Monday, November 9, 2009

The New Web 3.0 vs Web 2.0: The Impact of Web 3.0 on Digital Marketing

According to, at the Seoul Digital Forum 2009 (this past May), Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt was asked to define the term Web 3.0 and here’s what he said: “Well, the Web 2.0 is a marketing term, and I think you’ve just invented Web 3.0″ - Eric Schmidt

His response went on to describe the various aspects of technology driving Web 3.0 from building to combining applications and multi-platform devices, to social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, emails, etc.

All of the technologies have been around in Web 2.0, so it’s not necessarily advancements in technologies but advancements in creativity, innovations, new engine launches and how the new Web 3.0 is going to be utilized. Digital marketers will be required to revise strategies, media and marketing plans accordingly and quickly. Major differences have to do with the way search engines will customize searches more intelligently, intuitively, relevantly and most importantly, in real-time (e.g., social networks merged with indexed searches, etc.) as well as how companies will need to manage information more efficiently.  The latest application to help businesses for the new Web 3.0 is Twitter’s launch of CoTweet; For more information go to Wall Street Journal’s November 9, 2009 article, "Twitter Start-Up CoTweet Launches Paid Service" by Andrew LaVallee, Reporter. When Web 3.0 becomes mainstream, the entire strategy, research and analytics will need to change. Existing marketing and media plans that are successful for Web 2.0 will not have any impact in Web 3.0. For more on the basics of understanding these differences, I highly recommend reading “Web 3.0 -- Intuitive World Live Web69” by Benjimester.

Below is a listing of three helpful tips for all digital marketing executives to consider incorporating into their media and marketing plan as Web 3.0 becomes mainstream:

  1. When Web 3.0 becomes mainstream, the most important challenge will be that search engine algorithms will be relying more heavily on customized, relevant, real-time responses particularly with the wide array of applications, devices, multi-platforms, and how companies and digital marketers will need to react.  More applications e.g., Twitter’s CoTweet, will be offering their own pay per click programs, and indexed search results will no longer have impact as it did in Web 2.0. Therefore, the existing advertising and marketing strategies and campaign spending used today to leverage SEO in Web 2.0 will no longer apply in the new world of Web 3.0.
  2. Anticipate implementing innovative new strategies and understand that most of the metrics you utilize today will most likely not be relevant with the new Web 3.0 search engine marketing and optimization algorithm.
  3. Stay on top of new applications (e.g., CoTweet), optimization and marketing trends and learn all you can about how these changes in search engine algorithms will impact your internet marketing SERP (search engine results pages) and revise your marketing and media plans accordingly.
There's a lot more to come and that will have to go into the Web 3.0 digital marketing strategy. Stay tuned for more information and helpful tips by bookmarking this blog  and visiting more often.

Also I would love your opinion; please answer this poll   about Web 3.0 vs. Web 2.0  Thanks!

written by Gloria Buono Daly (c) 2009

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