The title should include future tense (“will destroy”), but nonetheless, the stats from the article below are staggering. The ultimate effect of the smartphone is to take over a huge revenue stream, the internet, from the desktop computer. The other gadgets listed do not produce significant revenue after purchase, other than music and video games. So the biggest loser in the list of 10 below has to be the PC. Red highlights are mine.
The Ten Businesses The Smartphone Has Destroyed
Posted: November 11, 2010 at 5:57 am
“Global smartphone sales rose by nearly 100% in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the same period last year. That allowed Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Research In Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) to pick up market share while large handset companies like Nokia, Samsung and LG, which do not have strong smartphone products, lost ground. The success of the iPhone and smartphones powered by Google’s Android operating systems have allowed these 3G and WiFi powered devices to leapfrog over products like the netbook as “PC replacements.” iPhone has a huge advantage over netbooks because of the App Store, which has more than 250,000 software applications that enables users to customize their devices to their individual needs.
“The first major smartphone was the BlackBerry. It was introduced in 2002, but was built for business use. The iPhone, which was first available in 2007, created a huge consumer demand for smartphones.
“The smartphone has begun to replace a number of other consumer electronics devices. As AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless build their cellular business, landline customers cancel traditional phone lines. They don’t need them anymore in a world with 3G wireless devices.
“The power of the smartphone as the primary device used for news, entertainment, and communication will only increase. New 4G networks will allow subscribers to connect to the internet with handsets which will download data at speeds similar to those supplied by a home cable modem. Smartphone processors become more powerful each year and the devices get more storage capacity.
“This is 24/7 Wall St.’s list of the devices that the smartphone has begun to replace, and in some cases, that process is so far along that the older products have almost disappeared.”
2. Flip Video Cameras
3. MP3 Players
4. Digital Cameras
5. Handheld Video Games
8. Regular Cell Phones
10. Remote Controls
Of the PC’s demise, the article says, “There are plenty of studies which insist that smartphones will begin to replace the PC as the common vehicle for accessing the Internet. Analyst firm Informa Telecoms & Media projects that smartphone traffic will increase 700% over the next five years. IT research firm Gartner predicts that smartphone sales will outpace PC sales by 2012, if not earlier. Google CEO Eric Schmidt, whose company’s mobile business has doubled over the last year, has expressed this sentiment as well. As smartphones continue to feature more memory, storage capability, and stronger processing power, consumers will increasingly rely on them for Internet use instead of their clunky PCs.”
Leadership Lessons from The Dancing Alone Guy
Here’s a classic 2-minute leadership primer. If you pay attention, you may also catch the power of compounding, which is clearly, albeit unintentionally, demonstrated in the video.
If you’ve learned a lot about leadership and making a movement, then let’s watch a movement happen, start to finish, in under 3 minutes, and dissect some lessons:
A leader needs the guts to stand alone and look ridiculous. But what he’s doing is so simple, it’s almost instructional. This is key. You must be easy to follow!
Now comes the first follower with a crucial role: he publicly shows everyone how to follow. Notice the leader embraces him as an equal, so it’s not about the leader anymore – it’s about them, plural. Notice he’s calling to his friends to join in. It takes guts to be a first follower! You stand out and brave ridicule, yourself. Being a first follower is an under-appreciated form of leadership. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader. If the leader is the flint, the first follower is the spark that makes the fire.
The 2nd follower is a turning point: it’s proof the first has done well. Now it’s not a lone nut, and it’s not two nuts. Three is a crowd and a crowd is news.
A movement must be public. Make sure outsiders see more than just the leader. Everyone needs to see the followers, because new followers emulate followers – not the leader.
Now here come 2 more, then 3 more. Now we’ve got momentum. This is the tipping point! Now we’ve got a movement!
As more people jump in, it’s no longer risky. If they were on the fence before, there’s no reason not to join now. They won’t be ridiculed, they won’t stand out, and they will be part of the in-crowd, if they hurry. Over the next minute you’ll see the rest who prefer to be part of the crowd, because eventually they’d be ridiculed for not joining.
