Social Oracles as Advertising Tools in Programmable Businesses

Social Oracles as Advertising Tools in Programmable Businesses

Nick V. Flor (University of New Mexico, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 37
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-372-2.ch001
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A social oracle is a particular kind of software agent that outputs social information. The information provided by a social oracle is typically for entertainment purposes and not necessarily genuine. But irrespective of the veracity of its information, a social oracle can also be a highly-effective, virtually no-cost advertising tool for businesses. This chapter analyzes the use of social oracles as advertising tools in one of the largest community forums on the Internet:, which is also a special kind of business known as a programmable autonomous business. Using representational analysis techniques from the field of distributed cognition, the chapter argues that social oracles are effective advertising tools not because they provide entertaining social information, but rather because they are based on common social processes where individuals freely share information with one another. By mediating the communication of such processes with information technology, they can be adapted into low cost, direct-response advertising mechanisms. The chapter concludes by outlining how processes similar to those underlying social oracles can be adapted into product oracles for advertising the products of more conventional (non-programmable) businesses.

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Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Chapter 1
Nick V. Flor
A social oracle is a particular kind of software agent that outputs social information. The information provided by a social oracle is typically for... Sample PDF
Social Oracles as Advertising Tools in Programmable Businesses
Chapter 2
Ram D. Gopal, Arvind K. Tripathi, Zhiping D. Walter
By any measure, e-mail turns out to be one of most effective and useful features offered by the Internet. However, by providing an unprecedented... Sample PDF
Economic Issues in Advertising via E-Mail: Role for a Trusted Third Party?
Chapter 3
Penelope Markellou, Maria Rigou, Spiros Sirmakessis
As the Web is growing exponentially, online marketing has been changed by the newly provided technological capacities and digital channels of sales.... Sample PDF
Web Personalization for E-Marketing Intelligence
Chapter 4
Rachel McLean, Nigel M. Blackie
This chapter constructs the concept of e-commerce as knowledge management. The socially constructed approach to knowledge management is adopted.... Sample PDF
E-Commerce as Knowledge Management: Managing Consumer Service Quality
Chapter 5
Jan Nordman, Veronica Liljander
Until recently, mobile services, i.e., services that are offered to consumers on their mobile phones, have been overshadowed by their counterpart... Sample PDF
MSQ-Model: An Exploratory Study of the Determinants of Mobile Service Quality
Chapter 6
Kyle B. Murray
As customers gain Web site-specific skills they come to perceive the Web site differently and more favourably than inexperienced customers. This is... Sample PDF
Experiencing Quality: The Impact of Practice on Customers' Preferences for and Perceptions of Electronic Interfaces
Chapter 7
Mark P. Sena, C. Edward Heath, Michael A. Webb
Buyers on eBay commonly rely on seller feedback ratings to determine bidding strategies.  Various studies have examined the impact of eBay’s... Sample PDF
The Impact of eBay Ratings and Item Descriptions on Auction Prices: A Comparison of Designer Watches and DVDs
Chapter 8
Shenja van der Graaf
This chapter signals the implications of a shift in production and distribution practices of online advertising in an age of computer... Sample PDF
Viral Experiences: Do You Trust Your Friends?
Chapter 9
Kim Sheehan
Past research has indicated that public opinion polls can have a strong effect on public policy decisions. Since the advent of a commercialized... Sample PDF
Public Opinions of Online Privacy: Definitions, Assessment and Implications for Industry and Public Policy
Chapter 10
Pushkala Raman, Kartik Pashupati
The primary research objectives of this chapter are to: (a) investigate consumer attitudes to the invasion of online privacy, and (b) discover... Sample PDF
Online Privacy: Consumer Concerns and Technological Competence
Chapter 11
Charles F. Hofacker, Jamie Murphy
Unlike most traditional media, the Internet is both digital and interactive. Here we do not simply refer to interactions between consumers and a Web... Sample PDF
Using Server Log Files and Online Experiments to Enhance Internet Marketing
Chapter 12
Nikhilesh Dholakia, Jounghae Bang, Ruby Roy Dholakia
Customers vary in their needs, and their wants change swiftly. The Internet and allied technologies enable customers to locate and obtain a variety... Sample PDF
CRM, KDD and Relationship Marketing: Requisite Trio for Sustainable E-Marketing
Chapter 13
Fiona Sussan
The introduction of the Internet medium has accelerated changes in marketing communications. This chapter proposes an Interactive Marketing... Sample PDF
An Interactive Marketing Communications Model in New Product Diffusion
Chapter 14
Kirk St.Amant
The global diffusion of the Internet has resulted in a new degree of access to international markets. Creating successful online materials for... Sample PDF
A Rhetorical-Prototype Mechanism for Creating International E-Marketing Materials
Chapter 15
Ronald E. Goldsmith, Barbara A. Lafferty
Innovativeness is a willingness to try new things. Combined with other factors, innovativeness leads consumers to be among the first to adopt new... Sample PDF
How Innovativeness Influences Internet Shopping
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