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Wednesday
Aug082012

In 2012, Social Technologies Now Matter

Social technologies are now beginning to matter. As the web evolves into the ‘the social web,’ having a social Internet strategy and an Internet strategy are becoming one and the same. Cultivating and nurturing online communities provide consumers a ready-made, high-usage, high-value, trust-inducing environment. Additionally, it is important to align your ‘social web’ objective with a clear sense of purpose, i.e., a clear sense of why it matters to your existing customers to have a community that is front and centre.

In this context, communities act as a hyper-efficient mechanism to coordinate important resources. The information and knowledge shared can, because of the serendipitous nature of communities and network effects, provide critically important utilities for its members. These benefits include getting a job done, solving a problem, increased productivity, fulfilling unmet needs and more indirect psychological benefits, e.g., a sense of belonging or being able to sate your curiosity.

Hence, understanding ways to leverage social technologies can be a key source of value. We can imagine and do things, which were just not possible a few years ago. Consumers are rapidly adopting these technologies and creating uniquely valuable experiences. Products now act like artifacts or ‘social objects’ around which consumers can have connected experiences. Such connections are key in online social networks; people are loyal to that which they are connected and to what provides them benefits. People stick with ties they trust.

Sunday
Jul012012

The New Reality

» There was once a time, in the not so distant past, when discussions about the transparency of the online world and the ability of digital consumers to compare offers loomed over business. Businesses were concerned with how price positions would push the pendulum of power towards the digital consumer – intensifying pressure on the competitive landscape.

Since then consumers online have upped the ante once again by setting even more complex challenges. Now the discussion is about the consumer taking the place of the ‘direct competitor’ as the source for advantage and differentiation. This is a profound shift. Customers are becoming the new point of reference and guiding principle, not the competition. Furthermore, this trend is accelerating.

Given this new seating arrangement, customers’ wants, needs and desires should come first. Organisations need to dovetail their assets and capabilities based on this evolving value chain. One of goals is to gain a better understanding of how technology affects today’s digital consumer experience and explores the emerging trends that will shape those experiences for years to come.

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