ISBN 9780875848891,Net Worth : Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules

Net Worth : Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules



Harvard Universal Press

Publication Year 1999

ISBN 9780875848891

ISBN-10 0875848893


Number of Pages 313 Pages
Language (English)

Business & management

Consumers already recognize the need to protect their privacy when using the Internet to communicate, browse for information, and purchase goods and services. With Net Worth, authors Hagel and Singer build an intriguing scenario in which customers take control of their personal data and refuse to surrender it without some compensation. As customers search for the best deal and the safest place for their information assets, an opportunity emerges for firms to leverage new, web-based strategies and act as "infomediaries"--brokers or intermediaries who help customers maximize the value of their data. Net Worth constructs a new business model around the infomediary, and reveals the coming battle among infomediaries for customers' trust and private information. The authors examine the opportunities the infomediary will present for businesses and consumers alike, as customer-centric brands rise up as the primary source of new value creation, forcing companies to reassess the nature of their core businesses and their long-held beliefs about brands and marketing.