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Is The Current Email Marketing Old Technology?

Is The Current Email Marketing Old Technology?

    

After 47 years since Email’s inception,

this technology is still going strong. It’s one of the most widely used and trusted channels for communication today, particularly with entrepreneurs, marketers and business owners. It’s helped many startups grow into multi-billion dollar companies. The unfortunate side of email is spam and although spam filters do a good job of detecting junk and send it straight to the spam folder, many organizations legitimate emails end up in the spam folder. If your subscribers don’t see your emails, they can’t open, click or convert.

Primarily, email campaigns and autoresponders use a capture page opt-in form to collect data, being a name, email and often times a phone number. This takes time and usually a number of steps to complete. You then in some cases need to go to your email to verify it. It is well documented that the more steps in the signup form process, the more likely prospects will be lost for lack of follow through. Email verification can reduce lead conversion up to 50%, delayed verification and delivery to spam folder reduce conversion up to 90%.

Alternatively, there is a capture technology which uses OAuth to capture the data of a potential lead or subscriber. This virtually guarantees the data is legitimate and the email is clean and not from a spam trap often acquired through website harvesting. Autoresponders and email advertising tools are probably the most essential parts of your business. You utilize it to follow-up with clients. To keep individuals returning to your site. To build loyalty. To create sales.

Email deliverability rates can really make or break an email marketing campaign. Here are 5 email and autoresponder tools with prices and deliverability percentages. Although rates can fluctuate over time, there does, however, seem to be some consistency between those that perform the best, and those that perform the worst.

Aweber

Aweber has a free 1 month trial period then priced as shown below. Aweber doesn’t really allow you to add leads from offline sources. Online lists are captured using online opt-in forms requiring name and email address.

Pricing:
Starting from $19/mth for 500 subscribers up to $149/mth for 25,000. Get a quote if over 25,000 subscribers are required.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 71.5% Spam 18.6% Tabs 8.2% Missing 1.7%

MailChimp

MailChimp has a “forever free” plan that allows you to create a list on MailChimp for free as long as your list is under 500 users. Although MailChimp offers a free trial, their autoresponder feature is only available in paid accounts and lists are built through single or double opt-in forms.

Pricing:
It has different pricing plans for Growing Businesses, Entrepreneurs and High volume senders. Grow Membership from $10/mth?—?Pro Membership starting at $199/mth.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 57.8% Spam 13.6% Tabs 24.7% Missing 3.9%

GetResponse

GetResponse is a web-based email marketing system for beginners right through to high-end businesses wanting scalable, high-performance solutions.

Pricing:
Starting from $15/mth for email marketing up to Enterprise at $1,199/mth.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 74.7% Spam 17.0% Tabs 3.4% Missing 5.0%

Constant Contact

Constant Contacts is an email marketing service, created to strengthen email marketing practices of small businesses, associations, nonprofits organizations, etc. It uses templates requiring email data from subscribers. Constant Contact provides monthly plans measured by the number of contacts.

Pricing:
Basic Email starts at $20/mth?—?Email Plus Starting at $45/mth. Both subscriptions are based on the number of contacts.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 86.1% Spam 2.2% Tabs 6.9% Missing 4.8%

Markethive

The Markethive email and autoresponder system are built for beginners through to Entrepreneurs and Business Owners at any level. It has utilized the OAuth technology to capture data via capture widgets through a choice of Social Media Sites situated on your capture pages, blogs and profile pages. Pricing: Free when you subscribe to Markethive. There are no limitations on the amount or size of your list or subscribers and no upcharges.

Deliverability: Main Inbox 99.97% Spam 0.0% Tabs 0.0% Missing 0.03%

The advent of the blockchain adds several new twists and may serve to be the disruption that has been overdue for marketers and advertisers that are looking to take their targeted campaigns to the next level. As we move forward, it will be interesting to see how this new technology could be used as a basis for a distributed email system. We are in for a ride over the next couple of years as technologies like blockchain slip into every facet of our lives. It’s not the strongest who survive or smartest, but the most adaptable.

Article Produced By
Deb Williams

I’m a freelance writer for the Market Network & crypto/blockchain. Stong advocate for technology progress & free speech https://markethive.com/creativemarketing

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

Stop Buying Leads And Create Your Own Instead

Stop Buying Leads And Create Your Own Instead

Anyone in sales can tell you that no new leads typically means no new business.

Without sales, you truly don't exist. When I entered into the insurance business, I initially tapped my natural market. But — as you can imagine — that only goes so far. In order to succeed, you need to have an ongoing plan. Mine was to purchase leads.I started using a service called NetQuote, where I could buy leads from online shoppers who were looking for insurance. These leads were $15 a piece — and for the most part, the individuals were interested in purchasing coverage. But in addition to the cost, those same leads were also being sold to other agents from competing companies. So if I didn't get to them first, I was essentially throwing away my $15. I had only a 15-20 percent closing ratio, so I knew I had to find a better way.

Using SEO

Throughout the past decade, the Internet has changed the way we do business — insurance is no exception. Gone are the days of sitting across the kitchen table and discussing benefit options. Just like most other products and services, people want to be able to search and compare what options they have available, and they want to do it quickly. I decided to learn everything I possibly could about search marketing, lead generation and SEO, and I also started to build a resource list. A few sites that helped me were Moz.com, Distilled.net and QuickSprout.com. Even today, for any beginner who is looking to learn, I highly recommend these websites. They contain some great content, along with helpful video tutorials.

Once I had my go-to sources, I then obtained the proper tools for tracking and I further developed my plan. Two great sources that I recommend in this area are AHREF and SEMRush. You can learn a lot from these tools, and even though they are paid, I found them well worth the money.

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Building Local to National

My initial plan was to rank on a local level in my home city of Columbus, Ohio, for homeowners, auto, life and business insurance leads. I wasn't sure what to expect, as I had no lead generation or web design experience. In addition, Columbus is already host to some major insurance brands such as Nationwide and Safe Auto, so I had stiff competition, especially as Google GOOGL +0.02% loves big brands and they rank well for the most difficult keywords. I admit that my first website, ColumbusInsuranceMarket.com, wasn't pretty. Yet I was still able to reach my goal. In fact, I was able to generate more leads per month from that site than the ones I was purchasing for $15 apiece for all those years. To this day, we still generate local insurance leads from this website.

Once I'd reached local success, I decided to up the ante and see how I could do on a national level. I was lucky enough to buy the domain name TermLife-Insurance.com at an auction. This was great, because at the time Google liked exact and partial match domain names. These days it’s hard to brand a partial-match domain like the one I bought, so I've also since built my most current and best website, LocalLifeAgents.com. This site has brought both the local and national aspect to one site. As you can see, each of these sites is progressively better from a design and user flow aspect, which helps.

