Google Grants some Users the Right to be Forgotten | Berning Marketing | New Orleans

For their next trick, Google will now make you disappear…

About a week ago, Google out of Europe created a request form regarding outdated, inaccurate or inappropriate search results to be removed by the “Right to be Forgotten.” More than 50 million people live in the area affected by Google’s potential purge, and so far Google has received over 41,000 request to have content removed (and counting).Within the first 24 hours the site posted the form’s publication, over 12,000 requests were sent to Google seeking to remove personal content. Google supervisors estimated 7 requests per-minute since the form’s availability on the site. With numbers such as these, it seems everyone is for the request application, but some specialists believe this isn’t Google’s duty.

Secretary general of the Internet Service Provider’s Association, Nicholas Lansman, stated in an interview, “ISPA has consistently argued that companies are ill-placed to make such decisions which should be made by a competent authority such as the Information Commissioners Office and it’s European counterparts.” Meaning this removal should be laser-focused on the individual requests by government authority, not a company like Google.

This makes sense, due to the fact many of these requests (sent in primarily from Germany and the U.K) tend to be more personal and require an in-depth examination to approve request. Noting that there is a fine line between individual privacy and serving the public interest. For example, a man in Germany sent in a removal request to Google only a few hours after the form was available just so happened to also pop up on dozens of search engines after attempting to murder his entire family- no word if he ever managed to fulfill his proposal, but information like this may be best left for public viewing.

The idea behind the “Right to be Forgotten” began with the European Court of Justice reaching out to improve the reputations of the Europeans Union by petitioning Google and other search engines to remove potentially damaging links from search results. Other search sites like Yahoo have also began making small strides trying to find a balance between public domain and user privacy. But how do you know which is which? The subject is tricky and there is a large gray area that needs to be considered before completely stripping all requested names from the web.

Thankfully, Google is taking some identity precautions before granting all internet-escapees a right of passage. Along with a series of questions, a copy of your drivers licenses or other photo identification, you must select the country you would like the information deleted from followed by this statement, from Google’s ‘Right to be Forgotten’ form:

“In implementing this decision, we will assess each individual request and attempt to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the public’s right to know and distribute information. When evaluating your request, we will look at whether the results include outdated information about you, as well as whether there’s a public interest in the information—for example, information about financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions, or public conduct of government officials.”

However, if you are an American looking for a way to get rid of your online presence, you’ll be waiting quite some time. The Google headquarters of the United States show no signs of making a take-down option such as our neighbors across the pond, and even state on their site that anything you put on the web, belongs to the public.

Beyond the in-depth questionnaire and proof of identification, Google also wants to reiterate the fact that just because your information is removed from the search engine doesn’t necessarily mean it is erased from the internet. Meaning, in a nutshell, you can run but you can’t hide!

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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MySpace Starts #TBT Campaign: Will It Work? | Berning Marketing

Myspace is giving long-time social media users the ultimate “throwback Thursday” experience.

The aged network has been trying to reach a new audience and take back their old one for almost 10 years, and are using your old, embarrassing MySpace photographs to do it.

“Myspace has been reaching out to connect past users to re-engage them through personalized experience,” a spokesperson for MySpace stated in an interview with Mashable.

The site, which hit peak popularity in the early 2000′s are now e-mailing former MySpacer’s decade old photos of themselves labeled “the good, the rad, and what were you thinking?” with a link connecting to their old profiles.

Although a humorous and enjoyable marketing approach, will the personal touch land MySpace back in the elite networks?

Right now, no one can be sure. Within the past several years, the dated social site has been redesigned, updated, lost focused, regained focused and yet none of the reconstruction of MySpace has caused any stir in their low web traffic. A disappointing ranking of 982 total web traffic as of May 2014, to be exact, that has plateaued for roughly a year.

With all of the more modern sharing networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr, there is intense pressure to keep up with the constant changes and MySpace has fallen behind to this concept. It isn’t just that the site itself is lacking in new features, but that the branding of the network is having trouble identifying its purpose. Formerly music-oriented, turned social engagement, flipped back to music-oriented, MySpace’s identity crisis could be playing a major role in the company’s failure to flourish. A flaw they’ve had since the company began in 2003.

