Friday, February 01, 2013

Actors, Thoughts and Men

Thoughts maketh a man.  Actions maketh a society
Actors are we. We enact our thoughts

Some Actors are “Revolutionary” & some “Innovative” and pull many souls. Yes, these Actors stir many souls! With their “New” found actor to break free, many souls Break free from links to inherent nature
Those links that maketh the society which is closer to Nature
Embrace change is the dream word of these souls. For souls that are lost in awe with the Actor
But they Ape the actor but forget the bond. Bonds that are ancient and time tested
Those Bonds that takes us closer to nature.
Pains to see Apes far from nature lost in Action and wanting more
Never you Ape, to give up your soul.
 If you lose nature within & outside for there won’t be apes left if actors do become ripe.
Ripe with prudence to respect Mother Nature. 


It was interesting to note the new terminology Likenomics coined by Rohit Bhargava. The way Rohit defines Likenomics is as below:

"New Affinity economy where the most likeable people, ideas and organizations are the ones we believe in, buy from and get inspired by"

So, he kind of gives us 5  tips to ensure that our Social Media strategy does not fail:

1. Provide value to conversations on Social Media rather than just creating buzz - Just don't start a conversation for the heck of it. Provide some value to the conversation. Best example is do not just run Quizzes / Trivias to attract people to a Banking page and make them participate.
2. Avoid creating content graveyards that requires a big team manage on a frequent basis and are real time. Have a balance of static educational content . - Yes, share tips on using a Product / Service / Info security  and help users become more Aware and better informed
3. Look at overall outcomes of Social Media like Innovation, Increase in Efficiency, Increase in Employee retention and not just sales / volume of followers or following
4. Give people what they want instead of focusing on just Marketing goals - Yes, when asking for a feedback on a product or idea do not make us fill an entire application form like I am applying for a job. And do not just think about getting Likes / Page views for a viral video. Please look at the outcome of the campaign. Volume is the worst way to measure Social media success.
5. Be prepared for people to customize brand image for sharing and accept the changes done - Let people customize the page in Social media with your brand name in it and share it with their friends. Just like what Heineken allows.

A very neat concept but I would say that it is same as the "Trust economy"  buzzword that was created by Mitch Joel but re-packaged nicely within the ambit of Social Media.

Waiting to read the book in detail once I get one.


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Digital Channel - Paradigm shift of Metrics

This blog post is about the most happening Online digital medium and the way this medium has matured into the most happening channel of communication and revenue generation.The way we measure the success or define success has changed since the invent  of the New age social networks.

Earlier websites used to measure the success of their Online presence by counting the numbers such as below:
1) No. of hits to the website
2) No. of page views
3) No. of Unique visitors
4) No. of  form submissions etc....

However, these metrics are mere numbers that make little / no sense in this age of Digital socialism. The success of an online channel is not only about the short lived popularity but how can it prove to be successful in the long run.Gone are the days when the website owners were churning out heaps of content and expect the public to endorse them. Yes this is the age of Trust and no matter how good a product is there is a heavy chance to lose the customer base as the competition is growing everyday to make better quality products.

So, what is that differentiator when it comes to building a sustainable online business model? Is it about the speed of churning out new content?? Is it about the variety of products that a company sells online? Or is it about the advertising genius of the ad agency working on the website. To my surprise I found that the answer is an astounding No to all this. What matters at the end if the day is the way a community is built around a good product which helps achieve a level of customer advocacy. Customer advocacy is the trust that the customer has that whatever product / service is being offered is absolutely based on his / her needs and the company does what is best for the customer and the society as a whole (sometimes).

Let's take an example. I visited the website Vim website a detergent manufacturer and found an image of a woman showing her back and a loud scream that Vim is the best detergent and it helps clean everything under the sun.Well I don't deny the fact that yes Vim could be good product but the Brand message is all about screaming out loud. This is obviously the 80's way of selling a product and god forbid I don't have to visit the website to see a woman's back again when I come the next time. Obviously the ancient metrics are the ones that would be used on such websites. Now let's focus our attention onto an similar product manufacturer called Seventh generation. The hero banner on the Home page screams "Protecting Planet Home". Wow look at the difference between this and Vim website. Here the message is very clear. "We invite you to join this initiative to make a better planet for you and the upcoming generations". Look at the kind of connect that is brought out by this website. It tempts one to really look up to their products because of the Customer advocacy that it creates. I would really love to buy this product and would definitely recommend this website to all my near and dear ones simply because of the opportunity it creates to share my views, complaints, recommendations and what not??The site is connected to all the major social networks like facebook, twitter, myspace and youtube. Also, it makes me much more comfortable that the company is very open to my views and helps choose a product that  I think is best for me and my home. There is no compulsion on my part to buy the product now and I made comfortable that at the end of the day it's my call whether I need to buy this product or not. Probably as a short term this could mean ROI is delayed. But I am sure ROI would eventually become 3-5 times more than what a competitor can get in a peirod of 6months-1 year. Now look the paradigm shift in metrics when it comes to measuring the online success of this website:
  1. No. of re-tweets on twitter (Engagement potential)
  2. No. of followers on twitter and Facebook(Popularity)
  3. Ratio of incoming messages per outbound message (Conversational ability)
  4. Net promoter score (Loyalty index)
No where in these metrics there is just mere volume sans Digital socialism. And ofcourse sales online is the last of the metrics that will be the effect of all the causes tracked via these New age metrics. So, as we see Online channel has become the face of the company and I would say it is more approriate to provide the right brand image online rather than spending millions in offline branding that is fast becoming extinct and costlier.
Also, it is all about matured branding Online by focusing on the Brand strategy and Key product features rather than on mere screaming that is increasingly becoming irritant to the ordinary buyer who is moved up the Maslow's hierarchy towards Self-actualisation and wants instant gratification of his recognition needs.I will write more about self-actualisation and how it relates to marketing today in my next blog. Until then cya.Keep sending in your comments...