As a tribute to my good blogger friend Chris Hoskin over at Raw Stylus I have provided you with some really funny stock photos used on sites. Chris had a post awhile back about the use of stock photos and since today is friday and I am in somewhat of a goofy mood, I thought I would pick some of my favorites. Enjoy and thanks again Chris.
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I was chatting with a colleague the other day and he managed to use a saying that I have not heard in awhile. He said “She was promoted to a level of her incompetence” This got me thinking…..
This statement is interesting because incompetence on a job level can mean many things. Despite the obvious of a person not being able to do what is asked or expected of them in their role, it can also mean that the person is incompetent to either lead and/or manage people.
As I grow older and hopefully wiser, I reflect on whether this has happened to me. And after many profound deep brain things, I am convinced that this has happened to me. About 11 or 12 years ago, I was promoted to a regional manager sales position. I had 11 direct reports and 40+ indirect reports. I was young…like 26 or something and I felt that the way to manage people was thru fear and intimidation. I thrived on people not liking or being fearful of me. While I still succeeded in terms of sales volume etc..I managed to burn myself out and inevitably pissed some people off. If any of you ever read this blog (and you know who you are) I apologize.
I am not perfect and don’t think for a minute that you are either.
We all have either worked or are currently working for/with people who are incompetent on some level. However I find it really interesting when I deal with folks like this. Some are aloof and like to name drop. Some have their heads buried in the sand and don’t want to come up for air and some are so out there, that they don’t even acknowledge you thru communications. Perhaps its an ego thing, but it could also be the “Dear in headlights” syndrome.
My point in all of this is that no matter who you are, what level you are at either in your head or the organization, don’t ignore the small stuff, the people and learn from those around you. Sometimes folks can be giving signals subtly and if you are so wrapped up in your own world, you might just miss something.
Lastly, no one likes a person who cant admit when they have made a mistake. Often the most incompetent people are those that try to find a way to place blame rather than accept it.
I welcome your feedback.
What the hell does this mean?
“XXXXX service-oriented management solutions provide a modular and future-proof approach to managing highly diverse and widely distributed IT infrastructures”
This is by far the dumbest thing I have ever read. What the hell does it mean to be “future-proof”? Does it mean that their software can defy all of the technology still to come. The wiktionary defines “future proof” as “designed not to be obsolete in the future” Well howdy doody..thank god for that….they are making something that wont be shelf ware in like 12 months. Of course, that is when I will have implemented this software.
I looked up in wikipedia what modular means, cause again I am not that smart. Here is the definition:
“something is modular if it includes or uses modules which can be interchanged as units without disassembly of the module.” it also defines it as “A module is a self-contained component of a system“
Again..what in the world are people thinking when they write this stuff?
This company makes a big claim and I sure hope they have the goods to back it up…..but I doubt it.
Buzzbarf score: 9.75 (I have not found a 10 yet…but I will)
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I use technorati to do all of my keyword tracking for reputation monitoring in my company. For the last several weeks, every time I log into my account and check my watch list, I get this message “Sorry, we’re upgrading this feature right now. Please check back soon.” I sent an email to their technical support last week asking about this and I never heard back from them.
Also, it seems as if my watch list words are not totally being picked up thru those guys. This is truly disappointing and I am shocked I have not heard back from them. Looks like its time to switch to bloglines!
Bye technorati……thanks for your efforts over the last several years…but I need to fire you.
I was introduced to this really funny site which offers all of us a little fun in our often hectic positions. Its called Blabberize and its kinda funny to just play around with something to perhaps punk a fellow co-worker, friend or even spouse.
It’s pretty self explanatory once you get there so just check it out.
“VisiStat™ is a powerful real-time visitor tracking service for business, marketing and sales ROI.”
