If you were to weigh all of the editorial that has been written about the Internet – the most exciting, disruptive communications platform ever created – I bet 75% of that edit would be about how it is tearing the stomach out of "old school" media ventures. Skype is killing telephone company landline revenue. Peer-to-peer music services have killed CD sales. Craigslist has halved newspaper classified revenue. Email has us on the verge of a 4-day postal service. Need I go on?
Not enough has been written about the money making side of the Internet…and that’s because there’s not a lot of that going on. If Web 1.0 was about ubiquity and connectivity and Web 2.0 is/was about usability, search and community, then Web (dare I type it) 3.0 is about revenue.
What is going on at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference this week in Boston is all about revenue. Not about selling widgets or hard and soft goods but about how to make companies more efficient. The real breakthrough after companies are more efficient will be innovation. Innovation the likes of which we have never before seen. We will cure cancer, solve the energy crisis and even morph into a more peaceful planet when we create “social business design” solutions for our planet. (Thanks Dachis Corporation.) Oh yeah, it will create lots of money for corporations, too.
October 23, 2017 in Brand Strategy
A couple of years ago a smallish branding shop contacted me about helping creating a strategy for a division of a top 5 consulting company. The master brand is known to all and likely has a brand strategy (maybe not) but the division we were helping offered a very complicated, layered value proposition in health […]
October 17, 2017 in Marketing
Mitch McConnell recently accused President Donald Trump of “excessive expectations” with regard to the speed at which democracy moves. As a brand planner I kind of like excessive expectations. The right brand strategy can snowball into many more business accomplishments than most marketing directors would ever agree to. I like to load up on business […]
If I say Las Vegas shooting you know what I mean. If I type “Las Vegas sh..” into Google, it auto defaults. In 5 years if I say Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino are you likely to think of the same carnage? Hopefully not. The words “nine one one” have a very different meaning than […]
October 13, 2017 in Marketing
The two fundamental components of strategic marketing are the brand plan and the marketing plan. Most companies have a marketing plan. They also have brands. Not always to they have both. The marketing plan is viewed through a lens of “making money,” as it should be. Each tactic, event or channel strategy is gauged by […]
October 12, 2017 in Marketing
The Boy Scouts of America are getting ready to allow girls as members. Bravo. Or should say Brava? Legislating inclusion is very American. If girls want to join the Boy Scouts and their parents agree, go for it. Jealousy, bullying, sexual harassment and other injustices are going to happen regardless of age, dominion or organization. […]
October 11, 2017 in Marketing
I first heard of Masayoshi Son, head of international conglomerate Softbank, in 2,000 when he purchased Ziff Davis. Since then he has been quite busy. His new big care-abouts are Artificial Intelligence and Robots. He has always been cutting edge – some hits, some misses – but the man is paying attention. And the man […]
October 10, 2017 in Marketing
More and more, technology startups are being purchased by multinationals to help large ships chug into the future. Owners in hot categories like self-driving cars, streaming video and alternative energy are cashing in daily as billion dollar companies purchase their intellectual property. It’s a tech thing. The purchased companies are small, 8-15 people, so prices […]