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How Freelancers Are Changing the United States Workforce
Freelancing has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. There are 57 million independent workers across the United States, and at its current trajectory, freelancing could represent a majority of the workforce in the near future.
“Shark Tank” Star Robert Herjavec: How to Keep Tech Safe
A “Shark Tank” host and cybersecurity expert explains what the future has in store for your data.
Taking Renewable Energy From the Last Wilderness to Our Personal Supply Chain
The first man to reach the North and South Poles using totally renewable energies talks about the importance of making small changes to protect our planet.
A History of Safety and Education in Aviation
In the last 100 years, commercial air travel has become a staple of transportation. As the need for pilots increased, so did concern for the safe regulation of their training.
Why Freelancers Need a Community Too
The gig economy — a labor market of freelancers doing short-term contract work outside the norms of traditional employment — is alive, and well and growing.
Understanding the Internet of Things and 5G
Sprint's Senior Vice President of IoT and Product Development Ivo Rook explains the internet of things and what 5G really means.
How to Handle Unexpected Expenses
We talked to Jay Levine, president and CEO of OneMain Financial, and Ronnie Lott, entrepreneur, NFL Hall of Famer and OneMain board member, about where people might turn in a financial emergency.
Inspiring Future Aviators After Facing the Ultimate Challenge
A decade after the “Miracle on the Hudson,” the nation’s most celebrated pilot offers words of advice to those who share his passion for exploring the wild blue yonder.
Breaking the Mold: Two Women who Are Succeeding in the Trucking Industry
Raquel Renda and “Killer” Bramer are two women who have embraced the trucking lifestyle and are thriving.
Digital Health Technology: Improving Quality, Safety and Efficiency
As the chief medical officer for Samsung Fitness, Dr. David Rhew embraces technology as a way to help people lead more active, healthier lives.
The Warehouse of the Future
While fully-automated warehouses remain a pipe dream for many e-tailers, many are now using software, automation and sensors to get closer to their customers.
The Revolution Next-Generation Wireless Coverage Brings
Broadband access is accelerating along with the economy and jobs, and we all need it daily. But to get there, we still need deep structural foundations.
Harnessing Technology in Home Care
With technology improving all the time, it’s getting easier and safer for senior citizens to remain independent and for home care workers to work more efficiently.
Nick Offerman Is “Making It” Sustainable With Woodworking
Actor, Nick Offerman discusses his history outside of acting as a woodworker, and how important sustainability and craftsmanship are to him.
How Technology is Reshaping the Hotel Industry as We Know It
Your next hotel stay will be more high-tech and personalized than ever. Nowadays hotels are focused on embracing technology and personalizing guest experiences.
Jillian Michaels Discusses the Future of Fitness
Health and fitness guru Jillian Michaels is excited about how technology is changing fitness, and thinks you should be, too.
Combatting Chronic Disease with Digital Medicines
Dr. Scooter Plowman, medical director at Proteus Digital Health, discusses developments in digitial medicine as an industry leader.
AI’s Impact on Drug Discovery and Development
With advances in artificial intelligence, drug discovery and development have both vastly improved. These improvements will benefit the health care industry as a whole — from patients to physicians.
How Truck Stops Are Transforming to Better Suit Driver Needs
President and CEO of NATSO, Lisa Mullings, answers questions about what truck stops need to do to better support drivers.
What Can Truck Drivers Do to Avoid Drowsy Driving?
Dr. Stephanie Pratt, the director of NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, gives her advice for truckers looking to live healthier lifestyles on the road.
How One Mother-Daughter Truck Driving Team is Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer
Daimler Trucks North America teams up with Werner to promote breast cancer awareness by supporting female truck drivers.
4 Health Information Technology Trends to Watch
Health information technology is providing ways to make health care safer, less costly and more organized.
Talking Food and Health with Food Network Star Ayesha Curry
Ayesha Curry — celebrity chef, author and TV personality — digs into cooking, kitchens, grocery shopping and more.
Why Everybody Wants a Smart Home
A discussion of what the smart home has to offer, and why it’s continually growing to be more important.
Women Take a Leading Role in an Evolving Trucker Industry
The Women In Trucking Association’s mission is to increase the percentage of women employed in the trucking industry, including professional drivers.
The Technologies Driving Today’s Steel Industry
The steelmaking process is very different today than it was a century ago, with new technologies making the industry safer, more efficient and more environmentally conscious than ever before.
An Executive in Natural Gas Sees Bright Horizons for Women in the Industry
An executive in natural gas charts her rise up the industry ladder and highlights promising initiatives to help other young women follow in her footsteps.
Red Cross Survey Finds Most are Misinformed about Home Fire Safety
According to a new survey by the American Red Cross, many people overestimate their ability to react to a home fire and miss taking critical steps to keep their loved ones safe.
Racing Towards the Future of Cloud to Edge
Tech innovation is reshaping our expectations and transforming every industry. Simply put, tech is leaving the nest.
How the Circular Economy Strengthens Communities
Find out how the private sector is partnering with communities on a local level to create new opportunities in the circular economy.
How Today’s Mining Industry Has Changed for the Better
Learn how today’s U.S. mining industry, the individuals it employs and the equipment it uses are exceptional.
