Archive for November, 2005

Wow! What a week.

Friday, November 18th, 2005

We have had a great week here at Projectx. The ZoomIn site was profiled in the Dominion Post’s Info on Monday and we have had a tidal wave of interest.

A big thank you to everyone who has sent in feedback. We really appreciate all of your suggestions and support. We are in the process of responding to all of your feedback. Please bear with us until we answer your queries.

The long tail emerges…

Monday, November 14th, 2005

I had at look the Zoomin stats on the weekend. I noticed something really interesting about our some of the hits that resulted from users search engine requests.

20% of searches coming from Google were users looking for maps of one of the main centres in NZ. ie. Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin or Hamilton.

And a whopping 80% of the Google searches on the site were users looking for small towns or exact addresses. eg. Hokitika, loft place kumeu, or Tyne Street Invercargill.

This is an example of the Long tail in action. (The “Long tail” is a concept that descibes the value of catering to niche markets.) This reinforces the value of Zoomin to users by providing street addresses for the entire country. I believe that the long tail phenomenon will become more prominent as the search engines index our site right down to street address level. ie. 25 Marion Street Wellington

"Start-up intent on mapping our future."

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Zoomin has been profiled in this mornings Dominion Post’s InfoTech section. (Dominion post is Wellington’s daily newspaper)

Our story “Start-up intent on mapping our future” was one of the lead stories for this week edition.

Thanks to Tom Pullar-Strecker and the Dominion Post for the article.

Why Google gets it and Microsoft does not

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Here is a great article by Robert Scoble on why Google is leading the pack and the rest are following.

Robert has hit the nail on the head with his analysis of the role of influentials in the uptake of new technology. Understanding your users and their needs is critical to those businesses who want to be exceptional.

My favourite part of the article is…

(Referring to Microsoft) We don’t know how to thrill influentials. Google does. Maybe by accident. Maybe by plan. I don’t care anymore. They found a way to bring us a little better search with advertising that sucked a lot less. That’s really why they are on fire.

How did they do it? They didn’t do it by doing committee meetings. By doing focus groups. By studying millions of users. They did it by understanding the leading edge of users and serving them well. They did NOT serve my dad well in the early days. It took me two years to switch my dad from AltaVista to Google. They DID serve ME well, though. On every user study I’ve seen I’m way off the end of the bell curve. But Google groks people like me. They serve people like me. And they romance people like me in a way that no other company does.

Hint: Google is still not doing things for my dad. They are doing things like Google Talk. For me. Things like Google video. For me. Not for the mass markets, but for the influentials.

So, when you see Microsoft not supporting Firefox out of the gate, you are seeing that we don’t get the role of influentials in gathering audiences.