Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Porter- Strategy and the Internet

Creative Abrasion

Google +

While this past week has been an "interesting" one for me away from the classroom, I can fill you all in at another time, I did get completely into the Google SWOT analysis.  A considerable treat to Google and their stranglehold on the Search Engine Market is how they will transform to capture the ever growing Social Media Market.  Google + is the answer, however is this just another tool in the endless maze of Google bolt ons?  Chris Brogan discusses why he loves Google + and what it brings to the Social Media game.  Have a look...Why Chris Brogan Loves Google Plus - Entrepreneur

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The World is Flat

Back in the Day...1997 or so, I was taking a Macroeconomics class, and I had a Professor who was obsessed with the question of "Who will feed the Chinese?"  I took this literally at the time, however the Chinese Economic Machine continues to gobble up globes scarce resources.  While I understand this is to feed Americans hunger for cheap computers, smart phones, and appliances, Tom Friedman touches on  the next true innovative revolution need to combat a scary and serious problem coming our way.  This video is 45 plus minutes, so start the popcorn now...

Great Video on Globalization and the next true revolution. 
The World is Flat-Thomas Friedman

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The First Mover Advantage

Being the first to enter a Market with the intentions of selling goods or services is also known as the first-mover.  There is evidence that the first-mover has a distict advantage for being the first to market, but are these advantages just temporary, and is the first mover advantage just a myth?

The Advantages
Power- Being the first, you have control of the market.  This includes the ability to set the rules for how the product or service will be distributed to customers.  In addition, with the lack of competition, profit can be captured in the short run as the first-mover can set the price.  There is also a novelty for being the first, which tends to attract innovators and first responders.  This novelty may generate the momentum required to develope brand recognition, which can create spillover bennifits for years to come.  There are however a number of disadvantage while being the first-mover.

The Disadvantages
Risk- There is a great deal of risk associated with being the first-mover, and these risks are a clear disadvantages.  It can be extreamely expensive being the first on the scene.  Start up costs can be undaunting, expenses such as Marketing, the lack of a defined supply chain, and the costs of a flawd strategy can delay a first-mover and erase advantages discussed earlier.  The fast follower will be right behind the first-mover taking advantage of the mistakes made by the first to market.  This can even be a strategy of compeditors, waiting to gain a clearer understanding of the market befor launching.

While there are certain advantages to being the first-mover, there is one constant with all successful businesses, and that is having a great strategy that doesn't get complacent.  Strategies need to evolve as the markets change and as customers change.  A company that continues to generate barriers to entry, manage and leverage the supply of goods, satisfy the customer, and continue to develop diferentiators will be successful.  A solid strategy is the clear advantage, whether your first or your following.