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White elephant eCommerce on Facebook
There is a growing feeling that Facebook and other social properties will begin to join forces with online retailers to sell real products on their networks.
In fact when Catharine Taylor asked thought leaders to consider what is ahead for 2010, John Dudley, an editor at Hampden-Sydney College suggested that “At least one major retailer will develop an e-commerce Facebook app that will replace its entire “traditional” e-commerce Web site.
What does this really mean?
Can it mean that retailers will just increase their efforts by beefing up their fan page or throwing up some… Read the rest »
This the season for the “TOP” lists…
Lists…. Lists….Lists… Everywhere we turn there is another LIST!
I was interested in a list published by David Berkowitz in the Social Media Insider. It was titled: Ten Ways Social Media Changed Our Thinking in 2009.
His list includes several trends, but I focused on two that are of particular interest to me…
Gifts and Gaming.
David is the Senior Director of Emerging Media & Innovation at 360i, and he has his hand on the pulse of many growing trends in this space. His success depends on spotting emerging business concepts, and he… Read the rest »
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week I plan to be trampled by 14 little feet…
And, I will enjoy every minute of it!
For more than a year I have been working hard to build an online party application that will demonstrate the value of giving real gifts through social networks. We are still working on many bugs and finishing several projects so that it will perform as it should. I have many tasks that remain on the to-do list….
But this week all of my grandchildren will be in our home, and I plan to just lie on… Read the rest »
Americans find a way to enjoy the company of family and friends during the holidays. They share gifts and the go to parties to be with, and to support each other socially.
But is there any money to be made servicing the party goers? Do Americans spend their money to attend parties?
We and American Express agree that the money is there…
And if a research study by the American Express company is any indication, the party spending is very big.
The December American Express Spending & Saving Tracker 2009 reports that, “In addition to spending money on gifts, consumers… Read the rest »
We were interviewed for an article in the Conversation Agent blog, written by Valeria Maltoni. She asked why we are building an online party application. Here is my quote:
The tradition of supporting family and friends with gifts does not end when distance separates us. Nether does the desire to have a meaningful conversation with those that we love.
Parties are the traditional gathering point for both conversation and gift-giving among those who desire to support each other on special occasions. When distance interrupts this opportunity to gather, we all feel a loss of personal connection.
We are building this… Read the rest »
We have been suggesting that sharing REAL gifts through social networks is a viable solution for dispersed family and friends. We have even built a demonstration application called AlbinoPhant to prove our point.
Sometimes we feel like our story if falling on deaf-ears; because the idea is so new and unproven…
But we know it can be done and are just waiting for others to agree.
We would like to thank the Reddit users for their absolute proof that a gift exchange can be organized and completed using internet connections.
Antonio Cangiano’s Blog shares the story: Antonio writes; “Dan McComas… Read the rest »
You have been invited to attend an online gift party like no other.
Your host has used a special offer code (1234) to begin a “test-drive” party that allows you to experience a gift exchange without spending any money…
Like a real test drive!
Here are the step by step instructions on how to get the invitation, RSVP, find a gift (virtually), get it wrapped and then join the party.
It is really easy, once you have done it one time!
Step #1 (these screen shots seem to display better in Firefox than on Explorer browsers, sorry)
Step… Read the rest »
Hosting a regular party is hard work, but you know what it takes, Right?
Doing an online party is completely new, so you need to learn the ropes before you feel comfortable hosting something for real.
AlbinoPhant is the first of its kind…. A REAL online gift sharing party!
We have provided a way for you to take a “hosting test-drive” and to learn how much like a real party this really is. You can test this system with OFFER CODE 1234.
Here are the steps: Begin by joining the application HERE
Now follow these screen shots and balloon messages… Read the rest »
Party hosting is not for the weak or timid. Successful parties are the result of the extraordinary efforts of a committed host.
For any event to succeed, someone steps up and takes on the responsibility to lead. It is amazing that millions of parties actually happen every month, when we measure the effort it takes.
We appreciate the efforts of the host…
There must be a compelling reason that drives a host to be a host. The fact is, the rewards of completing a successful party must outweigh the work, or parties would never happen. The recognition and gratitude of… Read the rest »
We live just south of were the Oregon Trail ends at the ocean. The trail and its historic trailblazers represent one of the pioneering achievements in American history. It speaks to the strength and determination of our predecessors, who sacrificed so much to build the west.
Today we can cover the distance that Lewis and Clark spent a lifetime traversing, in mere hours by plane. These and other pioneers blazed the trail with guts and brawn and laid the foundations of many of our great western cities.
The pioneering responsibility falls upon those who see something in the distance that… Read the rest »