Manon Hartman and Martijn van Dooren: “Websites are still growing and it will replace even more brick & mortar stores”
Panama, October 29, 2015.
Manon Hartman and Martijn van Dooren are the founders of GDMN, a company comprised of inbound marketing consultants. They¬†use inbound marketing techniques and a global network of marketing professionals to attract quality leads and convert those leads into happy customers.¬†¬†In this interview, they talked with TIA about their future perspectives, ways of inspiration and best countries for took digital experiencies and innovation.
What do you do for inspiration?¬†
We experience. The GDMN team meets new people, travels to new places and¬†learns new cultures. By all these experiences new challenges occur. Those¬†experiences are new inspirations. Besides that, power napping is also good¬†to boost your level of energy and gain some new inspiration by thinking¬†over a specific subject.
Looking 5 years in to the future, how far can websites go? ¬†
Websites are still growing and in five years it will replace even more¬†brick & mortar stores. Internet shopping will grow even further all over¬†the world and with the technological innovation websites will have an even¬†bigger impact on every economy. We believe that with all the technological¬†innovation websites could give users a completely new experience.
What country excites you the most in terms of innovation?¬†
We simply get excited with every piece of innovation we see and experience. The world is becoming more accessible every day. The internet removes a lot of borders and more flight connections and budget airlines also ensure that we can connect even more.¬†But¬†once not able to visit a location physically, we are connected through the¬†world of internet. We believe communities are being brought together with¬†the internet. Ideas are meant to be developed over time. The most incredible¬†innovations are built within those communities with like-minded persons. We¬†consider the internet as the place to discover actual innovations.
Please list your favourite sites.¬†
Google, I know this sounds clich√© but a lot of people will forget Google¬†because it is too obvious. Google is still working on improving their search engine and is always thinking about the user experience.¬†‚ÄúHow can we make it¬†more relevant for the user?‚ÄĚ The impact that Google has on the world is¬†enormous and information used to be power. Nowadays, everyone can have¬†acces to so much information.
Quora,¬†the site to find all¬†answers on your burning questions.
LinkedIn,¬†easy to use and makes finding the right people for an agency¬†easier. LinkedIn gives everyone the possibility of a global network and you¬†can connect with so many people. And as we said before, by meeting new¬†people, you will get inspired.
Google Flights,¬†if you keep an eye on this tool built on the ITA matrix¬†you¬†might find incredible deals on flight tickets.
What did your very first site look like? Is it still online?
In July 2015 we’ve¬†launched the first version of gdmnglobal.com.¬†However we have designed some websites of clients including: exdpanama.com,¬†yofertas.com and chiqworld.com. Currently we are improving the websites of ourselves and clients¬†using Growth¬†Driven Design.
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