Can Blippar Make QR Codes Redundant?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Can Blippar make QR codes redundant?

This article on the econsultancy.com blog introduces what may be a more advanced take than QR Codes on the intersection between offline and online marketing.

Blippar offers smart phone-equipped consumers with the opportunity to enjoy and enhanced advertising experience by pointing their phone at a Blippar-enhanced ad.

This video shows the different ways the Blippar experience can manifest itself.

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As outlined in the article / interview, Blippar faces the usual challenge of widespread adoption that any new technology must overcome. In their case, part of that challenge includes persuading large numbers of people to download the requisite app to their phone.

But there are a couple of other significant hurdles that I foresee. For example, while QR Codes are ugly, their presence on a print piece or elsewhere is immediately obvious. How does the consumer know they are seeing an ad that is Blippar-enhanced and is thus signaled that he/she should pull out their smart phone for an enhanced experience?

Also, the applications shown in the demo video will require large budgets and high talent levels to pull off. One thing I like about QR Codes is that they just present simple data or direct the viewer to a landing page which can be easily and/or inexpensively produced, making them more applicable to small and medium-sized businesses of the kind that I support.

The Single Most Important Factor in Writing Good Blog Posts

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The Single Most Important Factor in Writing Good Blog Posts

The video below is an interview with Cory Doctorow, a successful science fiction writer and popular blogger, in which he shares what he believes is the single most important factor in writing a good blog post – write like a wire reporter. Cory explains very clearly what that means shortly into the video.

At the end of the video he also uses the expression “it’s the attention economy stupid” and recommends that you treat your readers’ attention with respect and not try to fool them into thinking your article is something it is not.

It’s okay if they surf away this time if they’re not interested in this topic. Just let them know very quickly whether this article is right for them and they’ll respect your consideration next time.

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Add Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing Mix

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Add Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing MixAdd Patch.com to Your Local Internet Marketing Mix

I’ve just returned from an¬†interesting short seminar entitled Optimizing Your Local Online Presence presented by some local Patch.com reps at Connect113 in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

I am familiar with local Internet marketing techniques but was only tangentially aware of Patch.com which is kind of like a combination of an old-fashioned local newspaper with a new-fangled online community and business directory.

I’m not going to give a long treatise on the vagaries of Patch.com. Instead I encourage you to do five things:

  1. Spend some time browsing the web site to get a feel for what it’s all about
  2. Become a member of your local Patch in your company’s name
  3. Create or Claim and Optimize your company’s listing on Patch
  4. Subscribe to their daily newsletter
  5. Post comments and reviews in your company’s name

I don’t think your Patch.com listing will be as important or beneficial as say your Google Places listing. But I am convinced that this is a critical local online community that you need to be an active part of.