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Will Government Inventory Flood the Local Ad Market?

April 6, 2011



Cash strapped state governments and agencies are beginning to experiment by showing ads to visitors to its websites in order to try to bring in revenue to offset budget deficits. While it is unclear if this concept will be successful enough to become widespread, it presents us with the potential for some new and interesting pairings of services with messages. For example, might we see ads for abstinence on websites associated with family planning? Could we see ads promoting smaller government all over the sites of state agencies?

So Google Can Alter its Results Manually?

April 1, 2011



Recently it was reported that former CEO of Google Eric Schmidt tried to have his political contributions hidden from Google. The news reminded me that a few years back I wrote about the cozy relationship between Schmidt and President Obama and how it could be protecting a Google monopoly. Interestingly, based upon Schmidt's contributions - he seems to be fairly middle of the road - supporting candidates on the left and right. So it does seem his close ties with the Obama administration might have served the purpose of protecting his company from future lawsuits.

Microsoft, Google and EU Antitrust - Is Facebook Next?

April 1, 2011

In the recent antitrust allegations being brought against Google by Microsoft, some of the controversy surrounds Microsoft's inability to access YouTube content on its Windows smartphone as well as its Bing search engine. The challenge is being caused by the fact that Google not only has a dominant search position but has implemented technical road blocks to keep competitors from accessing YouTube properly.

Its an interesting argument  and one which can be applied to Facebook as well - if you don't have access to all the social networking data on the site, how can you compete with the company one might ask a regulator in the future.

If EU and other regulators agree and Google has to remove the technical wall blocking YouTube content, we have to wonder what's next. Does every company which becomes large enough have to open up its data to the world as well? These issues will become more and more important over time and Microsoft's ownership stake in Facebook will certainly come into play in this and future cases.

Many of us who have been in the tech space for years realize the irony of Microsoft being on the other side of the anti-competitive issue - but for Google, perhaps the worst company to have to fight is one which has the level of relevant experience Microsoft possesses in this matter.

Google has 90% market-share in Europe and this factor may be one of the most important in the case.







IT Spending Up: Thanks iPad

March 31, 2011

I've been using the iPad 2 consistently for about a week now and although I sense the battery life of the original tablet was greater - I find I am much more productive using this device. For example as you delete email, other emails - especially those of the HTML variety open much more quickly. This allows you to go through much more graphically intense messaging in a fixed amount of time. And this could be the reason for the battery drain as I am using the processor and wireless network that much more per minute.

Another plus is the WiFi radio seems to do a better job of finding the closest access point meaning less issues of having to turn your wireless radio on and off or rebooting to get things working right.

Obviously I am not alone in seeing a business use for tablets.



Google +1: 4 Things The Company Forgot to Announce

March 31, 2011

By launching the Google +1 button, the search leader has positioned itself firmly as the follower to social networking leader Facebook and their like button. The concept is very similar if not exactly the same - allowing users to like all sorts of web content including articles and blog posts. It is unclear how popular this initiative will become but with the company owning such a dominant portion of the search market - enough for even Microsoft to start complaining about antitrust issues in Europe, Google can likely get huge numbers of likes - I mean +1s.



The video above shows how it works and if you were hoping for some sort of benefit beyond what is provided with other social sharing buttons, you'll be disappointed.



Why Salesforce.com Purchased Radian6

March 30, 2011

The recent Salesforce.com Cloudforce 2011 conference in New York

Word of mouth advertising has always been important to business but today, a small group of people who others trust could be responsible for making or breaking a product or company. This concept is not new as in the past; a small group of journalists could also be responsible for assigning tremendous credibility to a company or product. And in response, companies often treated the media like a sort of royalty – doing their best to influence the influencers.

Amazon: Begun the Consumer Cloud Wars Have

March 29, 2011

Amazon has just unveiled a cloud storage solution for music and other files beating Apple and Google to the punch. The service, promoted by the included graphic on the Amazon home page explains the offer which includes a player which works on the web as well as Android devices. Most in the media will herald this move as new but they likely aren't aware of Michael Robertson (past blogs) the man behind MP3.com and MP3Tunes.com. Both of these services had cloud components associated with music storage and both were sued by the record labels.

How Poor Branding and Positioning Have Led to Tech and Auto Failure

March 27, 2011

Lessons Learned From Microsoft, Cisco, Volkswagen, Mazda and Apple Misteps

Why do Cisco and Microsoft have trouble entering new consumer markets and why does Apple have challenges when trying to get into the enterprise server market? According to an article from Rob Enderle, President and Prinpal Analyst, Enderle Group the reason has to do with poor management choices which have more to do with seniority than ability - coupled with starving new products of the resources they need to make it.

I agree with many of the points he makes and the fact Redmond actually decided turd brown was a great color to use when competing with Apple is hard to digest (sorry).  But in addition to the thoughts from Enderle I would add there is a positioning challenge facing these companies as well. In today's world where everything seems to revolve around clicks and search ads, most companies don't even seem to know what positioning means.

And its too bad because companies fail every day because they generate lots of leads that won't turn into business.





TMC Launches New Logo for Online Communities or OCs

March 18, 2011

Learn From Newspapers Before The Internet Makes You Extinct

March 15, 2011

If you remember a while back I had a rant about not wanting to save newspapers by using taxpayer money to bail them out. My concern was that newspapers knew the Internet was coming and chose not to innovate. My post was published on Business Insider and yesterday the site put out a graph of $8.0B the industry let evaporate as job sites took all their listings.



Marc Cenedella, CEO of TheLadders.com adds more clarity as to what happened. He says, it was uncomfortable for newspapers to make the leap so they didn't.

I would add it was a cultural problem - a bunch of academics with an entrenched competitive advantage being thrown into a new business model where they were on a level playing field with the best and brightest entrepreneurs was just too much for them.

We saw the same sort of challenges at DEC the company which owned AltaVista the most Google-like company to totally botch the opportunity to monetize search.

Corporate culture is as much of a killer of corporations as disruption.









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