“Gold Rush” Star Parker Schnabel Discusses What Real Mining Is Like
Parker Schnabel of “Gold Rush” gives us the real deal when it comes to life in the mining business.
The Business Advantage of Women in Commercial Real Estate
Gender diversity helps drive profit and increase engagement in every area of commercial real estate.
Cash Is Dead: New Payment Systems Are Taking Over the Retail Sphere
Marc Gardner, the Founder and CEO of North American Bancard Holdings, knows that in order for companies to succeed they need to integrate payment technologies that cater to their companies.
A Parent’s Guide to Inspiring a Future Engineer
Creating the next generation of engineers is easy when you encourage your child’s natural curiosity. Best of all, engineering is a stable and rewarding career for your child’s future.
5 Furniture Safety Myths that Pose Harm to Children
While the furniture in your home may not seem like a hazard, it has the potential for causing serious injury to children. Being aware of these common misconceptions will help to ensure a safer home environment for kids.
The 4 Life Stages of Financial Literacy
Learning money-managing skills is a lifetime process. Here’s what you need to know between your first checkbook and retirement.
This TV Couple Tells Us Everything They Know About Wine - Which Is a Lot
Power couple Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley are most famous as television personalities. But what people might not know about is their side job — running a family vineyard in wine country California.
Smart Home Technologies Are Changing Kitchens
Times have changed, and so has your kitchen! Thanks to the Internet of Things, a kitchen like the one on the Jetsons may not be as far off as you might think.
Transforming Hurricane Hotspots Into Islands of Energy Innovation
Learn how islands in the Caribbean are becoming test sites for some of the most exciting developments in low-cost, sustainable energy technology.
17 Year Old Stock Car Racer Hailie Deegan Is Paving the Way for Other Female Drivers
Hailie Deegan, 17, is one of the youngest female stock car racers out there. But her goals for the future don’t only involve trophies.
Oscar Fittipaldi: Bringing Some Chick-fil-A Flavor to the Big Apple
Once a merchant marine, the Argentinian immigrant found the family-focused Atlanta fried chicken franchise to be a deliciously good fit.
High Tech in Hyperdrive: What (More) Can Your Car Do for You?
If you’re thinking heated seats, it’s time to think bigger. The VP of an auto-innovator takes you inside the sustainable, super-powered ride of the future.
Beyond the Golden Arches
If you ask most Americans to define franchising, most will answer with one word: McDonald’s.
A Look at What’s Behind the Fastest Growing Law Firms
In October 2017, the Law Firm 500 Awards recognized some of the fastest growing law firms in the United States and, in doing so, a shared indicator of success.
Norwegian DJ Kygo Shares the Secrets of His Success
The house music producer and DJ talks about the technology tools and creative vision that helped him a global superstar.
Carley Knobloch Talks Kitchen Tech and Smarter Homes
In the connected and digital world of today, high tech kitchen gadgets are making life easier than ever for home chefs.
5 Ways Voice-Enabled Technology Can Improve Your Kitchen
Not everyone is a born chef, but voice-enabled technology and smart-kitchen features can help everyone make the most of their skills.
A Simple Step to a Smart Home
A smart home may seem unattainable, but simply updating your lighting can make a big difference.
Carley Knobloch on Coffee, Robots and Finding Wellness in a Wired World
Home technology expert Carley Knobloch discusses the ways smart technology and robots can improve the quality of life and save time at home.
Experts in Retail Weigh-In on What Stores Will Look Like in the Future
We’re in the midst on an in-store technological revolution. As more consumers shop online, retail businesses need to integrate the data of an online interaction with the physicality of shopping in a store.
Celebrate the 90th Birthday of Female Trucker Lillian Watson
North American Van Lines touches base with one of their pioneering women drivers as she gears up for a milestone birthday.
Developing an Integrated Pest Management Program in the Food Industry
Whether at a food processing facility or in a restaurant, people place considerable trust in the food industry to provide top quality, safe food.
4 Steps to Avoid Food Poisoning
Are you taking the right steps to avoid food poisoning? Many people aren’t.
Learn About the Cloud Computing Innovations Shaping Our Future
The biggest opportunities for cloud computing are yet to come, as the technology joins with advances including artificial intelligence and quantum computing to enable true innovation.
3 Reasons to Stay Hopeful About the State of Green Technology
From entrepreneur-led sustainability to a global push for eco-friendly business practices, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about a greener future.
Google’s Project Sunroof Encourages Solar Solutions
It is important to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Solar energy solutions benefit the environment and your bank account, according to Google’s Project Sunroof.
4 Things To Remember Before You Buy Your First Home
Buying your first home can be an intimidating process, but with the right information you can be closing on a house in no time.
Habitat for Humanity Builds Affordable Homes with Green Technology
Beyond saving the environment, Habitat for Humanity’s green homes save money and time in the long-run.
Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home
Keeping your home safe does not require investing in expensive technology. Oftentimes, it’s the simplest solutions that keep you the safest.
The Property Brothers Share Smart Home Solutions
Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” discuss best practices for bringing smart technology into the home.
These 3 Technologies Will Shape the Future of Health Care
Take a look at the ways blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are building the future of smarter, better connected health care.
Don’t Tell Siri: The Truth About Medical Identity Theft
When cyber criminals steal your data to buy prescription drugs or medical care, it can wreak havoc on your life and finances. Here’s what you need to know.
