6 French geeks and the #Applewatch

@ppc gathered a few French experts who have been using the #AppleWatch since its release on April 24.

@ppc@vincent_ducrey ,@bdescary  @olivierfrigara  @jmarc  and myself got together to share our experience with the AppleWatch so far.

Voici nos points the vue (in French):

Marie Sornin

Week 3 with the #AppleWatch

Wearing the #AppleWatch is now part of my daily routine.
After 3 weeks of wearing it, I am starting to have a better picture of its value.
Here is the change of behavior since my last post.

  • I wear it like an accessory:

I am now used to putting it on every morning, docking it every night.
Battery life is not an issue for me (unless I forget the charger when I go away)

Also, it is a great conversation starter.
If you are single and looking for a date on the  tech/ media scene. This motivation is enough to order your #AppleWatch right now.
Once everybody starts wearing them, this won’t last, so do what you have to do!

  • I waiting for more apps.

Being first might be a + on the dating front, it is not on the usage front.

There are not a lot of apps available yet and the ones that are, are 1st generation. They have been developed without real user experience.
According to Apple staff, the experience is only going to get better with the ecosystem growing.

Some new apps like trip it are coming out, but what will be really valuable for me are Spotify, Duolingo, google maps, translate… unfortunately, Google apps are likely to come last as they are supporting the growth of Android first.

I have also tried boarding a flight wit the delta app and this pretty cool. No more holding your phone to the scanner. Just swipe you wrist and you are done! Apple pay (yet to try it) is also great!

  • Remote control your phone.

In my last post, I was saying how frustrated I was that the watch doesn’t have a browser.
Although this remains the fundamental question: Does it bring enough value to fit in my current usage of connected devices?
I think I will only get the answer when a full echo system of app is available

For now, it helps me remote control my phone: When I get a notification, I quickly glance at it and decide if I want to take action on my phone (or laptop)

No more missed calls when your phone is on silent.

Control your camera (I have been shown how you can spy on what’s happening behind you. Put your phone in your back pocket. activate the camera on the phone and watch what’s happening behind you)

Same goes for your music if you use iTunes or Pandora and hopefully soon Spotify, Sonos, why not GoPro.

So, it is still not a clear cut on wether the benefits that the #AppleWatch brings to my life are worth its USD 395.
I am afraid it will only become clearer as more dedicated apps become available and more people start wearing it too!

Marie Sornin

Day 1 with the Apple Watch

Everyone is wondering if the Apple Watch is worth buying.

There are way enough reviews about it to help you make a decision.

I bought the Apple Watch because I wanted to experience wearables.

This post is a documentation of my experience with it as I integrate it into my daily habits.

If you do have an Apple Watch, please feel free to comment and add your thoughts at the bottom.

What I like What I don’t like

What I don’t know yet

Like all Apple products it is beautiful and delightful to (use) wear.I ordered it on Apr 18th and was expecting delivery in June. What a great surprise when it got delivered in April 24th It doesn’t have a browser.
So when I receive a notification, there is noting more that I can do on the watch. I have to take out my phone or computer to follow-up.That is the fundamental question about connected watches: Do they bring enough value to fit in the current usage of connected devices?
There are not a lot of apps available yet
Fitness tracking is great, motivating interactive, accurate + I can keep my Apple in the shower. That is a plus! Siri and I are having a lot of arguments. I hate repeating myself…. And she is not very tolerant with mixed accents … I want Google apps: search, maps, translate… when they will be available, it will bring this tool to a whole new level
The battery life. A lot reviews marked this down. I was actually worried that pairing the watch with my iPhone via Bluetooth would drain my iPhone battery. So far, I have been out for a full day using both and the batteries have lasted the whole day on both. Notifications are always on: Is there a way to automatically turn off notification when the work out app is running? For instance, I don’t want to see my emails pop up when I am in the middle of a spin class checking my heart rate. The voice control is a great feature (to send messages, search… ) but it feels awkward to use in public places. Not a lot of people have adopted it yet.
The notifications at your finger tips without having to take out your phone (email, txt, tweets…) give you the feeling that you are not missing a bit of the information that comes your way. I am yet to use Apple pay, Delta check in, SPG keyless room
The Haptic (vibration) system is definitely not as intrusive as receiving notification on a phone. I can see how this type of communication will become a game changer in the future. Apple is leading the way there I have only made one phone call so far and holding my wrist near my face to talk was far less comfortable that using headphones with an iPhone with . Not sure if I can talk into the watch with my hand hanging down and also the volume of the watch is not strong enough to hear. How do I make the best use the camera command? Is this suppose to replace the selfie stick??

