The Fight for Control of our Virtual LIves
chris dixon's blog / A massive misallocation of online advertising dollars In an earlier blog post, I talked about how sites that generate purchasing intent (mainly “content” sites) are being under-allocated advertising dollars versus sites that harvest purchasing intent (search engines, coupon sites, comparison shopping sites, etc). As a result, most content sites are left haggling over CPM-based brand advertising instead of sponsored links for the bulk of their revenue. But there is an additional problem: even among sites that monetize via sponsored links there is a large overallocation of advertising spending on links that are near the “end of the purchasing process” (or “end of the funnel”).
chris dixon's blog / Selling to enterprises For some reason when you are selling information technology, big companies are referred to as “enterprises.” I’m guessing the word was invented by a software vendor who was trying to justify a million-dollar price tag. As a rule of thumb, think of enterprise sales as products/services that cost $100K/year or more. I am by no means an expert in enterprise sales.
chris dixon's blog / What if online business model innovation is slowing down? There is a widely held assumption that new business models will continue to emerge online – that statements like “how will Twitter ever make money?” will look as silly in 10 years as similar statements made 10 years ago about Google look now. There is no question that, if they wanted to, Twitter could make tens of millions of dollars tomorrow, by, say, running ads or by licensing data feeds. The big question is whether Twitter and other social media sites will figure out how to make Google-scale money and not just Facebook-scale money. Google and Facebook get (ballpark) the same number of monthly visits to their sites.
Man, there will likely be some disagreements with this one. We tried to go with not only the attitude the song would put you in, but also the description of the break-up in the lyrics. We also tried being as diverse as possible with the genres, which is why some of the songs on this chart are songs we would never listen to. Lesson 187 - Break-Up Songs