The history of MySpace is not much of a story as it is a short chapter. Two music-loving computer nerds by the name of Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson joined forces to create one of the first big social networks. At first, MySpace was crushing it in the numbers. In 2006 it passed Google as most visited website in the U.S. which is mind-blowing if you consider Googles epic popularity today. Everyone who was Anyone had a Myspace page and tweens and teens relished in the creative freedom of choosing ones own music, fonts and backgrounds on their personalized page.

All was right in the world of Myspace until 2006 when Facebook showed up to the social network scene with the ultimate game-changer, and Myspace has been in a rapid decline ever since.

However, they haven’t given up just yet. Justin Timberlake has apparently taken up quite a bit of stock in the company (a rumored $35 million worth) and has put publicity plans into motion recently with a string of A-list celebrity attended parties and expensive advertisements.

Will all of these tactics work? Or is MySpace going to continue to be that expensive work-in-progress house that never quite gets finished? In the end it will all boil down to brand loyalty, from not only the investors but from previous users of MySpace. Maybe this time around we can keep our Ed Hardy trucker hats out of future pictures.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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Marketing Changes with Society | Berning Marketing | New Orleans

It may not be the Royal Wedding, but it could be a close second. As ABC’s hit comedy-series “Modern Family” gears up for it’s second leg of a part-2 season finale May 21st the marriage ceremony between characters Cam (played by Eric Stonestreet), and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) allows the union of the partners to become official.

Co-creator of the series, Christopher Lloyd, told USA TODAY in an article about the show’s nuptial, “Something like this 10 years ago would have made a splash. It will jar some people but hopefully the much more prevalent reaction will be ‘oh that reminds me of my wedding day.”

While the on-screen “Modern Wedding” finale has seen overwhelming positive reviews and hype on social media by fans, gay marriages and partnerships on television have long been awaiting their acceptance on TV without a controversial backlash or stereotype.

Lagging behind their cinema and silver-screen counterparts, television advertisers are finally feeling secure enough in their brands to feature gay and lesbian families in commercials. Perhaps these advertisers are realizing they have more to gain by running the advertisements than lose.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ad, which aired March of last year, shows a female reading her Kindle by a swimming pool side-by-side with a male attempting to read a competitors tablet in the sun. After dialogue between the two about the tablets the woman casually mentions her husband getting a drink for her, and the man replies “so is mine” while the duo turns and waves to two men standing at a tiki bar.

Inevitably, the commercial was topic of conversation and controversy for months after the airing date; some groups petitioning for Amazon to reshoot the ad, demanding that the advertisement promoted homosexuality and was too graphic for their children to see, even though the gay husband’s weren’t in the same scene together. In the end Amazon chose to keep the commercial as-is and the mainstream brand still occasionally runs the ad despite the negativity towards it.

Almost a year later, an even more disputed commercial for Honey Maid Graham Cracker featuring a gay couple bottle-feeding a baby together threw conservatives into a social media frenzy, horribly bashing the brand for it’s portrayal of “This is Wholesome” tagline promoted by Honey Maid. Calling the ad showing loving families sharing Honey Maid products together “disgusting” and “horrible.”

Amazingly, Honey Maid handled the hateful backlash beautifully as you can see in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBC-pRFt9OM

Since then, strides within other well-known brands have been reached, as JC Penny’s recent catalog used lesbian parents to promote a Mother’s Day Sale, which they will be doing again for Father’s Day.

In an article to Huffington Post, vice-president of GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Rich Ferraro stated “they’re no longer just targeting gay and lesbian people. They’re targeting people like my mom who wants to know that a company embraces and accepts their gay and lesbian family members, friends and neighbors.”

