Make change happen

One just have to admire people with enough energy and drive to blow the hats of most and enough perseverance to make stuff happen. Jamie Olive is defiantly that. A pure passion for food that borders on the obscene, right where it should be. Attach a true cause to that and we now have our first food crusader. This video make one think, what happened to our priorities? Let’s make change happen.

It’s beautiful, but do we really need another one?

A very nice interface, some nice integration of features, got games, got music, got movies… Sounds kinda main stream now a days, right. Question is, do we really need another closed platform and content property? Is this driving innovation or just making islands out of it? I would spontaneously say no, lets go open and make the user make the decision on their terms.

Non the less, this thing is gorgeous – but will it make me move all my stuff…

Work, read, interact, play and most importantly create with your fingers

Apple iPad

Welcome iPad!

If you missed the hype by the brand with the ability to milk every rumor out of the worlds tech community, aka Apple, here is the link to the next step in mobile computing / interaction – Apple iPad. (warning: a lot of unbelievably, incredible, exciting, absolutely the best in there;) Got to love innovation!

I am gonna go and drool over this shiny new gadget a little more, lets discuss more later…

(A more sober view form Harvard Business Review worth reading after the drooling found here.)

Let’s get over Social Media and go back to the internet

We had web 2.0, we now have Social Media. What happened to the internet / the web? Both of the mentioned are evolution of the internet, as a technology and as a communication channel. Think Hugh (Gapingvoid) make a good point “the main point of the internet is to remove “barriers to socializing. Everything else is secondary”.

Let’s go back to the internet and make it more social as intended.

Thanks Judith for the point.

360 to 365

Just read this article – 5 Marketing Principles Brands Should Embrace in 2010 – on adweek, it touches on what need to change in this new channel intensive landscape. In summery from my point of view:

The product is the marketing, the marketing is the productIt is about creating value that real people want to pay for… Or as Frank Striefler puts it “create better realities”. (product = product or service or anything of value that sells)

Use design as a strategic resourceit not just about look (even if very important and effective) it is about the way we go about reaching innovation. Design thinking as a concept is taking hold and proving to be a effective tool when solving the problem of innovation and business success.

Lead with the brandit is not enough with a great product that your consumers love, it need to be lead by the brand. A credible carrier, a strong partner, a friend to talk about and interact with. Here values and transparency is key to supplement the product. This is a very good one to remember, in this cluttered landscape you need to have a strong brand and a valuable product.

Shifting form campaign to all the time – this is an effect of how we now consume, all the time. So it would be quite stupid to just communicate once in a while and ignore the rest. Consistency/quality/efficiency in all touch points with value and conversation. “…a brand must build long-term platforms to become an indispensable part of people’s daily lives by providing continued entertainment and utility. Brands can’t afford to go dark any more. Instead, stimulate brand conversations with more initiatives, more often. Just like people, brands are a sum of their experience…”

Say something interesting that people want to talk about can be enough with the product but most likely you have to also say something. “In a world where it’s more important what people say about your brand than what brands say about themselves, give people something to talk about.”

Create value with your product and brand, be transparent and honest, be creative, and the success will follow…

A Nice Conversation

This morning I spent two hours on the subject of IR (Investor Relation) and how it is impacted by the social shift online  (a breakfast seminar by Intellecta Corporate och SpareBank 1 Gruppen). IR is a new angel for me so I decided to check out what some experts had to say.

Must say that it was quite interesting listening with a great finish act by SB1. One thing that is similar to most corps, not surprising but non the less, is how this strict, controlled and number driven area of communication react when the social aspect is entered in to the equation. We have a scenario where traditional set ways meet conversation in a not so set way. And we get the now traditional “shit, they are talking to and about us.. shit, shit… what to do now” scenario. This is where one of the speakers form Intellecta (Elias Betinakis) ended his presentation of “what is web 2.0/sm and a lot of Twitter” with an excellent point – for the first time ever companies can actually be personal in their response. This was further discussed by the enthusiastic “Direktør Informasjon og samfunnskontakt” at SB1 – Christian Brosstad – where he encouraged to use common sens, your gut feeling and most importantly be nice and tell the truth. (find the presentation here)

See, it seems that this social thing turns out not to be so bad after all, it is just a conversation with people that actually care about your brand. And if you look at is closely, it is actually a great opportunity! a great opportunity to tell your story, be personal hens building real loyalty for your brand.

All in all a good start to a Thursday morning. Now lets see if I can make our (read: the company I work for) IR preform as well.

100 days later Service is still king

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Arguably there should not be 100 between posts, but sometimes life and job get in the way… Well it is a nice even number of days to start again on though…  Just read a brilliant post – Content is a Service Business (Andrew Savikas on toc) – where I believe Andrew explains the challenges of content in a digital freemium world perfectly. Some great thoughts around the music/publishing/aggregation industries in there as well as links to some inspiring people. And, while on the subject of free, if you haven’t picked up a copy of FREE from Chris Anderson, do. Some interesting reading/listening about the history and future of the free business model.

This is not new to digital content. Why would the price of admission to see a given year’s Razzie Award winner be equivalent to the price of admission to see the year’s Best Picture? Because the price of admission is not for the content. It’s for the privilege of seeing it early, and doing so on a big screen in a social environment — movie patrons pay for the service provided by the theater, not for the movies themselves (here’s a counterpoint on movie pricing). That’s the point that Reznor and Kelly are making: think long and hard about what your customers want, and provide the service of giving that to them.