Archive for February, 2010
The number of competing social network solutions is suggesting that this market is getting to a more mature stage. Just like the hundreds of car brands in the earlier part of the last century, we are bound to see a shakeup of this marketplace, and the ones that eventually survive will be the ones that offer differentiation that appeal to a large enough network of consumers. In this blog, I took the liberty and brand personified some of the best known or “buzzed” social networks we see today.
What drives the extreme success of selected user-generated content (UGC) while most other content remains forgotten? In this blog post, we report the findings from our research project that aimed to address this question. Within the context of online user-generated video, we traced the pattern of rise to popularity of such content over time and identified the factors that affect the diffusion path of new UGC. In doing so, we provide a mechanism for predicting the success of a UGC at an early stage of the diffusion process. Marketers equipped with such knowledge will then be able to strategically participate in the conversation facilitated through UGC and to better focus their resources on viral content that is likely to affect a larger audience.