The Generation Gap in Loyalty Marketing
Millennials are media and retail darlings, but baby boomers have much more consumer clout in terms of disposable income and confidence.
Unlocking the Key Weapon Against Cyber Criminals
In the ever-connected, data-driven, internet-dependent world we reside in, the role that our digital identities play in our lives has never been more key.
Welcoming in a New Industrial Age
The world has seen three major revolutions in manufacturing in the past 200 years. The industry is now getting ready for a fourth.
What You Need to Know to Prevent Foodborne Illness
After a terrible tragedy, one professor devoted his life to the prevention of foodborne illnesses.
Harnessing the Power of Data for Zero Net Energy
Learn about the ways technology is enabling construction and building managers to usher in a new era of green building performance.
These Are the Groups Most Likely to Get Food Poisoning
Food poisoning can cause serious illness, but you can take steps to prevent it.
Alex Debogorski’s Top Tips for Trucking
Trucker legend Alex Debogorski, of History Channel’s ”Ice Road Truckers,” talks about how to be safe, both on and off the road.
How Lean Manufacturing Is Transforming America’s Communities
Many warehouses and businesses are putting more emphasis on cutting out the “fat” or waste in the manufacturing process.
Have the Scammers Been in Your Frequent Flyer Wallet?
What if you logged onto your account and all your miles had gone — and you hadn’t spent them? Here’s what you need to know.
Industrial Distribution is the Rewarding Career You’ve Never Heard Of
Manufacturers make life easier by producing everyday goods and services. Industrial distributors make life easier for manufacturers by supplying technical expertise, market knowledge and product solutions.
The Best Driver Training Schools Are Aiming Higher Than Compliance
Certification from the Professional Truck Driver Institute is more important than ever for driver training schools wanting to show program excellence and separate themselves from the competition.
Todd Dewey Educates and Empowers Tomorrow’s Truckers
Trucking is the foundation of the United States’ economy, but it’s lacking drivers. Todd Dewey, of History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers,” wants to change that.
4 Ways Law Enforcement Agencies Can Improve Trucking Safety
Law enforcement agencies are an underutilized way that trucking companies can improve the safety of their fleets and bypass rates.
Small Trucking Companies Persist in the Face of Industry Giants
David Owen, the president and co-founder of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC), shares the origin story of his company and the need for small trucking companies.
Telematics is Key for the Car of the Future
Telematics, technology that uses storage, manipulation and sharing of data, is becoming increasingly integral to the performance of vehicles.
Health Care in the Cloud, and a New Age for Patients
Like the scalpel and syringe, the cloud is becoming one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet, despite ditching paper records, many health care providers still need to update software.
Why Implementing Best Practices for Green Business Meetings Is a Win-Win
Sustainability is good business. The CEO of the IMEX Group lays out why it’s easier than we think — and why it feels so good — to go green.
Promoting Cultural Understanding With Incentive Travel
Travel abroad provides an ideal platform to build stronger relationships within a business while fostering greater cross-cultural empathy.
3 Supply Chain Trends That Will Shape Retail in 2017
The escalating growth of e-commerce, rising consumer expectations and amplified demand for same-day deliveries will revolutionize the ways the retail supply chain does business.
Increasing Financial Education for the Next Generation
We live in a culture of over-spending. It’s time we started teaching money management the way we teach literacy and math.
How Loyalty Is Changing the Face of Competition in E-Commerce
Online business is clearly integral to the future of retail but as brands move online how can they stop competing and start winning? The answer: loyalty.
How Customer Experience Is Taking the Lead in Loyalty
Customer-led disruption has impacted business blurring the physical, digital and emotional worlds with the customer at the center.
How Urban Spaces Are Leading the Charge Against Climate Change
The battle to prevent catastrophic climate change will be won—or lost—in big cities.
5 Reasons Why Hotel Loyalty Programs Are Still Worth It
Over 67 percent of hotel guests say loyalty programs are highly influential in their selection of where to stay.
Why Producing Safe Food Is a Global Effort
With food sourced from countries around the world, cooperation is key to ensuring health and safety.
5 Ways Millennials Can Start Spending Smarter
As you buy tickets for that upcoming show or instantly transfer cash with your smartphone, take a minute to think about your financial future.
Measuring Your Impact on Small Business Saturday 2017
This Saturday, millions of Americans will be out on the town showing their support for the greatest job-creating engine in the history of our economy: small businesses.
3 Things Young People Should Know About Retirement
Too young to plan for retirement? Think again. Here’s why you should start planning before you feel like you need to.
Teaching Kids the Money Basics
Your financial future doesn’t start at adulthood. It’s important to start early with kids so they’ve got good basics to build on.
Booking Your Customer’s Life of Loyalty (Infographic)
Your customers have their travel points, but now what? In addition to exceptional customer service, clients have just a few more expectations to get them off the ground.
Homeownership Is More Than Just Real Estate
This isn’t just about buying a house — it’s about where you’ll build a home. Even if this life-changing event seems far, it’s never too early to prepare, and we’ve got the steps to help you.
For Online Businesses, Being Trusted Gets Serious in January 2017
It’s a simple idea with huge implications for all website and application owners and managers: The more a person trusts a business, the better it is for that business.
