AccuWeatherIQ — The Randall Pearson of brands and advertisers

Accuweather, AccuWeatherIQ, Advertising, Business, Business Tools, Data Privacy, Economy, FTC, Global Economy, Investments, Marketing, Markets, news, Randall Pearson, ROIs, Solutions, Sterling K. Brown, Tech News, technology, This is Us, Trade, Trading, Trends, Weather Predictions

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The average American had never heard of a weather trader or how the weather could play a major factor in the Global Economy – and then, we did. In fact, almost eight-million viewers quickly learned what it meant to be a weather trader, as we became more familiar with one Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown), on NBC’s hit television series, This Is Us.  

We caught a glimpse at just how important weather economics were to both trade and the stock market, as Randall pounded away at the keys, making his predictions, and even burning himself out in the process. Investors may have found new ways to capitalize on this practice, as business owners became hip as to how the weather could be used to forecast products would sell, according to last minutes changes in the weather or climate, and its impact on the economy, overall.

If you were paying close enough attention, those charts and graphs were painful to look at – and, maybe even to understand. But, Randall did so quite diligently, meeting his deadline, and the rest became history from there on out.

New scalability with little-to-no effort at all.

Thankfully for you, AccuWeather, one of the world’s most recognized and trusted resources in weather and climate, is making it easier to predict the impact of the weather on business, as they launch a new solution for brands and advertisers, everywhere. With the launch of AccuWeatherIQ, AccuWeather allows the average business owner to target their audiences, based on weather patterns, and has made it possible for those brands to integrate this data into industry-leading data platforms.

According Scott Sameroff, AccuWeather’s Senior Director of Data Products and Partnerships, “AccuWeatherIQ answers a critical need identified by our many advertising clients, which is to efficiently and effectively extend weather-based campaigns from AccuWeather properties across their entire media strategy and spend using the same weather data assets — with assurances that the toughest standards of data privacy, consumer choice and protection are applied to such assets.”

A recent press release further explains that “AccuWeatherIQ will help advertisers connect with U.S. users experiencing a variety of weather conditions today, tomorrow, or ‘next weekend’ [in order to] provide effective messaging based on lifestyle activities and health management preferences influenced by the weather.”

Every day, over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. Since 1962, radio stations, television networks, newspapers, and now mobile widgets on our lock and home screens, have relied on AccuWeather for their ability to accurately predict the weather for days, weeks, and even months ahead of time. So, it’s safe to say that they “know weather.”

Through the use of AccuWeather’s many innovative, patented and award-winning features, including MinuteCast® Minute by Minute™ forecasts, AccuWeather produces and distributes weather-related news, content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites and mobile apps, around the world. But, this time it’s different.

AccuWeatherIQ will help advertisers connect with U.S. users experiencing a variety of weather conditions today, tomorrow, or “next weekend” to provide effective messaging based on lifestyle activities and health management preferences influenced by the weather.

Through the use of AccuWeather’s many innovative, patented and award-winning features, including MinuteCast® Minute by Minute™ forecasts, AccuWeather produces and distributes weather-related news, content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites and mobile apps, around the world. But, this time it’s different.

By utilizing AccuWeather’s unique proprietary weather forecasts weather data and proprietary forecasting tools, such as its exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature and Lifestyle Indices, brands will be able to create more personalized and contextual digital marketing campaigns that reach customers at relevant moments in time – with little-to-no effort at all. In fact, weather data segments are currently available and able to be imported directly within Salesforce and LiveRamp Data Stores, in addition to AccuWeather’s owned and operated media properties.

Advertisers will be able to schedule their campaigns, based on the weather, and better budget their spending on days that would provide either little or greater significance to their bottom line. Not only would they cut back on unnecessary spending, but they would have more to invest at times that would prove more profitable to their ROIs. While annual budgets may already be budgeted, based on the month, season or even year, they will now be more flexible and able to allocated based on day, week or even hour!

Data Privacy & Consumer Protections.

In light of yesterday’s decision by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York Attorney General that both Google and subsidiary, YouTube, would pay a record $170M fine for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), you may be wondering just how this new platform will ensure your privacy, as you make the decision to carry an umbrella to work or make your children wear a rain jacket to school.  

