My father is retiring as a priest. This is what he will do next.

Today, my father turned 70. It’s really something to celebrate. But it also means that he will now retire, and that my parents have just had to move out of their house.

The question begs: “What now? What should he do now that he’s becoming a former priest?”

Ebook: “10 Reasons B2B Companies Need Social Media”

In case you haven’t noticed: Social media has changed the way the world communicates.

B2C companies have eagerly embraced the opportunities which social media has brought about, but B2Bs are still – by and large – lost in the past, struggling to see why it’s relevant for them.

The collaborative economy in Europe & why non-profits and big brands will win

The collaborative economy is growing. In size, in usage, and in complexity too. It’s set to be a key economic component in the years to come as people use digital technologies to get what they need from each other.

The collaborative economy is global. But its characteristics and conditions vary a great deal from region to region.

Climate change & why we need the collaborative economy (badly)

Last week I gave a presentation at Jeremiah Owyang’s Crowd Companies’ inaugural event in Europe, hosted at Swisscom’s HQ in Berne, Switzerland.

As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been following and researching the collaborative economy the past couple of years. In particular, I’ve been keeping track – via this list – of the logistics space and how it’s being affected.

New venture: Launching Wichmann/Schmidt, a creative agency that connects the dots

This week I officially launched a new company together with Jesper Schmidt, former creative director at DDB and Wibroe, Duckert & Partners.

The name of the company? It’s very simple: Wichmann/Schmidt (website here). We figured that in this industry it’s all about relationships, and over time the platforms and strategies are bound to change anyway. So why not stick to what will not change?

The collaborative economy is growing – now includes healthcare, logistics, corporate, utilities, municipal and learning.

The collaborative economy is on the rise. It’s the third phase of social: First came social media where the media landscape was democratised as people started sharing and creating media; then came social business where businesses started using social technologies across the enterprise; and thirdly came the collaborative economy which is about sharing and creating physical goods and services.

You know it from the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter.

Why brands need to stop talking about themselves. And other content marketing lessons from Guitar Center.

“I was pretty much afraid of everything. Afraid of the world, afraid of speaking – a really, really shy kid. And music was a way to speak. As simple as that.”

These words belong to Metallica’s James Hetfield, from the opening lines of Guitar Center’s most popular video on their YouTube channel.

The video does what many other corporate videos fail to do: It opens on an emotion soon followed by a promise to the viewer. Also, there’s a main character who’s got something at stake and is not trying to hide it.

Whoever edited this sure knows the key elements of storytelling.

“What is the true value of being a social business?” and other strikingly relevant questions answered.

Ever since Ed and I launched Orca Social earlier this year we’ve been asked the same questions again and again. So I figure it makes sense to answer these questions in a FAQ style blog post (BTW: for some odd reason I love FAQs). Here it goes.

1. Why focus only on large B2Bs?

In our opinion, B2Bs have much more to gain from jumping on the social media bandwagon than B2Cs. Through social media, B2Bs can reach out and develop relationships with audiences (both customers and end users) who they’ve never been in contact with before.

Social Media Marketing Has Always Been Dead

dead-sparrow-314385_1280 I never understood social media marketing. To my best understanding, social media has never been about marketing. It has always been about communication. In essence, what happened 10 years ago with Facebook, MySpace and other social networks was that companies got sidelined as part of the web became social.

Up until that point companies were largely capable of pushing marketing messages to consumers where they wanted to and how they wanted to.

Sharing is the New Buying: New report offers insights into the collaborative economy

“Two newlyweds spend their honeymoon in a rented loft instead of a chain hotel. A first-time mom rents a stranger’s truck in her neighborhood to pick up a baby crib. An entrepreneur
taps the crowd to fund a new product on kickstarter rather than seek traditional investors.”

Ever since Jeremiah Owyang took the stage at LeWeb 2013 and presented his and Altimeter Group’s research and report on the collaborative economy I’ve been convinced: The collaborative economy will be one of the next big things. Jeremiah’s impressive keynote back then made clear that this is a new business model that will upset most industries in the years to come.

How’s that? Well, we’ve already seen some strong examples of the collaborative economy in action (Airbnb, Uber, TaskRabbit etc.), and the VCs are backing it up.