Fish : People • Fish
are like people, users, or consumers. • The come in many different colors, sizes and species. • Collectively, they band together and form communities. • Species: Over 6.77 billion varieties and counting
Fishermen : Brands Image taken
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Fishermen : Brands • Brands
are like fishermen, they are constantly seeking fish. • They try many different tactics to reach fish, some are successful and many not. • As brands come, some fish are scared away, while others are attracted. • Species: Dell, P&G, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, Ford.
CMS : Rocks Image taken
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CMS : Rocks • Content
Management Systems (CMS) are like rocks, a stable web publishing system powering brand websites. • These slower moving web systems will struggle with adapting to the social web. • As a result, these systems are developing social features –or will soon acquire them. • Species: Vignette, Interwoven, Documentum, Fatwire, Percussion
CRM : Octopus Image taken
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CRM : Octopus • Customer
Relationship Systems (CRM) are like octopuses, they’re reaching to multiple systems to grab data. • Soon, they will develop features to enable brands to better find prospects, market, and support communities. • Expect to see more partnership between CRM systems and social networks and community platforms. • Species: Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, and Rightnow.
Brand Monitoring : Jellyfish •
Brand monitoring firms are like jellyfish, they rapidly absorb information. • These firms are quickly tying with CMS systems, or developing their own features. • Brands need these firms to find fish. • Species: Nielsen BuzzMetrics, TNS Cymfony, Dow Jones Insight, J.D. Power & Associates, Visible Technologies, and Radian 6.
Social Networks : Kelp Forest
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Social Networks : Kelp Forest
• Social Networks are like kelp forests, a rapidly changing haven for communities to assemble. • These ever-wavering communities are thriving with customers –yet are fragile and young. • As a result, brands try to fish –often unsuccessfully in these forests. • Species: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn
Community Platforms : Coral •
Community Platforms are like coral, which allow any brand to have their own social network. • These living organisms attract customers, bringing them closer to brands, soon they will be tightly integrated with CMS systems (rocks). • A shakeout is due in this overcrowded space of over 100 players. • Species: Jive, Telligent, Mzinga, Awareness, Liveworld, Lithium, Leverage, Kickapps, Pluck
Applications : Anemones • Applications
are like anemones, ever-moving with limitless varieties. • These applications are depending on social networks (kelp), but will soon extend to community platforms (coral) and cms (rock). • People and applications are dependent on each other. • Species: Slide, RockYou, Widgetbox, Gigya, Clearspring, and Newsgator.
Venture Capital : Algae Image
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Venture Capital : Algae •
Venture Capital is like algae, injecting needed resources into the ecosystem for growth. • Venture capital fuel social networks, applications, community platforms –even during a recession. • Venture capital influences deals, partnerships, and vendor strategy. • Species: August, Benchmark, Allegis, Scale, and Garage.
Detractors : Pollution • Detractors
are like water pollution, they clog up the system and someone has to clean it up. • Wherever communities thrive, detractors infiltrate. • As a result, the system is forever trying to expel the unwanted. • Species: Trolls, Spammers, Hackers.
A-Listers : Blowfish • A-Listers
are like blowfish, as they vie for others attention, yet inflate when defensive. • These influencers are essential for new technology adoption –yet many tools are never adopted mainstream. • Approach with caution, many cause indigestion if consumed. • Species: Although few in numbers, they are easily identified with distinguishable marks
Recession : Low Tide Image
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Recession : Low Tide •
The recession is like a low tide, forcing innovation and bringing the ecosystem closer. • Consumers have increased their adoption of social technologies: they connect to each other, learn from one another, and some have…more time. • As a result, it will force innovation with fewer resources and more competitors.
Industry Analyst : Marine Biologist
• Industry analysts are like marine biologists, who examine, identify, and analyze the ecosystem. • Industry analysts who cover the ever-changing social reef struggle to keep up with this nascent industry. • As a result, they resort to slideshows filled with colorful pictures to explain what they do to their friends and family. • Species: Forrester, Gartner, IDC, eMarketer, Compete, and Comscore.
Summary • The social web
is an ever-changing space – perhaps the fastest changing industry the world has ever seen. • Despite the attention and growth, it struggles with monetization, privacy, and cultural boundaries. • Expect this space to continue to innovate rapidly over the next few years. • Eventually, this industry will mature, as these communication tools become ubiquitous
Come fish with me. Jeremiah
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