I never seem to really understand the need for a “last chance” e-mail, one that should never have been sent. For example:
The reservations system knows that I am registered for this event. It also knows that I have exercised an option to have a discount applied to the registration. The reservations system knows all of this and more about me. Yet, some other system feels it’s important to remind me of an action that I have already performed.
I really don’t understand.
Oh, I’m certain someone will point out to me that there are two/three/hundred’s of systems that handle a conference and it’s reservations systems. That, perhaps, none of those systems talk to one another. If that is the case, it strikes me as very odd, considering how “silos” are bad. It’s funny that not one of those systems could spit out a “confirmed reservations” list and another system compare that output to a “who has attended in the past but not yet registered” list. The result could be a better mailing. That same process could feed the next day’s telemarketing campaign, so that registered attendees are not bothered by some nut trying to sell something that has already been purchased.
I understand that this is not a site that is run or maintained by the conference organizer, however it is a representation of your organization. Further, the running of the site and all of its content must have your approval, after all, it is using your name, your conference name, and your logo.
Regardless of the number of pestering e-mails and calls and the “still in progress” landing page, I will be attending LotusphereConnect 2013. I hope to see you there.
A Lesson From Riding New Mexico and Colorado
Wed, Jul 9th 2014 10:40a Gregg Eldred This past weekend, I took an opportunity to ride New Mexico and Colorado.
Let me first say that to prepare for travel, you look at the weather forecast in northwest New Mexico and see that it will be 98°F (36.6°C). You then bring the proper gear for such a temperature. This means: half helmet, sunglasses, mesh armored jacket, Kevlar and armored riding jeans, and light gloves. You allow a family member, who also rides, to decide on the route.
Through the good graces of the father-in-law-to-be, [read] Keywords: google
Dash4Dosh 2014: Let’s All Laugh
Mon, Jun 9th 2014 2:00p Gregg Eldred For your enjoyment, some random pictures from Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
First up, Chris pitching his tent. Yes, the photo looks grainy, but that isn’t the fault of the photographer, it was raining. In an epic fashion. Doesn’t he look happy that he will be “sleeping” in a tent?
I found Paul’s toilet in a Statoil station:
And Paul’s bike:
The Arctic Circle, Sweden:
Chris, in his natural pose, taking photos (at the Sweden/Norway border):
And photograp [read] Keywords:
Dash4Dosh 2014: A Quick Overview
Sun, Jun 8th 2014 3:20p Gregg Eldred There will probably be a few blog posts concerning this adventure over the coming weeks. This post is simply a quick overview.
Stuff I brought but didn’t need:
Flashlights. I brought three little LED flashlights but didn’t use any of them. Thankfully, they didn’t take up hardly any room at all.
Ben’s Wipes. Brought two packages of these excellent tick and insect repellent wipes but only used two wipes. Total.
Leatherman. While I didn’t use it, there is no way I wou [read] Keywords: mac
Dash4Dosh 2014: An Update
Tue, Apr 29th 2014 10:50a Gregg Eldred We are less than a month away from riding motorcycles to the Arctic Circle, via Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. And camping. God, are we REALLY camping? We must be, I have a sleeping bag, a camping pad, and a spork. Paul Mooney bought a tent! (let that sink in for a minute).
Never before have I asked for donations to any sort of cause. Yes, I support those that ask, but fundraising just isn’t my thing. When Paul setup the Dash4Dosh 2014 JustGiving page, and I saw the £4,000 goal, I [read] Keywords: atlantic
Dash4Dosh 2014: Riding to the Arctic Circle
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 7:10p Gregg Eldred I really haven’t figured out a good opening paragraph to this story. Too many thoughts going through my mind (giving back, relatives lost to cancer, father beating cancer, and so on). So, let’s cut to the chase.
I have scheduled eleven days of my corporate provided holidays to join Paul Mooney, Sean Cull, Vladimir Veletic, and Chris Harris, to meet up with some friends from Denmark, and a few support cars, and embark on a motorcycle ride that supports Macmillan Cancer Support. This i [read] Keywords:
Liberté! Publicis ditches Lotus Notes
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 10:20a Gregg Eldred Back in July of 2013, I wrote about Publicis moving from IBM Notes to Exchange. Now, seven months later, it appears that the holding company is starting the migration.
It’s official: Publicis Groupe is ditching Lotus Notes. The long ad agency email nightmare is over.
The holding company’s staffers collectively sighed in relief this week when they heard news it is switching to Microsoft Outlook for its email needs instead.
“This is quite possibly the greatest day for employees in their hist [read] Keywords: ibm
Social Media: I’m Doing it All Wrong
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 2:40p Gregg Eldred Fame and fortune are just a few mouse clicks away and I easily let it go by me.
Whether they’re getting retweeted by members of One Direction, or liking the Hunger Games Facebook page for a chance to be included in the movie’s credits, today’s teens are directly interacting with pop culture — celebrities, movies, music, and, increasingly, brands — in ways never before possible.
Tweet pictures of yourself at a Lady Gaga concert, and maybe she’ll call you from the stage — a moment [read] Keywords: facebook
Google: How Not to be a “Glasshole”
Wed, Feb 19th 2014 3:10p Gregg Eldred On its website for Glass, Google has posted advice for testers in its current Explorer program and, presumably, the folks who will be entering the world of Glass when the headset goes on sale to the public . . .
DON’T: Be creepy or rude (aka a “Glasshole”)
Yes, Google itself used the derogatory term “Glasshole” (although it’s been massaged into a description of bad behavior, as opposed to its broader meaning as a slur, voiced by some critics, used to describe [read] Keywords: google