Sunday, April 15, 2007

"Good night and thanks for watching"

Waiting for the next band to play at a concert is simply dreadful. You either go get more beer, talk about the previous band, talk about the band that's coming up or eavesdrop others talk about the previous band and the band that's coming up.

I do not know why there are such a lack of activities in between the changeover of bands at a concert. Here you have the perfect opportunity to entertain the restless crowd and anything you do, music related or not, will be appreciated. This is pretty much a marketer's dream playground, a place to pillage and plunder as the crowd are at their most vulnerable but receptive best.

Like promoting a new band from the same label/concert promoter, show music videos, screen movie trailers, play XFM, get someone to do standup, do a contest... anything. Anything is better than listening to a couple of 16 year olds rambling about Johnny Borrell and Kirsten Dunst.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The woes of engine searching

The recent and perhaps sudden switch in strategy by just proves how difficult it is to change, and to borrow the term used in their radio ads, ‘the status quo’.

I really like their “Ask and you will get” strategy but the current “The other search engine” just fall way short of the warmth and fun generated by such a great brand with a great name. I just felt that it is too familiar and generic, probably deliberately. is not alone. Every search engine is in the same predicament except the web monster we now know as Google. Strangely enough Google finds itself in the same boat in China which again proves how tough it is to change behaviour and norms.

Amazingly not a single person I spoke to over the weekend remember what search engines they were using pre-Google. Google only gained it’s dominance over the last 2 years so surely some of us must have relied on one of the search engines in the picture above.

I have fond memories of using Alta Vista and this other search engine named either ‘monster’ something or something ‘zilla’. It was the alternative and rebel of search engines then and appealed to us, teenagers, almost instantaneously, which is somewhat the current strategy of

The question is how do you make (or any other search engines) cool and relevant?

For a start should start a diploma/degree course in Internet research or something similar. Lessons should be fun and fulfilling, like putting students in foreign countries and giving them specific tasks. should then move on to create their own educational institutes.