When I logged on to their site this morning I noticed in the bottom left hand corner of the screen this little box:
Ok..this is a little creepy. I like to check out vendors and such, but I don’t need to be shown this sort of information. I am sure that this product has some sort of value in having the ability to track visitors in peoples website, but I guess how much info does one company really need and do they have the headcount to actually look at this stuff? Version 5 of their software appears to have just been released with a host of features that seem useful, but some that I would question as an invasion of my privacy. One in particular is called Activity Alerts. Rather than try to summarize here is what VisiStat states on their site:
Activity Alerts™ bring specific report information directly to you. It is now fast and easy to keep up to date on specific activities on your Website. Activity Alerts give you the ability to receive e-mail or text message notifications for a variety of Website visitor activities. A great way to remotely keep track of your site activity as it is occurring.
“You no longer have to wonder how your site is doing — know what it is doing, right now!”
- Know when a specific page is viewed.
- Know when page views exceed a particular amount, either site-wide or by page.
- See when specific visitors return to your Website.
- Get a notice whenever specific keywords are used in a search to reach your site.
- Watch link response activity for referrals, promotions or banner campaigns.
- Share your Alerts with anyone you choose, without giving them access to your account. Let sales staff see their campaign responses. Let your real estate client know when their listing is being viewed. And that’s only the beginning…
Alot of companies use outbound telesales to qualified inbound leads, but it appears that users want more control and so we as marketers need to respond to that. Again..simplicity, relevant content and microsegementation are all apart of that.
What sort of lead nurturing process do you have?
what the hell does this mean?
“BSM Routes to Value are exactly that—targeted solutions that help IT drive business value, with defined milestones that guide and measure your progress from basic achievement to higher levels of maturity”
I am still trying to figure it out and I think I get it, but if you remember from a few of my earlier posts, I am all about simplicity. As a man of average intelligence I am having a hard time relating to this piece of marketing glob in trying to figure out what this actually means…..in plain English. I understand driving business value, but what the hell are defined milestones and what is basic achievement to high levels of maturity mean? Does it mean that if I apply this particular piece of software it will mean that my environment will become more mature.
Plain speak please. Don’t cloud your message with buzz-barf and expect the common man, let alone an educated IT person to understand what this means.
Here are 2 other examples of some of this buzz-barf that I found on this page…again..plain English please!
“integrates service impact management with event processing automation to build a service model that maps IT components to the business services they support, consolidating, enriching, and correlating events, as well as determining root causes and the impact of events on business services.”
Not only is the above a run on sentence, but it is so fragmented I am still trying to comprehend how the word “enrich” can be in the same sentence as some of the other fairly technical jargon that we are obviously supposed to understand. In addition, I am also on a power bar high at the moment..so my brain is at maximum capacity.
Here is the other nugget of fun that we need to decode.
“provides a proven suite that adapts to processes to align identities and access requirements, offering capabilities that include user administration & provisioning, password management, Web access management, directory management & visualization, federation, audit and compliance”
Another run on sentence…there is a shocker. It also appears that that this piece of software does alot…I wonder how much it is and how long it will take to implement to get all of what they say it will get me. Chances are, by the time I implement it, this piece will obsolete and it will become shelf-ware.
While I will not call out this company publicly, I will say this. Please for the love of all that is Holy…simplfy your message to the market. This goes for all of the software companies out there. Please stop the buzz, incoherent, ramble barf that is so prevalent in large software company environments.
I welcome your comments.
I am constantly amazed when I talk to people who don’t have any sort of marketing automation in place. Yes, its expensive. Yes it requires alot of time for integration. However, as professional marketers we are constantly asked to justify our existence, prove our worth and run more and more with less and less. It just makes sense for marketing departments who do alot of things to automate and measure their effectiveness. Two fine companies come to mind when thinking about marketing automation: vtrenz and Eloqua.
Both companies have their strengths and weaknesses. While I don’t use either one in my current position, I know of several colleagues who do and are quite happy with the functionality.
I think its time for companies, especially software companies to explore automation in their marketing orgs. The way to justify the spend to senior management is to show what ROI and intelligence you can gather from solutions such as the ones above.
As always….let me know what you think.