Getting Attention, Traffic and Leads

In order to rank organically, it's necessary to have great website architecture along with great content and quality links. In fact, links are probably the hardest part of the SEO equation. Quality links are hard to get, which makes link building more difficult. Most people don't know where to start when it comes to finding good links. I started by leveraging current relationships and then building new ones with people who were talking and writing about what I sold.

Never assume that someone wants to link out to you. Before you think about asking for a link, make sure they have a good reason to do so. For example, show them how your product or service solves a problem, especially if it's something they believe in or can relate to. People are also looking to link to sites that have quality resources. It's best to build a page on your site that solves a problem. This makes outreach much easier. That's what I did with my first national site, and over the years the leads have snowballed. The sites bring in business — exclusive leads — every day.

Creating Results

A quick Amazon search will result in numerous books on "how to" build a website, many filled with details on how to monetize the site for getting the maximum amount of traffic. But based on what I've learned 20,000 leads later, don't build your site for Google or a search engine. Build it for the potential customer who lands there. Granted, you still need strong signals for the search engines: ensure that you have good, on-page SEO and well-researched keywords along with site architecture that makes it easy for visitors to find what they're looking for.

People come to your website for a reason. Regardless of what it is you do, they are looking for information. So, give them what they came for. Provide your site visitors with answers and guidance on how to solve a problem, and then show them how your own product, service or expertise can make their lives easier. Then, provide a clear call to action. It's as simple as that.

Article Produced By
Brad Cummins


Founder of Local Life Agents, a nationwide independent life insurance agency.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2015/12/21/stop-buying-leads-and-create-your-own-instead/#42a972ad4979

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

Investment Firm Predicts Cryptocurrency to Grow Up in 2019

Investment Firm Predicts Cryptocurrency to Grow Up in 2019

Technology advisory and investment firm GP Bullhound has published

its “Technology Predictions 2019,” in what might be music to the ears of disgruntled investors right now, it says we have “yet to see the best” of cryptocurrencies. Should another prediction be trusted? GP Bullhound says only one of its 2018 predictions, the decline of email in the workplace, was incorrect. Its prediction of a “boom and bust” of ICOs in 2018, sadly, seems to have rung true. ICOs are indeed at crisis point.

Institutional Money Will Flow

GP Bullhound is bullish for 2019 believing that long-awaited institutional money will flow into cryptocurrency led by blockchain’s “full speed” activity. “Given the pace of innovation,” the firm said in the report, “There is a thin line between being first and being last. Since many market participants on the financial and strategic side are aware they largely missed benefiting from the digital revolution, we expect they’ll ensure they do not miss out on the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution.” Institutional investors will first look to funds and equity investment into blockchain as well as cryptocurrency-based financial instruments and derivatives. This will not all be financially motivated, it says,

but:

“Backed by increasing demand we see on the corporate and family office side and their desire to build positions.”

The regulation of bitcoin and ether as “non-securities,” bitcoin considered a “replacement” for fiat currency, and Ethereum’s ether seen as a commodity offers security to the two coins. This will allow capital to flow into the sector both directly and increasingly through derivatives.

STOs Will be a New Focus

The “massive wave” of compliant security token offerings (STOs) ready for market will become a new activity focus for the sector.  And, GP Bullhound believes, “promising” cryptocurrency custody services will comfort professional investors. At the

beginning of the recovery:

“Offerings structured as tokenized financial products are expected to initially absorb substantial volumes and allow avoidance of direct handling of cryptocurrencies.”

Liquidity is improving in the sector as large banks enter, regulated exchanges emerge, and stablecoins provide a “haven” for investors. The hype in 2019, say the advisors, will be more technology and

product focused and that:

“Overall, the correction is ongoing and healthy for the sector to allow the technology to catch up.”

Dubbed the “crypto queen” of Switzerland’s crypto-valley Zug, Smart Valor CEO, Olga Feldmeier,

adds her view to the report:

“The crypto market is still in its early stage and so high volatility is to be expected. Over the mid-to-long term, cryptocurrency is a new alternative class of digital financial products that offers many benefits.”

Today, the market correction still appears to be in play, bitcoin could drop below $3,000 yet, but despite the decline, a recent report from the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance says 54 million new cryptocurrency users joined the cryptocurrency sector in 2018.

Article Produced By
CCN
Bitcoin & Blockchain Investments

https://www.ccn.com/investment-firm-predicts-cryptocurrency-to-grow-up-in-2019/

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

Cryptocurrency Developments to Look Forward to in 2019

 

2018 has been an eventful year in the crypto industry.

The market experienced a severe price correction to the extent that some are beginning to doubt the future blockchain promises. Still, in spite of all the losses and FUD, the fundamentals continue to grow, and 2019 is promising to be an exciting year in terms of project development as well as cryptocurrencies edging toward the mainstream.

Institutional bodies are getting more interested in cryptocurrencies.

One example of this is the U.S. state of Ohio accepting tax payments in Bitcoin. Merchants accepting cryptocurrencies as payments have also grown in number, with several people testifying on social media how they paid for goods and services with cryptocurrencies such as BTC, ETH, and BNB. Notable merchants that accept Bitcoin include Overstock, eGifter, Expedia, Shopify, and others. Another metric that expresses the growth of the industry is the amount of talent that has been attracted to blockchain. Research carried out by Glassdoor reveals a 300% rise in blockchain-related job openings in 2018 (as opposed to 2017).

This metric defies the downtrend in Bitcoin price, as can be seen in the chart below:

      

Despite the heavy price downtrend of 2018,

many would still agree with investor Anthony Pompliano that Bitcoin is the best-performing asset of the decade. This matters for long-term crypto investors as they look beyond the immediate state of the industry to the impact it will have on the future world economy. As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to what 2019 has in store, in terms of growth and development for the industry.

The Launch of Financial Products on the Stock Market in 2019

2018 was filled with rumors of institutional investors buying into cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin. This has not brought about the uptrend in valuation that many expected to accompany it. Several times, the Bitcoin ETF proposal was rejected in 2018. But the sentiment is beginning to change, as a SEC commissioner has stated a Bitcoin ETF is “definitely possible.”

In 2019, some fresh momentum in crypto gaining acceptance in the traditional finance world is expected. Nasdaq is reportedly working with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to launch Bitcoin futures in Q1 2019, and the report has just recently been confirmed. Also, Bakkt Bitcoin Futures is scheduled to launch in January 2019, after being pushed back from their original launch date of December 12, 2018.

Developments to Expect From Crypto Projects in 2019

Bitcoin

The Bitcoin blockchain continues to develop despite the bear market, the most notable aspect of development being the Lightning Network. Bitcoin currently processes about 7 transactions per second. This low transaction speed is the major technical argument against Bitcoin. The Lightning Network is a solution created in late 2017 to help Bitcoin scale and achieve a high transaction speed. The Lightning Network has witnessed steady progress over the course of 2018, gained adoption from a payment processing startup known as CoinGate, and recently grew by 300% with support from over 4,000 nodes. A full-version release of the Lightning Network is expected in 2019. The success of it will then be based on adoption, which will take some time.