5 Ways U.S. Meat and Poultry is Excelling at Food Safety
When it comes to U.S. meat and poultry inspection, more science means more safety. Here are 5 ways the industry is advancing their safety.
4 Ways Processing and Packaging Are Food Safety’s Last Line of Defense
Within the food supply chain, processing and packaging provide safekeeping at the most vital step—the one linking production with the consumer.
Do You Know What You're Eating?
There are many ways in which consumers can take a hand in promoting and ensuring food safety, both in their homes and with businesses.
5 Tips to Minimize Stress in the Mortgage Process
Finding a mortgage that works for you can be overwhelming, but a few simple steps can cut the anxiety.
5 Ways Technology Is Changing Real Estate
New digital tools are making the process of buying and selling property faster, simpler and more accessible than ever before.
Dolly Lenz on Balancing Real Estate Passion with Common Sense
New York real estate broker Dolly Lenz loves what she does. But when buying there’s a time to get emotional about property, and a time to keep your cool.
How Food Traceability Leaves More on Everyone’s Plate
Businesses have started to recognize that food traceability is a prerequisite for attaining higher-level goals of food security, sustainability, safety, defense and protection.
John Marshall Jones on How Games Are Engaging Your Mind
Call of Duty star John Marshall Jones talks about how video games are revolutionizing the entertainment industry.
Hearing New Voices in Game Development
As the consumer base for video games grows, it’s also becoming more diverse. Developers should work to reflect this.
Inside Small Business Saturday’s $14 Billion Bonanza
The commercial holiday after Thanksgiving presents small merchants with a key chance to bring in new customers—and generate decidedly big revenues.
Affecting Gender Gaps at the Top of Corporate America
While there are some signs of progress, there is still a large gap between men and women in senior positions within the insurance industry.
The Consumer-Driven Revolution in Retail Space
Though online marketplaces are booming, brick-and-mortar retail spaces aren’t a thing of the past. In fact, they’re changing the customer experience.
The Forecast for Female Business Owners in 2016
Never before in the history of our nation has there been a better time to be a female entrepreneur.
Why Sustainability Is the Best Investment in Real Estate
Most of us are familiar with the idea of “going green,” but what does it mean for commercial real estate, and does it really make a difference?
Fraud Alert: 4 Tips for Steering Clear of Scams
It’s estimated that 80 percent of U.S. adults over age 40 have been on the receiving end of a scam pitch.
On Valentine’s Day, Love Means Big Business
The perfect date certainly comes with a hefty price tag. In 2016, Americans will spend nearly $20 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts for their nearest and dearest.
College Costs Are Up, But So Are Solutions
Americans are realizing their dream of continuing their education thanks to an ever-evolving pool of resources.
Ivanka Trump Is Building Her Own Legacy
The esteemed businesswoman shares her golden rule of negotiating and reminds women that you won’t get what you don’t ask for.
Designing Green: The Software Building Smarter Cities
When it comes to building the sustainable cities we demand as global citizens, having a solid, original vision is paramount. We check in with an industry expert to learn about the technology that maps that vision.
Last Mile: The Home Stretch for Hybrid Networks
It’s almost irresistible. But moving to the cloud presents challenges, such as enterprise-grade security and legacy applications.
How the 2016 Presidential Election Will Be Won on Social Media
Social media has made politicians more accountable and more accessible. In 2016, candidates need to reach voters where they spend the most time—online.
Measuring Impact: Facebook’s Secrets to Small Business Success
Are your online marketing efforts falling on deaf ears? Build a powerful online presence that can’t be ignored with these expert do’s and don’ts.
Data Science: Professional Sports’ New MVP?
It’s an unmistakable sound of summer: the crack of the bat as a hitter sends a fastball high into the air against a cloudless sky.
Social Media: Your Glass Slipper?
Every fairytale begins with four magic words, “Once upon a time.” Our real life fairytale began with one magic word: “Facebook.”
Protect and Serve: Insuring the National Critical Infrastructure
Whether it is the purification of our water, the preparation of our food or the generation of electricity, automation ensures safe and reliable operation of a wide variety of industrial processes.
Urban Planning: Defining the Smart Grid
As the world’s cities continue to grow denser, they are becoming paramount to clean living and efficient use of precious resources. But to have a smart city, we must begin with a smart blueprint.
Smart Cities: Driving Efficiency Through Connected Devices
Are you tired of being stuck in traffic? The transportation industry and its ecosystem partners are tapping the IoT to find new ways to improve people’s lives and make cities more efficient.
Today and Tomorrow: Answering the Call to Invest in Female Leaders
After spending too many decades on the side lines, our nation’s women and girls are ready to boost the economy in every industry.
Fact or Fiction: Nuclear Energy, Cleaner Air?
Americans need reliable electricity and we want clean air. With nuclear energy, we can have both.
Why Robert Herjavec Supports the Small Business Revolution
"Shark Tank" investor Robert Herjavec encourages supporting your local companies through the Small Business Revolution campaign.
Social Media Helps Small Businesses Stay Competitive
Across the nation, small business owners are using social media and technology in their business plans in groundbreaking ways.
Playing For Keeps: Skylar Diggins Weighs In on Fan Loyalty
The WNBA star athlete cultivates a loyal following, and her fans are scoring the rewards.
