Trend Watching: The Rise of Valuable and FREE Stuff Online and Offline

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments · Category: Innovation · SEO and Web Marketing · Web & Blog Business · Web Content

This month’s briefing at Trend Watching, is all about “FREE LOVE”, companies giving away free valuable products and services to consumers online and offline as the latest trend in marketing. I thought this is a relevant article especially as regards to the C2C (consumer to consumer) marketplace and of which we bloggers benefit from every day. We get free plugins from each other, free tools, free links, free traffic, all of which are valuable in our blogging successes. I touched on the value of “Free” things on the Web in an earlier article suggesting that good content on the Internet specifically may be worth paying for, and still, free content is only as valuable as its use to you. It’s interesting how Trend Watching breaks down how FREE LOVE came to be:

“From AirAsia tickets to Wikipedia, and from diapers to music….FREE LOVE thrives on an all-out war for consumers’ ever-scarcer attention and the resulting new business models and marketing techniques, but also benefits from the ever-decreasing costs of producing physical goods, the post-scarcity dynamics of the online world (and the related avalanche of free content created by attention-hungry members of GENERATION C), the many C2C marketplaces enabling consumers to swap instead of spend, and an emerging recycling culture. Expect FREE LOVE to become an integral if not essential part of doing business. …five manifestations of FREE LOVE: ‘Any excuse to advertise’, ‘Courting saturated consumers’, ‘C2C’, ‘Swapping, not spending’, and ‘Less is more’, which all incorporate one or more of the above drivers.” Read more at

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