Posted on November 12, 2011 by emarketingmix
With technology progressing at such a rapid pace, it’s difficult to envision exactly how we’ll be consuming content even 5 years from now. The following video highlights how quickly technology is removing barriers to accessing information. To this baby, the concept of a magazine simply doesn’t make sense.
From a recent Penelope Trunk blog post: “I’m convinced that the biggest impact Generation Z will have on the workplace is in their schooling. They will be lifelong, self-learners, who take more personal responsibility for their ongoing education than any generation in history. I am not talking about graduate school here. I am talking about a more creative, independent way of learning that does not stop at college, but rather, picks up pace remarkably after college, when real experiential learning starts happening.”
The ease with which we can now access content is what makes independent, continual learning possible. 5 years ago I would read a book on my train ride to work. Today, my iPad let’s me get a jump start on my work day, write my next blog post, or network with colleagues or friends. With an hour communite from the suburbs to the city, that’s two hours a day I can spend being productive virtually any way I wish. Productivity has never been more attainable and technology will only continue to make it easier.
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Posted on June 6, 2011 by emarketingmix
In an increasingly mobile world, the need for content on Smart Phones and tablet devices can’t be ignored. But how much should companies be investing to stay on the cutting edge? With mobile applications still in their infancy and the cost of app development seemingly unmanageable for most small companies, the search for reasonable alternatives begins.
Mygazines offers a great option for anyone from a freelance writer to a large publishing company looking to make their content mobile-ready, at a reasonable cost. The service has some impressive marketing functionality as well, with options for content sharing, social media integration, built in RSS feeds and video integration. The only catch is that the services requires a browser to launch; which takes most e-readers off the market.
Today, the need for app development may be dependent on a number of factors including; industry specific requirements, the types of content being displayed and the price customers are willing to pay to get what they want. For everyone else, there’s solutions like Mygazines to meet customer needs without breaking the bank.
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Posted on May 23, 2011 by emarketingmix
With gas prices higher than they’ve ever been (and the obvious consumer discontent associated) it got me thinking about the threshold that exists for price increases. Gas is obviously a commodity that people need to get around, but at what point do people get so frustrated with the cost that they look to alternative forms of transportation? In some cases high prices are bearable and not worth the additional effort necessary to change a daily routine. However; there has to be a threshold at which people decide enough is enough. In most cases that threshold will probably be dependent on the cost of switching to a different brand or in this example, method of transportation.
Often publishing companies that operate on a subscription model battle with the best approach to annual price increases. As a product’s readership decreases the price needs to increase to maintain consistent revenues. But at what point will the customers that purchase the product look for an alternative because the cost of the product is simply no longer worth the value they receive in return?
The Van Westendorp Price Sensitivity Meter is an approach to researching pricing that asks the following 4 key questions to set a range within which people will continue to purchase the product in question:
1) At what price do you begin to think a product is too expensive to consider?
2) At what price do you think a product is so inexpensive that you would question the quality and not consider it?
3) At what price do you think a product is getting expensive, but would still consider it?
4) At what price do you think the product is a bargain?
In the digital age, one thing publishers have struggled with is putting a value on “content”. Most consumers expect that the cost of a book be significantly less on a tablet because there are no costs associated with a physical product. By implementing a Van Westendorp Study, you can more effectively use customer feedback to set prices in the range that optimizes sales and keeps customers satisfied.
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Posted on May 15, 2011 by emarketingmix
I recently had a debate with several colleagues about the following question; would you rather be the best in the world at one specific task or a jack of all trades? Viewpoints on the question were mixed.
On one hand, being the best in the world makes you an authority on whatever it is you are the best at. A jack of all trades may have a wide range of talents, but is unlikely to be called upon for knowledge on one particular subject.
On the other hand people that are the best at what they do spend endless hours perfecting their craft, but are often one dimensional. What does a professional athlete do after his or her career is finished? Malcolm Gladwell’s title “Outliers” suggests that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to master their craft. That’s over five years (based on a 37.5 hour work week) of working on only one specific task.
Product Management is one career path where it’s viewed as beneficial to have expertise in a number of areas. As the link between a number of organizational functions including technology, marketing and sales – having broad knowledge is important for developing the trust and support of the stakeholders Product Managers work with on a daily basis. A Software Product Manager without technical expertise may have difficulty communicating customer needs to the internal technology team. An effective product manager though, must also be able to communication benefits to the product’s end user in a way they’ll understand.
In Product Management, being the best in the world is not a matter of mastering one particular task. What are the key factors to perfecting your craft?
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Posted on April 29, 2011 by emarketingmix
The Harvard Business Review published this article last week discussing a question we’ve all undoubtedly asked ourselves, “where will I be five years from now?”.
To me though, the more important question is “where do I want to be five years from now?”. Whether you’re a student, an entrepreneur or the CEO of a fortune 500 company, your goals are only as good as the plan you put in place to achieve them.
Over time circumstances will change and what you once believed would be you “five years from now” may not become your reality. Where you are five years from now will depend on the path you take to get there and the critical decisions you make along the way. As they say, you miss 100% of the shots you never take. It’s easy to dream big, but it take guts to make it your mission to achieve them.
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