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Posts from — October 2008

Publishers: the end of an era?

Three in a row. That was the experience I had last week. It started with a videoposting on Gary Vaynerchuk’s blog where he is very outspoken (like Gary can be) on the topic of ROI, online advertising and traditional publishers. Next, I had a strategy workshop with a customer that touched (amongst others) social media and publishers (mostly with respect to publisher’s struggle what to be in the future).

Then today I came across this article with the title: “New York Times running on fumes“. And that article sketches that it is even worse than I had realized.

So, what’s next? Crash and burn? Or, will these publishing giants of the past still find a way back into the future? What do you think?

October 24, 2008   No Comments

So you like Photos? or Video? Try this!

Short post, to busy for long stories, but just had to share this. I am really excited about this plugin called CoolIris. I like to watch photos online, browse Flickr, Pbase or Photo.net. Or photo related blogs such as Thomas Hawk or Strobist.

If you do too: get this plugin, you will love it !!

October 16, 2008   No Comments

Web 2.0: Art of Science?

Sometimes a simple illustration can trigger a lot of thought. When I first saw the illustration below I was immediately struck although not really sure why.

Web Evolution: Art or Science?

In the weeks after that first impression I actually found myself using this illustration to explain complex topics and therewith simplify discussions I had with several people.

First of all, I think this illustration does a great job of showing the evolution that the Web has gone through. In the first phase of the web all activities are centered around broadcasting information. Companies and people create websites and use them to broadcast their messages into the world. This is the era of the webmaster, and site navigation based on the organizational structure. Then came the transactional web. Editorial & marketing teams took over, the navigational structure was mostly based on the products and services an organization offered, and the main objective was moving actual business online. We are currently in the personal phase of the web, which is characterized by three key elements:Relevant (e.g. personalized messages and offerings), Interactive (e.g. the read-write web, User generated content) and Social (e.g. online networks, references and reviews).

Now, the red line in the illustration marks an important crossover (note that I’ve added the red line and the Science and Arts labels myself). On the left side of the red line are the phases we have already mastered. It has resulted in new job titles, services and organizations that focus on things like Search Engine Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Web Analytics, Pay per Click Management et cetera. As we have mastered these phases we have created the science required for these phases and we know what to do (or who to hire) to do them right.

However, on the right side of the red line we are still discovering and learning. Success here is not based on science, it still is an Art:organizations follow their gut and try to innovate. Ok, I understand this is not 100% true. There are first examples of methodologies that will lay the groundworks for future science, but, even Analysts are confirming that the miss rate for this phase is still very high.

Valérie Léonard made a righteous statement in her last post: ORM goes beyond SEM. It certainly does, and for me this illustration also shows that. SEM is on the left side of the red line, ORM is on the right. Over time we will create new sciences for this new phase that the web is entering. For now: get yourself a good artist!

October 7, 2008   No Comments

For those wondering … .did he quit … again?

No I did not, but I’ve been strangely busy in also sorts of ‘real life’ stuff: birthdays, marriages, kids, dog, painting ….. So, time to write new blog posts has been very limited, but, in the reading I’ve done in the lost in-between minutes I’ve come across two things that I would quickly like to share.

The First is a quote that is funny and sticks:

“You can’t take something off the Internet. That’s like trying to take pee out of a swimming pool”

I think it does a great job of describing the problem that large corporates have in controlling the messaging around their brands and products. If ‘the word’ is out, and you don’t like it, there is nothing you can do about it. Well, there is one thing: face it, and join the conversation!

The second is a great image from Forrester: The New Marketing Funnel. No comments on this one, I will do a separate post on commenting this illustration (ok, one comment: I like it a lot!).

October 1, 2008   No Comments