The Huge Canary in The Internet Coal Mine

Facebook’s stuttering IPO has the doomsday drums beating. They will fail. The model won’t hold. The stock will collapse. It’s all about Facebook and its stock price. But, there is a bigger story here – one that we wrote about back in 2009 – the Chaos Scenario, Bob Garfield’s theory that the price of advertising [...]

Motivations: Why We ‘Share’ Online

Here’s how to make your blog, your tweets, your Facebook page, and even your LinkedIn profile more effective. Just check out this new study from CIG and The New York Times. This new research suggests 5 key motivations for sharing online (they apply when we share offline too).  To bring  valuable and entertaining content to others – [...]

Marshall McLuhan What Are You Doing?

Today is Marshall’s 100th birthday (or would have been if he hadn’t been knocked out by a stroke over 20 years ago). So, why the big fuss?  What’s important about Marshall today? John Donabie from Canada’s premier jazz station Jazz.FM91 wondered the same thing…so he interviewed me on-air (click here to listen). First, full disclosure. [...]

Conversation is Messaging

The Cluetrain Manifesto is celebrating its 10th anniversary (that’s 100 years in Internet years). When it first burst on the scene, one chapter – Markets Are Conversations – jumped out with its bold insight about how to succeed online. As I re-read the chapter recently, it reminded me that what is old is new again. [...]

Making Money From ‘Context’

Magazines are finding new markets by chopping up their stories and issuing  them as mini e-books.  And, they are making money from it. They are learning that people no longer want more facts about the news – they are  already overwhelmed by information from TV, radio, blogs, tweets and the internet. Instead, people look for [...]

600,000 Twitter Impressions and Only 10 Clicks

This is a cautionary tale on the do’s and don’ts of social media… http://brandsavant.com/the-limits-of-online-influence/ A top blogger (Tom Webster) got his Twitter message out with a reach of more  than  600,000 people on Twitter – using social networking friends who are in the  top 10-20% of influencers to help him. He was looking for something [...]

Harvard Business School on Groupon

If you are using coupons (or Groupon) to build traffic, here’s some news from  Harvard’s Business School. They say that ‘discount vouchers are likely to be most effective for businesses that  are relatively unknown and have low marginal costs’. In other words, Groupon isn’t likely to help a company that people already  know, like The Gap, [...]