What People do when they find a Paperclip

It seems that people are regularly researching 100 Uses for a Paperclip as it’s the title of the most read post on InnovationIQ!  Just for fun, please let us know what you do when you find a paperclip. Drop your answer in a comment below! Thanks! :-)

Novel paperclips abound these days, but do you know the story behind the original paperclip design?


Heard about the guy who, through a series of online exchanges, swapped a red paperclip for a house? Go here to read about it  

According to Ten Facts About , the design of the original paperclip has never been patented and no one’s sure about who or where it was invented. This design was produced by the Gem Manufacturing Company Ltd in Britain in the 1870s and introduced to America in 1892. It became known as The Gem paperclip and is still the most common paperclip used in the world.




Types of paperclips
Different Types of Paperclips



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The YouTube Timeline


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Top YouTube Facts

  • Started on Valentines day, February, 2005
  • First video was titled “Me at the zoo”
  • Full HD released in November, 2009
  • Broke the 2 billion video views a day in May, 2010
  • Trueview ads launched in 2010
  • Major redesign in December, 2011Reached 4 billion video views in December, 2012
  • First video to reach 1 billion views (Gangam Style – PSY)
  • It is the second largest search engine (bigger than Bing, Yahoo, ASK and Yahoo all combined)
  • 800 Million+ monthly unique visitors

Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/02/11/the-facts-and-figures-on-youtube-in-2013-infographic/#vtblHwtPW46PkYgp.99

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Fascinating You Tube Facts

I wanted to get a better idea of You Tube traffic habits. I stumbled across these interesting facts supplied by You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/yt/press/statistics.html


  • More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month
  • Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • 80% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  • YouTube is localized in 61 countries and across 61 languages
  • According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more US adults ages 18-34 than any cable network
  • Millions of subscriptions happen each day. The number of people subscribing daily is up more than 3x since last year, and the number of daily subscriptions is up more than 4x since last year

YouTube Partner Program

  • Created in 2007, we now have more than a million creators from over 30 countries around the world earning money from their YouTube videos
  • Thousands of channels are making six figures a year


  • Thousands of advertisers are using TrueView in-stream and 75% of our in-stream ads are now skippable
  • We have more than a million advertisers using Google ad platforms, the majority of which are small businesses

Mobile and Devices

  • Mobile makes up almost 40% of YouTube’s global watch time
  • YouTube is available on hundreds of millions of devices

Thank you for reading, please like if you found it useful, interesting or a waste of time (so that your friends visit and waste their time too! :-)

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The 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords

Where google makes money

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Kickstarting Innovation

goal setting

Define and Know your Goals so that you can measure the innovation’s impact


The word is used so easily, but what does it really mean to start innovative action?

According to Idea Connection Systems, key questions to ask in order to direct innovation are:

  1. What does innovation mean to your organization? Meaning is important because it links motivation and commitment to the innovation challenge. Meaning will also lead to quantified results that can be measured and recognized.

Their second and third questions can be summarised as:

2. Define and Know your goals: ICS refers to their continuum cycle, which defines goals in terms of Revolutionary,   Expansionary and Evolutionary

3.Who is most suitable to drive the innovative action?






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What people think about at work

Ever wondered what your colleagues are thinking about? How about you…How many of these wily thoughts are you guilty of?


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LinkedIn Trends for South Africans

Searching for information to create a narrative about South African business media users, I discovered this infographic from Digitlab, illustrating LinkedIn trends during 2010 – 2011.

It shows that the 25-34 year age group is still the largest, with the 35 – 54 group increasing their activity. The section of the infographic on industries and their respective growth shows that Agriculture was the fastest growing industry over the last year. (Hmmm…interesting!) This sector outgrew hi-tech, corporate, finance and government.

The largest job sector on LinkedIn is Administration.

If you’re unemployed, you might want to see what transferable skills you have that are relevant to the Agricultural sector. The substantial size of the administration job sector shows that this is where a huge need exists, and, potentially  high levels of competition.


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What does it cost to run a startup?

What does it cost to run a startup?

Radel Artida from Staff.com sent this infographic to me for publication. Thanks for the content Radel, <raised eyebrow> how about including us South African’s in your next infographic?!





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Your Brain, Presents and Market Shares

We all like packages in various forms and sizes, no innuendo intended. But it’s fair to say that the ability to select appropriate gifts underpins all sorts of relationships – from economic to romance.

This infographic shows what goes on in the brain during the process of both giving and receiving. It also illustrates gift cards vs coupons as marketing campaigns and the origins of gifting. Think of early trade agreements where it was common for tribes to gift first in order to trade. Lol…I see politicians and executives lining up now to justify greasy palms!

Infographic Power of the Gift

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Famous Athletes and the Drugs they Took

Enhancement is no new concept and it’s not such a surprise that doping and the likes of Lance Armstrong exist. Personally, I’d pay to watch a race if its billed as the one where all athletes have been on an ‘enhancement’ program and where super human feats are expected.

I’m not into sports but superhuman yes! Am I condoning drugs in sports? Lets get it straight- I’m saying differentiate between the naturals and the enhancers. As long as the enhancers don’t try to pass their plasticism off as natural – I don’t see the problem.

I’m more cerebral than athletic – but to be fair the quality of cerebral activity is up for debate. Which leads me to the next point.

I’m pretty sure there are people taking brain enhancing pills somewhere – or even people being force fed them without their knowledge. Such as in Canada.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) does a whole lot of fascinating scintillating research – like the one about the average time people spend on housework in different countries. Men around the world spend an average of 131 minutes per day on cooking, Canadian women have their men enhanced to a level of 146 minutes per day spent on cooking, cleaning and chores. You don’t think there’s something going down there? Seriously?

Ok, well what about North Korea? Google lists it as one of the most secretive countries in the world. Don’t bother buying a guide book if you go there – a government approved tour guide takes you to government approved experiences. Sounds like the perfect site for brain enhancement to occur.

Back to doping in sport, its like saying blank CD’s shouldn’t be available to consumers. If we want to glorify the naturals then the sporting organisations need to drive the process – I do believe that Lance Armstrong was a facile bastard but I think its time we realized that we’ve set sportspeople up for failure in a supremely plastic society.

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Break out of a Creative Rut

Sometimes you feel stuck, right?  Can’t think of solutions, no great ideas, not even your usual pickup lines are met with the same enthusiasm. Tired no Mojo? Drop the self pity, here’s here to break out of that creative rut and kick some ass.

infographic -- click the text links in the post for text versions of the visual material

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A Guide to Business Strategy


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Dirty Startups Clean Strategy

Conflicts kill passion and distract you from what’s important. What Gran said is true, pick your battles and stop running around like a headless chicken!

Pick a strategy, not a fight – especially when it comes to money! Here are ideas for startup funding.

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A Burmese Train Jump and a Russian Traffic Jam inspire corporate change

Last year I conducted a Service Excellence intervention at the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). These were amongst my favourite clips for illustrating problem solving skills, our inherent creativity and teamwork. Not only are they quite funny but they provoke interesting and entertaining discussions about culture too.

Apparently this village in Burma is too small to warrant trains stopping so the locals participate in teamwork in order to jump on. The best these train drivers can do to assist is to slow down slightly!

Talk about Outliers! Check out how these comrades take matters in their own hands!

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