Teaming up with a select group of trusted data partners in data privacy and protections, AccuWeather states its commitment to consumer privacy and protecting the rights of consumers by through increased transparency within the marketplace:

“By working with world-class partners, such as Salesforce, LiveRamp, and Beemray, we are committed to maintaining industry-leading data privacy and consumer protection practices, while supporting business innovation and growth,” vows Eric Danetz, AccuWeather’s Global Chief Revenue Officer. The AccuWeather app allows users to control when AccuWeather or its third-party partners may access user data, including device location data, and for what purposes such data may be used, with clear prompts and navigation screens and specific notice and consent language. 

Keeping this in mind, Danetz goes on to say, “We have been dedicated to building products and advertising solutions that embrace the best practices of data privacy regulations to enable our U.S advertising partners to reach AccuWeather users at the right time and the right place, with the right context, while putting our users in charge of their data.”

Advertisers may not yet be able to change the weather, but at least now they can change their efforts at the drop of the barometer. And, while they may not have a life as perfect as Randall Pearson, they can still rake in the big ones by learning how to invest in the weather economy!  


DISCLAIMER: Neither NBC, This is Us, nor Sterling K. Brown have any affiliation with the AccuWeather brand or its product lines.

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Health Apps Show Rapid Adoption, Promoting a Healthier Lifestyle Through Usage

Healthcare Apps, Unified Communications, WebRTC, IoT, RFID, Healthcare Solutions

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According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Smartphones, connected medical accessories and apps have been underutilized by the healthcare industry.” But, not any more! Recent studies report a shift in the way consumers are caring for their health, as usage soars for health-related apps and technologies.

In 2016, it is predicted that we will see an even larger shift in consumer access to personal records, video diagnoses and even monitoring of our own health. Many of us have alarms set up on our phones already, reminding us to stay hydrated. Others are connecting smartphones to small devices that clock sleeping patterns and restlessness in the night.

This year alone, ensa introduced International audiences to a HIPAA-Compliant app that allows individuals to access healthcare records at any time of day, whenever they please. Most recently, a “Good Habit App” was released by ORCAS to curb bad habits by monitoring cause and effects on health conditions, while instituting good habits in developing healthier individuals. In late 2015, GreatCall acquired Lively, Inc. in supporting the health needs of our growing niche of tech-savvy senior citizens.

For years, consumers have been heading to the Internet to research every sneeze and every scratch that we encounter in our daily lives. Now, we have the capabilities to provide ourselves with the same “anytime, anywhere monitoring, diagnosis and treatment” that we can expect from visiting a healthcare professional in-person.

As healthcare companies are becoming hip to a consumer desire for improved lifestyle decisions, they are seemingly partnering with technology companies to delver solutions and provide a jumping board for promotion of their product and service lines. And, we are loving it!

Taking charge of our lives, a growing consumer niche is moving away from prescriptions medicines as much as possible, while working towards natural healing through diet and exercise, discipline and monitoring. Others are finding life too demanding to visit a physician during office hours and are finding it easier to consult via smartphone.

Forbes reports that one in three consumers have at least one health app on their smartphones. This number has actually doubled over the last two years with an increase of viable solutions in the app marketplace. This also has increased with growth in consumer proficiencies during that time.

The Walgreens Boots Alliance app was first released in 2009 and is now one of the most downloaded apps on the marketplace. It has led to a heightened interaction with consumers via mobile platform, as Walgreens is now showing an average of one prescription fulfillment per second – ordered by mobile app!  Now, how is that for productivity?!

You can run, but you can’t hide. If you are one in two-thirds the consumer base not already using a smart app to monitor health or encourage healthy choices, you may very soon become just that. Innovations are being seen every day, as the health industry leads new technologies in promoting healthy lifestyles to a global consumer base. Now, whether or not you become part of this culture, the question truly is – are you actually going to use it?  Let’s hope so! Here’s to a wonderful New Year full of health, happiness and innovation! 

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Power of Viral: Rachel Jeantel takes the stand

Rachel Jeantel, Social Media, Trayvon Martin, Sanford, Florida, Viral, Conversation, Trends, Facebook

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The Power of Viral strikes yet again! Many people still doubt the effect of Internet Marketing and Social for businesses and brands. NEVER underestimate the Power of Viral!

If you have been scrolling Facebook for these last two days, you have probably have witnessed a feed full of content surrounding the George Zimmerman case. Most of these statuses have responded to the witness testimony of Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who witnessed the whole situation leading up to his murder via telephone call.

Through all the comments and remarks about her speech, appearance and action, as being questioned by George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, you also see people asking where they can also tune-in to witness the trial, themselves.

