A good read on Google’s strategy from an outsider’s pov. Two points to make– first is that it discusses Google’s bet on a #multiscreen future. Second is that I pretty much agree with the thesis behind the overall article and am impressed because I don’t think the writer had the back channel access that I’ve had re: strategy.
- Google believes that the future is multi-screen, and the most prominent screen in most consumers’ lives is the television
- As a horizontal company, Google wants to be on every screen, and their vehicle to accomplish that across verticals, both from a technical and brand perspective, is Chrome
via Understanding Google | stratēchery by Ben Thompson.
Microsoft goes multiscreen:
Going forward, our strategy will focus on creating a family of devices and services for individuals and businesses that empower people around the globe at home, at work and on the go, for the activities they value most.
via Transforming Our Company.
My previous posts on multiscreen:
More on multiscreen media, which I’m bullish on going into the new year.
Other posts here.
It’s actually a bit nuanced than this– it’s to get people the use the open internet. This isn’t something we’re making up either. Senior management and advisors I’ve talked to at Google speak about this openly. It’s very advanced textbook tech strategy– something very few players in the valley have the option of following.
This is a good post about ecommerce mobile strategy employed by some of the big e-commerce players. It’s based on recent research from McKinsey’s iConsumer initiative.
Be clear about and reinforce the total value of the store.
Aggressively make mobile core to multichannel.
Work with suppliers to offer a more unique assortment.
Use digital offers to get users in stores.
Make it simple to buy.
Think local, act local.
via Mobile Consumer Showdown – Business Insider.
There’s a conference called Techonomy going on right now and some panelists were asked which big tech co was the most vulnerable. My favorite part was this bit on Apple:
Apple’s stores could become a big weakness, too, Ellison said. Sure, they’re a “tremendous advantage” now, but Ellison said IBM had a similar network of stores, which “became an albatross in the ’90s.” To reinforce his point, he asked the audience if anyone had set foot in a Disney store recently, and no one raised their hands, but he said that that question would have gotten a very different answer a decade ago. Apple could follow a similar pattern, Ellison argued. If its product momentum slows, the stores could become a big drain rather than an asset. (via Who’s Vulnerable Among the Internet’s ‘Fantastic Four’? Techonomy Panelists Say It’s Apple And Facebook | TechCrunch.)
Owning your own distribution by building stores is great when you have a hot product because it builds more leverage in your value chain. However, that leverage can come back to bite you in the ass if your product begins to stumble.
What would Apple do when it gets to that point? Can you imagine the day that Apple has to start selling Microsoft and Google devices in their stores? Or do you think they’d just shut down their stores?
Zuckerberg on search.
“We do on the order of a billion queries a day, and we’re basically not even trying.” Most of those are people trying to find people, but it’s also people trying to find brands and apps.
The “legacy” search business: “You type in some keywords and it does some magic.” It’s changing into giving you answers. “Facebook is uniquely positioned to give you answers.” He gives examples of finding sushi restaurants your friends have liked, or finding a job at companies where your friends work.
“We have a team working on search.”
via LIVE: Mark Zuckerberg Speaks For The First Time Since Facebook’s IPO – Business Insider.
Contrary to the title, this is some of the worst advice for startups:
Some of the best advice for Startups I’ve read for a long time (II) – broadstuff.
If you do this sort of Porter’s Five Forces type analysis for every startup idea you have, you will never launch anything. While the post is a great analysis of the 10X Revenue Club, I never recommend this as reading for aspiring entrepreneurs. There’s a huge difference in a post that describes the quality of an IPO-ready company vs. a post that provides guidelines for entrepreneurs. Do not conflate the two or you will do yourself a huge injustice.
Some nice ecommerce insights from Will Hsu:
New Rules For E-Commerce – Forbes.
My thesis on this is that it’s less causal than this sentence implies:
In many respects, it wasn’t too surprising given the increasingly strenuous relationship between Apple and Google in the years since the iPhone launched and Google became a competitor with Android, but in recent weeks it was also revealed that YouTube will also no longer be included as a pre-installed app from iOS 6.
via The Rise Of Third Party Services And Fall Of Google In iOS.
Google predicted that the rise of iOS could potentially disintermediate the search industry so it decided to proactively compete with iOS directly instead of vertically. Basically, what Google was looking to prevent is all coming true if this is possible:
Apple has increased the number of third party services that it integrates into iOS, but it continues to do so very carefully and takes steps to make any branding as minimal as possible.