simple-trick-significantly-increases-the-performance-of-facebook-ads

Micro Conversions: What They Are, Why They Matter, & How to Track Them

This article demonstrates how to effectively use micro-conversions as a step in your buyer’s journey. While micro-conversions seem to be minor, if used properly, they can prove to be very effective in your marketing efforts. At some point, it may be worth taking a look at the source of your ad efforts, to help determin
— Weiterlesen www.campaigning.swiss/blog/micro-conversions-what-they-are-why-they-matter-how-to-track-them

I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the Worldwebforum

When I landed in Tokyo last Friday I got a message via WhatsApp asking me if I could speak about Artificial Intelligence in tourism and the transformation that the industry will have to master. It was a reaction on my latest post here. I will speak in the tourism track right after Amazon bestseller Christopher Kai and we will answer questions during the following panel together.

Details: worldwebforum.com/tracks/tourism/

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FDP Clean Up Day und das Kippenproblem

Impressionen vom gestrigen FDP Clean Up Day. Weit mehr als ein Dutzend Mitglieder der FDP Dietikon und drei Vorstandsmitglieder des Quartiervereins Limmatfeld haben den Rapidplatz und die Nötzliwiese von Unrat befreit. Die enorme Menge an Zigarettenstummeln beschäftigt mich seitdem. Das ist wirklich schlimm. Wie können wir erreichen, dass Raucher ihre Kippen ordentlich entsorgen und nicht einfach wegwerfen?

Stéphane Broutin zeigte uns zudem, wie einfach es wäre, den Kalkstein unter den Arkaden beim Rapidplatz zu reinigen. Die Verwaltungen dort müssten es einfach nur bei der DBU in Auftrag geben.

What Deep Learning Shares With Little Kids

Yesterday I came across this article in Psychology today:

The beauty of deep neural network is that they seem to have much in common with the human mind—on steroids and capable of learning at the speed of light.
— It contains the statement „scientists are experts at correcting their errors. And they do this by purposefully making them.“ I like this statement a lot, because it explains the core of scientific thinking which is the fundament of „evidence based campaigning“.

Read the article: www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/statistical-life/201810/what-deep-learning-shares-little-kids

business campaigning® – Made for Africa

I am on my way back from a 6 days trip to Kenya and if I would be asked describe this trip in a few words I would say „After 20 years of hard work trying to promote my business campaigning® model in Europe I finally found the fertile soil for it in Africa. It even seems to be made for Africa.» – How did that come? „business campaigning® – Made for Africa“ weiterlesen

20 Years Business with Campaigning

(For the English version scroll down, please.)

Heute vor genau 20 Jahren war es so weit. Am ersten Tag in meinem «Leben nach Greenpeace» kratzte ich alles Geld zusammen, das ich hatte und kaufte mir einen Mac, einen Bildschirm und einen Drucker.

Ich hatte schon zuvor die Idee gehabt, dass sämtliche Kampagnen und Veränderungsprozesse den gleichen Mustern und Gesetzmässigkeiten folgen. (Im Endeffekt sind Kampagnen nichts anderes als Veränderungsprozesse, denn sie zielen auf Änderungen im Wissen, Verhalten oder Denken von Zielgruppen ab.)

Wenn dem so wäre, dachte ich, muss es doch möglich sein, ein Modell dafür zu entwickeln, bestehend aus Begriffsdefinitionen, allgemein gültigen strategischen Grundsätzen, Checklisten und Prozessen, die definieren, wie diese Checklisten abgearbeitet werden. Mit diesem Modell sollte man Kampagnen planen, umsetzen und auswerten, sowie Campaigner ausbilden können, so meine Überlegung. Es sollte wie ein Computer-Programm funktionieren: man gibt Informationen hinein und heraus kommt ein Kampagnenplan.

Zum Teil wurde ich auch noch inspiriert von dem, was ich in damals 5 Jahren Ninjutsu-Training gelernt hatte. Auch dort gibt es Checklisten für alles mögliche und klar definierte Reihenfolgen zum Abarbeiten dieser Checklisten.

Neben dem Computer hatte ich auch noch Bücher über militärische und betriebswirtschaftliche Strategielehre gekauft, denn mein grösstes Problem war nicht ein Mangel an Ideen oder Knowhow, sondern ein Mangel an Begriffen, um das, was ich in damals 15 Jahren Campaigning gelernt hatte, in Worte zu fassen.

