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...]

Google’s New Privacy Policy Critical to Competition with Facebook

Google has a new, 360-degree privacy policy. Take that, Facebook. The consolidation of data that creates a unified customer profile across very nearly all of Google's products and services creates a view of the customer that's very, very Facebook in nature. Funny that with all the attention directed to the Facebook IPO lately, so few commentators have made this observation. It's a good idea that has, understandably, creeped users out. The reality and the perception of privacy are miles … [Read more...]

Facebook’s IPO: What Does It Mean For…?

Jaimy Szymanski, Zak Kirchner

Over 800 million active users - more than half of whom log in on any given day and interact with over 900 million "objects" (pages, groups, communities, etc.). Over 250 million photos uploaded every day, over 70 languages on the site. The stats go on and on, and anyway you look at them, the numbers are huge. How can Facebook grow bigger still? That's what we're waiting so see as the tech world - heck, the world at large - holds it breath for the biggest IPO since Google went public in … [Read more...]

Content Marketing: What’s the Impact on the Advertising Ecosytem?

Content Marketing by Rebecca Lieb

It's always a strangely climactic and at the same time anticlimactic moment when a book you write finally publishes. After months of writing, editing and corrections, you wait. And wait. One night, you return home to find a box on the doorstep. Suddenly, you're savoring that long-anticipated moment of holding the book in your hands. That how it transpired with my first book, and the moment was repeated yesterday when Content Marketing appeared at the door. It felt  a bit like an ending, but … [Read more...]

Future of Media: Altimeter Group Pilot Event

Advertising: is it dying? In an ecosystem where rolling your own media has never been easier or cheaper, why would advertisers buy media from publishers to spread their messages? What's the new model: advertorial; advertent (as one attendee dubbed it); content marketing? And hey, aren't ads content, too? Last week, a group of advertisers and marketers from all sides of the equation (tech, buy-side, media and agency) got together at the Hangar to discuss these and other very topical issues … [Read more...]

Pioneers on the Move: Rise of Social Commerce

Download our paper and presentation below, and register for a webinar with me and partner Jeremiah Owyang on Wednesday, December 1 at 11 am PST for a webinar on the Rise of Social Commerce.  Registration at: http://bit.ly/rscwebinar. Meet the new shopper. Underneath the keys of the keyboard, they are shopping in a new way. Unleashing the power of the social network, the digital consumer is shopping with friends, sharing recommendations, and actively engaging in dialogue with brand owners on … [Read more...]

Day 2 recap of Rise of Social Commerce #RSC10

by Christine Tran On Thursday, we wrapped up our Rise of Social Commerce event, which culminated many months of planning and hard work at Altimeter Group, and an exciting year of developments in social commerce. You can now download speaker presentations from our event site, as well as watch video clips on Ustream. (These will continue to be updated.) Here are my favorite take-aways from Day 2 of our event: Pete Blackshaw of Nielsen Online kicked off the day with an outstanding presentation … [Read more...]

Social Strategy Webinar Slides Now Available

Jeremiah Owyang and I held a webinar entitled "Developing A Social Strategy" that had over 495 participants asking very insightful questions -- we had a great time sharing the information and got new ideas on how to develop our thinking as well. Many people who wanted to attend the webinar weren't able to because of schedule conflicts. We also received quite a few requests from people for the slides or recording so that they can forward it to colleagues and friends who would benefit from the … [Read more...]

“Socialgraphics” webinar slides and recording now available

Thanks to everyone who attended the webinar we held today on "Understanding Your Customers' Social Behaviors". Many people wanted to attend the webinar but weren't able to because of schedule conflicts. So we're making the slides and a video recording (slides and audio) available here. You can also download from Slideshare.net (for slides) and drop.io (for the recording). Also, there was a vibrant conversation taking place on sites like Twitter, using the hashtag #socialgraphics (for search of … [Read more...]

Webinar introducing “Socialgraphics”, a customer-centric approach to social strategy

Jeremiah Owyang and I will be running a free Webinar introducing how we are thinking about how companies can understand their customers through what we are calling "socialgraphics". To register for the Webinar: Register for Free Webinar: Understand Your Customers’ Social Behaviors, Hosted by Altimeter Group Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST Beware of plans or proposals that start with “Twitter Strategy” or “Facebook … [Read more...]