Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am
learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a
quick comparison, so I will.
The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for
the writers. For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche
social network from scratch. For example, I have built my own social
network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps. I created
BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around
the 21st century buyer. So, Ning represents a way to build a community.
In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from
within an existing audience. There are already thousands of readers coming
to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as
marketing, they will find my articles as ... (more)
This is the complete list of Networking and Social bookmarking sites that was
a study I had broken up into three parts, but for the benefit of new readers
or if you wanted the complete document, I'm posting it as one article.
On the market research part of this, I used Alexa, Compete and Quantcast to
reflect sometimes similar metrics and sometimes differing opinions. I put
some description of these services at the end. Some of Quantcast’s
estimates were rough which means the website hasn’t registered with
Quantcast. The demographic profiles of the users also came from Quantcast so ... (more)
Reviews are critical to the ability of buyers to help other buyers make good
decisions. Buyers are no longer happy to purchase products and services
without a good grasp of peer opinion. Any retailer who does not have a good
review platform is hurting their own sales.
Austin, Texas – August 3, 2009 – Bazaarvoice, the market and technology
leader in hosted social commerce applications that drive sales, today
announced that it serves more retailers on the 2009 Internet Retailer 500
ranking than any other social media competitor. Bazaarvoice dominates the Top
100, where it beats ... (more)
This is Lesson No. 3 of a Continuing Series on How Martial Arts Skills can be
Applied to Business
There are no short cuts – a Hapkido master told me this and thank goodness
there are people in the world who still believe this. Stop trying to be
clever and instead focus on earning real capabilities. In Hapkido, you either
know it or you don’t and it shows in the practice of the art.
The business lesson – There are business people in prison because they
forgot this. Building a strong business that has great capabilities requires
study and hard work. When people take short cuts, bad t... (more)
This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can
go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the
data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know.
+Social Glue Award
Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a
top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors.
Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast
reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34,
Hispanic and Asian, has ... (more)