The Paleolithic Era
the mid 1990's Internet communities, portals and virtual experiences
were being planned and developed. It was recognized that the
Internet was a venue for broadcasting and doing business, and the
Internet and websites were the utilities to use.
and usability to stimulate the senses, mind and pocketbook are only
some components of a good website.
Then and now, care to incorporate good design plans is
essential as poor designs send
the wrong message. The
way information is conveyed can have very profound consequences.
Success on the Internet requires a sound business model in
place, as the website is only a facet to your existing business and
the Internet a tool to deliver your business.
companies embraced the web, they developed extensions of existing
customer applications with slick interfaces to foster customer
satisfaction, buying convenience, better service and new selling
opportunities through an expanded sales channel.
Ultimately the goals were to brand the website.
It was thought that brand recognition of a site would lead to
profitability for a company. Marketing
strategies and creative PR were developed.
The race to explore undiscovered niches paved the way for
websensations, troughs of funding, venture capital and overnight
IPO’s. The Goldrush
was on with no end in site.
The Mesolithic Error
II reflected an overly cluttered Internet with good and not so good
sites. Sites with good
business plans and others without.
For the viewer, information overload became a reality while
trying to sift through and locate accurate data. (Viewers beware).
presented themselves all to soon as some major sites did not have
planned revenue streams. Ineffective
planning, poor management and an immature understanding of the
Internet, believing that a high visibility site alone produces
income, morphed many a dotcom into a dotbomb.
Some of the services being offered, ‘eyeballs’ to a site,
online selling, bidding and banner ads do not generate sufficient
income to keep a site in the black, keep a company from becoming
extinct or justify having a site.
is necessary for a site to integrate the full range of business
processes, (sales, inventory management, tracking, order
fulfillment, delivery, logistics, financials, customer intelligence,
feedback to marketing, service and product development), using
Internet technology as a tool, not a stage, to impact the core of
The Neolithic Era
phenomenal financing of a dotcom for the sake of it being a dotcom
and yesterday’s webstars crashing hard were a chaos that reflected
how E-business was still in its early phases of development.
With all the hype and forecasting, distinctions between
‘Big E’ and ‘little e’ were not being made clear.
‘little e’ refers to the transaction sector in customer service,
known as e-commerce. ‘Big
E’, however, proves to be a greater challenge, as ‘Big E’
involves the redesigning of existing business models (enterprisewide
not enough money was being spent on e-nitiatives to re-engineer the
wheel of business. This
could also be interpreted that business
was not planning or budgeting effectively to embrace the
current and upcoming technologies.
As the wheel is reinvented, high tech
companies will be in a better position to fit into the new business
models of tomorrow.
for ‘Big E’ and ‘little e’ must be designed and tested as
business plans with clear business goals.
Where you want to be positioned to keep with the trends and
shifts in industry, plans designed must also fit the need, NOT the
forecast. Success on
the web is inherent as a business facet or a dotcom—but only if
there is due diligence.
what I told businesses back in 1997
, if you have a sound business plan, a
website will complement it. The
success and profits of business are NOT the result of a high
visibility site alone. There
must be avenues of planned revenue, not just one path
because the platforms of today’s technology and new business
cannot otherwise be supported.
Finally, business plans should be grounded with some time
Know your business; understand your market,
climate and medium in which you operate; communicate value.
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