 

Ethereum

Since its release in 2015, the Ethereum blockchain already has so many dapps and games on its network that concerns about scaling have been raised. Ethereum boasts over 2,000 dapps on its platform, and developers have been hard-pressed to create a solution to its scalability issues. Even smart contract functionality must be constantly upgraded, as the blockchain industry keeps evolving.

Ethereum’s next upgrade is coming up in January 2019. The update, named Constantinpole, is designed to improve the efficiency of the blockchain, reduce block reward for miners, and make the blockchain more ASIC-resistant. Much later in 2019,

Ethereum plans to have a second upgrade, which will include implementation of the Casper protocol and sharding. Casper will move Ethereum from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) protocol to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS). PoS solves the problem of large mining operations having too much power over the course of the blockchain. Sharding will enable the Ethereum blockchain to attain higher transaction speeds by partitioning network resources such that a single node doesn’t have to process every transaction in the blockchain history to make a new transaction.

 

Litecoin

Litecoin is solidifying its status as the silver to Bitcoin’s gold. With Bitcoin becoming a store of value, people might be reluctant to use it in everyday transactions, preferring instead to store it. Litecoin is an alternative created to enable everyday payments.

The Litecoin Foundation already has a campaign that encourages this, paywithlitecoin.co, which basically showcases the benefits of paying with LTC, such as high-speed transactions and low fees. LTC fees are expected to go much lower with the release of Litecoin Core 0.17. This update was announced in October 2018, and will likely be released early in 2019. However, it is unlikely that the Lightning Network becomes a fully functional product in 2019, although significant development is

expected to be completed on it. Also, Litecoin is looking towards enabling more anonymous transactions on its blockchain to increase fungibility. This was hinted by Litecoin Founder Charlie Lee on the popular crypto TV show, Magical Crypto Friends, and could be among Litecoin’s priorities for 2019.

 

Cardano

Cardano is expected to release the features of the Shelley phase in 2019, starting with delegation and stake pool testnets. Shelley is the phase in the development of Cardano aimed to make the project fully decentralized and autonomous. Also, Cardano is expected to deliver on advanced smart contract capabilities suitable for enterprise usage, especially with reference to transaction speed.

 

 

 

TRON

TRON launched its mainnet on June 25, 2018, and has been growing ever since. Recently, Tron surpassed Ethereum in dapps usage, as well as in the number and volume of transactions put through these dapps. In a recent interview, Justin Sun, CEO of the Tron Foundation, says that Tron will adopt zk-SNARKS into the network. Expected to take place in Q1 2019, this means the transfer TRX tokens can be anonymous and private to a larger extent.

Also worth mentioning is the acquisition of BitTorrent by Tron in July 2018, which is a move to foster the mainstream adoption of Tron. Tron will use its network to build BitTorrent more efficiently in 2019, a development known as Project Atlas.

 

OmiseGo

 

The OmiseGo project is bringing financial services to the world’s unbanked, focusing particularly on Asia. OmiseGo is built on Ethereum as a peer-to-peer payment system as well as a decentralized exchange. In 2019, the project is expected to reach a milestone on their roadmap — creating a scalable PoS blockchain and decentralized exchange.

 

 

The completed, current, and upcoming stages of the development can be seen on the roadmap below:

                                      

 

Hyperledger

Hyperledger is an open-source, non-profit, and independent smart contract platform originally launched by The Linux Foundation. Hyperledger is focused on building a platform suitable for large organizations, such as IBM and Intel, interested in blockchain and smart contracts.  

On October 1, 2018, Hyperledger announced a partnership with Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), each becoming an associate member in the other’s organization. This is expected to trigger a collaboration in 2019, which would likely result in the interoperability of the Hyperledger and Ethereum blockchains.

 

 

Qtum

Qtum is a notable dapps platform with a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) system of verification. The mainnet was launched in September 2017, and a number of developments have already taken place on the platform.

Qtum plans to launch its enterprise version QtumX in Q1 2019. In Q2 2019, Qtum is expected to release its first public testnet with x86 smart contracts, and mainnet integration of the x86 Virtual Machine is scheduled for Q4 2019.

Qtum also plans to introduce Lightning Network in 2019. This will help the blockchain platform scale and achieve faster transaction speeds. The plan is to have a public testnet of the Qtum lightning network in Q2.

 

Zilliqa

Zilliqa is a blockchain platform for hosting decentralized applications similar to Ethereum. The notable advantage Zilliqa offers is a transaction speed many times what Ethereum currently offers. According to the website, the platform is able to do as many as 2,828 transactions per second. The mainnet launch of Zilliqa was previously scheduled for Q3 2018. However, it was rescheduled due to concerns about the readiness of the code.  January 2019 has been announced timeframe for the Zilliqa mainnet launch.

 

 

Other Upcoming Crypto-Related Products and Services in 2019

IOTA and Volkswagen have scheduled the launch of a digital car pass for Q1 2019. This would be the first working product for IOTA. This is expected to be the first of many, as IOTA already has partnerships with other companies with whom they have plans to create products with their Tangle technology. Recently, Coinbase began offering an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk for institutions to get crypto exposure. Binance has also started testing a fiat-to-crypto exchange in Singapore. The full launch will be expected in 2019, with many more exchanges and trading tools also in line to get introduced into the crypto market.

Conclusion

The crypto industry has shown great resilience in 2018 despite the bear market. Throughout 2018, the industry was haunted by regulatory rumors that contributed to FUD regarding the future of crypto. Now that there is a glimpse of what regulations will look like for the industry, the focus will be back on efficiency (through development) and adoption (through marketing efforts) in the new year. The impact these developments will have on the valuation of cryptocurrencies is yet uncertain. While there are arguments for a bull run, the short sellers may still impact the market for a more prolonged period of time.

In spite of all that has happened, there are a lot of things to look forward to in 2019 — the above are only a selection of some of the developments we can look forward to in the new year. 2019 will definitely not be like 2018, nor will it be like 2017. What the year will turn out to be lies in the hands of the developers, business managers, marketers, and various stakeholders in the industry’s ecosystem.

Article Produced By
David Olarinoye

https://www.investinblockchain.com/cryptocurrency-developments-2019/

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

How Much Leads Cost

How Much Leads Cost

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I review a lot of content on this topic and am amazed at what I find written about lead cost.

For example: “The average cost per lead across all the companies surveyed is almost $200 ($198.44).Admittedly, that’s a useless statistic, as these figures vary quite dramatically depending on industry, company size, etc.”  Others stated that the range is between $35 – $100 for a B2B lead. Of course, it depends on what you are selling, but common sense tells you that B2B leads for a complex sale (that are worth a sales rep’s time) are probably going to cost more than $200.

