Quiz: How Internet Savvy Is Your Business?

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Many of the investors and entrepreneurs I know still don’t realise that they need to use and understand the Internet, even if their business is not e-commerce.

Maybe you have also heard a lot of Internet terms, but are not sure you can explain how, when, and why they are relevant to your business success. Here is a quick test of your real Internet savvy.

See how many of the following “new” Internet concepts you recognise, and can explain in terms of value to your business. Believe me, the business implications are already critical to your success or failure as an entrepreneur

Martin Zwilling is CEO & Founder of Startup Professionals, Inc.; he also serves as Board Member and Executive in Residence at Callaman Ventures and is an advisory board member for multiple startups.This post was originally published on his blog, and it is republished here with permission.

1. Blog

2. Social networks

These are communities wrapped around a website, like Facebook or Twitter. They became popular for socializing, but now are prime sources of business networking, customer service, and client leads.

Facebook alone has 500 million members. Do you have a business presence there?

3. Search engine marketing (SEM)

This popular form of Internet marketing seeks to increase website ranking in search engine results. Techniques include search engine optimization (SEO) and paid result placement.

No SEM plan means you are missing a huge marketing opportunity.

4. Streaming video

Watching video has now surpassed text searching, so you see more video ads -- in banners, news lead-ins, and site placements.

Most videos are now in-stream (no download first), and new ones can be interactive, with clickable hot spots.

5. Internet radio

Sometimes called blogtalk radio, this is essentially the same as regularly broadcast radio, except it is streamed (realtime) on the Internet from websites such as AccuRadio.

People simply log on and listen. Use them to deliver a business message.

6. Podcast

This is a variation on Internet radio, named from iPods and broadcasting.

A pod-caster creates music and/or business material and makes it available for Internet download to iPods or other devices, where users may then listen at their convenience.

7. Pay per click (PPC)

This is how you make money from advertising -- someone else runs ads on your site or your blog, and you get paid for everyone who clicks on the ad.

Rates per click are very low, so don't try to live on ad revenues until visit rates are very high.

8. Viral marketing

This is a marketing program on the Internet that you make so popular it spreads like a virus, like 'word of mouth.' Examples include give-aways, contests, and celebrity stunts that grab attention.

Viral marketing costs real money, but is often worth it.

9. Crowdsourcing

10. Wiki

This is an Internet website that allows the easy creation and editing of interlinked web pages via a web browser text editor.

Wikis are used to create collaborative websites on a given subject, maintain corporate intranets, and build simple data bases.

How'd you do -- Are you a Gen-Y or do you need to wake up?

Just for fun, I've come up with a scoring system based on my own non-scientific survey to help you rate yourself on your level of Internet business acumen. How many of the terms defined have you personally used or explained in the context of your business?

  • 8 to 10 -- Excellent business savvy (or a Gen-Y)
  • 5 to 7 -- Average, keeping up with the crowd
  • 2 to 4 -- Beginner, struggling to catch up
  • 0 or 1 -- Wake up, the business world has moved on

The Internet is here -- there is no going back. It's probably the biggest source of change and innovation in business today. As entrepreneurs and business people, it behooves us all find and adopt changes which can improve our startup. These days, a static business is a dying business.

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