And ladies and gentlemen that is how a movement is made! Let’s recap what we learned:
If you are a version of the shirtless dancing guy, all alone, remember the importance of nurturing your first few followers as equals, making everything clearly about the movement, not you.
Be public. Be easy to follow!
But the biggest lesson here – did you catch it?
Leadership is over-glorified.
Yes it started with the shirtless guy, and he’ll get all the credit, but you saw what really happened:
It was the first follower that transformed a lone nut into a leader.
There is no movement without the first follower.
We’re told we all need to be leaders, but that would be really ineffective.
The best way to make a movement, if you really care, is to courageously follow and show others how to follow.
When you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first person to stand up and join in.
The story below is from someone outside of the network marketing arena, commenting on the power of word-of-mouth – which is exactly what we do in NM. It’s always fascinating to see others endorse our daily activity – which every person on the planet does regularly, whether they get paid for it or not. Towards the article’s end, the author also inadvertently makes another important point that’s critical about grabbing market share: “being the first and the only helps,” which means you have to have a unique product or service.
Thanks to the brilliant Marie Bennett for sharing this excellence! Red highlights and bolding are mine.
Jun 18, 2010 -
Word-of-mouth marketing is hands-down the easiest way to promote and market a business.
Simply put, word-of-mouth marketing happens when you have a good product or good service, and your customers tell everyone they know about it. As the word spreads, your customer base grows.
A publicist, marketing team, and media coverage can only go so far; word-of-mouth is what really gives personalized credibility to a business.
So how do you get started? The best tactic to get the word out is to begin with your friends.
That’s precisely what Oscar de la Renta did when he joined forces with PUNTACANA Group, a resort and residential community founded by Dominican businessman Frank Rainieri and New York attorney Theodore Kheel in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic.
After Rainieri approached the famed Dominican-born fashion designer, De La Renta did what anyone would do — he called one of his best friends. In his case, it was singing sensation Julio Iglesias. “I called Julio and told him we finally had the opportunity to be neighbors. He always wanted to live next door to me and this was the time.”
So De La Renta and Iglesias came on board to support the development of The Estates, four residential communities. Shortly after, De La Renta further spread the word of the region by bringing his friend Russian ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov into the mix.
“I invited Misha after he danced at a charity event I had in Santo Domingo,” says De La Renta. “He came to my property in Punta Cana and he instantly fell in love.”
As a result of spreading the word to his friends about his gem, the name Oscar De La Renta has become synonymous with Punta Cana.
It certainly helps to have friends celebrity friends, of course, but you don’t have to be down with the Clintons and other boldfaced names to enjoy the benefits of word-of-mouth.
Here’s how you can make it work for you:
Hone and demonstrate a unique expertise
A business with an expertise in something offers tremendous credibility; being the first and the only helps, too. For example, Rainieri’s PUNTACANA Group was one of the first privately-owned commercial airports, so they know and understand the business from a unique angle. They also feature distinctive characteristics like open-air terminals, where the roofs are covered in palm fronds.
Context and history
Rainieri has been developing PUNTACANA Group since it was first established with Kheel in 1969, and the endeavor took nearly 20 years before it started to make any money. Originally, Punta Cana was a region of thick jungle, without anything that even resembled a road — but Rainieri had a vision and perseverance which, today, adds depth and intrigue to the story of the company’s success. Now, Punta Cana is 26 square miles of developed, low-density real estate. Besides the four residential communities and the international airport, it now has two 18-hole golf courses; the high-end De La Renta-designed Tortuga Bay hotel, the Puntacana Hotel, an ecological reserve, multiple restaurants and a spa. It’s definitely been a long ride for the company! And that story is something that visitors take back with them.
