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Best-selling author of Good to Great

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Former CEO of General Electric and best-selling author

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Best-selling author of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team and other leading management books.

George Levy featured in Computer World magazine.

George Levy Speaking at World Innovation Forum

With Miguel Bose

International Spanish music superstar

With Calvin Klein

Fashion designer and CEO – Creator of one of the world’s leading fashion empires.

On October 6th, Day 2 of World Business Forum 2011, I moderated a media panel announcing a brand new 3 day Business conference called C2MTL .

The featured panelists were Jean-François Bouchard, president of Sid Lee curators of C2MTL, Christine Osekoski, publisher of Fast Company, content partners of the event, and Nadia Lakhdari Content Director for C2MTL.

Bloggers Hub at World Business Forum 2011

A few of the Featured Bloggers at WBF11 from left to right: Diane Berard, Edith Orenstein, Mitch Ditkoff, Jim Estill, Ken McArthur, Stuart Miniman and Daniel Leidl.

The audience consisted of top business Bloggers from the WBF11 Bloggers Hub and various other representatives from the press covering World Business Forum.

C2MTL (the name is an acronym which stands for Commerce + Creativity in Montreal) is a new type of business conference which will be held in Montreal on May 22-25, 2012.

The event is curated by creative agency Sid Lee in partnership with content partner Fast Company, creative partner Cirque Du Soleil  and will be “Powered” by HSM Global (In the interest of full transparency, in addition to my role as VP Online Marketing for HSM Global, I am actively involved in the online marketing strategy and execution for C2MTL.)

During the session, Bouchard described C2MTL as:

“A completely new kind of annual global conference… one that explores the relationship between commerce and creativity and its potential to re-define business. Most business conferences follow the same tried-and-tested format. But C2-MTL aims to completely reinvent the conference experience, innovating the way we share information and build connections.”

Here is a brief “mood video” describing the event:


With an exceptional lineup of confirmed speakers including Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post (now president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group), Michael Eisner (former CEO Walt Disney Group), Francis Ford Coppola(film director, producer and screenwriter – creator of the Godfather Trilogy and Apocalypse Now) – the three-day event will showcase the value of creativity and offer practical advice and work tools to make the most of it.

For more information on C2MTL or to register, you can visit the event website at C2MTL.com.  You can also download the C2MTL brochure at this link.

I just got back from day one of World Business Forum 2011 in New York City and found out that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56.

I didn’t find out from TV or radio, I didn’t read the newspaper (happened just a few hours ago so it will have to wait until tomorrow’s edition), nobody called me to let me know…

I found out instead via Facebook from my friends.  This “finding out about major events such as the death of someone famous” from my social media circles, is becoming more and more common (news agencies know this and they’re struggling to keep up with the whole “real time web” phenomenon.)

After leaving comments tonight on several posts by friends of mine sharing the news, I left my own personal post where I could help “spread further the story” while sharing my own sense of loss with my friends around the world.

It’s amazing how social media enables this collective sense of loss and grieving while giving people a channel to express their emotions.

Steve Jobs is known to have said that one of his goals in life was to “put a dent in the universe.”

Today, the entire world is having to deal with his loss and accepting that the future will simply not be the same without Steve’s vision and innovation… With that kind of an impact on humanity, I say he definitely achieved that goal.

Rest in Peace Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

 

The 2011 World Business Forum kicks off today and we are opening it up to the world via the web in many ways. Join me and Blog along with some of the world’s top Bloggers who will be covering the event from the World Business Forum Bloggers Hub.

If you want to view the sessions on video, you can watch along via webcast:

wbfny.com/Webcast

You can also be part of the global World Business Forum conversation on Social Media at the following URLs:

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/WorldBusinessForum

Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/HSMAmericas

(The event’s official Twitter Hashtag is #WBF11)

Check out Flickr for fresh photos:
http://www.flickr.com/worldbusinessforum
Visit YouTube for fresh videos:
http://www.youtube.com/hsmamericas

Looking forward to having you join us virtually during the event! if you do, please drop me a line – I’m @georgelevy

The 2011 World Business Forum kicks off on Wednesday October 5th at Javits Center North and I will be joining 30 leading business Bloggers at this year’s Bloggers Hub.