A Blueprint for Building Smarter Cities from the Ground Up
From energy efficient lighting to increased walkability, we caught up with an industry expert to find out what’s needed to upgrade our urban centers.
How LED Systems Reduce Energy Consumption
Lighting is moving away from the use of incandescent bulbs—and into a revolution the industry dubs intelligent lighting.
Building Smarter Cities: How Technology Will Influence Urban Growth
Mediaplanet went in-depth with an industry expert to discuss what it will take to make the world’s cities smarter and to find out who’s leading the way so far.
Curbing Climate Change: How Cities Pave the Way
As the world continues to urbanize, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg sees a future defined by high standards when it comes to emissions and climate control.
Comeback Kid: What Led to the Resurgence of America’s Big Cities
For more than 50 years, people and businesses favored the suburbs, but now the pendulum is swinging back and most American cities are growing faster than their surrounding suburbs.
From Failure to Flavor: How Ben and Jerry Turned a Small Business into an Empire
Household names Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield never forgot what it’s like to be one of the small guys.
Shifting the Urban Climate (Q&A)
As the onus falls upon cities to embrace a changing climate and shifting concentrations of the world population, we ask an industry expert to shed light on the hurdles we face and how we can overcome them.
Big Data, Big Problems: Are We Keeping Up?
Big data will have a profound impact on our daily lives—if we can keep up with it.
Mark Cuban: Nothing But Net
Maximizing his profits and counting his victories, “serial” entrepreneur Mark Cuban explains that there is no shortcut to success.
How Alcohol Fuel May Power Us to New Heights in Sustainability
Alcohol fuel’s potential value as a clean, multifaceted resource could very well power our daily lives into more sustainable terrain. A leading voice in the industry explains how.
Why Gamers Are Demanding Custom Controllers in 2015
Gamers across the country are exploring bold new controller customization opitons. Spencer Patton of Dynamic Essentialz sat down with Mediaplanet to tell us why.
Smarter Devices, Smarter Thieves: Is Your Family Safe from the Modern Burglar?
Security solutions are increasingly becoming a gateway for consumers to add home control technology to their existing system.
Is the Tide Turning for Atlantic City?
Travel continues to boost businesses and local economies across America. For Atlantic City, N.J., this relationship is the key to a thriving future.
Creative Control: How Controllers Will Shape Success in the Era of eSports
As eSports continue to boom, it will only attract bigger audiences and bigger sponsors. With so much at stake, professional gamers have never depended more on their gear.
Meet the New Gamer: Competitive, Creative, Charitable
Each year, the gaming community continues to grow, and so does the support it provides to sick and injured kids at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Levi’s Stadium: Innovative by Design
Levi’s Stadium is a showcase for technological innovation in Silicon Valley thanks to partnerships with local, national and international technology providers.
5 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Your Life This Year
The Internet of Things has already opened a level of connectivity above and beyond what we know from PCs and smartphones.
Smart Home Gives Coast Guard Veteran a New Start
The Internet of Things is changing the way people live, how they work and even how they adapt to big changes in their lives.
The Brave New World of Wearable Tech
Are health gadgets and apps actually making us healthier? A look at trends, next steps and what it all means.
Could Technology Reduce Time Spent in the Waiting Room?
Tracking personal health information today is easier than ever with web-based apps and recording systems. Here’s how.
Game Changers: How Video Games Are Shifting Consumer Expectations
The industry’s biggest games are only getting bigger. For these AAA releases, the stakes have never been higher—and failure has never been more decisive.
How the Internet of Things Is Making Everyday Objects Smarter
In the near future, your refrigerator will let you know when you are running low on milk and your dishwasher will inform you when it is ready to be emptied.
Think Before You Click: What to Expect from Big Data and the IoT
Connected devices are changing how we process personal data. As we enter the age of big data, the question looming largest is: How do we protect it?
Franchising: A Force for Good in Every Local Community
Behind that national brand is often a small businesses owner working to enrich their neighborhood.
From Frequent Flyer to Frequent Spender: How Airline Programs are Changing
The days of frequent flyer programs rewarding travelers just for flying are gone. Today, it’s about how much cold hard cash you spend.
How to Earn Travel Rewards Without Leaving Home
You wouldn’t be alone in assuming that the easiest way to earn airline miles is by actually flying—but you would be wrong.
A Frequent Flyer’s Guide to Falling in Love
Ireland, an off-the-beaten path destination, was my favorite trip of 2015—and should be on everyone’s 2016 “must visit” list.
Loyalty Makes You Royalty in Las Vegas
Let’s be honest. The numbers uppermost in the minds of many Las Vegas-bound visitors are seven and eleven. That’s part of the fun of the Vegas experience.
My Rewards: Mastering the Customer’s Perspective
Two veterans of the loyalty industry open up about what’s impacting rewards programs today, noting what’s helped, what’s hurt and what the biggest takeaway should be.
Live, from Paradise: Choosing Your Island Getaway
Whether you’re looking for a cruise or longing to fly far, far away, the white sandy beaches of Nassau, Bahamas are my favorite destinations for the year.
A Young Green Bay Packers Fan’s Historic Run
For a young Green Bay Packers fan, size and age could not get in the way of becoming one of the historic franchise’s biggest fans.
All About You: Making Travel Rewards Programs More Personalized
From personalized explorations to mobile check-ins, consumers today expect more than ever from travel rewards programs.