Here, you see the Power of Viral take effect, as people are directed to multiple streaming outlets via the Internet and/or local television stations. While people are dissecting this young girl’s character, no matter how much older she looks than she truly is, these web outlets are receiving new traffic and converting awareness to long-term consumers (provided their content is “sticky”) across the United States.

For the past few days, I have witnessed solely Orlando residents speaking about the case and making comments about the “star witness.” Today, I am watching friends in California, Pittsburgh, New York — and even London — speaking about the case and inquiring where to find it Online so that they can join in this “what-has-now-become-social” event. It’s interesting how widespread the case has become, and even more, the content of it.

Together, we are watching the live streaming trial. Many of us may never be watching anything simultaneously again (other than sports)! However, we all will continue to share in the conversation in real-time based on what we are witnessing.

Many people are at work at the moment, and they still watch via mobile or Internet. Many cannot watch it now, but they will follow through to the websites, suggested by friends, for archived streams. Referrals are the most trusted form of Brand Awareness and what leads to effective Viral Marketing. Referrals by friends and family members are trusted over referrals by a company that stands to “make a buck or two” over it.

Orlando is known for some of the most intense cases. Unfortunately, the “in-demand” material is highly sought after, and people are critically watching and speaking. Can the Power of Viral damage the “City of Orlando” brand through this, or can it show the world that “If you mess up in Orlando, you shall be dealt with?”

Does content like this continue to heighten racial tension? Maybe it helps detract it a bit. Why? Because while there are some racists joining into the conversation, Social Conversation can “combat negative reactions.”

People can speak on matters of the heart and society. Stereotypes can be broken, leaving stereotyped remarks left to “look stupid.” While many are downplaying the character of this young girl, it gives them the “go ahead” to speak freely about a stereotypical character that continues to portray a mainstream “ideal” of certain groups of people. Others grouped in this category are proving these ideals wrong! So, while her character has brought in traffic to these streams and opened a negative conversation, positive results may take place from it within our world.

As I write this article and listen to the live feed, I hear a segment about Social Media by one of WFTV Orlando’s Legal Analysts, Bill Sheaffer (who is also an Attorney), speak about Social Media. I am unable to play back the direct quote. So, I apologize if it isn’t an exact quote and/or a bit out of order, but he states (and I think it is important to add):

“Social Media is always there. It’s a new world… with an emphasis on the importance of Social Media… Going back to the Casey Anthony case… her home computer was a vital piece of evidence in the case with her daughter. Twitter wasn’t back then what it is now, recording every moment of our daily lives. Even when deleted, it is always there. You can’t just scrub it away…”

And, this content always stands the chance of becoming viral in our World, just as it has for Rachel Jeantel.

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A Marketer’s Nightmare: Content Block

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You’re in between projects. Now is the time to beef up your own Social Presences. You are so used to putting your own projects to the side while working on client material…most of which are your own ideas. But, when it comes to your own presence, your own content, your own projects… NOTHING.

You try, you try, you try and still — you come up with nothing. Content block!

It’s a Marketer’s Nightmare, and we all surely go through it! It’s like you work on these amazing projects for others. Many of which, we can’t show anyone due to Non-Disclosure Agreements, and we feel the need to go above and beyond THAT when it comes to our own projects. We become so caught up in it, perfectionists even, that we either never finish or we struggle, trying to create the next masterpiece. There is hope!

Try these simple but POWERFUL steps in jogging the mind into the proper direction. If you’re like me, you hate idle time that will never come back. Use these activities to benefit your Social Presence and help find direction and an insight to what your audience is even “in the mood” for.

Afterall, we MARKET not ADVERTISE… Let’s make them REALIZE the NEED not TRICK them into WANTING something useless.

In taking part in an activity or two, your mind should be clear. You should have some fresh content that you can use on your own projects or that of future clients. Your content delivery being noticed by audiences has benefited your brand. SEO, through your content, has enhanced your efforts, and you now have new ideas to work with to ensure the evolution of a successful and healthy brand! In whatever you do, good luck doing it!

1. Brainstorm Session

A good ol’ brainstorm session! Write down ideas, search your mind. Get a team and make it all the better! What you don’t use now, you can use later. Make sure you type up all ideas and elaborate upon the ones you select. These ideas will help you with a plethora of future events. Cherish this moment and have much fun! Never let your ideas intimidate you! No idea is too big. And, nothing is impossible!

2. Memes

We have all seen them on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. They grab the attention of audiences through advice, tips, tricks, ideas, jokes, inspirations, etc. Why not create a few of your own? Grab hold of new audiences and gain new likes and boosts in SEO capabilities for your related presence. Due to shares, your direct page should be shared by onlookers everywhere. Have those Memes marked with your web address, as well, and gain the attention of curious minds immediately!

