Robert Scoble cranks off a good rip about the ‘Fear of Google‘.
Yesterday, during his speech at the Forbes shindig I attended, Geoff Ramsey, CEO of eMarketerâ€™s funniest remark was when he told us that the â€œFear of Googleâ€ was so prevelent that it even had a three-letter acronymn: FOG.
Anyway, Iâ€™ve been hearing more and more about FOG all weekend as I talk with advertising and marketing executives from some of the worldâ€™s biggest companies.
It’s interesting to watch how this will play out from a branding perspective. In the recent years, Google has been the cool, fun, useful golden-child that the world thinks can do no wrong.
You know, like Microsoft used to be and isn’t anymore?
But wait, are roles reversing? Is Google becoming the big, bad evil empire? And is Microsoft quietly and slowly becoming the underdog?
It could happen. If I was Google, I’d be worried about that momentum/brand perception switch. It could take only one bad public relations situation to trigger this into action.
People love rooting for the underdog, even if it is Bill Gates.