Looking to Book? 5 Travel Trends for 2015
Almost evenly split between the West and East Coast, the top five most popular destinations offer everything from sun to rollercoaster thrills, to celebrity sightings and animal adventures.
Bon Voyage: Customers Are Soaring to New Rewards in 2015
Airlines have been busy for the past year revamping their loyalty programs and looking into specific ways to heighten customer engagement.
4 Essentials to Create, Maintain Winning Experience Edge
Companies can develop a profitable customer experience program by using the framework of the four customer experience essentials as a blueprint.
Joining Loyalty Programs: Is Free Better Than Fee-Based?
What’s in it for you? Here are some guidelines for joining a free versus fee-based loyalty program.
Fact Vs. Fiction: What's True About Today's Hotel, Airline Programs
Customer loyalty programs in the hotel and airlines industries have changed significantly over the last few years.
Here's How to Maximize Your Built-Up Flight Mileage, Rewards Points
Joseph Morin uses his experience to teach us the tricks of the trade.
Customer Satisfaction Does Not Create Loyalty
Did you ever wonder why such a high proportion of satisfied B2B customers end up leaving and moving to a competitors’ product or service?
Investing in Sustainable Cities
In a rapidly urbanizing world, how we design and build the cities of the future will play a critical role in protecting the global commons, Earth’s shared natural resources that have provided for the stable conditions enjoyed by humanity for millennia.
Will Next-Generation Devices Be as Smart as We Need?
Some claimed 2015 would be the year of the Internet of Things (IoT), yet it has quickly turned into a year of mostly negative press.
Maximizing Your Hotel Reward Programs
Even though they are increasing in popularity, hotel loyalty reward program — better known as frequent guest programs — still have lots of catching up to do to the frequent flyer program in the minds of the general public.
Walter Kirn: The Mind Behind Ryan Bingham
Mediaplanet sat down with Walter Kirn, author of the book Up in the Air to discuss the inspiration behind leading character Ryan Bingham: the savvy reward strategist portrayed on-screen by George Clooney.
Why Small Business Saturday Is Important for Your Community
As small business owners prepare for the most important shopping day of the year, the U.S. Small Business Administration reminds every American to shop small.
Where the Rubber Hits the Road: What It Really Takes to Succeed on Main Street
Many men and women across the country share the dream of opening an independent coffee shop or a local dive bar, but few have the know-how to nurture a successful small business.
7 Easy Tips for a Financially Fit 2016
Are you on track to meeting your financial goals for 2016?
How Does Culture Affect Financial Literacy?
Cultural issues may influence the success or failure of the economic well-being of individuals and households, especially as they relate to how financial decisions are made or resources are used.
The Woes of Wall Street: Hidden Fees Will Hurt Investors
American investors pay hundreds of dollars each year in hidden fees. The good news? It’s preventable.
How Cloud Computing Has Transformed Game Day
Avaya Stadium and Levi's Stadium are keeping sportsviewing as green as their fields with sustainable initiatives that don't sacrifice experience.
Book an Extra Night and Reap the Rewards
Join a hotel loyalty program and count the points as you drift off to sleep. Mediaplanet sat down with Best Western International's Glen MacDonell to learn the facts.
Tipping Point: How An All-Inclusive Policy Is Shaking the Restaurant Industry
A controversial no-tipping policy at New York restaurants has the restaurant industry wondering if this is a trend.
Sky is the Limit: Travel Tips from a Frequent Flyer
For Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com, booking extravagant international trips for next to nothing is an art form.
Smart Travels: The Perks of Vacation Rental Properties
Ryan Bailey, CEO of ResortsandLodges.com, tells us how to design our dream vacation.
Make Some Miles: 8 Tips For Travelers
Follow Randy Peterson's eight tips to make your summer trip a breeze.
Late Checkout: Is Your Hotel Going the Extra Mile?
Don Berg, IHG Vice President of Loyalty Programs and Partnerships answers your burning questions surrounding hotel loyalty.
Reward Yourself: 4 Must-Visit Destinations
Do you feel it's time for a cultural, relaxing or historical getaway? Here are four must-visit destinations.
Nothing But Net, and Fan Loyalty
NBA champions the Golden State Warriors credit their fan base with helping them win games.
Why Jerry Ferrara Is a Gamer for Life
The Entourage actor talks about why video games aren’t just fun—they’re a way of life.
Experts Discuss the Future of PC Gaming
We talked to gaming technology insiders about to find out about the exciting new changes in the world of PC gaming.
'Tis the Season of Season Ticket Holders
We asked the front offices of major sports franchises for an inside look at how they go about creating memories and lasting connections with fans. Here’s what they had to say.
How theSkimm Caught the Attention of Young Professionals
When two former NBC News producers realized their friends weren’t watching the news, they launched a media company for “smart, busy women on the go.”
Experts Weigh in on the Future of Financial Technology
The intersection of finance and technology means exciting changes in how we buy, sell, trade and save. Four business leaders weigh in on the ever-changing world of FinTech.
Lisa Kelly Gives Advice to New Truck Drivers
In a conversation with Lisa Kelly of “Ice Road Truckers,” she talks about the best advice she’s been given, her start in trucking, and her late driving partner Darrell Ward.