Look at this data from an actual PoinClear teleprospecting client:

  • One source of leads was PointClear—we sent them only qualified leads and nurtured leads—at an average cost of $1,357.25.
  • Five additional sources of leads were from other sources, which included some qualified leads and nurtured leads, but which also included many, many more which were termed just plain “leads” (not even scrubbed, let alone qualified and nurtured) and a lot of “scrubbed” leads which were also not qualified and nurtured. Leads from these sources, most of which will land in a black hole, all cost more than the PointClear qualified and nurtured leads.

This table compares the cost per lead on outbound (PointClear Prospecting/Nurturing) to several other sources of inbound leads.

  • The EVP of Sales at this client, a big division of one of the world’s largest software companies, said that he received zero qualified leads from marketing—except for the PointClear outbound leads.
  • Marketing on the other hand stated that they had provided sales with more than 4,000 leads.

This problem is classic and represents the disconnect between marketing and sales:

  • Marketing is focused on the quantity and cost of the leads.
  • Sales is focused on the quality of the leads and revenue generated.

Marketing considered the content syndicator download “leads” to be “too valuable to stop buying” (at $23.15 per gross lead). Because prequalifying the leads adds cost, marketing’s solution was that they would just quit prequalifying the leads and send them straight to sales. What do you think the chances are that sales will cull through 3,117 suspects to find 40 prospects? Right. Zilch. Yet from one source alone marketing spent $72,158 per quarter on leads that were sent to sales and ignored. What is the “right” price to pay for leads? Here are some scenarios to review:  

Lead Rate Break-Even Analysis

To convert to a SaaS solution, calculate lifetime net present value of the average deal.

While this is a simplistic approach, you can see the extent to which average deal size, margin and the percent of revenue that is spent on marketing impacts the allowable cost per lead. Only the $50,000, 60% margin, 15% allowable marketing cost ($1,500 target allowable $ per lead) scenario works for proactive outbound marketing. You can’t cost effectively buy quality leads for low price and low margin offers. I go through an exercise like this with prospects and clients as we work through whether our services will result in a successful outcome. 

 

Article Produced By
Dan McDade

https://www.pointclear.com/blog/how-much-leads-cost

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

The Decentralized Internet is Here: Web 30 and the Future of Blockchain-Powered Future

The Decentralized Internet is Here: Web 3.0 and the Future of Blockchain-Powered Future

Newton’s third law dictates that every action has an equal opposite reaction

?—?complex systems both organic and inorganic exhibit a tendency toward equilibrium. Over the last decade, the vast, rapidly evolving network that is the internet has slowly but surely metamorphosed into a highly centralized system in which a small group of titanic corporations control the infrastructure and platforms that comprise the internet as it exists today.

The centralization of the internet is a direct result of the “Web 2.0” paradigm shift, which saw the internet transform from a non-interactive network of static content into a dynamic, interoperable, and collaborative medium. This transformation resulted in the creation of social networks and web apps, but also in the establishment of digital oligarchies that now threaten the democratic foundations of the web.

The emergence of the centralized web, however, has sparked a Newtonian response that aims to dismantle the vertical structures that compose the modern internet in the same way that the genesis of blockchain technology was driven by the restrictive centralization of finance and currency. The Web 3.0 paradigm shift is positioned to do for the internet what Bitcoin has done for money.

Why Web 3.0?

The primary purpose of the Web 3.0 movement isn’t focused on expanding the functionality of the internet. Instead, Web 3.0 is focused on restructuring the way in which the internet is accessed and interacted with. Leveraging the technology that drives the blockchain revolution, Web 3.0 aims to wrestle ownership away from the corporations that rule the internet as it exists today.

The centralization of the internet has reached an astonishing point?—?almost all online services are hosted on hardware owned by the “big three” cloud providers, which consist of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and search juggernaut Google. Facebook boasts 2.23 billion users worldwide?—?more than two-thirds of the world’s 3.2 billion active internet users. While internet centralization may provide users with faster, more reliable, and feature-rich services, it also comes with significant drawbacks. Centralized platforms are highly susceptible to security breaches and data leaks?—?in early October 2018, Facebook suffered from a hack that exposed the personal details of over 50 million users.

Users of the modern internet rely on monolithic corporate service providers to access the services they use on a daily basis and have no guarantees that the platforms they use won’t leak their data or abscond with their capital. The Web 3.0 movement is comprised of a broad spectrum of projects working together to decentralize the platforms and infrastructure that the modern internet consists of, allowing peer-to-peer, trustless services to compete with the incumbent digital oligarchy that rules the current internet landscape.

What is Web 3.0, and Why Does it Matter?

Web 3.0 is a collection of values as opposed to a technology, it compromises any idea or technology that aims to perpetuate and restore individual sovereignty, by re-democratizing and decentralizing the internet. The Web 3.0 ecosystem consists of projects that aim to redistribute control over the internet. Web 3.0 not only shifts control over information back to the individuals who create it but includes value as a primitive. In the current paradigm, payment processors function as necessary middlemen that bridge the gap between the world of digital currency and fiat currency. The dangers of allowing centralized organizations to facilitate this bridge and to dictate monetary terms to users are obvious?—?Paypal, for example, has been fined millions of dollars multiple times for deceptive business practices and legislative violations.

The centralization of internet infrastructure also provides governments with the ability to interfere with or censor free speech. In September 2018, the European Parliament voted in favor of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market?—?dubbed the “anti-meme law”?—?which forces platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter to censor the distribution of copyrighted materials. The directive also includes an article that forces news aggregator sites such as Google News to pay publishers for distributing excerpts of content.

While the EU Directive is focused on enforcing copyright law, its opponents highlight the impact of restrictive legislation enforced on a service provider level and how it can negatively impact free speech?—?a stance supported by major organizations in the current centralized internet power structure. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki states that “Article 13 threatens hundreds of thousands of jobs, European creators, businesses, artists and everyone they employ,” while European Parliament Member Julia Reda argues that state-enforced content control is designed to benefit “big media companies, with their waning control over distribution channels” only. Web 3.0 aims to eliminate single, centralized points that can be targeted by payment providers, middlemen, or nation-states that seek to monopolize or restrict information and value flow by decentralizing the infrastructure that the internet operates on.

Web 3.0 Use Cases

The Web 3.0 ecosystem is already here and is growing rapidly. The technology that will power the web 3.0 revolution has evolved dramatically in the decade since the distribution of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and has catalyzed a Cambrian explosion of cryptocurrencies, trading platforms, utility tokens, decentralized applications, and enterprise alliances.

Cryptocurrency is the most obvious implementation of Web 3.0 methodology, with platforms such as Bitcoin and Ethereum now making it possible for users to store and transfer value outside of the traditional banking system. Malta-based “blockchain bank” Founder’s Bank represents one of the first Web 3.0 financial institutions, while platforms such as OmiseGo are providing banking services to the unbanked and underbanked by creating a decentralized, peer-to-peer payment system. The Web 3.0 revolution reaches beyond currency and finance, promising to decentralize venture capital, governance, supply chain, healthcare, lending, security, cloud computing and storage, education, insurance, digital advertising, and hundreds of other industries.

