Interview with Daniel Newman

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in Chicago Business Profiles | 14 comments

Happy Monday morning everyone! I hope you had an incredible weekend!

This past Friday I had an opportunity to sit down and chat a bit with Daniel Newman, the CEO of United Global Comm which provides a hosted tele-presence solution to small and medium businesses. United Global Comm is a new business in start up mode, but its an off-shoot of a well established 60+ year old company called United Visual (which Dan also leads as CEO).

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Has Pegmo Reinvented the Customer Loyalty Program?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Chicago Business Profiles | 6 comments

There’s an interesting new business in Chicago called Pegmo.  Just over two weeks old, Pegmo is putting a new spin on an old concept – customer loyalty – by layering in a healthy dose of social media, user generated content and gamification.

The concept is really pretty cool. A business signs up for Pegmo and creates actions they want customers to take in order to win a badge (called a peg in the service – hence the name). Businesses can also create rewards for specific actions as well. The neat thing is that Pegmo is tightly integrated with both Facebook and Twitter – meaning a business can set the task of “liking” their facebook page or following them on twitter and Pegmo automatically recognizes when that act has been completed and notifies the user.

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