Tag Archives: Vendor Relationship Management

Running the Numbers

Bart Stevens recently suggested a breakdown on the potential economic impact of VRM, based largely on a post by Steve Rubel arguing that $1B is wasted in online advertising today. First, I anticipate the Personal Data Store to become a … Continue reading

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NewsGang talks data portability. Next up: Service Portability.

Excellent chat today by Steve Gillmor, Chris Saad, Mary Hodder, Karoli Kuns, Robert W. Anderson, Matt Terenzio, and Bruce Lerner about data portability. They get to the nitty gritty about data portability, licensing, and social networks. Perhaps the best Gang … Continue reading

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Pricing for Charities: Pay-What-You-Want and VRM

Charitable giving has an intriguing relationship with rational pricing theories. The supply of charitable products is essentially inexhaustible. Price of a charitable gift is not based on supply and demand, with curves meeting at an efficient clearing price. And yet, … Continue reading

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Pricing, Markets, and Demand, VRM style

Economists often talk of markets as price discovery mechanisms, and the freer the market, the more efficiently those prices can be discovered. In fact, in the absence of all transaction costs, free markets assure the efficient allocation of resources, regardless … Continue reading

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The VRM Vector

The core of VRM, Vendor Relationship Management, is the vector of activity. Remember vectors? Vectors are multi-dimensional, scalars one dimensional. In high school they explained it by saying velocity is a vector, it contains both the direction of travel and … Continue reading

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VRM & Microformats

Colin Henderson at BankWatch writes: I had considered microformats might be a method of managing these interactions. Could the consumer requirement I have outlined be brokered by a Microformat? That’s the open question I have. I agree. Microformats should definitely … Continue reading

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Shopatron redefines Vendor Relationships

Ed Stevens of Shopatron is re-intermediating retailers into the online sales process. Re-intermediation? It seems to go against the grain of what the Internet means to markets. Distributors. Retailers. Middlemen. All these folks were supposed to be disintermediated, returning the … Continue reading

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Google Advocates VRM for medical data

Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped shares this quote from Google’s Vice President Adam Bosworth [excerpted from original transcript]: So what can be done? We should start at the beginning. Let’s put the patients in charge of their health and medical … Continue reading

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The ‘R’ in VRM

Jeremie recently asked “What does the R mean in VRM?” The question I ask myself about VRM though is what does the Relationship mean? Many of the situations that have been proposed for VRM to play a role are Vendor … Continue reading

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VRM: Make a gesture, create a market.

What do you get when you turn proprietary data silos inside out? Users in control. Doc Searls has been advocating VRM for a while (here too). What’s nice about his thinking — in addition to the open source/open standards approach … Continue reading

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