All posts by Ewout Meyns

How Agencies Will Survive Technological Disruption- Part 3 – Creative Agencies

In this third and final post in a series about how new technology affect agencies, I’ll be taking a closer look at challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for creative agencies.

The term creative agency covers many types of businesses, from PR and communication agencies over web, ad and marketing agencies. What all of these have in common, is that they’re being served – or bothered – by an ever increasing array of technology.

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How Agencies Will Survive – Part 2 – Financial Services

In this second post in a series about the evolving agency landscape, the challenges faced by financial services agencies take centre stage. The first part, about real estate, didn’t need much of an introduction as the industry is well known. But what exactly are financial services agencies? And how are they getting ready for the future, where technology is bringing new opportunities as well potential threats?

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How Agencies Will Survive – Part 1 – Real Estate

In this first post in a series about the evolving agency landscape, we’ll focus on the challenges real estate agents and brokers face.

‘Are Real Estate Brokers Obsolete?’ is the title of a highly debated article Bruce Kasanoff wrote on Forbes.com last year. When the concept of real estate brokers first took off, brokers were the only source of information about a property, and there weren’t many possibilities to advertise.
The internet has changed all that. In his article, Kasanoff states that apart from opening the door to let buyers into a property, 95% of what a broker does, can now be done by technology. Provocative, isn’t it?

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Adapt or Die: How to Survive The Agency Onslaught

You hear it all the time: ‘The agency model is broken’ or even ‘The agency model is dead’. Advertising, marketing, financial services, real estate agencies… they are all struggling in some way or another. But will agencies become extinct? I don’t buy it. There are challenges, yes. The business world is rapidly changing, and some agencies will not make it. Since sticking your head in the sand is not your best tactic, why not explore how you can adapt and thrive in an increasingly technological world?

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4 Tactics To Manage Your Inbox While On Vacation (With Free Out-of-Office Templates)

The word ‘vacation’ comes from the Latin vacare, which means ‘be unoccupied’.

In ancient times, wealthy Romans would leave their daily occupations behind to see the great wonders of history. Thanks to the modern wonders of technology, we don’t need to actually visit the ruins of the Acropolis to see what it’s like. However, it has also become a lot easier to never be unoccupied at all, as our inbox can travel with us to almost every destination.

People deal with their inbox on vacation in different ways, which tactic do you use?

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Sync FollowUpBoss and BigContacts leads bidirectionally with Google Contacts and MailChimp

Today, we’re proud to announce the arrival of two wonderful new additions to the PieSync family: Follow Up Boss and BigContacts. Both CRM systems have just been given wings and are simply waiting for you to take them for a spin. Enjoy the freedom of having your synced contacts always with you on mobile. Yihaa!

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PieSync vs Zapier

“PieSync synchronizes web apps, Zapier simply lets you automatically add info from one app into another.” That’s usually my answer when people ask me what the difference is between PieSync and services like Zapier or IFTTT, which connect apps by ‘zapping’ data from one app into another.

Last week I had a chat conversation on the subject, you can read along in this screenshot below. I took the screenshot because I realized I had to ‘update’ my usual answer.

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