As advertising becomes more tailored to the consumers with each passing second, it would be more reward than risk to stick with an open-minded approach when it comes to selling a brand. Our world is getting smaller, and thinking larger, thanks to the platforms that technology has given us. The ad’s mentioned above are great examples of how pushing past cliches can lead to a more loyal consumer, the real modern families in our world.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

Carebacks teams up with Berning Marketing | New Orleans

Berning Marketing teamed up with Susco Solutions to get their new app, Carebacks, national press coverage before this past Memorial Day weekend.

Within 24 hours of our first press release, the Huffington Post published this story on their website. Other local news stories followed thereafter.

Susco Solutions has been hard at work developing the app, which is already available on mobile browsers and the android market. Carebacks is coming soon to iOS.

The app allows users to securely connect their credit card numbers to their profiles, and make donations to those they meet and want to help. The online transaction is then converted into a 4 digit pin number which the recipient can take to local retailers and use for the purchase of food, beverages, and every day necessities excluding cigarettes and alcohol.

This ensures the funds will not be put to misuse, and allows app users to donate in confidence. The donation can also be tracked by the user.

Neel Sus, founder of Susco Solutions is excited and hopeful the app will revolutionize the way we help the homeless and others in need.

“I can’t put into words how excited we are to reach this milestone,” said Neel Sus, Founder of Susco Solutions. “With the launch of CareBacks we now have a scalable platform which will help alleviate suffering and promote generosity.”

Carebacks can currently be redeemed at The Salvation Army, select Breaux Mart stores, select Winn-Dixie stores, Believers Life Community Food Center, select Magnolia Discount stores, select Brown Derby stores, and select Quicky’s Discount stores.

Donations made to The Salvation Army can be used to pay for shelter during the night.

“I strongly feel that this has the potential to change the way person-to-person giving works on a fundamental level,” said Sus, “But this is just the first step. We’re going to learn very quickly from the New Orleans launch, and use the knowledge as we open other markets.”

As of now, Carebacks is applicable predominantly in the Gulf Coast region, but with a growing list of participating retailers, Sus, and other members of the Carebacks team are hopeful the app will be used across the country.

Berning Marketing is proud to stand behind such a revolutionary app, and looks forward to seeing its success, as we firmly believe there must be Importance in Direction.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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Pin it to win it, Pinterest’s Value on the Rise | Berning Marketing | New Orleans

Pinterest has made it to the big league of social networks! Last Thursday the four-year old company announced it’s raised investment of $200 million that now puts the scrapbook-like site valued at an unbelievable $5 billion.

Needless to say, procrastinating college females are not surprised.

Regardless of the small revenue Pinterest generates, the site seems to be climbing in the eyes of venture capitalists. Given the risen value of 32 percent of the company from just seven months ago- we have to agree.

One of the reasons Pinterest attracts so many users is the concept of “doing” behind the network. Unlike most social media sites, Pinterest encourages people to “pin” the craft, workout, recipe, or outfit and then use what you find in your real life. By sharing the content from other boards you follow, you are allowing these great ideas to reach other people and so on, and so on…the general theme being to find something fantastic and pass it along to friends.

A Forbes article featuring a statement from the social data platform tool Sharethis mentioned Pinterest had more share activity than Facebook and Twitter users in 2013. The key to this platform’s success is the ability it has to reach beyond sheer follower numbers to focus on purchase intent and brand engagement.

Online retailer Wayfair found that visitors from Pinterest were 20 percent more valuable overtime than average Wayfair visitors in terms of revenue. As it turns out, all of the pinning has a purpose.

Not only is Pinterest taking over our screens. Now thanks to Nordstrom we can find our top-pinned items in store. In 13 participating Nordstrom retailers, shoppers can find the Pinterest logo located on the most sought-after merchandise. This is a profitable move, especially considering Nordstrom’s Pinterest has over 4 million followers.

Following the trend of selling ad’s, the social site has began transacting with brands like Kraft, General Mills, Lululemon and Gap. All of which have paid up to $1-2 million for 3-6 month commitments to run these promoted advertisements.