So wurde das business campaigning® Modell, das ich nun in meiner 2.5-Zimmer-Wohnung im Zürcher Kreis 6 zwischen dem 19. November 1997 und Anfang Februar 1998 entwickelte, auch von den verschiedenen Gebieten der Strategielehre massgeblich beeinflusst.

Das erste Seminar fand dann am 12. Februar 1998 statt. Das Feedback der Teilnehmer zeigte mir vor allem eins: für einen Tag Unterricht hatte ich viel zu viel ins Programm gepackt. Aber auch, dass das Modell im Prinzip dem entsprach, was die Teilnehmer brauchten und erwarteten. Mit den Checklisten konnten sie arbeiteten, wie sich auch im Laufe der nächsten 20 Jahre zeigen sollte.

Mit dem business campaigning® Modell wurde das Open Forum Konzept am WEF in Davos entwickelt, im Rahmen einer Diplomarbeit das Businessmodell für den Kulturmarkt in Zürich, das Marketing- und Kommunikationskonzept für den Film «Mein Name ist Eugen», die Jubiläums- und Imagekampagne der Urner Kantonalbank, bei Dow Chemicals ein Change Projekt, Abstimmungs- und Wahlkampagnen, verschiedene Startups haben damit ihre Strategie und/oder ihr Marketingkonzept entwickelt und vieles mehr. In 20 Jahren kann man eine Menge machen.

Was bringen die nächsten 20 Jahre?

Aus der Einzelfirma wurde eine business campaigning GmbH genannte Unternehmensberatung, eine Kommunikationsagentur und eine Grafik Design Agentur mit Angestellten, die vor allem konzipieren, Content erarbeiten und koordinieren. Unsere Spezialität ist echte Zielgruppenorientierung. Dazu haben wir ein Netzwerk von Spezialisten für die verschiedenen Dienstleistungen, die es für umfassendes Campaigning braucht. Unsere Einsatzgebiete reichen von der internen Kommunikation über Change Management und Kulturwandel, Branding, Marketing, Kommunikation und Social Media bis hin zur politischen Kommunikation und Public Affairs.

Vor kurzem war ich eingeladen, eine Rede zum Thema bei einem Fortune 500 Unternehmen in Beverly Hills zu halten. Gerade in den USA wird Campaigning mit Wahlkampf verwechselt, was mich zum Nachdenken über einen anderen Begriff anregte.

Während einer langen Fahrt durch die Sandhügel von Nebraska entstand dann im Gespräch mit einem guten Freund vor drei Wochen die Idee, dem ganzen einen neuen Namen zu geben: The Science of Change. Denn einerseits geht es beim Campaigning immer darum, Veränderungen zu bewirken (im Wissen, Verhalten oder denken von Zielgruppen) und andererseits hat das business campaigning® Modell eine wissenschaftliche Basis alleine schon, weil es erheblich vom Denken beeinflusst ist, das ich während meines Physikstudiums lernte.

Das erste Referat mit dem Titel «The Science of Change» werde ich am Vormittag des 20. Januar in Kenia halten, auf Einladung einer Konferenz afrikanischer Change Makers, die sich der Frage widmet, wie die Sustainable Development Goals in Afrika implementiert werden können.

Mal schauen, was die nächsten 20 Jahre bringen.

It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll)
R.I.P. Malcom Young

ENGLISH

Exactly 20 years ago today, the time had come. On the first day of my «life after Greenpeace», I scraped all the money I had and bought a Mac, a monitor and a printer.

I had previously had the idea that all campaigns and change processes follow the same patterns and laws. (In the end, campaigns are nothing more than change processes because they target changes in the knowledge, behavior, or thinking of audiences.)

If so, I thought, it must be possible to develop a model for it, consisting of definitions, generally applicable strategic guidelines or principles, checklists, and processes that define how these checklists are handled. With this model one should plan campaigns, implement and evaluate, as well as train Campaigners, so my thoughts. It should work like a computer software: put in information and out comes a campaign plan.

In part, I was also inspired by what I had learned in five years of Ninjutsu training. There too are checklists for all possible situations and clearly defined sequences for working through these checklists.

In addition to the computer, I had also bought books on military and business strategy, because my biggest problem was not a lack of ideas or knowhow, but a lack of concepts to verbalize what I had learned in 15 years of campaigning.

So, the business campaigning® model that I developed between 19th November 1997 and the beginning of February 1998 in my 2.5-room apartment in Zurich’s neighborhood No. 6 was also significantly influenced by the various areas of strategy teaching.