Have you used the Apple Watch?
If yes, please share you experience and nuggets that you have found using it

Stay tuned for more remarks as I learn more about it!

Marie Sornin

Google Goodness?

It’s day 2 at Google I/O so by now you would have seen most of the major announcements made by the lead Googlers during I/O13 keynote opening session.
The presentation went on for a solid 3 hours, you can view it here .
For me, the product highlights were: of course the all access music service, the new and awesomely enhanced maps (with content discovery, 3D imagery inside buildings, offers, geo fencing, activity recognition and live traffic event), as well as the Star Trek computer project, which is the future of search (awesome and related to one of my previous post) and the new user features for Google+ (photo sharing & editing, content recommendation # and multiplatform sign on- a real plus on Facebook).

A multitude of journalists and bloggers have covered the event and you can learn the details of all these features elsewhere (Google: I/O13).

google I/O 2103

google I/O 2103

The two things I will focus on this live post are: My personal experience being part of the crowd at Google I/O and how Google is building the future of the Internet.

This year the event gathered over 6,000 attendees. The highlight of I/O is always the opening keynote, where the big announcements are made. The line in front of Mascone West 2hrs before kick off looked like the usual queue for the Sistine chapel. Funny analogy, but later that morning Sundar Pichai (SVP of Chrome and Android) actually referred to funeral of Pope J.P II and the nomination of Pope Francis to illustrate how mobile devices have changed our behaviour. The parallel between Google and a new kind of religion is too obvious here #justsaying…

French style… I might have slightly jumped the queue at the entrance and then waited for another 1h30min, I finally made it to the main theatre. It filled up quick, every single sit taken, lots of people standing in the aisles. Dimmed light, smooth electronic tunes playing in the background. Countdown clocks on the big screens and a tangible build of excitement as the clocks got closer to 0! The last 10 seconds were literally like NYE. Google brought us NYE at 9am, at that point in time we didn’t know that Google was also going to bring us Christmas at 2pm by giving away free Chorme books to everyone!

The first speaker to get on stage was Vic Gundotra (Vice President). All his followers were just as polished and impressive. Naturally at ease in front of 6,000 demoing live technologies. Very inspiring presentations, mixed with animations and live demos… and Larry Page came on stage to clos off the keynote! He gave a casual chat about where Google is now opportunities ahead. He even opened to the floor for questions…. and they were as diverse as: how does Google protects freedom of speech to how to help youngsters be positive about technology or how to get more women in tech carrers… which brings me to my second point: How Google is building the future of the Internet.

The future of the Internet will be seamlessly multiplatform, easy to use, frictionless, intuitive and infiltrated in everything we do. After spending 2 days at I/O it is hard to say if the future is organically shaping up that way or if Google is building it that way.

Larry Page says that technology must get out of the way for us to spend more time doing what makes us happy. Did Google’s CEO, really said that. Yes he did!

Very early on, when developing Google, like Steve Jobs, Larry recognised that the power of the Internet is not in super computers but in all the PCs in homes around the world. At the moment all these computers are connected via tiny pipes, which dramatically limits the possibilities. Google wants unleash this opportunity! Since its inception Google has aimed for big audacious goals. As Susan Wojcicki (Senior Vice President) testified, when Larry and Sergei were renting her garage their objective was to organise the world’s information… the same bold philosophy drove projects like maps, street view, Glass, Fibre etc.… and still applies now more than more than ever. That is exactly what makes me think that there is nothing that Google cannot do. It currently dominates the global online advertising market (search and display combined), keeps diversifying its revenue streams; its share just crossed $900…. Even if Larry says that there is no safe place to experiment and to roll out technology, when Google decides to index every street corner or under water spots all around the world and add real 3D images to every single spot, it puts a world class engineers in a room and ask them a way to figure it out, test it and deploy!

