The best way to reach future customers is through existing customers.
That’s the chain of influence. Now that people have replaced
their trust in traditional authorities with trust in each other, they don’t want
to hear from the companies who make the products, and certainly not the experts
who review them, they want to hear from the amateurs, the real people, who
actually use the products.
Rotten Tomatoes, the world’s best film review
aggregator, is a fascinating example. For every movie listed, they post two
kinds of reviews. First, the ones from approved critics, usually certified members of writing
guilds or film associations, who review movies for a living. And second, the
reviews from registered users, usually film fanatics and regular people, who simply
love going to the movies and sharing their experience.
we more likely to trust?
if I’m going to leave the house and part with my precious time and money,
personally, I care less about critical acclaim and more about casual approval.
balance of power has shifted.