3. Fun with Trends

This is one of my favorite things to do! I love getting involved in conversation and seeing how many “retweets,” “favorites” and replies I get from it! More importantly, I love the followers who begin asking questions about my company and the ROI from it. No investment other than time, but traffic, backlinks, referrals and BUSINESS in return!

And, I mean, how hard is it? Creating jokes and interesting statements based upon trends and relating it to your business? This is definitely a worthwhile “brainwarmer” and stress reliever to get you in mode for some heavy duty business…

4. Self-Education on Unrelated Topics

Have you ever caught yourself working on a project and stuck on what would make that brand unique? Sometimes, a theme and an in-depth knowledge of a theme gives us an awesome outcome, especially if it is related to a specific archetype!


As an Internet Marketer, you probably have been a Consultant for many clients and are always the one doing the teaching. Why don’t you sit back and let someone else teach you? Watch Youtube videos, read conspiracy reports, learn something weird, check out the news! These things may just jog some ideas that will get you back on track …and benefit future client projects, as well!


Don’t forget to write down your ideas and get others captivated in your findings. Show them that you are not just a business, but your brand is a persona and you are human with real-life interests. You may just find niche markets and leaders that can pave the way to new approaches and ways of doing things.

5. Network and Get Out!

Networking and enjoying an adventure or two will lead you into so many new directions and develop your mind to understand public interests, as the World is always changing. You experience new things. You can meet new people that will spark new interests for you. New ideas can generate through collaboration. Doors can be opened for new possibilities and in taking barriers from your life. What is even better, you can enjoy yourself.

You get to de-stress. You can free your mind and clear it to start from scratch. Did you ever think that maybe these “blockage” periods force us into just laying around, watching TV and ultimately clearing our minds without a second thought? Because once your client puts that need in your face, ideas are pumping through your veins! So, get out! Conversate. Have fun!

6. Landing Pages

Truly who likes creating Landing Pages? But, guess what?! They are the keys to our success. They are also ways we can do things a little different with our brand, especially if linking into a corporate site. So, why not have fun with it?

You want to build something new, exciting, maybe innovative as well, right? Then, go ahead… design away! And, make it useful. The impact of each campaign depends on it.

7. New Ways to Monetize

We are constantly finding new ways to monetize when we are working with clientele, whether it is through products and services that we create or through research in finding ways to promote their products. There are so many ways to monetize items through free distribution that it is almost ridiculous!

People want free. If you give them free, they will find it worthwhile to take a peek!

This is one way to convert a consumer into a customer and be paid for it. How are we paid for it? The answer isn’t always easy, but a few ways to do it are through sponsors, advertisements, cross-promotions, etc.

Do some research, find some new methods of monetization that haven’t been touched yet. Implement your findings into your own brand. Make money… and give me some of it!

8. Spy on Competition and Fortune 500 Companies

I don’t mean to literally spy, although if you’re bold enough… How I mean to spy is to look into the Web, Social and Referral Presences of your competition. Look at their Marketing, their Design, their SEO. What can you do better than they can? What are they doing better? Can you implement it and fine-tune it to fulfill your brand’s needs in advancing in the marketplace?

9. Get Inspired

Read articles. Read books. Heck, read Memes! Go outside and smell the fresh air, taste a new cuisine. Whatever you do, embrace it. Find inspiration.

Keep your mind pumping and ideas sprouting in your mind.

Each and everything you experience, you must learn to make it your own. How can you incorporate enjoyable details into your brand in creating fresh content?

10. Backlinks and Other SEO

You have time. You can’t think of anything fresh. Anything you may create through forced creativity may end up very unaesthetic and unappealing to the eye. It may seem rushed if it is a text deliverable.

So, go ahead. Go to work. Create backlinks.

Point people in the direction of your brand’s presence and web site. You have nothing to lose! Maybe you will see something on your mission that allows you new insight!

11. Research New Tools and Trends
11. Research New Tools and Trends Shorty Produkshins, 2013.

11. Research New Tools and Trends

All that you have to do is to research new tools and trends for your Industry or niche….. This is pretty much self-explanatory

…AND NOW, ONTO THE NEXT!

12. Ask an “Elder (not necessarily in the same industry)”

Ask a Veteran in the World of Marketing or the Business World, in general, what they have done and have accomplished in their career. Ask how they did it. Learn from them. Bounce ideas off of them. Speak to them on the topics of life and people. Then talk to your elders.

