Facebook may have surpassed Google as the most popular website (in terms of unique visitors), but the number that really matters is: Revenue Per Unique Visitor.
That is where Google really separates itself from everyone else online — Not only do they have the traffic, they are also really good at turning the traffic into money.
For websites that are looking to turn a profit, it is obviously vital to figure out a way to turn attention into revenue. In other words, how will you make money? It is important (and much more cost effective) to add possible answers to your platform during the early stages of your designing process, rather than wait until your website is finished.
The founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was 11 years old 15 years ago. I think it’s safe to assume that he had zero experience with online marketing.
So perhaps the length of your work history isn’t really that important. Maybe most recruiters are simply being lazy to use it as a measurement of talent because it’s easier to make a decision that way.
“Hey, this guy has 15 years of working experience, so he must be better than the guy with 5 years of experience.”
15 years of experience or 1 year of experience repeated 15 times? Hard to say.
Work, to leave a legacy. I have said it before, and I am sticking to it.
The best products always come from the most criticized market.
In sports, teams like the New York Yankees, LA Lakers, Boston Celtics and Red Sox all come from markets where they get drilled relentlessly by the local media and their fans, if they have any hint of not competing for a championship that year. The market demands the best, therefore, is willing to pay more for the products, with time, money or attention.
Average products come from more forgiving markets.
Only a handful of division one college basketball teams are expected to be in the Final Four every year. For some others, their fans are satisfied if their team just make it into the NCAA tournament. Aim for the middle, and that’s exactly what you will get.
Most of us seek to be forgiven for our mistakes, but I think in order to become great, we must welcome and embrace criticisms.
I think we all know the obvious: the total spending of ads on newspapers, magazines, radio and TV has been declining for years. That said, we are still talking about $125.3 billion spent on ads in 2009. And that’s a HUGE market.
Will the market ever recover to its past glories? Very unlikely. But is there room for innovation and new opportunities? You bet!
The truth is, nobody really knows what’s guaranteed to work. The only thing that is guaranteed is that the market isn’t going to stop declining on its own. And if the industries don’t make some changes quick, they might be left with just half of the market pretty soon.
Apple shouldn’t expect to get much cellphone business from Microsoft employees. According to this Wall Street Journal article, approximately 10,000 Microsoft employees were accessing their work e-mail accounts via iPhone last year — representing about 10% of Microsoft global workforce.
Also, it is said the company in early 2009 changed its corporate cellphone policy to only reimburse those using phones that run on Windows Phone software.
I am not sure if that’s a smart move. I mean, if you have to use some corporate policy to “convince” your employees that you have a better product, what are you going to do with people who don’t work for you? And what does it tell you that your employees still choose to buy from your competitor despite all that?
Shouldn’t you encourage your employees to use products from your competition?
I am not talking about your R&D or marketing team whose job is to try to find your competitor’s weaknesses so that you can pounce on them — but rather your average employees who don’t have any ideas about the technology and only care about what works — the people who use their cellphones just for the sake of using it.
If you let them speak their minds, they are also the same people who can and will tell you the reasons they choose your competitor over you, as well as the areas that could be improved — things that you could use as foundations to make something better, something that they’d be proud of owning.
Wouldn’t that work so much better than corporate policy?
I wish there are some easy answers like: the 10 steps of running a successful online marketing campaign, 3 secrets of building a multi million dollar website, 5 software tools for getting 100,000 Twitter followers or whatever.
But the unfortunately truth is: whatever works for others might not work for you.
It doesn’t matter how many success stories you hear from people who follow the same guidelines. If something is guaranteed to work 9 times out of 10, you could very well end up being the 1 who’s left out. Each person/business is different. So when someone promises you that their methods will turn your life/company around without actually spending a substantial amount of time and effort to get to know you, you should be alarmed.
There are only difficult choices.
Whichever road you decide to take, you must understand that you will always sacrifice something.