Perseverance, a vision, and a whole lot of energy were a tremendous part of Rainieri’s success, but his constant innovation and forward-thinking are what keeps the business sustainable today. The fact that De La Renta, Iglesias, and Baryshnikov are so invested in the region also means that they want the best for it. Their “green” and environmentally-friendly developments have put the business on the global map. And Rainieri and his small business sees his work as having an impact on his customers.
“We want people who know us to be walking brochures for us when they leave, to spread word of us, word-of-mouth.”
Survey of 1000 Direct Sellers:
“Communicating” and “How to Present”
Are Top 2 Concerns
My business partner and one of the best sales trainers on the planet, Mark Januszewski, is making huge waves again. Come hear what his take is on two subjects, “Listening” and “How to Present,” in two free webcasts, Aug. 29 and 30. From Mark:
Recently I ran survey, 1000 people …
Results were pretty cool, a little surprising about what people want to learn…..
BOTTOM LINE: It was clear that communicating with prospects better and ‘how to’ present were run away winners
We’ll be doing 2 live webcasts – Listening and How to Present. You can get the details here, always free, no upsells, just information folks can instantly use: http://markjtrains.com.
P.S. For leaders: we ran a second survey to folks making $5000 a month or more and we found it really interesting that the #1 thing leaders wanted was presentation construction, not just for biz ops but for trainings. The formula for constructing an effective presentation is covered in detail and works equally well for biz ops 1:1, biz ops meetings/webcasts, trainings.
If you’re not familiar with Mark, he was just interviewed on the “Home Based Business Live” Radio Show (his bio is also there).
- Want to learn how to sponsor more people?
- Everybody knows it is a lot of work getting prospects to even look.
- We email, call, text links. Finally, we get to make a presentation.
- And? They do not join. Ever wonder why excited prospects don’t join?
- I sure do – it’s frustrating and baffling, but I learned how to make presentations that made it easy for prospects to join.
- My conversation rate went off the chart and networking became fun and highly profitable.
- Why? I found out what prospects really want to know and how to present in a way that they understand.
I’ve been working directly with Mark, “The World’s Laziest Networker,” for over a year now. I am constantly picking up great ideas from him. He’s not really lazy – he is just amazingly effective and efficient.
There are 2 things you can count on by attending these webcasts.
- You’ll get more people to presentations and convert 90% of them.
- He’s not selling anything.
Why is he doing this? As a favor to me to help my team, and I am extending this favor.
You can register for both webcasts here: http://markjtrains.com.
TWO things at once? Try 5, 10, or 20! Regardless of what your MTL (multi-tasking limit) is, this is another BIG REMINDER that we have to use a calendar and write down (type) everything we need to do, especially those things with a deadline! If you schedule something, the likelihood of doing it is much, much greater than if you don’t. Block time out on your calendar and let the “magic of planning” happen for you.
Thanks to my good friend Steve, I’ve had my whole life on Google Calendar for years – at $0 to use it (yep, no cost), the price should be affordable enough for everyone to not have an excuse for not using it (yes, intentional double-negative violation there, but it was fun). Red highlights are mine.
Why We Can’t Do 3 Things at Once
By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 15 April 2010 02:12 pm ET
For those who find it tough to juggle more than a couple things at once, don’t despair. The brain is set up to manage two tasks, but not more, a new study suggests.
That’s because, when faced with two tasks, a part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (MFC) divides so that half of the region focuses on one task and the other half on the other task. This division of labor allows a person to keep track of two tasks pretty readily, but if you throw in a third, things get a bit muddled.
“What really the results show is that we can readily divide tasking. We can cook, and at the same time talk on the phone, and switch back and forth between these two activities,” said study researcher Etienne Koechlin of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. “However, we cannot multitask with more than two tasks.”
The results will be published this week in the journal Science.
Multitasking in the brain
The MFC is thought to be part of the brain’s “motivational system.” Specifically, it helps monitor the value of rewards and drives a person’s behavior according to that value. In other words, it’s where rewards are represented in the brain.
