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Why do ideas spread?

Why do ideas spread?

Excellent post on Seth Godin’s blog talking about why ideas spread. Just a few things he throws out (these are my favourite top 5):

  1. I spread your idea because it makes me feel generous.
  2. …because there’s a financial benefit directly to me (Amazon affiliates, mlm).
  3. …because it’s funny and laughing alone is no fun.
  4. …because I can use the idea to introduce people to one another, and making a match is both fun in the short run and community-building.
  5. …because your service works better if all my friends use it (email, Facebook).

Like them? There are more down on his blog

Role of Social Media in Marketing – Talk by Robert Scoble

Role of Social Media in Marketing – Talk by Robert Scoble

Excellent insight for marketers:

Robert Scoble, blogger and entrepreneur, discusses his thoughts on how ideas spread. The public session was part of the Stanford GSB marketing course, the Power of Social Technology (Dr. Jennifer Aaker). A panel of experts, including Robert Scoble, MC Hammer, and Loic LeMeur, discussed how social media can build successful brands.

NSA chief endores the iPad

NSA chief endores the iPad

You know, there are many things that can help market your product, but when the chief of the NSA calles it “wonderful” you know you’re on the right track. This is exactly what happened to Apple when Lieutenant General Keith Alexander, will will be leading the U.S. Cyber Command, went on record speaking highly about the iPad. When a company launches a new product they take a massive risk, and to get a high profile recommendation like that can be a very powerful tool.

It looks like the iPad launch actually went better than iPad planned, it looks like supplies are tight because they underestimated the US demand. The thing about a new product is that you can hardly turn the outdoor lighting on it and see how brightly it will shine. Things have to be kept under wraps while the product is being developed. When Apple announced the iPad, it was already being produced and the amounts to make would already have been agreed.

Still, they can always make more huh?

Fill the need

Fill the need

It’s interesting to see how new products evolve, sometimes out of innovation, sometimes out of a gap in the market. It’s particularly interesting when the gap in the market is artificial, created by legislation that couldn’t even have been conceived a few years earlier. Take for example, the e cigarette market. It’s highly unlikely that unless legislation was created that stopped people from smoking indoors, this market would never have really materialised. Instead today, the market is booming and new products keep getting developed all the time to extend it.

I’ve never really seen one of these, but I’m curious to think what a real smoker thinks of them. Are the adequate in times of need, or are they just a fad?

The profit margins of energy companies

The profit margins of energy companies

Wind Farm
Image by elston via Flickr

There’s a lot in the news today about the profit that energy companies are making. Now, while it’s fine for companies to make profit, the man in the street takes a dim view of companies that make exorbitant profit and his expense. And this is just how this energy profit is seen. Wholesale prices have dropped, while retail prices have stayed pretty much level and consumers are feeling cheated by what has happened.

Perception is a very strong thing, and just like you need to do employee screening before you hire someone new, it’s always worth keeping an eye on public perception. your PR team should know all about this, so I’m surprised these big companies have been caught out like this.

Are you a Johnson?

Are you a Johnson?

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