Smartphones Changing the Network

Iphone New post up at SupernovaHub: "Smartphones Changing the Network."  The key bit, from analyst NPD, via Geek.com:

"The smartphone category grew its share of the overall mobile phone market
six percent annually, having jumped from 17 percent in the first
quarter of 2008 to nearly one quarter (23 percent) of the entire mobile
phone market. According to Rubin, this serves as clear indication of
the rising popularity of the smartphone category that, by many
analysts’ estimates, is already reshuffling the entire market."

Read it.

The Social Media Maturity Model – One Perspective

The folks over at DestinationCRM asked for some initial thoughts on the Social Media Maturity Model.  First, definitely check out Josh Weinberger’s post from June 1 to get the lay of the land. It’s a good guide to the graphic and to the experiment they're conducting.

Next, kudos to Lisa Boccadutre on fitting a whole raft of
information into a very small space. The information density on this
piece is astounding, in that in two pages there are points about time
frames of market uptake of social media, capability changes over a
five-year horizon, strategic evolution, treatment of customers and
evolving social capabilities.

I do have one primary concern: This graphic seems to imply that the
customer will still be on the outside looking in, even five years from
now. Not sure I entirely agree with that.

My key question: What does this look like if the customer moves to
the center of the picture, instead of merely being a target of an
organization’s actions?

So, here we go…

Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1p-CoclHwE

Corporate Blogging Roundtable

The folks from the German-American Business Association were kind enough to invite Mark Finnern (SAP), Jennifer McClure (Society for New Communications Research), Vassil Mladjov (Blogtronix), Mark Simmons (SixApart), Mario Sundar (LinkedIn) and myself to participate in a televised roundtable discussion entitled “Successful Corporate Blogging.”

Here’s the setup:

Blogs are
changing the way companies are listening and reaching out to their
customers. This televised panel of media experts is aimed to give
insight in how to use blogging as a successful marketing communications
strategy.  Sample discussion topics include: What are the elements of
a successful blog? How can legal pitfalls be avoided? How can ROI be
measured? How can we confront our fear of blogging? What will the
future of blogging look like?”

The panel was followed by a Q&A
session.

Here’s a link to the video.

Bonus factoid: What I learned…it’s a bit disconcerting when a person whom you don’t know hands you a lavalier mic and calmly instructs you to partially disrobe (in front of a roomful of people) in order to run the microphone cord up the inside of your shirt so it doesn’t show up on camera.

Is “Community” a Lie?

Picture 10 Micah (say "Me(ha!)") does some solid thinking about "The Lie of Community."  The thought-provoker:

"The lie of community is that by having users or by creating content,
a community just exists. That by being on the Internet somehow we are
all part of some global community. There is no global community."

…and the money 'grafs:

"Create the ability for community members to communicate as they want to.
Brand managers and most companies want to control the conversation. If
your users are truly part of the community, they will do nothing to
hurt and/or destroy the community in which they live.

Trust them to make your product better. Trust them to make your community better."

Which brands that you know have the courage to actually trust their community members?  And which ones are afraid?

photo: wvs

Study: Unselfish Individuals Benefit in Social Networks

Altruism
Nifty excerpt in the Technology Review on altruism in social networks.  The excerpt:

"How altruistic behaviour emerges has puzzled evolutionary biologists
for decades. From the point of view of survival of the fittest, the
unselfish concern for the welfare of others seems inexplicable. Surely
any organism should always act selfishly if it were truly intent on
saving its own bacon.

One explanation is that altruistic acts,
although seemingly unselfish, actually benefit those who perform them
but in indirect ways. The idea is that unselfish acts are repeated. So
those who have been helped go on to help other individuals, ensuring
that this behaviour spreads through a group, a phenomenon known as
upstream reciprocity.

Eventually, the individual that
triggered the altruistic behaviour will be on the receiving end of
least one unselfish act, ensuring that, at the very least, he or she
doesn't lose out. In this way, unselfish individuals actually benefit
from their altruism."

Read the Technology Review summary here.

Here's the full paper (26pp.).

Neato.