Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits – MarketWatch

Data shows that consumers have put more than $1 billion in their Starbucks accounts, more than many financial institutions.

Source: Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits – MarketWatch

New credit cards creating complaints at checkout – The Boston Globe

Mitch says: A classic case of putting internal metrics ahead of customer convenience and experience.

When banks mandated the use of chip-enhanced credit cards businesses worried about the expense of switching over and customers used to swiping their cards at the checkout.

Source: New credit cards creating complaints at checkout – The Boston Globe

Groundbreaking Research Shows Ability of Neuroscience Measures to Predict In-Market Sales Results

Source: Groundbreaking Research Shows Ability of Neuroscience Measures to Predict In-Market Sales Results

Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think | TechCrunch

By now everyone has heard of Google’s RankBrain, the new artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm that is supposed to be the latest and greatest from Mountain View, Calif. What many…

Source: Artificial intelligence is changing SEO faster than you think | TechCrunch

Mitch’s Quick Take: Understanding the impact of machine learning on narrow problems, such as search engine optimization (SEO), is essential to thinking about business problems differently. There are bigger challenges ahead, always. That’s progress, which most often displaces job categories rather than whole societies. SEO is in the midst of a radical transformation, and business is changing fast on the fuel of expanded capacity to measure and tune customer engagement.

My problem with Kurzweil’s approach is the general eagerness among his acolytes to declare total victory across wide areas of artificially developed knowledge. It demonstrates that we are setting our standards too low, too generically when we are presented with vast new fields of insight into individual life. We have to aim as high as we can now in order to maximize the law of accelerating returns, so let’s be less inclined to declare victory, as in the game of “Go” standing in for human strategic capacity.

So, in the article, I represent the least progressive view of where the most value is possible in AI, the Artificial Narrow Intelligence.

LinkedIn Unveils New ‘Premium Insights’ Data Tools for Company Pages | Social Media Today

LinkedIn has unveiled a new set of data tools which provide new insights into the activities of companies on the platform – and could provide valuable in a number of ways.

Source: LinkedIn Unveils New ‘Premium Insights’ Data Tools for Company Pages | Social Media Today

The quantum era has begun, this CEO says

Quantum computing’s full potential may still be years away, but there are plenty of benefits to be realized right now.

Source: The quantum era has begun, this CEO says

Nest Leader and Co-Founder Leaving After 6 Years at Helm – The New York Times

Tony Fadell said it was his idea to leave the maker of digital versions of thermostats, smoke detectors and other common household products.

Source: Nest Leader and Co-Founder Leaving After 6 Years at Helm – The New York Times

Mitch’s Quick Take: Having known Tony since he was a young engineer at General Magic, I think Google never found a way to harness his talents. He says in the article that he is in at the beginning of a lot of projects, however the Nest acquisition never gave the impression it was intended to explode old approaches to search at Google. There was a vast opportunity to grab in-home share.

Identifying the Weak Link in Your CRM Evolution

Hint: It’s not technology

Source: Identifying the Weak Link in Your CRM Evolution

Walmart to partner with Uber, Lyft on delivery

Walmart announced plans Friday to team up with Uber and Lyft on a pilot grocery delivery program, in a fresh challenge by the US retail giant to Amazon.

Source: Walmart to partner with Uber, Lyft on delivery

Six lessons advertisers can learn from local SEO | Search Engine Watch

Source: Six lessons advertisers can learn from local SEO | Search Engine Watch