The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge

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Caveat venditor—let the seller beware

While marketers look for more ways to get personal with customers, including new tricks with “big data,” customers are about to get personal in their own ways, with their own tools. Soon consumers will be able to:

• Control the flow and use of personal data
• Build their own loyalty programs
• Dictate their own terms of service
• Tell whole markets what they want, how they want it, where and when they should be able to get it, and how much it should cost

And they will do all of this outside of any one vendor’s silo.

This new landscape we’re entering is what Doc Searls calls The Intention Economy—one in which demand will drive supply far more directly, efficiently, and compellingly than ever before. In this book he describes an economy driven by consumer intent, where vendors must respond to the actual intentions of customers instead of vying for the attention of many.

New customer tools will provide the engine, with VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) providing the consumer counterpart to vendors’ CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems. For example, imagine being able to change your address once for every company you deal with, or combining services from multiple companies in real time, in your own ways—all while keeping an auditable accounting of every one of your interactions in the marketplace. These tantalizing possibilities and many others are introduced in this book.

As customers become more independent and powerful, and the Intention Economy emerges, only vendors and organizations that are ready for the change will survive, and thrive. Where do you stand?

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Promised Market

Part I Customer Captivity
Chapter 2 The Advertising Bubble
Chapter 3 Your Choice of Captor
Chapter 4 Lopsided Law
Chapter 5 Asymmetrical Relations
Chapter 6 Dysloyalty
Chapter 7 Big Data
Chapter 8 Complications

Part II The Networked Marketplace
Chapter 9 Net Pains
Chapter 10 The Live Web
Chapter 11 Agency
Chapter 12 Free and Open
Chapter 13 Bits Mean Business
Chapter 14 Vertical and Horizontal
Chapter 15 The Comity of the Commons

Part III The Liberated Customer
Chapter 16 Personal Freedom
Chapter 17 VRM
Chapter 18 Development
Chapter 19 The Four-Party System
Chapter 20 The Law in Our Own Hands
Chapter 21 Small Data
Chapter 22 APIs
Chapter 23 EmanciPaytion
Chapter 24 VRM + CRM

Part IV The Liberated Vendor
Chapter 25 The Dance
Chapter 26 Commons Cause
Chapter 27 What to Do

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