At a time when there is huge interest in delivering services online and running campaigns, many Internet projects fail to deliver on their objectives. The reasons include an absence of detailed planning, under-specification and a lack of knowledge about the full range of technology solutions and services available.
“Companies and government bodies often commission online projects without a strategic context and without pinning down requirements in the kind of detail required.” State of the Net examines how to avoid the traps and recommends the use of no-cost or low-cost software, investing in an upfront strategy or planning phase and avoiding lock-in arrangements with suppliers.
Other trends plotted in the current issue of State of the Net, which is published in association with the Irish Internet Association, include:
- Digital advertising – digital is bucking the trend and is expected to overtake radio in Ireland in 2010 to become the third largest advertising category
- Online TV – “catch-up TV” is now part of the media landscape, with RTÉ reporting almost 400,000 users for its Player in January, almost four times the level in May 2009
- Online shopping– 25-to-34 year olds are the most likely age group to buy online, with 43% saying that they had bought goods or services online in the previous three months
- Broadband – an international scorecard of Ireland’s broadband performance shows that Ireland is improving in take-up but has some distance to go in terms of speed and cost
- Mobile Internet – 70% of corporates provide mobile devices, increasingly smartphones, to their employees
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