However, huge brands don’t get to have all of the fun. The backbone of the network is based on your average consumers like you and me. Growing popularity in the land of stay-at-home mothers, many Pinterest boards are filled with detailed crafts and intricate DIY projects that the site is creating a bit of a “supermom” stereotype. The social network allows both men and women alike to connect on a level that is unlike anything Twitter or Facebook has to offer.

Luckily, budding value of Pinterest is likely to increase as time passes. With the users continuing to pin and the advertisements beginning to roll in, the social network may soon one day become the ultimate tool for marketing. In the meantime, perhaps you can find the 87th project using mason jars and pin it to your board.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

 

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Getting Started with Local SEO | Berning Marketing | New Orleans

Whether you are a new SEO employee in your company or a local business owner trying to get on search engines to stand a chance against your competitors, this brief introduction to local SEO can be beneficial to anyone committed to entering the local market.

To begin, let’s address some quick characteristics on how search engines rely on local SEO. Basically, search engines rely on local content that release a signal to notify search engines of that location being specified and in turn, search engines read this and index, or apply, the information accordingly using a unique algorithm. There are a few key areas of local SEO that you need to focus on to take full advantage of local SEO: on-page, local profiles, and inbound links/citations.

ON-PAGE LOCAL SEO

Here are some quick, helpful, but essential on-page local SEO tips you can take advantage of to optimize your website for local SEO.

  1. Set up NAP – for every page on your website, make sure to include your name, address, and phone number as crawlable HTML text. Avoid the common mistake of putting this information within an image. In an image, it would not be crawlable to Google and would basically not be there at all.
  2. Create location pages – every website should include a sort of contact page that includes information on the location of your business. You can embed a Google Map of your office to the page with NAP information also on the page.

LOCAL PROFILES

A presence of quality local profile pages can be seen as one of the most important parts of a well optimized Local SEO campaign. Start with some of the big names:

For each of these profiles, make sure you completely optimize them with basic information on your business (name, location, hours of operation, business description, website URL, imagery). Today, Google makes creating your local profile even easier by integrating your Google Places with Google+ page. Make sure you also choose a proper business category for your Google+ page as well.

INBOUND LINKS AND CITATIONS

Inbound links are basically what the word says – they are links from another domain going back to your site (inbound!). Citations are a little different from inbound links – they represent mentions of your business name, address, and phone number on other domains, but don’t necessarily have to link back to your website.  Here are some helpful tips to consider for inbound links and citations when doing your local SEO campaign:

  1. Ensure consistency of your business information across the web – could not stress this point enough. Very important for the future prominence of your business on the online word. Google values consistency of your business information highly and inaccuracies can lead to problems in how your local profiles show on search results.
  2. Build quality directory citations – you can utilize the below map aggregators to populate map data for Apple, Yelp, Bing, and Google+. (Make sure the citations are consistent with your business info!!)

That should be a solid grasp of an introduction of local SEO to jumpstart your business. Make sure to always maintain consistency of your NAP and encourage customers to leave reviews on your local profiles. Best of luck on your long term SEO success.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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“When I grow up, I want to be just like Facebook.” -Twitter |BERNING MARKETING | NEW ORLEANS, LA

It’s that time again — the social media gods got restless and decided to change the way we use Twitter; this time, making it look more like Facebook than ever.

At first I didn’t like the new Twitter, but in the name of progress (and this blog), I tried it out. A few hours into the change, it kind of grew on me. Here’s what’s new:

Twitter’s new layout allows users to choose a cover photo which is practically identical to the Facebook profile page. Check out Michelle Obama’s page to see an example @FLOTUS

Although the cover photo feature makes the new Twitter look a lot like Facebook, there are actually a few new features that are unique to Twitter alone.

The new profile page showcases “best tweets” for all your followers to see. Your best tweets (the ones with the most engagement & interaction) are pulled and made bigger, bolder, and more noticeable.

Also on display is a user’s “pinned tweet,” which allows users to select a specific tweet to pin to the top of the profile page to best represent the user. This seems to be an extension of the Twitter bio, which only allows 140 characters.

