Brand APIs - Start with the BasicsI have been thinking aboutAdam Kleinbergs recent posts,Why Every Brand Needs an Open API for Developers andDigging deeper on Brand APIs.
He's right. The pace of API development skyrocketed in 2010, and will continue in 2011.
Brands that don't have an API will be left behind.
When companies consider an API for their brand, they should start with the basics
- Product Information - Core information about your products.
- Supporting Product Information - Additional supporting information about your products like documents, videos, reviews, etc.
- Location and Geo - Location of where to get your products.
If you have your own in-house developers and want to keep development internally I recommend taking a look at Mashape.
Brands have to start somewhere. By starting with an API that serves up your core product data, you can take control of what information is available for your brand, while also learning more about building an API Community.
Once you have a simple RESTful API that provides product and location information, an API support area, and an awareness of what your developer community wants; you can then start innovating more around your brand API.