The Future of Sleep Technology Has Exciting Updates On the Horizon
Two sleep experts chatted with Mediaplanet about the secret to a good night’s sleep and the latest in sleep technology.
Are Health Tracking Technologies a Fad?
While health tracking technologies are very popular, they still have work to do to address several areas of fitness.
How Smart Kitchen Technology Makes Cooking Easier
Chef Philip Tessier, Director of Culinary & Media at Hestan Smart Cooking, sat down with Mediaplanet to talk smart kitchen technology.
3 Ways to Get the Most from Your Wi-Fi
High-performance Wi-Fi will become more critical with the expected growth in connected devices and the increased distribution of HD and 4K UHD video over Wi-Fi.
New Technology Is Helping Smart Farms Grow
Farmers, always on the cutting edge of new technologies, are using those advances to improve their environmental footprint as well as their bottom line.
Erin Brockovich Continues the Fight for Clean Water
Two decades after Brockovich became a household name, we check in with the fearless and ferocious advocate on the state of water safety in America today.
The Best Ways to Implement Smart Technology into Your Home
Matt McGovren, VP of Marketing and Partnerships at Wink, chatted with Mediaplanet about easing into smart home technology.
Tech Experts Give Their Best Advice for AI Integration
Mediaplanet sat down with experts in the field of technology to discuss seamlessly integrating AI.
3 Ways IoT Is Taking Over the Consumer World
Shopping is becoming smarter as an increasing number of internet-connected devices enter the marketplace to ease our everyday tasks.
Los Angeles Is Drawing Up Plans for a Smarter City
Ok, we may not have flying cars quite yet, but as you read this, IoT devices are shaping the smart cities of the future.
This Camp Empowers Young Women Through Power Tools
Recent studies suggest that women represent just 8.9 percent of the construction workforce in the United States. One organization is working to improve this figure.
From Board-Breaking Dunks to Glazed Donuts: Behind Shaquille O'Neal's Booming Franchises
Standing 7 feet tall and weighing in at 315 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal is one of the most prolific basketball players of all time. Off the court, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. Literally.
One Celebrity Cook's Tips for Kitchen Rookies
Food Network star Ayesha Curry spills her secrets for quick weeknight meals and advice for people who aren’t quite as into cooking.
Erin Brockovich Speaks Up on Embracing Technology While Maintaining Our Humanity
The famous consumer advocate loves how technology is helping the legal profession but cautions: don’t forget human interaction.
Stopping the Biggest Water-Waster in Your Home
Many Americans try to do their part conserving water without realizing their home’s biggest waster comes from leaks they might not even know exist.
How Energy Executive Susan Dio Defies Stereotypes and Chases Diversity
The recently appointed chairman and president of BP America shares her thoughts on diversity, mentorship and, when it comes to advice, weeding out the good from the bad.
Harnessing the Energy Industry’s Shifting Workforce for Greater Diversity
Learn strategies the energy industry is implementing to engage and develop the next generation of diverse talent.
High Tech or High Touch? The Value of Keeping Personal Finance Personal
Fintech is a great tool for meeting you where you are, but there is no substitute for the value of a human touch when it comes to managing your unique financial situation.
MLB Star Jake Peavy Pays It Forward
Champion MLB pitcher Jake Peavy is using his platform to equip young people with one of the most valuable life skills: financial literacy.
How Couples Can Conquer Financial Infidelity
Financial infidelity is a relationship killer – don’t let it happen to you! By staying honest with your partner, you can make rock-solid plans for a successful financial future together.
How Millennials Are Driving Fintech Innovation
Innovative financial technology, or fintech, is helping some of the most venerable companies in the financial sphere attract and retain more customers than ever.
The New Retirement: What It Means And How to Plan For It
It’s more important than ever for Americans to start thinking about retirement planning.
Coal’s Connection to America’s Security
The future of American energy security depends on coal. For a case study on the difference coal makes, just look to the “bomb cyclone” event of winter 2018.
How Dave Turin of “Gold Rush” Builds Teams That Last
“Gold Rush” star Dave Turin, also known as “Dozer Dave,” shares his tips and tricks for running a successful business in a tough industry.
Best-Selling Author and TV Star Frederik Eklund Shares His Real Estate Secrets
Frederik Eklund shares how he went from total newbie to billion-dollar salesman in Manhattan, one of the toughest real estate markets in the nation.
Mayor Sly James on the Success of Smart City Initiatives
The mayor of Kansas City talks about how community leaders can embrace infrastructure challenges to become successfully “smart.”
Stacy Keach on “American Greed” and Why Fraudsters Are the Worst
At age 12, Stacy Keach witnessed his grandfather become a victim of fraud. His work on “American Greed” awakened a deep-seated vendetta against fraudsters, especially in the healthcare industry.
Three Experts Give Insight into the Future of Women in the Trucking Industry
Empowering female drivers is crucial for the success of the trucking industry, but there are many obstacles that must be addressed in order to get more women in the workforce.
Retirement Readiness: Start Early, Save Often
Starting your retirement planning early on will ensure you’re prepared when the time comes, but don’t forget that consistency is also key.
Saving the Planet by Eliminating Single-Use Plastics
Minimize waste, protect sea life and preserve beautiful locales by taking steps to reduce single-use plastics in our everyday lives.
