What Does Your Future Look Like?

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a great Christmas! I know I did.

Well, it’s that time of year again when we look back at the year just gone, and we look ahead at the New Year just round the corner.

Next year for me is going to be a big change. For 2014 I am going back to my roots as a web developer.

I’ve been looking around at the general landscape of the internet marketing scene and, although thee are a few people who have a web business up and running, many still don’t even have a website of their own.

…and you know what I say… “If you don’t have website, you don’t have a web business!”

So, that will be my primary aim in 2014. To help as many people as I can to get their own website up and running. At least this will give them the first step to making money on the internet.

Looking ahead and thinking about what’s to come. Someone asked on the Warrior Forum a few weeks ago what aspects of the internet will change in the next 10 years?

As some of you already know, one of my hobbies is futurology, so here’s my take on what we may see changing about the internet in the next decade.

I think IMHO we’ll see a period of consolidation right across the internet. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a string of buy-outs on the horizon for a whole lot of little but profitable online services.

I’m not thinking e-commerce sites as such, but subscription services that you pay for every month. I can see a lot of these being bought out by the big guys – Google, Amazon, Microsoft, eBay… all the usual suspects.

Faster internet speeds could see the resurgence of chat rooms (remember them?) but this time round they will be “video chat ” with all the benefits of that! We can see the beginning right now with Google hangouts and webinars, but people will just use it for social reasons, not business.

Imagine voice recognition software attached to a live feed of voice activated advertising serving up relevant ads in every chat room! You are talking about football with your mates, and there’s a constant stream of football related merchandise and geo located ticket offers being served to every one on the chat. The possibilities are endless!!!!

I think there will be an even greater shift away from regular jobs, and “going to work” for a lot of people. The daily commute will be a thing of the past. Working on the net from home will be MUCH bigger than it is now. Jobs will be much more fluid and working for 2, 3, or even 4 employers will be common place. Big opportunities for tech savvy IM’ers!!!!

I can also see TV and the internet becoming much more integrated. Sitting at your PC will probably be a thing of the past for most people. The “games console” (think XBox One) will probably become the internet server, games platform, digital recorder, and satellite decoder all in one.

This will stream to every room in the house. You will be interrupted in the middle of watching your favourite movie by an alert that someone has posted about you on Facebook and you’ll be able to click the TV remote to read the Facebook post.

BUT… as much as things change, there will be one thing that never changes. People will still be people with the same wants, desires, needs, and passions.

Businesses will still need customers, and people will still be buying. Maybe in a different form, but there will still be transaction.

So, in a nutshell… for the future, study people, and their buying psychology, and you’ll be set up for web business in 10 years time!

I sincerely hope you, and those you love, have a happy and prosperous 2014 when it comes. Peace, prosperity and happiness to you wherever you many be! :-)

Ian