There's an overlying synergy to what's happening across multiple industries – including news, food, music, transportation, technology and nearly everything else on the planet – with how our geography changes over time. The time it takes is simply getting shorter as technologies advance quicker.
News adapted the quickest due to the speed of the web and the ability to communicate quickly. No longer does the audience have to wait for information to be disseminated, they could simply go directly to the source to get accurate information. Journalists have been squeezed out and newspapers have collapsed as classifieds and advertising moved off of the newsprint and online. I still believe there's a huge value to journalism – having someone dig deeply and investigate – unlike bloggers… but they're struggling to find the right model. I believe it will come. Investigative news is still valued… we just have to get the news industry out of the clickbait industry.
Food, for example, is shifting focus from mass production to micro-production and distribution. My friend, Chris Baggott, for example is investing heavily in this industry. Technologies in farming and logistics are making it possible for small farms to compete with massive companies. And micro-distribution can be optimized by geographically targeting. Chris, for example, has a restaurant who's primary marketing expense is maintaining a Facebook presence.
Many people look at the music industry as dying, but it's really just the same process that's happening with food. In music, there were a select group of mass producers that held the keys to what we bought, how we bought it, and where. Now, with digital technologies, small bands can produce and distribute music without the need for a signed label. And more and more sites are popping up that allow bands to build demand with an audience, then travel to do live shows there. Compound that with merchandise sold online and a musician can make a decent living. The guys driving the Bentleys aren't fans of this, though.
Ezothutho ziyatshintsha ngokunjalo. Iifowuni zeselfowuni zenze ukuba u-Uber kunye noLyft bakwazi ukuguqula ezothutho, ukuvumela nabani na ukuba afumane imoto ecocekileyo endleleni yokuthatha abantu aze abalahle.
In my opinion, there are aspects of this that we need to keep in mind with marketing. Often, there's a intaba-mlilo yomsebenzi kunye nezinto ezintsha ezikhuthaza iJografi entsha engazange ibekho ngaphambili. Iifowuni, umzekelo. Inzala enkulu yaqhuma kwaye abo bazimisele ukuthatha umngcipheko benza inyani yemali. Abathengisi abaye bahlengahlengisa kwangethuba bakhwela igophe elingumqolo kwaye babona iziphumo ezintle. Abarhwebi kufuneka bahlale bejongile malunga nentaba-mlilo elandelayo… ukubangumamkeli kwangoko kunokuvuna umvuzo omnandi.
Ewe, emva kokuba kukho into eqhumayo, iJografi iyatshintsha. Ukhuphiswano luhlala kwaye isabelo sentengiso kwabelwana ngaso. Le yi Ukhukuliseko lomhlaba. Taxi cab profits, for example, have settled into mediocre Uber driver incomes. No need for the big office buildings, logistics systems, yellow cabs, radio systems, shift managers, etc… they're being eroded away and the result is good transportation at a solid value that provides an income worth driving for for many.
Ke kwitekhnoloji, sijonga i Ukudibana. Umlambo weendaba zosasazo-umzekelo - ubugcwele ngogqabhuko olukhulu. Iinkampani ezinkulu zakhiwa ukuze zibeke iliso kwaye zipapashe ngaphesheya komlambo weTwitter noFacebook. Kodwa umlambo uqala ukuhlala ngoku. Amanye amahlumela aphambeneyo ayenzeka njengeGoogle + kunye namawaka ezicelo afike kwintengiso. Kwiminyaka elishumi kamva, nangona kunjalo, kwaye umlambo usika ngokunzulu kwaye iindlela, iindlela ezilungileyo, kunye namaqonga aqala ukuhlala kuwo.
It takes thousands of years to shape geography, but it really only takes hours to shape technology. Many marketers find comfort in an unchanging land that they can build on and not have to worry about. Quite honestly, I don't believe that's where we live anymore and probably won't ever again. The land is shifting underneath us and marketers have to be agile to take advantage of the ebbs and flows. Get in too early and you could be washed away, but get in too late and you're left building on a drought.
The mountains will always crumble. It's why we see the big guys in all these industries buying up the smaller explosive companies and attempting to shore up the dams and leaks that are eroding their prime property. They may do that by lobbying for new laws or driving lawsuits with high-powered attorneys to keep the waters at bay. They may be able to withstand it for a while – but ultimately nature will win.