I think that behind providing water and food for the entire planet, providing it with wifi must be a close third place !
With Project Loon, this is what Google is proposing to do.
PROJECT LOON QUICK FACTS
- Bringing internet connectivity to developing nations
- 60 feet in diameter super pressure pumpkin shaped balloons
- Multiple week flight duration
- Approximately 67,000 feet cruising altitude
- Control system that self-directs balloon course
- Stratollite technology
- Solar panels provide system power
As I have heard mentioned in several Google lectures that I have attended in recent years, they are continuously looking to change paradigms and try things that most corporations would be never even dream of trying.
Message to big corporations – Be brave enough to break out of existing business practices, internal systems and traditional thinking, and try to see how technology and interactivity can take your business to another level.
As with Google’s balloons, the sky’s the limit !
A challenge that we often face in the Interactive media industry are the various perceptions of internet as a medium. Everybody sees things differently:
These perceptions about internet marketing can range from:
- those that don’t get web at all (which is normal and fine by the way) but realize that there is huge potential and they need and want to understand it
- those that don’t get web at all (like I said, that’s normal), but they don’t believe in it and have no intention to test/participate in it etc – too complicated
- those who have limited web knowledge but enough to do some half hearted online communications – can be dangerous with disappointing results.
- those who don’t consume much web themselves and believe therefore that their media target (even if a different age to them) surely doesn’t use it either - this is the most dangerous perception in my opinion.
What always disappoints me is when I hear of marketers that are allocating extremely small budgets to online awareness campaigns and then being disappointed that they don’t notice it much or that the campaign is too short.
In traditional media terms, it would be like booking 1/8th page, black and white ad in 2 newspapers for 1 day and then consequently being disappointed by the lack of awareness and campaign length.
How would you feel If you watch a 3D movie, on a 3D compatible TV but without the 3D glasses? well, of course you are going to think that the whole 3D experience is completely overrated, right, and rightly so.
I guarantee that if interactive media is planned in a : thorough,strategically relevant,insightful manner with strong supporting budgets, buying strategies, shareable creative concepts and solid performance metrics,the ’3D movie experience’ will be very, very satisfying.
A recent survey for the Canadian Media Research Consortium at the University of British Columbia showed that Canadians were LEAST WILLING to give up their media in the following order:
- 42% Internet connection
- 24% their TV package
- 17% mobile phone service
- 17% newspaper delivery (Older Canadians were more reluctant to give it up vs. average Canadian)
- In addition, 18- to 34-year-olds have just as many computers per household as TVs at 2.4. That number drops to 2.2 for the average Canadian.
- Given the choice, Canadians prefer TV for news and information, though that’s truer for women than it is for men.
- To conclude, the study said, that any media, whether it be in TV, radio or print, that fails to focus on providing content for computers, tablets and smartphones will be left behind.
So fingers out, please, content providers! You have been warned.