Found a pretty funny concept: http://www.der-beschwerer.de/ (loosely translated to the complainers dot com). The site is basically about people who send in complaints and get some kind of “treat” or gift as apology (which is quite common and standardized at many larger companies).
These treats are apparently often pretty valuable so this site encourages people to report when they got a treat and tell what to do to get them (what to complain about that is).
Hello 2012, its true what your elderly always said, the time seems to pass somewhat faster when you get older. What might happen in 2012 … maybe:
I think a strong redefinition of the EU, especially I think German power over other (euro) member states will either strongly increase or decrease. Current state is a little “worst of both worlds”.
Saab automobiles will survive as a brand I think but with a very limited inhouse production workforce left in Sweden, might be tech development will stay and even increase though. Swedish Automobile engineers are very good and has comparatively some of the lowest salaries in the civilized world with a great eco system around them so it would be strange if someone is not interested in this.
Development and use of mobile e-com/shopping experiences will become mainstream.
The consolidation of e-commerce will become even stronger Europe wide, with maybe the exception of small periphery countries. I don’t think you want to be a small to medium sized e-com reseller in the coming years without own product development.
More acceptance for virtualization both in workforce, software and physical processes among especially medium businesses (I think large and funnily small business are further ahead here).
I alwayz felt the certifications for e-commerce stores didn’t really give me as a store owner anything of an edge, Google Trusted Stores seems to be somewhat of another cookie though and I can really see myself prefering to shop from stores giving away this kind of data: http://www.google.com/trustedstores/
In aug 2007 I started pushing the first ads on facebook, the results where amazing (even though the service was barely working) for truly all products I tested. Now FB ads is a minor part of paid ads for companies that actually also have to make sales from them due to saturation however Facebook has evolved as a marketing tool in other ways since then.
Having looked for ages for a DMS, Evernote is the one that fit my need most closely (you never do find that perfect app do you) with regard to sharing, simplicity and … playfulness.
Not revolutionary but funny nevertheless, dropbox just didn’t quite cut it anymore for these kind of files.
Above being a product of the fact that its starting to take ages between paper post arriving and me actually getting to see it for the first time (which can be dangerous when you live in germany). Now just need to find a EU service like shoeboxed.