What Will the Web 3.0 Look like?

The Web 3.0 internet is anti-monopoly, interoperable, pro-privacy, and collaborative. The core goal of the Web 3.0 movement is to atomize the internet as it exists today and distribute it across all network participants. To achieve this, the Web 3.0 movement is built on the principles of data privacy and collaborative decentralization?—?users will have more options and cloud providers will be forced to compete with decentralized file storage platforms such as Storj or the IPFS hypermedia protocol, which split, encrypt, and distribute data across tens of thousands of separate, independent hosts.

Web 3.0 will also change the way identity is tracked online. User identity information is currently owned?—?and sold?—?by platforms such as Facebook and Google. Web 3.0 projects such as the blockchain-based ERC-725 self-sovereign identity protocol allow users to manage their own data, while platforms such as IBM-backed Hu-manity allows users to sell and profit from their data, should they choose to sell it.The future of the Web 3.0 based internet is a future in which users operating blockchain-based smartphones are able to access truly decentralized applications equivalent to Facebook, eBay, Uber, and Amazon, transacting in a peer-to-peer manner with full control over who can access their data.

Who is Building the Web 3.0?

The Web 3.0 revolution is in full swing and is under active development by a wide range of forward-leaning tech companies. The Web3 foundation works to nurture the growth of tech that brings the internet closer to its decentralized future, running frequent events such as the Web3 Summit that bring together developers and researchers that are working on the protocols, computational languages, blockchains, and storage mechanisms that will fuel the Web 3.0 movement. Web3 works with platforms such as Chainlink, an interoperability-focused blockchain network that aims to bridge the data gap between off-chain systems and distributed ledger systems in order to facilitate blockchain ubiquity.

A large-scale open-source collaborative project such as the Web3

Foundation and the Internet of Blockchain Foundation work toward creating alliances between blockchain projects and enterprise. The growing Web 3 landscape is also home to hundreds of promising blockchain-based decentralized applications, or dApps, that aim to create Web 3.0 alternatives to the centralized apps used today. Poland-based cloud computing platform Golem is creating the world’s first decentralized supercomputer, Ethlance is working on the world’s first decentralized Web 3.0 job market, while ConsenSys-backed project uPort is building the first open identity system.

The Future of Web 3.0

A future in which we can speak freely with our loved ones and have confidence that they’re the only ones listening won’t come overnight, but it is coming. There are many questions that must be answered and many obstacles that must be overcome before the internet transitions into a truly peer-to-peer decentralized network?—?how will current blockchain technology scale to a level that can support hundreds of thousands of transactions per second? How will decentralized governance work, and how does the decentralized internet and economy fit into existing legislative frameworks?

Organizations such as the Web3 Foundation are working to solve these problems today, fostering adoption and accelerating the development of technology that will overcome the obstacles that the Web 3 movement faces in order to establish a truly democratic, open, and free internet free from middlemen, censorship, and monopolization.

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How Much Should You Pay for a Sales Lead?

How Much Should You Pay for a Sales Lead?

         

 

When planning a B-to-B lead generation program,

you need to deliver leads to your sales team at an affordable price. A neat way to determine in advance how much you can spend on a lead is to calculate the allowable cost per lead for your campaign. This number can then be used as a benchmark for evaluating campaign investments, and deciding which ones are likely to work. If a campaign is looking like it’s not affordable, then you’ll want to make some tweaks, like find a stronger offer, or narrow your targeting.

Begin by calculating your cost per inquiry. Assemble the total direct campaign costs, including all fixed and variable costs that can be directly attributed to the campaign. Include creative and pre-production work, cost of developing and producing content, and the normal variable costs of campaign development and execution. Divide this amount by the number of expected campaign responses, and voila! There’s your cost per inquiry.

Then, estimate the costs associated with qualifying a lead. Don’t try to determine this number on a per campaign basis — it’s too hard. Instead, calculate an average qualification cost for inquiries over a set period, such as a year. Gather up all your inquiry-handling costs, including the direct headcount involved in inquiry capture, fulfillment, qualification, and nurturing. If your back-end processes are outsourced, gathering the data is as simple as adding up the bills. After you have a number for the year, divide it by the number of inquiries handled in the year. This number will serve as your average cost to qualify an inquiry.

Finally, go talk to your counterparts in finance and sales to gather several data points. You need the average order size, namely, the total revenue divided by the total number of orders. (If this number swings wildly, do the calculation by product category.) You need the margin (or its opposite, the cost of goods sold) and the direct sales expense per order, calculated by the total sales expense divided by the total number of orders.

Let’s look at an example of how this works. The chart works through some hypothetical numbers to arrive at a cost of lead closed and an allowable cost per lead, and compares the two. Your goal is for the cost of a closed lead to come out lower than the allowable — obviously. If it’s higher, you lose money on the campaign. To get to Allowable Cost per Lead, it’s not actually necessary to know how many inquiries will be generated, qualified, and converted. But you do need to know the cost per inquiry, the cost to qualify an inquiry, the qualification and conversion rates, the net margin per order, and the direct sales expense per order.

 

Comparing your cost per closed lead to your Allowable Cost per Lead: A hypothetical example
Cost per inquiry (campaign cost/# responses) $100
Average cost to qualify an inquiry (lead management costs/inquiries per year) $50
Total cost per inquiry qualified (cost per inquiry + cost to qualify) $150
Lead qualification rate 25%
Cost of qualified lead (cost per lead/qualification rate) $600
Lead conversion rate 30%
Cost of a closed lead (cost of qualified lead/conversion rate) $2,000
Average order size (annual revenue/# orders) $10,000
Net margin per order (revenue per order x margin, 60%) $6,000
Allowable cost per lead (net margin per order – direct sales expense, $3,500) $2,500

 

In this hypothetical example, say the campaign spent $15,000 and generated 150 inquiries. Whatever the cost and the responses, the important number is the cost per inquiry. Here, we have hypothesized it as $100. Separately, the average cost to qualify an inquiry for the year was calculated at $50. We divide the qualification rate (25 percent) into the total cost per inquiry qualified ($150) to calculate the cost of a qualified lead. Then, we divide that by the conversion rate (30 percent) to get the cost of a closed lead ($2,000).

This number is then compared with the allowable cost per closed lead ($2,500), which is a simple calculation of the net margin per order minus the cost of sales (hypothetically set here as $3,500). In this example, the campaign looks promising, because the expected cost per converted lead is $500 less than the Allowable Cost per Lead. If you put this information in a spreadsheet and play with it, you can quickly see how much leverage there is on the back-end, meaning after the inquiry has come in and you are working it through qualification and nurturing. A few efficiencies on qualification rate and conversion rate work wonders on campaign ROI.