Scientists knew that a region at the very front of the brain, called the anterior prefrontal cortex (APC), was involved in multitasking. But they weren’t sure how the MFC was involved. Are the rewards for the different tasks represented separately? Or summed together?
Koechlin and his colleagues had 32 subjects complete a letter-matching task while they had their brains scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The subjects saw uppercase letters on a screen and had to determine whether those letters were presented in the correct order to spell out a certain word. They were given money if they performed the task with no errors.
The researchers saw that, the higher the monetary reward, the more activity there was in the MFC.
But then they made the task more difficult. In addition to uppercase letters, the subjects were also presented with lowercase letters, and had to switch back and forth between matching the uppercase letters to spell out, say, T-A-B-L-E-T, and lowercase letters to spell out t-a-b-l-e-t.
During this dual task, the MFC divided up the labor. One hemisphere of the brain encoded the reward associated with the uppercase letter task, and so showed activity during that task, while the other region encoded the reward associated with the lowercase task, Koechlin said.
Essentially, the brain behaved “as if each frontal lobe was pursuing its own goal,” Koechlin said.
To make things even more complicated, the researchers introduced a third letter-matching task. Here, they saw the subject’s accuracy drop considerably. It was as though, once each hemisphere was occupied with managing one task, there was nowhere for the third task to go.
“[The] subjects perform as if they systematically forget one of the three tasks,” Koechlin told LiveScience.
The results might also explain why humans seem to have a hard time making decisions between more than two things, Koechlin said.
Previous work has indicated that people like binary choices, or decisions between two things. They have difficulty when decisions involve more than two choices, Koechlin said. When faced with three or more choices, subjects don’t appear to evaluate them rationally; they simply start discarding choices until they get back to a binary choice.
This is perhaps because your brain can’t keep track of the rewards involved with more than two choices, Koechlin said.
This story is the third piece in a trio – to get the impact, read the third story below (or go to the home page and then scroll down 2 stories):
- Online shopping is growing dramatically;
- Online advertising will surpass print advertising this year for the first time ever;
- Desktop computers will soon be surpassed by smartphones for computing, convenience, and online access.
No red highlights here – I think you should read this whole thing. Visit the Technologizer site for many more great tech takes, including yesterday’s story on the “The Secret Origin of Windows” which describes how Microsoft’s product manager was told that shipping the new Windows software “was a path toward a ruined career.”
By Harry McCracken | Posted at 10:38 am on Thursday, March 4, 2010
One of the big subjects of debate on the Interwebs this morning is a big, existential technological question: Are phones on the cusp of replacing PCs?
Don Dodge (presently of Google, formerly of Microsoft) thinks so:
The future of computing is that your cell phone will become your primary computer, communicator, camera, and entertainment device, all in one. The exciting new applications are running in the browser, with application code and data in the cloud, and the cell phone as a major platform. I think in the near future there will be docking stations everywhere with a screen and a keyboard. You simply pull out your phone, plug it into the docking station, and instantly all your applications and data are available to you.
“In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant. In Japan, most research is done today on smart phones, not PCs,” Herlihy told a baffled audience, echoing comments by Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the recent GSM Association Mobile World Congress 2010 that everything the company will do going forward will be via a mobile lens, centring on the cloud, computing and connectivity.
BetaNews’s Joe Wilcox basically agrees with Herlihy:
Three years — most certainly five — is not an unrealistic time horizon at all. Even if it proves wrong, Google is acting like change will come rapidly. Last month, Google CEO Eric Schmidt asserted the company would put mobile first — yes, before the PC. There is no Windows monopoly on mobile handsets to stop Google, Apple or any other would-be mobile competitor from rapidly advancing. Cloud services, whether delivered by applications or browsers, promise anytime and anywhere access to anything.
On Twitter, meanwhile, folks like Microsoft PR head Frank Shaw, Gizmodo editor Brian Lam, and analysts Michael Gartenberg and Ian Fogg chimed in:
I am sure that Don wrote this post on his android phone.
just going to say, for non geeks, the phone is more accessible than the computer.