These featured Bloggers will be covering the event on their Blogs and Twitter and will be using the Hashtag #WBF11.

To help you follow all the action from the #WBF11 Bloggers Hub, I have prepared the list below with all the Blog details and assembled this #WBF11 Bloggers Twitter List with all their Twitter profiles.

I’m looking forward to another amazing Forum and hope you will follow us via the Bloggers Hub and on the Live and On Demand World Business Forum 2011 Webcast.

Here is the list of Featured Bloggers at World Business Forum 2011:

Stuart Miniman
Wikibon Blog
@stu
  Eric Markowitz
Inc. Daily
@EricMarkowitz
     
Daniel Leidl
Washington Post The Leadership Playlist
@MenoConsulting
  George Levy
GeorgeLevy.com
@GeorgeLevy
     
Dan Rockwell
Leadership Freak
@leadershipfreak
  Tom Hoffman
Think Customers: The 1to1 Blog
@1to1media
     
Ken McArthur
Ken McArthur Blog
@kenmcarthur
  Edith Orenstein
Financial Executives International
@feiblog
     
Jill Hart
Brain Logic
@jillBrainLogic
  Robyn Greenspan
ExecuNet Executive Insider
@RobynGreenspan
     
Mitch Ditkoff
The Heart of Innovation
@mitchditkoff
  Jim Estill Time Leadership
@JimEstill
     
Diane Berard
Les Affaires
@diane_berard
  Ramon Ray
SmallBizTechnology.com
@ramonray
     
Paul Dunay
Paul Dunay
@pauldunay
  Katherine Hypolite
Business Innovation Factory
@thebif
     
Ruth Sherman
Fast Company Expert Blog on Leadership Communication
@RuthSherman
  Evelyn Pouget
The Heart of Innovation
@mitchditkoff
     
Jenny Bai
Girls in Tech China
@JennyBai
  Rebecca Eydeland
Girls in Tech China
@gitchina
     
Jonathan Fields
JonathanFields.com
@jonathanfields
  Eli Stefanski
Business Innovation Factory
@elithechef
     
Dean Meyers
mode2design
@deanmeistr
  Derek Halpern
Social Triggers
@derekhalpern
     
Braden Kelley
Innovation Excellence
@innovate
  Mila D’Antonio
Think Customers: The 1to1 Blog
@miladantonio
     
David Allen Ibsen
5 Blogs Before Lunch
@daveibsen
  Susie Felber
HSM Inspire Blog
@HSMAmericas
     
Monika Mitchell
The Economy of Trust
@GoodB
   

I came across this excellent infographic by the marketing folks at Microsoft tag showing how mobile marketing is taking off and where it is headed. I encourage you to look through this graphic and take in the data, putting it in context as to the impact all these new Smart Phones and mobile devices will have on the world of business globally.

Some of the figures I found most interesting in the graphic include:

  • There are 1,000,000 new iOS and Android devices activated daily.
  • Avg mobile app session is approx. 4.3 minutes vs. 1 minute for an average website session.
  • Mobile marketing advertising spend is increased 75% from 2009 to 2010.

Looking through our corporate web analytics, I can clearly see a dramatic increase in mobile visits to our websites. This effect has been going on for the past 2 years but has increased dramatically since the launch of iPad and other Tablet devices.

What do you think about this mobile revolution? Are you an active mobile web surfer?
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George Levy is an award-winning digital marketing and CRM expert with more than 15 years of experience creating and executing online and mobile strategies.
 
He is the former Vice President of Online Marketing for World Business Forum (WOBI) and a co-founding team member of Yupi.com, an Internet startup acquired by Microsoft Corporation to become what is now MSN Latino. Continue Reading ...

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