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20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013

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The Salvation Army has embraced the mobile app revolution. The charitable organization built its own apps using HTML5/CSS3/jQuery, which can run on Apple's iOS, Google's Android, and Microsoft's Windows Phone, RT and desktops (using the Chrome browser). With the help of feedback from users and workers, it has released 32 new apps. Two apps have had a major impact: one summarizes sales for all stores in real time, and another tracks the number and type of goods being donated in every location, helping improve the distribution of inventory.

The Salvation Army's mobile strategy has a human element too, in the form of an app for social workers who provide services to men and women in the organization's substance abuse rehab programs. The app provides quick access to a client's personal and medical treatment information to help Salvation Army counselors provide better treatment. Simply giving social workers the ability to see clients' photos and call them by their names has strengthened relationships within the rehab program.

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Laurianne
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9/9/2013 | 5:41:58 PM
re: 20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
UPS will probably write the book on telematics analysis. But this company also gets the people part of the customer relationship right. I know a very senior IT person who was won over by UPS on a business level because she was impressed by them as a consumer: Her neighborhood driver leaves a dog biscuit on top of all packages left at her door. Talk about thinking like a customer. I am betting there is not a biscuit metric but I bet the biscuits go a long way.
OtherJimDonahue
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9/10/2013 | 1:28:26 PM
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Re: Arizona State:

"The creation of eAdvisor had a direct impact on the freshman retention
rate. Retention rates from 2008-2012 increased by 1.7% year over year.
However, retention rates in the year after eAdvisor's launch increased
by 6.8%."

That is seriously impressive. I'd be interested in knowing what other factors may be involved, but any university that improves retention that much that quickly deserves praise.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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9/10/2013 | 4:41:08 PM
re: 20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
BIDMC has consistently been a leader in health IT, and OpenNotes is no exception. OpenNotes keeps patients engaged in their healthcare and educated about their health, possibly resulting in better outcomes. CIO John Halamka is a true innovator there.
David F. Carr
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9/10/2013 | 6:51:20 PM
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Congrats to Ketchum on their IdeaShop idea - sounds like a cool use of collaborative brainstorming.
rhagan04101
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9/11/2013 | 4:04:22 PM
re: 20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
I'll certainly post my comment, but I'm not about to click through 22 dang slides to dig through this.

Click bait fail. You lose.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/13/2013 | 7:09:27 PM
re: 20 Great Ideas To Steal In 2013
Impressed overall with how these companies didn't let corporate killers like inertia and bureaucracy prevent them turning ideas into action. I'm partial to the companies that went mobile in a big way by developing mobile apps (Dallas Cowboys, Salvation Army, Mitsubishi) or replacing paper products and old hardware with smartphones and tablets (Procter & Gamble, Dish).
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