Erik Linask : Sports Technology
Erik Linask

A Look at Some Numbers

A look at the results from a few companies. EarthLink announced 2Q2013 Results: Revenues for 2Q2013 is $313.4 million, "which is...

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Tech Leaders Brin, Zuckerberg and Bezos are Changing Everything

In the last few years there has been an incredible display of tech leaders transcending the status quo and jumping into new...

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If there's no "mobile" in your video development strategy, you're losing revenue

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming IT Expo West show in Las Vegas on August 27, where one of the topics...

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Axis Communications Uses APIs and Low-Light Tech to Differentiate

One constant in business has been the ecosystem can be more important than the product. As an example, if a person is...

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Jetman: A Rocket Powered Human Can Fly

Iron Man fans everywhere rejoice as it is now possible to fly with rocket power and a wing strapped to your back....

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Grandstream UCM6100 PBX - Security & GPLv2 Disaster?

Last week I wrote Grandstream UCM6100 PBX - Yet Another Aastra & snom Disaster? I was looking at it from a partner...

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Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation: Loyalty-Based Plans

In this sixth installment of the Six Degrees of Mobile Data Plan Innovation blog series, Alcatel-Lucent’s Rich Crowe (@rhcrowe) examines loyalty-based mobile data plans. With loyalty-based plans, subscribers get rewards for keeping up active relationships with mobile network operators. Operators can use these plans as the basis for retaining subscribers, encouraging increased spending and data usage, or forming mutually profitable partnerships with retailers.

RAISE the bar

Airlines offer them. So do hotels, credit card companies and, yes, mobile network operators. “They” are loyalty programs that reward customers for making frequent purchases. Airlines, hotels and credit cards tend to stick to the script, offering free flights, nights and merchandise. Mobile network operators have no such script. Today, operators reward loyal customers with voice minutes, text messages, accessories, ringtones, discounted device upgrades or even dining, shopping, travel and spa services. As mobile network operators’ business models grow more data-centric, the creative use of mobile data will become essential to ensuring that their loyalty-based plans remain relevant.

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Archives of all blog posts:
To Hell with Gift Registries: How's Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
I'm in Love with the Girl from Oil Star
Bowling for Jesus, or Bowling against Judas?
Michael Jackson-Type Drag Queens and the World Cup 2010 on Mobile Devices
Uncle Bill's Playboys and Why I'm Psyched for the 'New' Super Bowl Shuffle
Who Needs Instant Replay When You Have My Father?
Hagler-Leonard, Yanks-Phils and My Beloved DVR
Chicago Bulls, Blackhawks Turn to CRM to Boost Sales
ESPN, NBA-Turner Venture Pursue Fantasy Basketball Super-Site
ESPN Pursues Local Sports Coverage Online
Stealing Sports Programming through Cable, Satellite or IPTV: Ongoing, International
Nancy Kerrigan Eyes Rink-Side Return via IPTV
Is There Enough Content for a TV Channel about One Baseball Team?
FIFA Scoffs at Instant Replay in Soccer: Good or Bad?
Sports Broadcasting and the Future of Video Online
Playing Now: Live MLB Streaming on the iPhone, iPod Touch
Enjoying Ice Hockey from the Sofa: Hi-Def Flat Screens Outdo FoxTrax
Streaming the New York Yankees on the Internet? Just Beat the Sawx Already!
Twitter Continues to Hog the Sports Technology Spotlight
St. Louis Cardinals Manager Sues Twitter
Should Yahoo Have to Pay the NFL Union for Fantasy Football Stats?
Opening Soon: the New Cowboys Stadium, Another Wonder of Sports Technology
Pro Sports Cable TV Packages: The End of the One-Team Fan?
Sports Technology Yields Ultra-Fast Swimming Suits: Another "*61"?
Could MLB Fans Help Umps with Flip Camcorders and iPhones?
Sports Technology and Baseball Attendance: Reversing the Curse of TV