More Content Processing Brand Confusion

September 7, 2012

On a call with a so-so investment outfit once spawned from JP Morgan’s empire, the whiz kids on the call with me asked me to name some interesting companies I was monitoring. I spit out two or three. One name created a hiatus. The spiffy young MBA asked me, “Are you tracking a pump company?”

I realized that when one names search and content processing firms, the name of the company and its brand are important. I was referring to an outfit called “Centrifuge”, a firm along with dozens if not hundreds of others in the pursuit of the big data rainbow. The company has an interesting product, and you can read about the firm at www.centrifugesystems.com.

Now the confusion. Google thinks Centrifuge business intelligence is the same as centrifuge coolant sludge systems. Interesting.

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There is a pump and valve outfit called Centrifuge at www.centrisys.us. This outfit, it turns out, has a heck of a marketing program. Utilizing YouTube, a search for “centrifuge systems” returns a raft of information timber about viscosity, manganese phosphate, and lead dust slurry.

I have commented on the “findability” problem in the search, analytics, and content processing sector in my various writings and in my few and far between public speaking engagements. My 68 years weigh heavily on me when a 20-something pitches a talk in some place far from Harrod’s Creek, Kentucky.

The semantic difference between analytics and lead dust slurry is obvious to me. To the indexing methods in use at Baidu, Bing, Exalead, Google, Jike, and Yandex—not so much.

How big of a problem is this? You can see that Brainware, Sinequa, Thunderstone, and dozens of other content-centric outfits are conflated with questionable videos, electronic games, and Latin phrases. When looking for these companies and their brands via mobile devices, the findability challenge gets harder, not easier. The constant stream of traditional news releases, isolated blog posts, white papers which are much loved by graduate students in India, and Web collateral miss their intended audiences. I prefer “miss” to the blunt reality of “unread content.”

I am going to start a file in which to track brand confusion and company name erosion. Search, analytics, and content processing vendors should know that preserving the semantic “magnetism” of a word or phrase is important. Surprising it is to me that I can run a query and get links to visual network analytics along side high performance centrifuges. Some watching robots pay close attention to the “centrifuge” concept I assume.

Brand management is important.

Stephen E Arnold, September 7, 2012

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