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Facebook killed the MySpace stars

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook

The recent Facebook IPO filing reveals new and juicy information about the company that has Wall Street and web wizards abuzz with speculation:  Could Facebook become the next MySpace?  Not so fast, amigos.  Facebook recognizes 845 million monthly active users, 483 million daily active users, and over 425 million monthly active users, including users of their mobile products.   Facebook has not only learned from the AOL and MySpace experiences, they are in the trenches and ready for battle.

The public filing documents state, in straightforward language and with impeccable candor, all the potential risk factors that could impact Facebook, the company.  Being candid as to how the business may be significantly harmed in the near and long term is a requirement of the filing process.  For the rest of us, is it a magnifying glass into for-profit opportunities.

Facebook will be in trouble if they fail to retain existing users or add new users, and if current users decrease their level of engagement.  Agreed, likely to happen? not so much.  Keeping users interested is Facebook’s biggest challenge.  Yet $5 billion will go a long way in developing strategies to keep the product fresh and relevant, which Facebook is already doing with its Timeline and Open Graph extensions.

Of course, any company would suffer from the loss of its leadership, but with the loss of Steve Jobs, Apple is still rewriting that page of history.  Facebook would no doubt embrace those lessons and adapt quickly.

According to the filing documents, “the business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, and other matters.   Many of these laws and regulation are subject to change and uncertain interpretation, and could harm our business”.

Albeit an unstable regulatory environment, consumers are actively exercising their voice and vote as to the body of laws governing internet communications and e-commerce, and that voice has proven to be a potent lobbying force.  In Mark Zuckerberg’s own words:  “We don’t build services to make money; we make money to build better services.”  More than a player at risk, expect Facebook, to be a player with plenty of political clout.

One area of significant concern to Facebook, on paper at least, is the growth in mobile use.  Facebook has launched mobile products where they do not currently display ads.   “Facebook user growth and engagement on mobile devices depend upon effective operation with mobile operating systems, networks, and standards that we do not control”.  Should we worry?  Not yet.  Facebook not only has an edge in display ads over Google; mobile ads are expected in the very near future.  And with a very healthy cash infusion from this IPO, we are certain to see more mobile-related acquisitions, as well as better Facebook apps across the major mobile platforms.

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Too often businesses think that web design is simply hiring someone to build a web site and then a flood of customer orders start coming in.

This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, we think most businesses know this yet are stuck in neutral because they don’t know how to piece the puzzle together. Therefore, once their website is complete, they publish it and forget about it. Big mistake.

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Probably the most overused and most misunderstood term used these days.

So, here’s our take on the topic. Branding is about building a positive experience in your customer’s mind which then makes your business THE ONLY solution to their problem.

WURLWIND Solutions has a team of marketing strategists and thinkers who have real-life experience building successful brands. We’ve also seen our share of good brands that went bad because management didn’t really understand their brand and didn’t let it permeate throughout the organization. With WURLWIND Solutions, we develop multi-step multi-media integrated web strategies so your web content reflects other marketing initiatives your business may be involved in.



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WURLWIND Solutions defines development services as a core offering that consists of strategy, design and technology. These three competencies allow us to provide end-to-end solutions for clients at various stages of their growth.

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Creating a fully integrated appearance means that print materials should reflect web content and vice versa. Since WURLWIND is involved in the Internet side of your business, it only made sense to offer our clients our services in the design/print arena. Remember, your IT investment should save or make you money. By reducing the number of vendors your company deals with, you will be reducing costs; some tangible and others intangible.

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Well-designed sites help clients attract new interest in their products and develop stronger relationships with their core customers. When compared to more traditional methods of promotion such as print, a website can prove a far more cost-effective source for prospective leads. We also cater to new businesses by providing Internet Consultation and Web Design for those seeking to launch their first website. For businesses that have already launched their sites, we can perform major upgrades or completely redevelop their online presence. For larger businesses, we create sites for brand extensions or build Intranet sites to provide staff a secure online community.

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WURLWIND Solutions has expertise developing enterprise-wide applications.

The key to creating an effective application is having a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of your business. We take the final user into consideration, whether that is the customer or customer service representative. This establishes the correct framework and implementation of comprehensive and appropriate rule sets.

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From concept to execution, we carry out your associated projects with utmost care and efficiency, keeping you in the loop throughout each milestone. In effect, we join your team for the duration of the assignment. In addition to working on projects with your staff, our engineers can manage timelines and participate in the vendor selection process. Our team can assist with technical business writing to illustrate a company’s objectives. Many times diagrams and flowcharts are needed to properly understand a project.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

If you already perform SEO on your site then you know the value of optimization. It absolutely means more business.

Those businesses that don’t perform SEO choose not to because they don’t understand how it helps their site, or they can’t afford it, or they don’t know how to introduce it into their organization. At WURLWIND Solutions, we take the mystery out of SEO and we’ll improve your ranking on the various search engines.

If someone searches for your product or service and you don’t appear in the search results, you’ve just lost that prospective customer. If you appear on the first page of the results Google or Bing returns, then you’re chances of getting that customer to visit your site go way up. Now, if your business is listed in the top 5 search results, your chance of click thru goes through the roof.

Ranking high organically is way too important to overlook. In today’s economic environment, standing still implies decline.

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Most of the time businesses have decent web exposure; OK content, nice layouts and mediocre attempts to optimize their site.

In many cases, we find ourselves discussing online strategy and tactics with our clients. Our support team consists of marketing thinkers and technologists. That combination offers a wide spectrum of insight to help make your online exposure more relevant to your visitors.

We understand a core principal about business…you have to always be closing. We believe that this applies to your web site as well. Most designers spend too much time trying to impress you and customers with their design skills and completely forget that the purpose is to try to sell something to someone.

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Often, large companies use outside services to determine if they are adhering to compliance standards such as HIPAA or SOX. Financial institutions regularly employ the services of outside companies to perform a vulnerability assessment or to actually attempt to breach their security to emulate a cyber-attack.

SOHOs and SMBs should focus more on these types of services because with more and more businesses storing information, performing financial transactions online, developing databases and for any business looking for major investment, fortifying your IT investments is becoming more and more critical.

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Now you no longer need to worry about domain names and renewals. Companies get full control of their domain name(s) allowing you to instantly re-route if required. Domain names can be purchased, DNS services can be managed and if your company sells online, we offer extensive marketing tools and experienced staff to discuss your initiatives.

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We will inspect and test your current plan. Provide recommendations and implement the required infrastructure to minimize any business down time. In most of today’s’ companies staying online no longer means only a website and mail server. Most companies are required to keep their data and connectivity online at all times. Through Wurlwindsolutions.com, companies can get all levels of guarantee; from live backups to mirroring your servers to one of our collocation bunkers.

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Using fully encrypted backup software our service can guarantee the return of your business with minimal to no loss of data. Inquire about the various levels available.

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