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Ruth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, and teaches marketing at companies and business schools around the world. She is past chair of the DMA Business-to-Business Council, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York. Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. She is the author of Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers, and Trade Show and Event Marketing. Ruth serves as a director of Edmund Optics, Inc. She has held senior marketing positions at Time Warner, Ziff-Davis, and IBM and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Deb Williams (hodlthrive)

Life After Google: Fall of Big Data The Rise of the Blockchain Economy

Life After Google: Fall of Big Data, The Rise of the Blockchain Economy

There is life after Google says, George Gilder…

Since becoming famous with the arrival of the international bestseller Wealth and Poverty in 1981, George Gilder has remained an artistic pillar in the world of politics, economics, and more so, as of late, technology/innovation. Gilder is an energetic author and correspondent covering not only where we are as a society today, but where we’re as of now heading also. Previously, Gilder has honed in on the innovations of the future and anticipated the diminution of technology that basically isn’t staying aware with the way society is developing.

As an intense author and maybe a periodical polemicist, Gilder is definitely already known to many perusers from his other works, including titles like Microcosm, Life After Television, Telecosm, and the Silicon Eye. Despite one’s own sentiments on his other work as it identifies with social analysis, there’s no denying Gilder’s poignant presence in the world of financial matters, particularly from the conservative-libertarian side of things, and his tech-focused visions for what is to come. With regards to economics, Gilder has even gone so far as to earn the label of being the most referred to author alive, by former President Ronald Reagan.

In his most recent book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy, Gilder is now again examining the way humankind relates with technology and how it influences the lives of end users. We’re existing at a point in history where such a large amount of what we do, what we see, and what we utilize is controlled by an increasingly smaller group of individuals. Gilder doesn’t like that and, more importantly, doesn’t think it’s useful for civilization. Google appears to dominate nearly every aspect of so many individual’s lives, Gilder sees an essential shift in the future. A move away from centralized authority and domination of so much of the internet today. A shift instead to a decentralized method of connecting and communicating with the world around us; a “great unbundling,” perhaps.

Security, Blockchain, and the Coming Disruption

Eventually, Gilder sees a future beyond Google where things are decentralized and blockchain innovation assumes an indispensable position in the manner in which we interact as a society. For Gilder, one of the other worrying aspects of the centralization in the case of Google is the absence of an emphasis on security. Gilder unequivocally expresses that security in a framework isn’t merely an afterthought. It shouldn’t be a patch or an addition made to a platform, but rather a foundation of the platform to begin with. At the end of the day, the question of security is really one of architecture to Gilder.

In Google’s case, the organization has possessed the capacity to escape without that foundational basis because of how they’ve inverted the traditional relationship between company and consumer. Gilder sees this as a crucial mistake on Google’s part. Basically, Google has changed the relationship between customers and companies which places the would-be consumers in a position significantly more similar to a commodity.

According to Gilder, there is aspiration with the approach and presentation of blockchain technology (a glaring difference to Google’s framework which isn’t security-established in its engineering). Really, blockchain isn’t so much a “hope” as it is a natural progression. The current model practised by companies like Google won’t be able to survive on its own. To be sure, we’re in for an incredible “unbundling.” Big Data ie, Google operates from control and when they can't control data they will fail.

Unlike Google’s model, Blockchain technology is essentially based in security. Instead of being an afterthought for a network, it’s a crucial component of how the network is formed in the first place, something undeniably more sustainable in Gilder’s eyes. Ultimately, blockchain technology is exactly the kind of impetus that can lead society to a more decentralized, provable, and trustless future. In contrast to huge organizations with walled gardens, blockchain allows for large distributed systems that aren’t controlled by a third party and can remain stable without one crucial failure point.

A distributed system that is unalterable and can’t be tampered with by an overshadowing authority has extensive-scale significance. Whether pertaining to legal records, property deeds, financial transactions, or any other type of data imaginable, blockchain technology can offer a framework more secure and immutable than those before it. Simply put, blockchain is the future:

George Gilder, featured in the video, is one of the tech world's more famous and controversial prophets, serves on the board of directors of several technology companies. He believes we can say goodbye to today's internet and welcome a new "system of the world" that enables a new global economy founded on a new form of internet money and micro-payments, where new companies will emerge to lead the new era.

Will This Effect Social Media Platforms?

Decentralized data will also frustrate the social media platforms because they will have no control. Should these platforms go the route of incorporating blockchain technology, will probably be to its demise as they thrive on the data they collect. It would also be a monstrous undertaking considering blockchain really needs to be foundationally introduced, not an add-on.

It would seem that technology has somewhat left them on the shelf.

We have a future here where we can operate on a platform of decentralized data. The next 10 years will be about Market Networks.

Markethive is a next generation Social/Market Network, built on the Blockchain that has positioned itself as a complete ecosystem for Entrepreneurs. Using the latest technology, it provides prosperous solutions for all business owners, marketers, commercial artists who require an online presence. Markethive's functionalities include SEO features, Analytics, Customer Management System, Traffic Portals, Capture Page and Lead Creation, Profile Page, e-commerce portals, video conferencing, Blogging Platform and much more. Also included are significant training tutorials and weekly live support meetings.

Focused on Inbound Marketing, Markethive plugs into all Social Media, simplifying your marketing efforts, with automated email campaigns allowing for lead flow into your designated business. Markethive incorporates collaboration building relationships within the community.

Markethive is a social market platform that is essentially a hybrid between the social networks, Inbound Marketing, Ebay and exchanges. No other alternative utilizes the blockchain the way Markethive does.

Inbound marketing is one of the most sought-after attractive marketing strategies in business today, yet managing a successful campaign requires a high demand of human and technical resources. Here is a platform that can enable you to create, advertise and broadcast, plus evaluate your content’s success effortlessly with complete control and privacy.

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Evolution The Shift: Social Networks Are Now Becoming Market Networks

Evolution, The Shift: Social Networks Are Now Becoming Market Networks.

 

SEIZING THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING
MARKET NETWORK ECOSYSTEM.

TRENDING NOW: an emergence representing the evolution of Social Networks, combining social interactions with transactions between multiple buyers and sellers in a 360-degree pattern. Social Network + Marketplace + SaaS (Software as a Service [aka Workflow]) = Market Network.

Collaboration is appearing front and center as the new necessary component to businesses achieving and maintaining a competitive edge. It wasn’t long ago that the concept of an open market networking movement was a mere dream. The dream is fast becoming reality wherein an ecosystem has arisen around open networking, offering clients not only choices in the networking hardware and software they run to meet their specific needs, but also in how they obtain it. Companies of all sizes are now able to reap the benefits of open networking in a way that works best for them.

Market Networks are not just seen as a type of business, but rather as a strategic capability for any organization: the ability to orchestrate networks of service in a well-orchestrated, yet reproductive manner. This is one future of doing business that leads to solutions plus possibilities for development of additional organizational models that not only can increase variety, but also distribute innovation while supporting a richer framework of services, moving commerce towards new models in the global IoT marketplace.