On Hospitality: A Check-In With Industry Leaders
Gizmo Guru Carley Knobloch Wants You to Smarten Up Your Home
“Smart Home” host Carley Knobloch is no slouch when it comes to smart home technology. She makes a convincing case as to how this tech both benefits your home and saves money in the process.
Integrating Smart Home Automation Into Our Lives
Three experts discuss what makes smart automation so beneficial, and where they think it’s headed next.
NBA Star Dirk Nowitzki on Why Loyalty Is a Slam Dunk
He may be from Germany, but Dirk Nowitzki’s feet are firmly planted in Dallas, where he stays true to his fans, his team and his family.
Digital Medicine: Empowering Patients, Making Medicine Smarter
Safe, edible "digi-meds" make it nearly impossible to miss a dose while putting the patient’s own data at their fingertips.
Digital Health: The Future of Medical Record Keeping
Forty years ago, most medical records were paper charts. Nowadays much of our medical data — including lab results, health history, doctors’ notes and more — are digital. Despite that progress, there’s more to be done.
Mark Cuban Invests in The Future of Health Care Technology
From artificial intelligence to remote patient management, billionaire venture capitalist Mark Cuban is betting big on the health care sector.
Technology Is Extending Into Our Health Care System
Major technology companies are positioning themselves to become an integral part of the health sector. That’s a good thing, right?
Technology Is the Health Care System’s Final Frontier
As chief health officer at IBM Watson Health, Kyu Rhee, MD, is always on top of technological developments in health care, making his insight invaluable.
Health Care Meets 21st Century Technology
Whether you embrace it or resist it, the fact is there: technology is improving health care in almost every aspect it touches. But it’s improvement, so why not embrace it?
5 Trends to Track in Digital Health
These days, people are used to having just about everything at their fingertips. Health care is no exception.
How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Health Care Experiences
The algorithms may be hidden, but artificial intelligence is improving health care for both patients and doctors in a multitude of ways.
6 Myths That We Need to Address in Telemedicine
With all the skepticism surrounding the value of telemedicine, an expert from the inside steps into the ring to support the present and future of the industry.
Where Medical Technology and Communications Cross Over
The health care industry is shifting thanks to newfound collaboration between medical technology companies and communications giants. Together, they can better protect the health care system against cyberthreats.
Digital Pharmacy: Promises and Concerns
The digital pharmacy provides all the convenience of its real-life namesake at your fingertips. It may not be all hunky-dory, but the benefits outweigh the detriments by a long shot.
Health Care Technology Integration and the Future of Digital Health
Insiders from the health care technology industry discuss their career origins, why technological upgrades can be a good thing, and where they see digital health ending up in the coming years.
Building the Real Facts Around Sustainable Steel
Over the past 20 years, sustainable building practices and outcomes have moved from theory to practice.
John Ratzenberger Reminds Us Why We Need To Be Plumbers Again
Funnyman John Ratzenberger cheers us on when people decide to pick up a trade instead of a tablet.
Who Wants to See a Film on Infrastructure? You Do!
The inspiration of a voice-over actor is not in film this time, but the open (crumbling) roads of America.
How AI and Blockchain Can Help Improve Supply Chains and Bottom Lines
Scott Tupper, CEO of Yave, a blockchain platform, and Kellen Betts, CEO of Predictive Chain, a supply chain startup, share their insights on the positive business effects of new technologies.
Flying High: Shaesta Waiz Marks Anniversary of Dream Expedition
It’s been one year since the first certified Afghan-American female civilian pilot completed a solo flight around the world, but her journey is far from over.
Tech Experts Talk How IoT Could Advance Key Industries
The internet of things feels like a far-off concept, but it can be easily implemented into everyday businesses, providing optimization for all.
Plotting the Course for LGBT Inclusion in Aviation
The National Gay Pilots Association has a rich history of local and national efforts that have contributed to it becoming one of the strongest voices for inclusion in the aviation industry.
Empowering African Americans in Aviation
Captain Albert Glenn of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and Luke Weathers flight Academy shares his insight on the obstacles faced by minorities in aviation.
Chef and Restauranteur Paul Wahlberg on Building a Successful Business
The Wahlberg siblings know all about the balancing act of owning a restaurant.
Designing a Dream Career With Lindon Leader
The founder of Leader Creative shared his expertise with Mediaplanet, offering tips for both business owners and individual freelancers.
When Dealing with AI, It's Adapt or Die
We're living in a world where countless business decisions need to be made at a moment's notice in response to ever-changing situations. Only AI can handle these changes.
Why Closing the U.S. Skills Gap Starts in Kindergarten
The skills gap is a problem in all industries. SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. says that issue begins with a failure to prepare students for the workforce.
How Artificial Intelligence Helps NASA
Space exploration brings a set of challenges that requires a need for autonomous decision-making. Without humans, it's up to AI to fill the void.
How AI Is Changing the Marketer-Customer Relationship
Artificial intelligence will allow companies to better understand their customers. That means they can reach them better and create a more meaningful connection.
Money in the Middle
What worries Middle America more than almost anything else? Terrorism; Tornado, hurricane or flood; Financial emergency; or Crime?
Futurist Martin Ford on the Danger of AI
Futurist Martin Ford says that artificial intelligence can bring many advances in humanity — but can easily be weaponized if we're not careful.
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