The phone *is* important but it will not become MY primary computer, communicator, camera, and entertainment device. Nor yours either.
If primary = most time spent, then I think the iPhone is already my primary computer.
A few thoughts about this enormous topic, in no particular order:
- Phones already are PCs–they just happen to be really small ones that don’t run exactly the same operating systems as their bigger brethren.
- The vast majority of interesting applications are already highly mobile, networked creations. When was the last time that a brand-new piece of PC (or Mac) software was a huge deal? True, not all interesting apps are available in great smartphone versions yet. But they will be.
- Old devices usually give way to new ones over time. But they usually don’t utterly vanish. And predictions about timetables are almost always wrong–they’re often either far too quick or far too slow.
- A device can be both pervasive and–in terms of innovation and mindshare–kind of irrelevant. The FM radio is already there. Thinking of desktop PCs (ie, non-notebooks) as FM radios isn’t crazy.
- I don’t see the need for large screens and full-sized QWERTY going away, ever. But there’s no reason why they must be connected to a dedicated, full-blown computing device in every situation. Like Don Dodge, I’ve long thought that we’ll end up with screens and keyboards that can talk to our phones. (I don’t think it’ll be done via docking stations, though–it’ll all be wireless so our phones can stay in our pockets.)
- We don’t need to look into the future to see an era in which many people find phones as valuable in their own way as traditional PCs–it’s here today, and really got underway with the introduction of the BlackBerry more than a decade ago.
- If virtually all of your data and much of your applications end up living on the cloud, the idea of a death match between PCs and phones starts to sound silly. You’ll use both–as well as great big screens like TVs–and they’ll all be portals to your real computer, which is…the Internet.
It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur!
“Leading Economist Recommends Social Network Marketing”
January 21, 2010
From the CNN site above: “The economy may stink now, but this could be the perfect time to start your own business. Our Josh Levs went to an economics conventions and had the opportunity to get advice from economists. One expert told Josh if you do it right, on your own, you will be a leader of the future economy.”
At the MLM-thewholetruth.com site, which alerted me to the CNN video, author Adrian Armstrong quoted Charlotte Phelps, an economist from Temple University, telling CNN’s Josh Levs that “now is the perfect time to start your own business.”
She “told Josh if you do it right, on your own, you will be a leader of the future economy. Her research, based on economic history, shows that the entrepreneurs are at the vanguard of socio-economic change. They are the leaders of the economy.” Adrian quoted her as saying that “it’s the network of friends, and social interactions, that will point you to opportunities in a niche, where you can create an idea which will pay off.”
Ms. Phelps said “that once you get an idea, that you talk to your friends, and everyone you know about it, and don’t keep it to yourself,” and “if you harness the technology, and talk to people about it, you can feel really good at the beginning of 2010… that it’s time to pursue that dream, and it might be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself.”
I couldn’t help but note the surprise of the CNN reporter at the entrepreneurial enthusiasm of Ms. Phelps.
I don’t think there’s a ton of money in a Pampered Chef business, and how many people want to do home sales parties anyway, but the point is that people are willing to do a lot of different things to generate income now.
Don’t miss the quote at the end, “The median income for a direct seller is $2,400 annually.” That sounds high enough to catch a lot of people’s attention, with the mindset that since most people are very part-time in their networking/home-based businesses, what would a full-time, focused achiever be able to do. We already know the answer.
Bolding and red highlights are mine.
New career starts at home
On Dec. 13, 2009, the Palm Springs, CA, online newspaper, The Desert Sun, ran an article about a man who “needed to find supplemental income and a reason to get out of the house”:
Wooed by a device that could quarter an onion without breaking the peel, Barton bought a “piece of junk” off a television infomercial a few months back.
It was truth in advertising all right: The blades were so dull, they couldn’t cut through much of anything.