These people may not even be in-tune with the World of Business. But, ask them about their likes and dislikes. Ask them things that attracted their attention to brands over the years and converted them into customers. Ask their favorite brands, why they like the brands and how they were attracted to them. This is a bonding time.

Allow an elder to shine through you. They know what they are talking about. They give a perspective that not many consider valuable. It might not be a “fresh” outlook, but it isn’t an every-day-run-of-the-mill practice, either! They might even have some ideas, but they feel they need a “fresher” face to produce it for them. You never know until you ASK!

13. Doodle

Ever been on the phone or in a class and led to doodle random thoughts, phrases and imagery? Try it now that you are older and have a brand to grow!

Call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Catch up!

Enjoy yourself, and let yourself become clear-minded and reconnect with an old friend or family member at the same time. At the end of that phone call, look at your notepad. Your subconscious mind just told you what your next project was going to be about. It’s all about you to decipher it!

14. Engage in Conversation

Make your Social Presence personal! Conversate with your audience. Find out their likes and dislikes, wants, needs, thoughts. Get them involved in the brand’s future. Keep them talking to and about your brand. As interesting as this is, I actually get more business through my “personal” pages than my business pages. The trick is to be personal without being too personal at all! Show life and that you are human!

Create chemistry It’s all about relationships, so build! Bring that empire to life. And, allow those who support you make history at your side!

15. Speak to your Camera

We can never find time to make these Vlogs (Video Blogs) that everyone would rather watch than read information on. To boot, we aren’t always in our best shape. Let’s take advantage of this time.

Go in your closet, pull out some nice clothes. Get dressed and “made” up. Sit down at your computer, and hit record!

Speak about your journey, your successes, tips and tricks, ventures, clients, projects, ANYTHING. Inform your audience, entertain them… show them the face behind the brand… behind the movement! Then, use these videos to keep audiences captivated and interested in what your brand has to offer them!

16. Fun with Photos

As Marketers who write, create mood boards, need backgrounds, create content, need to get our point across, we always need photos… the more unique, the better. The less we have to pay for royalties, the better.

So, let’s get on a jacket, grab a book bag, fill it with goodies and a camera with extra batteries… and start shooting!

Take pictures of every and anything. Keep in mind your audiences, and try to create content that will be shared or liked! Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them later!

Don’t forget to take pictures of architecture, events and people. Memories are everything. Nostalgia is in demand. And people… they love looking at themselves. So, click away and tag them later!

17. Mood “Boreds”

I know, it’s “mood board,” but you can do this if you are bored! Go out! Collect actual fabrics, textures, objects, colors. Cut out newspaper and magazine clippings. Get out your crayons, pastels, watercolors and do some exploration. Come up with a Rebranding Strategy, a Campaign, a Facelift, or some cool ideas for future projects!

Mood Boards are fun. They unlock the inner youth… our innocence… our imaginations. Open your mind, and unblock that brain!

18. Start a “Spin-Off”

You have found many new ways to capitalize from and monetize your content. You have found something in common. Is it time for a “Spin-Off” brand? How does it help your current brand?

Link Wheels are now generating spokes that will now build their own Link Pyramids under them! You can create backlinks to each other, cross-promote each other amongst audiences, draw together totally different audiences and recycle cool content!

Maximize your potential through this chance to start a spin-off. After all, wasn’t it your dream, growing up, to in some way take over the World? Why not start now to build your empire? The content created will link two-ways, or three, or four, in generating ongoing interest, positive SEO efforts, and give more content to each brand!

19. Write About Your Experiences and Knowledge

Whether creating a website, blog, resume, autobiography for use on various platforms or even writing for an Online periodical, make sure you are recording your experiences. You can always create content. But, who is recording your footprint upon the earth for your legacy and future generations?

On another note, it builds your expertise in the eyes of audiences. It shows you know what you are talking about. It gives you credibility. Who is selling you to new and future clientele?

Recommendations are everything, especially if a finger can be pointed on a point of interest… especially if you are a marketer who does a lot of work under Non-Disclosure. If you have already done so, go back and read it. Pay attention to your growth and create new goals for the future!

20. Fine-tune and Enhance Current Content

What better time than now to go back and enhance, reorganize and fine-tune your current content database? Make your content work for you. Analyze each piece and find out what works and doesn’t work for it. Shoot, you might just find a better way to do your current daily practice amongst your own presence and that of clientele?

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