A New Cultural Construct: “Tightness” & “Looseness” of Societies

tight cultures loose cultures

People who are interested in cross-cultural behavior and cultural differences between countries (like me) will likely know Hofstede’s work, or the works of Edward T. Hall and Fons Trompenaars. I learned about them in business school, and absolutely loved to think about their frameworks, which are almost mainstream today. In the last years I also discovered the Shalom H. Schwartz, who created, ran, and still runs a very complete survey about the values that individuals from different countries have (achievement, hedonism, power, self-direction…). But recently, I discovered a relatively new cultural theory: the theory of cultural tightness and looseness. Continue reading →

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My Favorite Readings in April: Crowd Innovation, Some Research Findings & Strong Runners

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Click on this photo to read another of my favorite reads of April

Last month, I started sharing some links that I thought were particularly interesting. I hope you enjoyed the readings about crowds, the academic discussions and some of the videos. Today,  here are some articles and links I have enjoyed in April, or tweets I’d like to share again with you. Continue reading →

Call For Papers: 13th E-Marketing Research Conference (Sorbonne) in September 2014

The Amphithéâtre Oury (or "Amphi de Gestion") where the conference takes place

The Amphithéâtre Oury (or “Amphi de Gestion”) where the conference takes place

Would you like to come to the Sorbonne? Are you teaching and/or research topics related to web-marketing, digital marketing, internet consumption, consumer behavior, or other related topics? On September 12th 2014, the Interdisciplinary Management Research Lab (PRISM) of the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (where I am PhD student) organizes a research conference with the support of the French Marketing Association (AFM) and ESSCA Ecole de Management. Here’s the call for papers. Continue reading →

My Favorite Readings in March: Crowds Everywhere, Academic Discussions & Some Awesome Videos

Old Pictures of Shanghai in 1949 (click to see more)One of my favorite French blogs, InternetActu, offers a bi-monthly selection of articles, studies & papers which I always love to browse through. Despite being a little long, it offers a condensed view of the latest trends, beyond Mashable’s or FastCompany’s trending articles. In order to share more and better about marketing, design & other exciting subjects (the title of this blog), let me do the same on my side, sharing some of my preferred readings on a monthly basis. To start, here are some articles and links I have enjoyed in March, or tweets I’d like to share again. Continue reading →

Getting Consumers’ Attention Becomes More Expensive (#Advertising #Research)

Consumers are looking at more screens. One of many reasons that explain the rise of consumer attention (photo via cisco.com)

Consumers are looking at more screens. One of many reasons that explain the rise of consumer attention (photo via cisco.com)

The quality of consumer attention has been falling for decades, and consumers find product informations on the web rather than on TV these days. That what’s Thales Texeira, assistant professor in Harvard Business School’s Marketing Unit, explain sin a recent working paper. What can marketers do about that? Beefing up advertising or setting up price promotions can have negative effects on current profits and future revenues. Hence, Texeira says that marketers should focus on reducing cost (create & distribute advertising for less money, using crowdsourcing, for example) or on increasing quality (create better ads and tailoring them to increase conversion). Continue reading →

PhD Studies in France: Findings from a Government Report

Last month, Emeric Bréhier presented, on behalf of the Commission of Cultural Affairs and Education, an opinion report called “Research and Higher Education: Higher Education and Student Life” (see Pdf & web, in French) at the French National Assembly. It was meant to discuss two particular points of the 2014 budget plans and presents some interesting points about being a PhD student in France.

Our country, contrary to our counterparts, does not value the PhD degree enough (excerpt)

One of the key points is that the private sector does not value this academic title, which is a French cultural specificity. Here’s a little more about being a PhD student in France.

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How Crowdsourcing is Used in Video Advertising

My presentation at the IMMAA Conference in Lisbon (you can turn up the volume, it’s a little low)

Broadband internet coverage, mobile internet access, ubiquitous mobile devices… a variety of factors allow us to consume video more than ever before in the young internet history. Brands have discovered that video advertising is seen as a particularly effective way to promote their products and services. WARC recently reported that brands’ spending on online video advertising is expected to increase 41% in 2013 to $4.1 bn, according to figures from eMarketer.

But how can they produce quality video content at an affordable cost? One way to do that is to crowdsource video content production. In other words, launch online video contests. How is crowdsourcing used in the production of video advertising today? In an attempt to understand this subject better, Rosemary Kimani and I have written a book chapter about it. We have identified 4 crowdsourcing models in the current video advertising landscape. Continue reading →