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Silver Web: Redesigning the Business Landscape

Silver Web Redesigning the Business Landscape

It is not beyond our awareness how the web has created massive breakthroughs to alter our lives. It has sustained diverse schemes which soon fueled more innovation.

Twenty-five years ago, Tim Bernes-Lee has realized the potential of linking millions of computers to what we call now as the internet. The Web was initially designed to automate information-sharing between scientists and researchers from different institutes around the world. Today, the Web is constantly evolving to tackle new ways of data gathering, interacting with other people, marketing products, and more. As a result, innovations and new technologies are constantly introduced. One end-product of the Web’s sustainable development is the redesigned business landscape.

The Web allowed businesses across different fields to systematize manual operations to adhere its processes with streamline functions. It created new communication mechanisms and modern business designs that help companies sustain their lead generation programs.

Traditional Businesses

In the physical domain, there are businesses that are unable to directly sell their products to consumers or other businesses, such as in the case of B2B firms. These companies, the manufacturing and intermediate goods producers, need middlemen that will inject their products to the market. Using the web, these companies can now attend to this concern. They can increase the product awareness of the potential buyers thru websites or any electronic order systems.

E-Businesses

One great impact of the web is the establishment of E-business. E-business constitutes to the application of information technology knowledge in supporting the integral function of business. It has varied features:

  • Choice freedom – E-businessmen can offers a diverse options to their customers because the web has unlimited information of products of different brands. This will allow the consumers to find what they exactly need.
  • Save time and effort – Through online shops the customers transact in a hassle-free shopping system, that is, open 24/7 with no geographical boundaries.
  • Price comparison – Most online shops enables their consumers to perform price comparison for a more rational buying decision.
  • Inclusive lead generation – whenever a customer enters the online shop, the site can track the activities of the potential customer within the site. Cookie technology is used to learn what the customer is interested in buying so that next time he visits; the shop can automatically give him offerings based on his history data.

Corporate Benefits

The internet allowed companies to have a better method of lowering their spending and savings capital in their operations. Companies use an array of business software to track its production expenditures and revenues. The real-time generated data can be used to assess future decisions to further stimulate efficiency. Nevertheless, this can be used as a tool in lead generation, through an augmented supply chain that involves significant data about distributors, suppliers, and other stakeholders.

Twenty five years had passed and it’s just starting. The Web pushed a new age of marketing strategies that had sparked new opportunities and competitive edge. From workforce recruitment, lead generation, data gathering, and cost management; the Web hugely altered how businesses used to be.

How To Fail At Your Own Business: A Marketing Insight

Refuse to Innovate

Spend an exorbitant amount of time and effort watching what your competitors are doing while you scramble to figure out how best to copy them without adding any additional benefit to the consumer. Don’t deviate from what your business is already doing by building a bottom-up culture of innovation, constantly testing new hypotheses, and taking risks with the aid of market validation. Continue following the status quo by squeezing every penny out of that shrinking line of business; you’re already on the road to letdown.

Accept Mediocrity

Hire employees who show up at 9 on the dot (hey, maybe even fifteen minutes late) and make sure that when the clock strikes 5 that their stuff is already packed and one foot is out the door. Don’t set or enforce any quality standards, but be sure to emphasize speed of completion. You’re looking for a group whose output is so average you’ll have heart palpitations if you receive an after-hours email from one of them. Since culture is so important to success, you’ll want employees who not only pat themselves on the back for the simplest accomplishments but have a surly attitude while doing so. Remember, once you lower the bar with a few average hires, everyone’s output will suffer. While you’re at it, slack off yourself and boast to anyone who will listen as you barely manage to meet the low end of expectations. You’ll never have to deal with that pesky feeling of success ever again!

Don’t Create a Plan

Have you ever been told to create or participate in a project plan for your business? So much work! You have to identify a glaring need that your company currently struggles with, brainstorm possible solutions, hypothesise on which will work, agree on key performance indicators, breakdown milestones into manageable tasks, test your theories and pivot if necessary. Plans are also great at assembling a group of people motivated against a common problem armed with the sword of shared values. Sounds dangerous and people suck. Best to keep throwing darts in the dark by yourself until you hit the board some day.

Avoid Your Own Dog Food

Why would you use or recommend to a friend the product which you currently spend 35.7% of your awakened life on? That sort of weird self-sponsored corporatism is saved for only really successful companies like Airbnb and Twitter… you know… the ones whose employees actually enjoy what they’re working on. Whatever you do, don’t provide any insight into how your company’s products or services can be improved. In failing companies, this sort of feedback is reserved for upper management only. You wouldn’t want to start a revolution of employee empowerment to make a better product would you? Eyes on the prize.

Cut Corners

As long as something (anything) is completed by that deadline which you arbitrarily set based off of no known data points, does it really matter if the project meets an actual stakeholder need or solves some customer problem? Do we even care if it works? Not if you’re trying to descend the dangerous pyramid of success. In every task you do or delegate, make sure that it’s done as quickly as possible. Team meetings to discuss implementation details, coding standards for your developers, and quality assurance checks just lead to improved understanding of the project and the delivery of a better product. All of this is a waste of time if you’re trying to go nowhere as fast as you can.

Place Blame

The best failures want to insulate themselves from having to bear the burden of any reasonable responsibility for what they are working on or have committed to. One of the tried and true ways of doing this is through the wild pointing of your finger in any direction but inward.

Failure ProTip: You don’t always have to blame people. Try blaming a process, or lack of process, or lack of communication, or office environment. The key is to come up with any excuse for why you can’t motivate others around you to succeed as a group so you can completely detach yourself from responsibility. Note: Placing blame goes well with accepting mediocrity

Give Up

If in the end you’ve tried all of the above but you feel that you’ve not sunk as low as possible, it’s best to just give up. Tired of speaking up to improve process? Replace an insightful suggestion with a thought to yourself that things will never change. Are you finding that getting out into the field to actually understand your customers’ pain-points is difficult or inconvenient? Stop wasting your time and continue to tell them what they want. Are you frustrated that your manager just can’t seem to notice the contributions from your low-intensity 39.25 hours of work each week? Quit. After all, there are all kinds of companies full of average employees who would be impressed by your bare-minimum effort.