The last new feature is “filtered tweets.” This lets users view a variety of different tweets based on photo content, video content, replies, or just plain tweets. This will allow users to revisit a specific tweet easily, based on its content.

Although the cover photo does make Twitter look strikingly similar to Facebook, some of Twitter’s features will always differentiate the two; their 140 character limit, handles, and format will always remain classic characteristics that make Twitter the unique social media giant it is.

Visit Twitter today, scroll to the top, and “Try it out.” Tell us what you think.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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Be Careful What You Hashtag For…| BERNING MARKETING | NEW ORLEANS, LA

Someone call Olivia Pope. NYPD’s got a scandal on its hands.

There is no question about it. Marketing has expanded a great deal to include social media. Most companies already know this and have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets to increase their Internet presence, search engine optimization (SEO), and improve their Google score.

When Vice President Joe Biden’s Instagram account became known, it picked up a whopping 122,000 followers—not only because the account posted a selfie of Biden with President Barack Obama but also because the account caught the attention of Buzzfeed, a news and entertainment site popular with the 18-25 year-old crowd.

Social media management over at NYPD was looking to get the same kind of attention. But, as the white-hat-wearing Pope would say, one can’t just send out a message—one needs to control the narrative. On April 22nd, around noon, a tweet was sent out from the NYPD News Twitter account, prompting users to tweet a picture they might have of them with the NYPD, using the hashtag, #myNYPD.

Within a few hours, the hashtag was trending on Twitter and Facebook. Users were posting photos of police brutality, violence, and abuse under the hashtag #myNYPD. At its peak, the hashtag was being used about 16,000 times an hour according to hashtag.org.

The intention of the hashtag campaign was to find and feature a few of the best photos on the NYPD Facebook page. The hashtag took—though probably not in the positive way that it was intended—and now they have quite a selection to choose from.

Looking at the hashtag campaign from a marketing standpoint, the change in the message may not be that bad. The public often dislikes the police regardless because they associate them with the inevitable: tickets, arrests, traffic, sirens, antagonizing peaceful protestors, etc.

But, it’s not like the police is a client that needs to get re-hired for a job. The NYPD isn’t a restaurant or club that will go out of business because of bad press. The NYPD will just go on being disliked as they usually are, except now, they’ll have an incredible SEO score!

According to Tory Starr from PRI.org, the tweets alone launched a global discussion on police brutality—just another progressive step the people of the Internet have taken together.

So, what have we learned from this hashtag blowup? Record the events around you—they can give you a powerful voice and instill change. Also, mass communication means that your audience may turn your message into something completely different.

The #myNYPD publicity can go either in a positive or negative direction—we’ll have to wait and see what they do about the pictures of police brutality flooding the Internet. In the meantime, maybe Ms. Pope will swoop in and save the day.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

Google’s ‘Shelfie’ Prank Becomes Latest Feature | Berning Marketing | New Orleans, LA

Following Popularity of April Fools Feature, Google Releases ‘Shelfie’

April Fools: the day for pranksters rolls around every April 1st, evoking joy or dread, depending on whether or not you’re a lover of schadenfreude. Never one to be outdone by others, tech-giant Google launched a salvo of its own pranks last Tuesday. Between transforming Google Maps into an augmented reality game of Pokémon and the invention of the Magic Hand, a device that lets mobile users text and surf the web on their tablets and phones without lifting a finger, the company made a huge splash.

“Shelfie” Prank Becomes Permanent Function

Of all of Google’s April Fools pranks, only one proved successful and “practical” enough to find a place among the company’s ever growing suite of tools it offers its more than 425 million Gmail users. A function named “Shelfie” was released in the prank onslaught, giving Google users the ability to share their custom Gmail themes with the world at large. For most people, the fact that Gmail offers 15gb of free storage and the ability to send e-mails of up to 25mb in size is reason enough to use the service, but by adding the hugely popular “Shelfie,” now referred to as Shareable Custom Themes, to Drive, Maps, and the rest of its menagerie of services, Google has tightened its grip on its users, if only slightly.

Should We Be Surprised by Its Success?