Opportunities for Market Networks exist wherever there are groups of service professionals supporting industry verticals. Organizing business operations in this way can potentially produce a powerfully significant outreach which subsequently influences hundreds of millions of consumers. While still seen as in its infancy, it’s become obvious that social media really had no choice but to become widespread with an emphasis on facilitating doing business, which meant evolving into commerce-friendly Social Market Networks or risk becoming irrelevant. Market Networks combine the best elements from social networks (such as Facebook) with top qualities of marketplaces (such as eBay) plus a portfolio of software tools (SaaS), as with Adobe.

Comparison of 3 Market Networks:

  1. DotLoop provides SaaS tools and marketplace solutions, connecting millions of real estate brokers and agents with clients (from anywhere and even while on the go), through a paperless transaction platform to simplify getting deals done. This equates to providing more time driving growth versus chasing paper. DotLoop replaces form creation, e-sign and real estate transaction management systems with a single end-to-end solution while helping to streamline doing business with real-time visibility into transactions. Brokers and agents are also able to seamlessly integrate DotLoop into their workflow with apps they already use with one-click sign-on and with their accounting and CRM systems with flexible APIs.

    With DotLoop. Brokers and agents can recruit, integrate, brand and simplify compliance with a complete 360-degree paperless solution. This results in higher ROI and a much-increased financial bottom line for the brokerage as well as their agents. Compliance is done right the first time, saving massive amounts of time and headaches for the brokers, agents and their clients. Brokers are able to recruit, and more importantly, retain top agents. A broker can power their entire business suite, from CRM and lead generation to accounting and commission reports, all with one-and-done, automated data syncing. They now have the ability to integrate with 40+ software platforms. Last, but certainly not least, there is the ability to brand their brokerage. Their tagline, logo, and colors automatically appear before co-op agents and customers with every document shared.
     

  2. Contently is designed for freelance writers to connect with clients and potential new clients. It’s a marketplace where companies can “shop” to find writers who will create content such as articles, eBooks, and other kinds of marketing collateral. It’s a SaaS tool that helps content marketers with organizing and streamlining their editorial calendars, also with managing the writers’ work, plus tracking performance through analytics.

    Contently’s end-to-end content marketing platform is engineered to surface actionable insights at every stage of each of their client’s processes. Contently provides clients with the ability to find talent on demand. Clients can scale their content program with an expert talent network they can only find at Contently. With the achievement of a much faster time-to-benefit, developed from Contently’s work with hundreds of the world’s best brands, their services and methodologies improve every aspect of a client’s content program.

    Customer experience has become critical in the digital age, yet keeping your content aligned across different product lines, channels, functional teams, locations, and campaigns is no easy task. Marketers need more quality content than ever, but the way they manage the content lifecycle is stuck in the past. Without the right resources and infrastructure, scaling is incredibly difficult. The competition for attention is fierce. Since 5 percent earns 90% of total consumer engagement, marketers need a data-driven content strategy to generate business results.
     

  3. Markethive is an innovative Ecosystem designed specifically for forward-thinking business people and Entrepreneurs. With a user-friendly “familiar” Facebook-like look and feel, Markethive is easily navigated, being simple enough for novices while at the same time powerful enough for individuals or groups with advanced skills, knowledge, experience and capabilities. Of the utmost importance is that Markethive is a private network, being built on blockchain assuring security, privacy, and reliability from political manipulation. This means neither you nor your information is tracked nor profiled, and your personal information is NEVER SHARED with anyone.

    Markethive’s culture is not fixed. It’s a decentralized, autonomous, fluid environment which includes manifestations of intellectual achievements, social habits, innovation, music, literature, technology, commerce, and the arts. A central “hub”, albeit a “decentralized” platform, system and framework built using blockchain technology, is designed to encourage “reciprocal interchange” of ideas, knowledge or skills as well as providing for exchange, sales or purchases of goods, services and commodities. This futuristic model is here now and fully prepared for the future, truly representing a prime example of the next generation = Market Networks. Markethive has the roadmap and is the blueprint of where things are headed.

    Markethive’s collaborative community is founded for, as well as built, run and used by entrepreneurs and is self-governing, independent and sovereign by design. Markethive’s continuous objective and mission is to provide a social environment, complete with an arsenal of technology, that champions the rise of the entrepreneur.
    Integrated with state-of-the-art blockchain, cryptocurrency, and inbound marketing technologies, Markethive has constructed a social network that provides a “Universal Income” created exclusively with entrepreneurs in mind. Because Markethive is self-governing, sovereign and controlled by its entrepreneurs and holders of Markethive, its coins (MHV) share in Markethive’s profits and benefit greatly from ultimate success.

    Markethive’s culture is one of innovation, the DNA of their entrepreneurial ecosystem, inspiring and fueling its entrepreneurs through excellence. Although times, cultures, technology, politics, people, and economies change, the entrepreneurial spirit endures. Markethive’s focus is upon providing a user-friendly social network environment which nurtures a true collaborative business community. Markethive is already seen as a leader in the Market Network realm. Their mission and objective is to pioneer “Universal Income” worldwide. It is already being predicted that Markethive will soon be the gold standard, to which all others will compare.

What Is A Market Network?

Market Networks are hybrids: part social network, part marketplace, part SaaS. [1]*

  • Social Network.
    An online service or site comprised of a connected interpersonal network of individuals, such as friends, acquaintances and coworkers. Social networks are designed to connect people with others who are a part of the network. This environment nurtures the building of relationships, providing the necessary stepping stones for the growth of “virtual online communities”. Social networking websites offer the ability to stay connected with existing friends, plus opportunities to meet new people.

    Think of a social network as a dedicated website or other application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, images, etc. Think of a social network as a 360-degree spherical connection where individuals can share personal information with others in their own network. Some networks even offer private messaging services to provide the ability for real-time communication between members or the ability to leave messages privately. As a general rule social networks are not particularly business-oriented or commerce-friendly by design.

  • Marketplace.
    The term market comes from the Latin mercatus (“market place”). A marketplace is a location where people regularly gather for the purchase and sale of goods and services. Marketplaces allow for transactions between multiple buyers as well as multiple sellers. A marketplace is an arena of competitive or commercial dealings; the world of trade.

    Fast forward to the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT), and now a marketplace is more commonly seen and represented as highly accessible, streamlined commercial transactions being conducted electronically on the Internet, with an outreach that has no boundaries or limits. An online marketplace literally has the ability to expand the borders of even a local business to that of a nationwide outreach, or even worldwide exposure. With the advent of computers, the internet and networking, anyone can do business 24/7 from the comfort of their home or from anywhere, provided they have a computer, laptop, tablet, SmartPhone, and WiFi.