After hearing about the bad chopper, a friend suggested Barton try a similar tool sold through The Pampered Chef, a direct seller of kitchen gadgets since 1980.
“The difference between that and what I bought was night and day,” Barton said.
The 62-year-old Rancho Mirage man became a Pampered Chef consultant a little more than a month ago, with 10 parties under his belt already.
The article commented on the trend of people in a recession turning to home based businesses:
With conventional means of finding a job drying up, many American workers like Barton are turning toward direct selling to make some money in this recession.
“It’s turned into a good opportunity for me,” he said. “It’s paying my mortgage.”
Important stats from the Direct Selling Association were given, showing the continued growth of the MLM/network marketing profession:
The Direct Selling Association, celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, tracks employment and growth of the direct sales industry. While average employment growth rates slowed 0.5 percent during previous recession years, direct sales employment rates grew an average of 8.4 percent.
“We definitely look at direct selling as an alternative to people when they’ve been laid off,” said Amy Robinson, vice president of communications and media relations.
The number of direct sellers nationally started increasing toward the end of 2008, Robinson said.
While 2009 figures won’t be available for a few months, she said the group is optimistic about the number of new consultants joining the industry — and the selling they will do as they get started.
Towards the end of the article, the author noted there’s significant income to be earned:
Most people who get involved with direct sales have a specific goal in mind — a way to pay for a family vacation or a new car, said Robinson of the Direct Selling Association. The median income for a direct seller is $2,400 annually.
But with flexible hours and little risk to get started, there’s potential to turn the opportunity into a full-time career, she said.
This is an article I posted at http://www.mlm-thewholetruth.com/network-marketing-news/dsa-member-companies-donate/. This adds quite a bit of credibility to the direct selling profession.
DSA Member Companies Donate More than $15.7 Million to TODAY Show Holiday Gift Drive
by johncini on January 4, 2010
On November 20, 2009, the Direct Selling Association announced on their website and via a press release:
The Direct Selling Association will help kick off the 16th Annual TODAY Show Holiday Gift Drive on Monday, Nov. 23, by presenting the direct selling industry’s donation live on the show in Rockefeller Plaza.
Twenty-five direct selling companies donated a total of more than $15.7 million dollars in products and cash to the Toy Drive. Of the 25 participating companies, at least nine will be featured in their own spots on the TODAY Show during the holiday season. In its six years of participation, DSA member companies have donated more than $52 million in products, services and cash to the Toy Drive.
“The Holiday Gift Drive is an amazing way to make a real difference in the lives of thousands,” said DSA’s Amy Robinson. “Every item our member companies donate will impact the life of someone. It’s just one more illustration of the many ways direct sellers contribute to the community.”
The 25 direct selling and MLM companies participating include:
Rodan & Fields
The Pampered Chef
Thirty One Gifts
The DSA pointed out in the press release that “Approximately 90 percent of direct sellers operate their business part-time.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I put this email in the masterpiece category – it’s one of the best messages ever, because it’s so true. I was unbelievably blessed in so many ways when Mark and I met less than six months ago, but it’s amazing how much our philosophies of life run parallel. (Scary how well he knows me. ) I’m regularly impressed by the flow of quality people we meet on this planet. I’m so grateful our paths crossed.
“Fate looks certain, but then nothing’s guaranteed.” – Asia
“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” – Aldus Huxley
“Do not let what you CANNOT do interfere with what you CAN do.” – John Wooden
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldow Emerson
“Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – General George S. Patton
“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.” – Jim Rohn
“If you wanna live life on your own terms, you gotta be willing to crash and burn.” – Mötley Crüe.
I hope 2010 is your best year ever! I’m thankful for you.
——– Original Message ——–
|Subject:||A little longer email, parphrased & plagariized from friends of mine, experiences and reading|
|Date:||Fri, 25 Dec 2009 08:26:31 -0500|
Seabrook NH [physical location], Kekaha, Kauai [mental location]