Over the last several months, I have read that white papers are the biggest draw to infuse a company with quality “leads”. Some white papers are long and some are short. Some give value while some just end up pitching the product/company.
Well, how about we take white papers to a new level. I say that someone out there who is smarter than me develop a site which houses nothing but white papers. Categorize them and give the ability for users to rate the content and provide feedback to the company on that particular piece. Give people the ability to post a text, video or audio response to the white paper and see if it shapes the way companies produce white papers. Give the users the ability to put the most popular white papers on the front page of the site.
Let me know what you think and offer up any other suggestions as you see fit.
“There are two conversations going on. One inside the company. One with the market”
We all work for companies and sometimes that’s a good thing or a bad thing. However, I am wondering how many companies are having one conversation internally while saying something else in the marketplace. Imagine the executive meetings at Google as they meet about what company next to acquire and what they are really strategizing for the next 3 years. Is their recent acquisition train a sign of the things to come for them and the internet? Of course it is.
Are there internal battles going on at every company? Sure. Specifically in the software industry, I am sure that there are alot of people…really smart people wondering and hoping that their idea to market their software will come around. However are people in their towers putting the kibosh on their “messaging” cause it doesn’t fit with the companies culture or because of some pig headed R&D or PM folks who think they own the market in terms of the message cause of their conversations with a few customers. Or are they scared by how the market is going to react? I am sure its a bit of both. Wake up people!!
Take some risk. Put out some messaging that might be a risk. Talk with the market instead of talking to them. Listen to Gartner as they are wise..but don’t listen to everything they have to say…..be your company.
Lastly, talk with the market….adjust on the fly and keep it simple…..don’t over complicate.
I had a chance last night to test out Google Docs and Spreadsheets and I am very very impressed. At my current position, I use a laptop with all Microsoft goodies on it. However, personally I use a MAC and I refuse to install any Microsoft based products on it.
With that in mind, using google docs and spreadsheets is breeze. I was able to upload, print, save and create both word processing docs and excel sheets with ease into the UI. The program itself is very intuitive and like most Google stuff is pretty dummy proof.
If you have some time, I encourage all of you to check it out as you will not be disappointed. Congrats Google…..you have made my life easier once again.
You have got to be kidding me right? NEC just released a laptop with a Hello Kitty theme!
I am all for personalization, but what self respecting professional is going to want to carry a laptop like this? Can you imagine someone walking into a boardroom with it ready to give a presentation? Better yet, how would like a salesperson coming to you company trying to sell you something and they whip this hideous thing out.
Next thing you know, they are going to find a way to make a laptop which will emit caffeine into the air so everyone stays awake during your 42 PowerPoint slide presentation.
My favorite so far is “nonstationary incremental programming”
When was the last time your company spoke to your audience? When was the last time your company had a conversation?
There is a difference.
Speaking to someone means you are controlling what you are saying. That’s advertising
Having a conversation with someone means you are listening to what they are saying and vice versa. That’s what marketing should be.
Speak to them and they will only hear what you want them to hear….which is crap and they wont listen anyway.
Converse with them and they will get a better sense of who and what you are. Open your doors and let people inside….
I have to give a presentation in a couple of weeks and my portion of the presentation deals with citing bad examples of web 2.0 marketing. For those of you who read this blog with regularity, if you can send me some examples, I would be very grateful.
Thanks in advance.
I have to say this..I love technorati. It affords me to do so much and with the hundreds of keywords I am tracking and darn near thousands of feeds I am tracking…its almost overwhelming. Thanks Technorati for what you do..but more importantly thanks for becoming in recent years a new thing for me to obsess on.
I only wish I would be able to put in master technorator and have the masses understand it. By the way….can you become a master technorator?
A recent survey from the IAB said that ad revenue jumped 35% to about $16.9 billion
Wonder how many of the advertisers really know what sort of bang for their buck they got? Do they know CPL’s, CPC’s etc…or are they shot gunning their spend.