  • SaaS Tool.
    SaaS tools are for making your job easier. SaaS is the modern way to run software and integrated tools to enhance, leverage and assist the subscribers’ success to achieve targeted goals within the construct of a particular sphere. Software as a service is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software”. Reduces complexity, helps to keep pace with innovation, and provides access to experts for support to provide a clear path for your day-to-day tasks and projects.

    One of the most popular forms of cloud computing is SaaS, defined as a software distribution model in which a service provider hosts applications for customers and makes them available to these customers via the internet. The era of installing software from a CD or from a data center’s server is coming to a close, as Internet-delivered software makes applications available anywhere, anytime.

*[1] Market Networks focus on more complex services; the types of services that are not easily scalable and require more human collaboration.

Just as brick and mortar businesses have been and still are falling by the wayside to make room for much bigger and better ways in which to do business online without borders, traditional social networks will need to either evolve into being much more business- and commerce-friendly or get left behind.

In today’s economic and technological cultures, what had been seen previously as traditional jobs and long-term employment are now things of the past. Statistics have shown that employees and laborers now work on average for only 4 years or less. More and more, the faces of this new paradigm shift are entrepreneurs. Reid Hoffman founder of LinkedIn is quoted as saying, “All human beings are entrepreneurs.” Hence, the impetus for designing a platform that will ultimately create real Universal Income that is available for everyone. It should be noted that Universal Income has become a new focus of elites, such as Elon Musk, and a subject for a more in-depth analysis in another article.

Attributes of a Successful Market Network.

If you recall from history, back in the days of the Gold Rush, it turned out to be those who provided the tools and resources for the miners who benefitted the most financially. In a Market Network, a many-to-many transaction pattern is key. A Market Network often starts by enhancing a network of professionals that exist offline. Many of them have probably been transacting with each other for years using various offline methods of doing business: phone calls, fax, checks, and overnight packages. When moving all these connections and transactions into software, the creation of a Market Network makes it much easier for professionals to operate their businesses and for clients to get far better service.

  • Market Networks target more complex services.
    The highest value services are neither simple nor normally objectively judged. They can be more involved and longer term. Market Networks are designed for these types of services.
  • People matter.
    A Market Network is designed to acknowledge that as a core tenet while providing the best possible solution.
  • Collaboration happens around a project.
    The SaaS at the center of Market Networks focuses the action on a project that can take days, months or even years to complete.
  • Market Networks help build long-term relationships.
    For years, social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook have helped build long-term relationships. However, until Market Networks, they hadn’t been used for commerce and transactions.
  • Referrals flow freely.
    The Market Network software is designed to make referrals simple and more frequent.

Market Networks increase transaction velocity and satisfaction.
The Market Network grows the closing ratios on proposals and expedites the payment process. The software also raises customer satisfaction scores, reduces miscommunications, and makes the work appealing, with outstanding results.

 

Conclusion

It’s just a matter of time

until nearly all independent professionals and their clients will conduct business through the development of tight-knit collaborative Market Networks within specific industries. We’re just really witnessing the beginnings of this now. Each Market Network will have different attributes that make it work in each vertical, but the principles will remain the same.

Starting NOW, there will be many more forward-thinking entrepreneurs stepping forward, with their sights set upon creating increasingly innovative, highly synchronized business models and solutions to doing business in the 21st century and beyond. Those who will be most successful will not only keep up with the speed at which technology continues to change, but they will align themselves ahead of the curve at all times.

The potential payoff is predicted to be huge. Market Networks will have a massive positive impact on how millions of people work and live, and how hundreds of millions of people buy and sell better services.

Article Produced By
Deb Williams

Writer at Markethive

I am a freelance writer for the Market Network and crypto/blockchain industry. I'm a strong advocate for technology, progress, freedom of speech and I embrace "Change". My background is in Sales, Service & Business Development Consulting, and have trained and coached clients from Front Line through to Management in the Financial Services Industry. I have been owner/operator and developed offline and Online Businesses.

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Bitcoin Price Could Go from Bad to Worse’: Bearish Analyst

Bitcoin Price ‘Could Go from Bad to Worse’: Bearish Analyst

   

The most potential use case of bitcoin today is the store of value.

But an analyst thinks otherwise. Stephen Innes, head of Asia Pacific trading at Oanda, a New York-based forex firm, believes that the world’s leading digital currency is due for another drop because it hasn’t provided the world a “significant use-case” yet. The Bitcoin hype, according to Innes, is far ridiculous than the one seen during the Tulip mania bubble.

Since its all-time high at $19,500, bitcoin has plunged more than 80% this year. Since mid-November itself, the digital currency has noted a 48.5% fall owing to specific macroeconomic crypto factors. Just recently, it established a new yearly low near $3,200, which is 83.5% lower than its good days’ peak. “It’s has been a disastrous year for cryptos,” Innes explained, “and by all indication, the current bear market could go from bad to worse with no fundamental or underlying reasons to buy BTC even more so when the only support offered up is a squiggly line on an analyst chart.”

A History Lesson

Either bitcoin cannot be anything. Or, it can be everything.

The digital currency upon its introduction in 2008 posed itself as an alternative payment system that raised its stakes against the popular payment mechanisms. True, bitcoin was much faster, cheaper and totally decentralized than any of its traditional counterparts. But its evolution brought several use cases on the sideways. Sooner, bitcoin was more than a payment mechanism. To some, it was a tradable asset; and to some, it was a currency of underground online marketplaces. The characteristics of bitcoin changed with every user. But, in a larger context, the digital currency remained a multifaceted technology.

Innes is right in pointing out that bitcoin hasn’t offered the world a significant use-case yet, because all succumbed to only one thing: price volatility. Had bitcoin been lesser volatile than it usually is, the digital currency could gain more trust as a payment medium, more so as a store of value. But aren’t we judging it too early, especially when we can always look back at the chapters of other assets that achieved stability only after a considerably long time? Let’s talk about Gold.

In 1971, when the President Nixon government ousted Gold from being the global value standard and replaced it with the US Dollar, the mighty fiat reserve with an infinite supply, the commodity experienced a period of huge volatility. In 1974, the gold bullion rose 73% against the US Dollar but lost 25% of its gains in the very next year. Another instance is rooted in the year 1981 when gold lost 33% of its value after witnessing a 121% pump prior to the fall.

How is bitcoin any different, you decide. The naysayers do not want to define it as a store of value, expecting that it should remain steady to be one. But they shouldn’t forget that older definitions cannot describe the characteristics of newer assets. Bitcoin, for all its technological issues, is still more likely to attain the status of a store of value, given its volatility goes down as people hold it more often than lose it on the first selling sentiment. And, at the same time, its appreciation should slow down after a rapid pump.

That’s how Gold behaved. And that is how bitcoin is acting in its current state. Then again, does Gold have a use case? Only 10% of it was used for industrial purposes. Get more info on this amazing Quora thread.

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Bitcoin Price News

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Deb Williams (hodlthrive)