It’s hard to believe that the Silicon Valley behemoth only intended “Shelfie” to be a one-off joke. In a world where 70 billion pieces of content — from selfies, to statuses about cooking dinner, to overly emotional song lyrics — are shared just on Facebook every month, another web function that gives self-promotion capabilities to the “Me generation,” particularly one syncing with a hugely popular e-mail service, is sort of a no-brainer for added success. As a millennial myself, I plan to start sharing my custom themes, whether “My Little Pony” or “Frozen” inspired, straight away.

What custom Gmail theme are you most looking forward to sharing?

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.

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Free Office Online: Microsoft’s New Strategy | Berning Marketing | New Orleans, LA

A couple of years back my colleagues and I were discussing the importance of Google’s entrance into the cloud services space, and how their new service, Google Docs, would benefit small businesses and individuals. The proposition was simple: give us a bit of your personal information by signing up for a GMail account, and we’ll let you create, edit and share documents à la Microsoft Office. Initially, the sentiment was that such an underpowered, cloud-only productivity software wouldn’t meet the needs of consumers. That sentiment WAS correct. Fast forward seven years, Google Docs has grown and now integrates many of the features that longtime Office users crave. It has also proven to be a great aid for cash strapped small businesses and students that would otherwise have to pay for productivity software. Now Microsoft has announced Office Online, a free web-based version of its Office suite.

So why would we start a conversation about Microsoft’s latest move with a story about Google Docs? It’s simple: the technology industry’s ever-changing pace requires companies to be agile in the way they develop new products. While we can only speculate, Microsoft’s decision to make Office Online free has probably something to do with Google. Microsoft, however, was not the first to react to Google’s cloud based apps. Late 2011 saw the release of Apple’s iCloud, which offers similar document creating tools. So what does Office Online have to offer?

Firstly, it is great to see that Microsoft has learned. It no longer stubbornly sits on legacy software written in the last millennium. The company as a whole, new CEO included, has started a long yet focused shift towards the cloud and into the consumer space it once ignored. Let’s not forget Microsoft’s cash cow is its enterprise business, which provides about half of its profits, and it keeps growing. Things have changed, however, and the business known by millions for its enterprise-geared operating system and apps is now trying to be a consumer first company.

Secondly, Office Online has an actual intuitive and appealing design. The signup process is fairly easy, as all is needed is a valid Email address and personal information. Once logged in, the user is welcomed with the familiar Office 2013 design language and menu options. Some consumers find this easier to navigate as it mimics the desktop and tablet versions of the software. However, some users will find the interface to be too “bloated”, especially those who don’t think highly of Office for desktop. Personally, I think is a step in the right direction. Let’s not forget Microsoft is playing catch-up, so they need to offer a full-fledged solution to remain relevant in the consumer space.

Thirdly, Microsoft is offering five of its most important apps for free. During the late 90′s and early 2000′s, the Windows monopoly forced users to rely on Office to write documents, make presentations, draw up spreadsheets and check Emails. We are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note and Outlook, and some of us decided to let go of them as we moved to the cloud. Now Microsoft is reaching back to those customers with an appealing offer. Too little, too late? We’ll see.

Lastly, since the introduction of Bing in 2009, Microsoft has been in the “getting to know you” business. In other words, they offer a “free” service (search with Bing, productivity with Office Online) in the exchange of our personal information. Companies then turn our input into a big data aggregate used to better develop their products or to sell it to advertisers. While there is nothing particularly wrong with this business model, we as internet users should be aware of how our information is being used. So if you’re comfortable sharing your information with Facebook, Google, Apple and now Microsoft, and you feel you’re getting a good service in exchange, you have nothing to worry about. Don’t forget to try out Microsoft Online and share your feedback with us.

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Berning Marketing is a New Orleans based communications and production company specializing in crafting marketing campaigns and turnkey productions with clients in retail, government, financial, energy, hospitality, medical, and defense across the United States.  Berning Marketing also works in all forms of media including television, radio, print, outdoor, and online marketing assuring quality in style and execution.