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Old 09-07-2010, 08:17 AM   #41
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Strikes me as much ado about nothing. Unlax.

Businesses have always aggressively tried to convince people to buy their products. It is what they do. A Ford dealer isn't concerned that a Ford is the best choice for you, he/she will try to sell you a Ford. Maybe they have better tools now. So how about a look at the flip side:

Consumers have better tools now too. On-line reviews, comparison shopping on line, forums to ask for help in a product purchase, craigslist, freecycle.

Use the tools. If we are looking for the average person to become a more discerning consumer, they will need to be educated. Focusing on that would be more productive than fretting about the tools the marketers use, IMO.


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Old 09-07-2010, 09:42 AM   #42
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Something to eally worry about is the 'next' level read Feed: ( Feed (9780763622596): M.T. Anderson: Books )
Ultimate story of internal data used for marketing.

Yet the allure of an internalized internet is real, wouldn't it be nice to be able to search data realms just by thinking about it? The 'cost' would be the commercialization of that internal process. It may be [possible to develop defenses but wouldn't it be nice not to have to. I spend a lot of time trying to get "juicy Fruit" commercials out of my head already.

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