The first seminar took place on 12th February 1998. Feedback of the participants showed me one thing: I had packed too much information into a program for one day of lessons. But also that the model was basically what the participants needed and expected. They were able to work with the checklists, as should be seen over the next 20 years.

With the business campaigning® model, the Open Forum concept was developed at the WEF in Davos, within the framework of a diploma thesis the business model for the Kulturmarkt in Zurich, the marketing and communication concept for the film „My name is Eugen“, the jubilee and image campaign of the Urner Kantonalbank, a change project at Dow Chemicals, voting and election campaigns, various startups have developed their strategy and / or marketing concept and much more. In 20 years you can do a lot.

What will the next 20 years bring?

The one man show became a business consulting company called business campaigning Ltd., a communications agency and a graphic design agency with employees who primarily write and design content, develop and coordinate campaigns. Our specialty is real target group orientation. We have a network of specialists for the various services needed for comprehensive campaigning. Our missions range from internal communication via change management and cultural change, branding, marketing, communication and social media to political communication and public affairs.

Recently, I was invited to give a speech at a Fortune 500 company in Beverly Hills. Especially in the US, campaigning is confused with election campaigning, which inspired me to think about another term.

During a long drive three weeks ago through the sand hills of Nebraska then, with a good friend the idea came up  to give the whole thing a new name: The Science of Change. On one hand, campaigning is always about making changes (in the knowledge, behavior, or thinking of target groups), and on the other hand, the business campaigning® model has a scientific basis because it’s heavily influenced by the thinking that I learned while studying physics.

I will be holding the first speech titled „The Science of Change“ in Kenya on the morning of 20th January 2018, at the invitation of a conference of African change makers on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

Let’s see what the next 20 years bring.

It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock’n’Roll)
R.I.P. Malcom Young

The First Annual Gifters Summit in Beverly Hills

A few weeks ago I had an inspiring visitor on our rooftop terrace: Christopher Kai, an „entrepreneur, global speaker, founder of the Gifted Professional Speaker (GPS) Program and an Amazon #1 bestselling author of “Big Game Hunting: Networking with Billionaires, Executives and Celebrities.” He has given over 1,000 presentations to a global audience from 30 countries. His audiences include Fortune 500 companies like Google, New York Life and American Express. He has been featured on Forbes, ABC News, Fast Company, Huffington Post and Inc. Magazine has referred to him as “the billionaire networker.” Christopher Kai also created Mondays at the Mission, the only homeless youth program of its kind in the world where its participants like Elon Musk have been profiled on over 100 publications like: CNN, People, The Ellen Who, Forbes, and Oprah.“ (http://christopherkai.com)

He told me his story, how he came to be such a high profile global public speaker and how much he loves to share his knowledge about speaking. He also asked me a lot of questions, especially regarding my own definition of campaigning and what my „business campaigning“® model can do for you and / or your business. I explained, what it means to be able to pull ALL the stops in order to achieve a goal, which means change, and how this helps to avoid a waste of resources for nothing. That Campaigning as I learned it is ore a way of thinking than anything else. An how much it has in common with scientific thinking.

We had a great time and he also highlighted a few things that I should better use for my own branding, like the fact that I wrote the concept for the Open Forum of the World Economic Forum in Davos. I never really mentioned this in my CV…

Anyway, after he left we stayed in contact and then he surprised me with a special invitation to speak at a Fortune 500 company in Beverly Hills during his first summit for public global speakers, a summit limited to 30 participants of which only 5 – and then with me 6 – were given the opportunity to speak at the Fortune 500 company.

So, here I am in the garden of a beautiful West Hollywood AirBNB bungalow now, looking at an orange tree as I am writing this and getting ready in a few minutes for 3 days of inspiration by and networking with an exclusively small crowd of other gifted public speakers.

A 3D-printed key that can’t be copied – media coverage for one of our clients

Did you know, that today you can copy any mechanical key with a cheap 3D printer? Even worse: modern smartphones can scan any key hanging or lying around and thus provide the file for the 3D printer. Digital keys are not the best answer to this threat, as they can be hacked. UrbanAlps, a startup from Switzerland and one of our clients found the answer: the Stealth Key, a key that turns its security elements inside out and cannot be scanned. One should think the industry  was waiting for it. Instead, they deny that there is a problem at all.

Last week the Stealth Key covered by The Economist. Read more here:

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21720619-new-technology-high-security-locks-3d-printed-key-cant-be-copied