Wikipedia defines the Internet as "a global network of interconnected computers, enabling users to share information along multiple channels".
Its origin stems from research and development in the US Defence industries and it led to the creation of a network of networks that could withstand a military attack.
As a "network of networks", the Internet makes it easy for information to get from one place to another through a huge variety of different paths (which means that logic such as - is this the fastest path? or the most efficient path to take? isn't as important as making sure that it arrives). This is the key to the overwhelming growth of the Internet.
If you go back in time to the fundamentals of how the Internet was built, you'll find that it began with a networking protocol known as IP (Internet Protocol); and it is the unique features of IP, that makes sure that all the information requested actually gets delivered.
It seems now however, that IP has taken on a new and equally important significance, in the modern world of online businesses and when you understand what it means, and apply it in the context of what you focus on, it can lead to massive results.
IP (as in "Internet Protocol") is responsible, in a large part, for the way data flows around the Internet. When you request a web page, document or some other piece of information, the information gets broken up into a number of electronic packages (or packets). It is these packets that get transmitted to your computer along a network of interconnected paths (that form the Information Superhighway - Internet). Once on your computer, your web browser reassembles the packets in the correct sequence to create the single file of information (web page) you requested.
The other IP's
It was during a recent Workshop that we got to appreciate the new "IP" of the Internet.
Where we originally set out to identify the Internet strategies being used by successful businesses, we also found something that presented a new and interesting perspective on emerging Internet business models. (Some of the new online business strategies were interesting enough, and we'll write them up more fully with time, but it was the remarkable pattern we identified that I want to talk about.)
This pattern relates specifically to creating wealth and value using the Internet and, in some ways, suggests that IP has already taken on a new meaning for Information Marketing.
For Information Marketers, the acronym "IP" represents three value propositions in the online business world -
- Information Producer;
- Information Publisher; and
- Information Packager.
Let's explore what I mean by these IPs and consider how they can help you find the best strategy for the online side of your business.
An Information Producer is someone who has something to communicate and share with others.
These may be:
It could be that they studied or learned their skill on the job. Or quite possibly it might be someone whose family and friends have said they do something special and they do it really well.
As an Information Producer, your strategy would be to put what you know into a book, audio recording or DVD video.
Easy: To create an eBook all you need is Microsoft Word and the ability to save your document as a PDF file.
Beginner: If your ambitions are bigger and you want to create a book that sells in stores, one option is to get involved in Self-Publishing. Two of the best supported ways of getting into Self-publishing if you're a beginner are through Amazon.com and Lulu.com.
Advanced: Otherwise, you can fund your own up-front publishing costs and sell your books yourself with someone such as BookPal.
Easy: If you have an Apple laptop then using GarageBand to
record your own podcasts (audio recordings) that you sell through iTunes is a simple step-by-step process.
Beginner: Non-Apple computer users have the option of downloading and installing a free software application called Audacity. For first timers, using Audacity to create your audio recordings can be challenging and you will need to have a microphone and speakers for your computer. Once you've got it installed and are over the initial learning hurdles you'll find it has everything you need to create clean high quality recordings. Plus they have provide a free User Manual.
Advanced: To create professional recordings that have background music with high quality production values - a semi-professional products like Cakewalk's Music Creator has a huge set of features including being able to write directly to CDs.
The technology needed to create professional-quality information products has become very affordable and easy to use if you want to do it yourself, making it possible for the modern day Information Producer to create profits quickly.
The advantage of having an Apple laptop computer for the Information Producer again becomes clear with video production being made easy with iMovie. Record video using the built-in webcam or upload what you've recorded with your home movie camera and use iMovie to turn your recordings into DVDs with background music, screen titles and voiceovers.
There are many options for video production, so we've put together a list of the fuller featured software applications that you can investigate VideoPad, Power Director, Final Cut Studio and Adobe's Creative Suite.
One final way to produce DVD videos is to enlist the assistance of a production company, who will do all the technical work for you.
In Australia, places like Spun Creations in Darwin, Key Studio in Sydney, Solid Orange in Hobart, CreateIt in Melbourne, Gatecrasher Media in Canberra, Flick Chicks in Brisbane, Matrix Multi-Media in Adelaide and Digital Video Production Australia in Perth.
An Information Publisher is someone who specialises in taking your information product and getting into the hands of as many people as possible.
This can happen through a number of channels such as:
- Social Media
More specifically, the Information Publisher knows how to get your information product available on the web and found in places where lots of people (an audience) are; like on popular Blogs and Groups, search results pages with Google or Yahoo and social networking websites, like Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Youtube and Flickr.
Information Publishers are getting the message out using as lots of channels and online services like Press Method, Free Press Release, TrueLocal, Best of the Web Connect Buzz, LinkedIn and through many, many other promotional channels.
The number of options for the modern day Information Publisher is enormous and with the ever increasing number of channels to choose from the opportunity to niche and offer new services continues to expand.
An Information Packager is someone who specialises in taking your information product and monetizing it.
This is generally the territory of the more experienced and includes concepts such as:
- Search Engine Marketing
- B2C & B2B
- Social Networking
The Information Packager is concerned with monetising information and this means doing things that maximise ROI and leveraging profitable networks of influence.
The Information Packager really adds value to the Information Producer and the Information Publisher by making sure the information product gets to spenders - people who buy. Whether that's in stores like Amazon.com and iTunes, in advertisements in social spaces like Twitter, Facebook or Youtube and on highly relevant search results pages.
An exact fit for you
The new IP of successful Internet-based businesses, are three areas in which any individual or organisation can leverage their business growth, sales and promotions strategies to extend their business from the offline into the online world... or simply for starting an all together new venture online.
Take any idea, skill or thing you do and view it from the perspective of each of the three IP value propositions.
How do you do that thing that just comes naturally to you and how can you teach it to others?
How can you use what you do to increase the ways other people find out about what you're capable of doing?
How do you make it so that different people are attracted to what you sell and will pay to learn what you know?
Take this idea further and work one-on-one with someone who can guide you through the thought process first time through so you can do it on your own every time after that. Call and arrange your obligation free phone consultation right now.
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