Timberland is an iconic shoe manufacturer who for many years have been famous for their earthy brand of boots or clothes. Timberland has partnered with the Betabrand crowd funding platform, not for start up cash, but for ideas and feedback from the Timberland community to help them design their next collection 'Craftletic'.
Timberland designers put together a number of concepts which the Timberland crowd then vote on. It gets narrowed down to a final three and the winning design is unveiled on the site in May 2016. It's such an interesting concept where brand owners are now putting the design and true feedback into the hands of their customers. The most important thing you can do is take your customer’s suggestions to heart and actually put the rubber sole to the road and do something with their feedback.
For many, getting out of bed in the morning is a real struggle. The Ramos Clock has been designed to help you rise and shine. It’s made up of a number of parts. The first part is a beacon which is operated through your phone and an app. The night before crashing out you set your phone for the time you’d like the beacon to go off. You then place the beacon in a separate room away from your bedroom. When the alarm goes off you then have to move your phone next to the beacon in order for it to stop ringing. You can even unplug the Ramos but batteries power it for hours.
Now although it’s not foolproof, in that you could turn the whole thing off and go back to bed, but by getting up and getting active, chances are you'll stay up. It has some nice features including the courtesy mode where the alarm will sound for 15 seconds and give you one minute to get your phone and bring it closer to the beacon. You can also set up a snooze bank which allows a finite number of snoozes before you have to take your phone to the beacon. It’s been through a number of successful campaigns on Kickstarter so there’s obviously something of value around this product. So if you have a hard time getting up in the morning, give the Ramos alarm clock a spin.
Oral B, one of the world's great brands in oral care, have come up with what we think is a first with an app-enabled toothbrush that can help you identify any dental hygiene issues that may be hiding in your mouth. Dentists say we should brush for 2 minutes at a time, when in reality the average is said to be more like 45 seconds. This new smart toothbrush will not only time how long you are brushing but will also tell you if you’re using the correct force for the right amount time and equally in all the zones of your mouth.
The toothbrush hooks up to an app and using a video recognition algorithm and your smartphone's camera, it can identify the brush's face and merge the camera with brush data to calculate the position of your teeth and divide it into zones. It’s being launched at the Mobile World Congress, one of the industry's largest showcases for personal technology. Pretty interesting breakthrough and one wonders how long it will take to become fully commercial.
Teams often make reference to the people around them, saying they need to hold each other accountable. In fact, many individuals look to mentors, trainers, coaches and facilitators to hold them accountable and push them to achieve their goals. But surely it’s far more powerful when the discipline to get things done comes from you holding yourself accountable?
What we need today is more self discipline, more times when we hold ourselves accountable and don’t look to others to push us. After all, when those people are gone, so is your discipline. You need to make a decision to be disciplined. You make a decision to be disciplined on what you eat, how you use social media, how you use your time with the family, how much you read and when, the time that you allocate to just sit and think - whatever is important to you and your life.
The definition of the word decision is 'to cut off'. Cut off any possibility that you will not do what is required to take you towards your dreams. Your dreams for your business, your health, your wellness, your family, your relationships and the things that make you happiest. By making the decision to be more disciplined in more areas of your life you will become stronger, healthier, more loving, more loved, fitter, smarter and ultimately happier. Discipline equals freedom.
We all know the feeling. You’re on a long haul flight and three quarters of the way through the flight you have to go to the bathroom. It’s messy, disgusting, you don’t want to touch anything and overall it's a pretty dismal experience. It seems too good to be true but news to hand is that Boeing have designed a self cleaning toilet on board their flights. Using ultra violet light, it cleans the bathroom in just seconds.
The toilet seat, sink and countertop will be cleaned using the same type of technology normally found in tanning beds, only not harmful to people. The design also incorporates and hands free faucet, soap dispenser, trash flap, toilet lid and seat and a hand dryer to decrease the number of surfaces we have to touch on our long haul flight. Pretty keen to see this innovation in action but all reports are, it’s a game changer.
Charities today are having to become more creative to generate resources and cash in order to make a difference in the world. With so many great intiatives, it's hard to cut through and find a way to separate yourself from the clutter and generate funds or help for a worthwhile project. This one caught our eye.
Two young London creatives partnered with AirBnB to create Homes of the Junglewhich essentially uses photos which their volunteer friends took at the 'Jungle Camps' refugee camp in Calais, to create faux listings on AirBnB as though they were for rent. The fee that would normally go to the owner of a home, goes to the refugee camp to help them improve terrible conditions that these refugees have to endure.
This is such an interesting concept and is a great way to get people to donate to a cause directly, when they can actually see where their money will be going. The guys are hoping that next year the Homes of the Jungle campaign will be booked out and that much needed funds and support can go towards helping these refugees.
Every day in every way, we are selling. Like it or not, our lives revolve around persuasion and influence....in and out of the workplace. Philip Hesketh is a motivational speaker specialising in just that, the art of persuasion and influence. His keynote talks have inspired thousands of professionals in all parts of the world to engage in better relationships with their clients and customers and to ultimately increase sales. Philip's first book 'How to Persuade and Influence People' is an Amazon number one best seller and described by Amazon as 'The Best Persuasion and Influence Book'. Philip is an excellent story teller and we are sure you will love listening to this show as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Recently I met with a number of publishers and agents about a book project and we got to chatting about how big, popular and powerful the adult colouring book category has become. It’s been around for a while and it’s still going from strength to strength. It’s gone from being something for kids to being a full blown category in book stores for us grown ups.
Yotel New York is an upmarket hotel who has teamed up with Brooklyn artist Ian Sklarsky to create custom colouring and activity books for its guests. Featuring NYC inspired drawings, Sklarsky believes that colouring books are a great way for guests to focus on the present moment and let their creativity flow. Colouring in uses a number of senses from the tactile to the visually stimulated. Cracking idea and likely we’ll see more of it. It will be interesting to see how many businesses and categories can step outside tradition and start to embrace trends like colouring books.
Building a tunnel can be a long and laborious task. However a clever invention called the "zipper truck" builds tunnels with less fuss, less time and less energy. Rather than being a lengthy and tedious process, Lock-Block Ltd, a construction material production company, has introduced an innovative system that makes quick and durable tunnels that can be used for pedestrian pathways, wine cellars, shelters and so on simply by having a connective brick format similar to lego.
The idea is that you reverse the truck into the space where the tunnel is going to be built. You then surround the semi-circle back end of the trailer with these click together cement lock-blocks. They all lock in place and become stable once the truck drives out. The rear of the truck is like a half semi circle shape and made up of tiny wheels. As the truck rolls itself out from under the bridge, the remaining force of the bricks all blend together forming the construction. Pretty cool, and even better is that the structure can be re-used when disassembled. Many thanks to Espresso reader Rob for sending through this great video on Zipper Truck.
Before buying a book, we often check the reviews on Amazon. Before booking a hotel for an upcoming trip, we check Trip Advisor. There are hundreds of review websites that we can refer to to help us make an informed decision . However there’s no real resource to turn to when your business is dealing with another business. Until Now.
CrowdReviews is a review source for business to business transactions. It collates reviews and ratings for people or businesses offering services such as web design, SEO optimisation and credit card processing. If it's something of interest you’d load your details onto the CrowdReviews site and then through a special algorithm, collates all available reviews and creates a summary based on various factors including the strength of your reviewer's reputation and whether negative reviews have been loaded. Pretty interesting concept that we’re going to see more of and something also likely to scare the heck out of any business with poor customer service.