He also said that Google has a strong desire for free flow of information and freedom of speech. Protecting personal information, computer security, being as transparent as possible… and empowering individuals. And Google does empower us by giving us technologies: rolling out Fibre in 4 test cities in the USA, giving away 6,000 chrome books, supporting computer literacy in schools… but is it really for us to do the things we love, or is it to increase Google’s Power? Imagine what super high-speed connexion will do to YouTube or a whole generation of kids familiar with Chrome book pixel…

There seems to be only one area, at the moment that Google can’t penetrate and that is healthcare. Larry’s explanation on it is just because too much regulation and that laws are now irrelevant as they were made before the Internet even existed, but he clearly sees user benefits for Google to get into space and has no shame talking about DNA sequencing….

The more time I spend in this environment, or may it’s because I just finished reading “The End of Big” but Google seems to me more and more like an institution that is some respects more influential on societies that governments. Scary or exciting?

Marie Sornin

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Live blogging from iStrategy Sydney

Spending the day at #iStrategy, global marketing conference. I won’t summarise the keynote sessions. You will be able to find most of them on iStrategy site.  However, I am extracting the common themes I find throughout the multiple presentations.
Amazing line up to start day 1 Ken Segall (ex Apple creative director, the man responsible for “I” everywhere, follow up by Jason Hincks (co founder & CEO of Movember), as well as a Panel of retailers etc…

The leanrings behind their success stories can be summarised in 5 themes:

1-Simplicity is what makes people fall in love with brands:
This was very much, Steve Jobs’ philosophy and how he drove Apple from near bankruptcy to global success. Making users love Apple and its products was all he truly cared about. Why? He turned computer users into Apple fans by making simplicity the ultimate sophistication.
From his experience, Ken Segall explained that being simple is not easy. A pure idea is battled by over populated meetings, negativity current affairs, competitors fighting back… all these currents push you to complexity…  He summarised how to achieve simplicity by a quote from Antoine de Saint Exupery “ Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing else to remove”.
My French touch says: Simplicity is sexy!

This trend is also reflected in the way retail is changing. Technology is actually making the customer journey longer and ever more complex: discovery> search>buy>acquire>use & share>relationship. There are now more channels than ever before, the role of retailers is to bring them together into a seamless customer experience. In store influences online behaviour and vice versa. The key is to make it simple & compelling. John Batistich (Director Marketing, Westfiled) shopping world tour showed some great shopping experiences from Eataly food theater to Nike wearable devices, Burberry Flagship store and Uniqlo clothes to change the world. From his point of view, the next big change is location profiling. This is simple: bring customer, content and context together!

2-Be authentic:
I have talked about that in many of my posts as it is an absolute pillar of social media success. It came out strongly again in the beautiful Movember story. Authenticity is  what prevents Movember from turning into white noise on the marketplace . How have the Movember team managed to keep their idea growing over 10 years and across multiple countries? Simply (ahha) by putting the fun factor as a priority over raising funds (of course raising funds is important, but is not the main reason why guys join!) and by refreshing their brand every year with a campaign theme that is true to Men’s health. This has driven them to always defend their brand vigorously (selective partnership, not expanding into growing Mos all year long…)

How women can support Movemver

How women can support Movemver

On a side note, I will also highlight the importance of social media. Just to nail the point that social is  taking on search #justsaying: Facebook is the number one referral of traffic and donation (brings 31% Movember traffic and 15% of donation) and is ahead of Google…

Also, when you are Authentic you can do stuff like Scoopertino without creating a crisis…

3-Passion:
Certainly true for anyone who worked with Steve Jobs at Apple, but also true for the Movember crew who turned a mates catch up at the pub into a multi-million dollar fund raiser.
Nick Baker (Executive General Manager Marketing) also talked about how Tourism Australia took passion to the next level by making their 4.2 Million fans the heros in the community. In doing so, they created the biggest, most engaged social media team in the world.
My take on it is: if you are not passionate about what you do, ask yourself why you are doing it?

4- Take some risks:
Confirmation from executives that the only way to grow is to challenge the status quo and take risks.
From Tourism Australia shifting from advertising to socially amplified advocacy. Easier said than done but over the years they have done it! From photo Fridays, to newsjacking the social media team now plays a central role into the communication planning. Their latest campaign Best jobs in the world collected over 620K application from all around the globe. Surely better engagement than a TVC!
Again, Steve Job’s example “here is to the crazy ones ad (voice over by Jobs but that actually never got released) is the best illustration of achieving greatness by not following but leading the way

Marie Sornin