The original founders of Microsoft... and a token brown guy.
Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the humungus Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Suren Singh of Microsft gave myself and my colleagues a personal tour of the grounds which is home to over 30,000 employees and spreads across 8 million square feet. I still can’t get my head around it. What struck me most about the impressive grounds is the university campus feel it had that got me feeling nostalgic about my days at UVic. There are plenty of soccer fields outfitted with outdoor artificial turf, immaculate landscaping that retains the pacific northwest feel, and buildings up buildings divided by business concentrations.
The highlight for me was a visit to the Microsoft museum that covered the history of the company from it’s humble start in 1975 up to present day innovations like Surface and Xbox 360. By the way, Surface is VERY cool and ironically (I learned) that it almost never came to fruition. There are endless possibilities for this technology to be used in everyday workplace and home appliances. Below are some photos from the museum, but quite honestly, they don’t do it any justice. Visit it in person if you ever get the chance. Worth the trip out to Redmond. And, thank you Suren for the hospitality!
I’m sitting in on an excellent presentation (that is me in the back row, third one in) by Nate Elliott of Forrester Research who is presenting his findings on the New Influentials – Internet users who maintain a weblog or personal homepage, who join in discussions on web message boards, forums, etc. and regularly update their social networking profile page – who continue to become a growing influence on consumers in decision-making around products, technology, music, etc. New Influentials primarily exert active influence by proactively giving advice, but are rarely sought out as compared to Classic Influentials who’s opinions are sought out but who rarely give unless asked. Forrester’s research shows that classic influence remains stagnant, while new influence continues to grow. But, as users grow overwhelmed by influence, they will seek greater context and ways to filter New Influencers for opinions they would value. So what needs to happen? New Influencers need to be rated so users can filter and decide who’s opinion they want to follow. And the further development of social graphs that map the people you know with the content you are looking at online. For example, you go to a restaurant review site, and are immediately shown reviews from the people you know immediately, and likely trust.
Today, my marketing team officially unveils PEER 1’s new branding campaign where we ask the question, “Is your business ready for a million hits?” and introduce PEER 1’s new tagline “Fully scalable hosting solutions” that will appear below the PEER 1 logo. The tagline speaks to PEER 1’s position in the marketplace as a full solution IT hosting provider offering businesses the choice or combination of Managed Hosting, Dedicated Hosting (through our ServerBeach division), Co-location services, and in the near future, Cloud Computing. It also captures my company’s core value proposition of delivering “scalability”, or our ability to grow with our customer’s online hosting demands; conversely, our ability to scale down when less hosting horsepower is required.
The campaign also speaks to PEER 1’s extensive geographical footprint – 15 data centers and 21 network PoPs across North America and Europe – and our reputable high performance SuperNetwork™. At PEER 1, we’re confident that we deliver the most scalable IT hosting environment for startups and SMBs ready to explode online, as well as enterprises looking to scale their current needs. Clients like Club Penguin, YouTube, and PlentyofFish all began as relative unknowns that quickly turned into mega Internet sensations with PEER 1 and ServerBeach there all the way. Through this campaign, we want to let every IT professional and business operator know that we can do the same for them.
The campaign is largely comprised of online banner advertisements and three 30-second commercials shown above that take a cheeky approach towards individuals who experience a sudden increase in online traffic or “hits”. Let me know what you think. If you like them, please help me spread the message – link, embed, tweet, blog, and share anywhere and everywhere on the net. Cheers!
Idan Factor of Exactfactor sent me their cool free SEO tool that his company offers. I’ve tested it out and found it to be easy to use and more importantly, useful in checking your position in search engines against your competitors. You can also get regular email alerts and weekly reports. There is a full online presentation on the service that you can review. Very nice! Have a try and see for yourself. Thanks for sharing, Idan.