A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’, or so the saying goes.  It’s a phrase that is rumoured to have come from an ancient Chinese proverb and which became more prevalent in the 20th Century.  Whilst we’ve grown up used to seeing illustrated books, it’s a concept that has become even more powerful in the digital…

Business Model Transformation - an R&D investment?

Business Model Transformation – an R&D investment?

The difference between winners and losers is often that winners are able to see opportunities and position themselves to take advantage of them better than others in the market.  Increasingly, positioning to take advantage of new opportunities can include the need to achieve business model transformation. We don’t have to look too far for examples of…

Broadcasting's increasingly blurred - the challenges facing the TV business model

Broadcasting’s increasingly blurred – the challenges facing the TV business model

In a world where we’re increasingly expecting increasingly high definition in relation to the content that we consume, the TV business model is becoming increasingly blurred. In a recent case in the US, the Supreme Court decided that Aereo’s business model was no different to a cable provider, despite the difference in technology, and therefore…

Innovation that's music to our ears - commercial innovation in reality

Innovation that’s music to our ears – commercial innovation in reality

One industry that isn’t a stranger to commercial innovation is the music industry.  Taking recording formats as an example, since the late 19th century there have been several waves of advancement, including: –  Phonograph cylinder (1888-1920’s) –  Vinyl (1920’s – early 1990s ) –  Cassettes (Late 1970’s – early 2000’s) –  CD’s (1982 – )…

Subscription based business models

Subscription Based Business Models for Software – have we reached a tipping point?

Back in October 2012 I wrote an article titled “Software by the Month – A better proposition than your gym membership?” in which I highlighted the increasing trend towards subscription based business models in terms of software licensing.  In the article I investigated the opportunities for software publishers and users alike that the model could open…