Join Altimeter Group at SXSW 2012

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by Jeremiah Owyang The Altimeter Group will be present at SXSW Interactive festival to research, interact, and share our insights on disruptive technology at this year's 2012 SXSW in Austin Texas. We look forward to connecting with you. Altimeter Industry Analysts at SXSW, 2012 Rebecca "Trailblazer" Lieb, Industry Analyst (Content, Media, Advertising) will be present Mar 9-13th Susan "Deadshot" Etlinger, Industry Analyst (Analytics, Data) will be present from Mar 9-13th Chris … [Read more...]

Report: Making The Business Case For Enterprise Social Networks

Making the Business Case for Enterprise Social Networks

In 2011, the US hit a milestone — more than half of all adults visit social networking sites at least once a month. But when it comes to using social-networking technologies inside organizations, many business leaders are at a loss to understand what value can be created from Facebook-like status updates within the enterprise. Some organizations have deployed social-networking features with an initial enthusiastic reception, only to see these early efforts wither to just a few stalwart … [Read more...]

Content Marketing. Content Strategy. What’s the Difference?

Content Strategy

So content is the new black (and some 270,000 exact-match results for that phrase on Google suggest it's at least a deep, deep indigo). Inevitably, that's meant an escalated level of chatter, talk, and pontificating about content's role in the digital mix. As more and more marketers consider how content can work for them in the digital mix, a certain degree of confusion is beginning to obfuscate discussions and debates. Two very distinct disciplines, content strategy and content marketing, … [Read more...]

Rebalancing for Content – The New Marketing Equation

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There's been a rash of news stories recently with headlines so misleading it's hard to believe they passed editorial muster. Yet a quick search of Google News reveals no less than five articles with ledes very much like this one: P&G to cut 1600 staff after CEO discovers digital media is free‎. Any serious marketer knows "free" is nonsense. As with SEO, content marketing shakes marketers loose from the expense of the media buy. But budgets, staffing, skill sets, education, agency … [Read more...]

Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

This post originally appeared on Altimeter Group Researcher Jaimy Szymanski's blog. Follow her on Twitter here. If you would have asked me, even a week ago, what I thought of Pinterest, I would've likely given this tongue-in-cheek answer: "I'm not getting married anytime soon, so it's not really for me." To some extent, I still think that, and I'm not alone. A recent stat released by Ignite Social Media confirms that 80 percent of Pinterest's users are female. Does that mean they're … [Read more...]

Webinar Recording: State of Social Media Management Industry

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This week, Altimeter (myself and Andrew Jones, researcher) hosted a webinar stemming from the the recent report on Social Media Proliferation, which you can download the full report on this blog post. In the embedded slides and video below, you'll be able to get additional insights on how we perceive how this market will change in the coming years: We'll see a vendor shakeout, although expect pure play vendors of each of the five uses cases to remain Consolidation will occur from market … [Read more...]

Latest Research: Make An App For That, Mobile Strategies For Retail

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2011 was the year of the mobile shopper, so why aren't retailers doing more to serve them? Today Altimeter Research has published its latest report, Make An App For That: Mobile Strategies For Retail. The report, published today, reveals how major brands are capitalizing on the massive growth in shoppers' use of mobile technology.  It also explores the perils many major retailers have encountered in their quest to tap this market. Are retailers doing enough to serve their mobile … [Read more...]

Five Trends: How Brands Integrated Social, Mobile, and Web into 2012 Super Bowl Advertisements

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By Altimeter's Jeremiah Owyang, with Brian Solis, and Zak Kirchner Findings: Five Trends Indicate Cross Channel Integration a Mainstay. Super Bowl ads, while only representing the nation’s largest consumer facing ads represent a bellwether for advertising trends for the remainder of the year, so marketers know to pay attention. To best understand these trends, Altimeter Group’s research team analyzed each Ad in real time, and conducted analysis to best understand the advertising trends for … [Read more...]

What’s Facebook Going to Do with All That Money?

Facebook Money

Many of us grew up with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. For the past few years the refrain has been Google, Google, Google. But this past week, it’s been all Facebook, all the time. As we wait for the biggest IPO in tech history to shake out, the question I’m being asked most by clients and particularly the mainstream media is, by far, “what’s Facebook going to do with all that money?” Clearly, no one's in possession of a crystal ball, but some reasonable conjectures can be drawn. 1). Mobile … [Read more...]

Facebook S-1 Paints A Murky Picture For Mobile

Amidst the scramble for numbers in EDGAR lookups in the wake of Facebook's S-1 filing, I think we're learning something fundamental about Facebook's strategy from its submitted documentation; mobile is a potential Achilles heel. Reviewing the S-1, while chock-full of interesting facts and figures, it was this statement that raised questions for me: "Growth in use of Facebook through our mobile products, where we do not currently display ads, as a substitute for use on personal computers may … [Read more...]