While working at a Fortune 100 company for nine years before moving to lead my current team, I became fascinated by customer behavior. What kinds of digital offerings most deeply engage customers in their digital lives? I started by looking at some case studies of the products, services, communications and experiences that had been embraced and adopted by customers during the first two decades of the internet. Over a period of seven years working on inbound marketing campaigns, what I found was a recurring pattern of three behaviors that drove the adoption of new digital experiences, which I call the three core behaviors of a network:
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The other type of student was the unassuming and open-minded learner. Even after I had years of practice, these students would teach me new things in their first practice. Their own personality or body type would influence how they fight, and certain techniques wouldn’t work on them. This forced me to reconsider what I thought I knew or tweak it in some way. Those were the students who advanced quickly.
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