Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New England's low internet savvy

I have complained before about the limited use made in New England of the internet and of the associated social networking tools for business, professional and personal purposes. In national terms, the region is running at least four years behind.

Criag Wilson from Media Hunter had an interesting post, Newcastle businesses, media & agencies dipping toes into the social media pond, looking at one aspect of this from a Newcastle perspective.

Craig's assessment was positive in that there is some movement. I was still struck at just how low the real penetration is.

Does this matter? I think that it does, greatly.

The internet in all its myriad forms remains the single greatest marketing platform available to those with limited budgets and especially to those remote from major centres.


Greg said...

I was surprised at the poor quality of internet available New England tourism information and generally dissapointed with the information provided by the Tourism Office in Armidale.

Jim Belshaw said...

That's sad, Greg. The first Tourism Armidale web site went on line in, I think, 1995. You would think that they would have learned by now.