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.
Everything You Know About Black Friday is Wrong
Wed, Dec 4th 2013 1:50p Gregg Eldred Last week, we, here in the US, experienced that most wonderful of all days, “Black Friday.” On TV news reports, in daily newspapers, readers and viewers were treated to pictures of people standing in lines, waiting for Big Box retailers to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. These people camp out (I literally mean “camp out.” Like, in tents, with generators and heaters), days and weeks in advance, in order to be first in line for electronics, televisions, and so on.
And [read] Keywords: wiki
“We should just call it #lame”
Tue, Nov 26th 2013 4:10p Gregg Eldred Hashtags. Twitter started the craze, then other sites followed. What has happened in the meantime is that they have become overused. To the point of comedy. Just look at a few tweets these days, hashtag orgasms are what some people are enjoying.
Alas, however, when companies or candidates use hashtags for the sake of using hashtags, the results are, at best, ineffective. At worst, they can backfire embarrassingly.
This month, JPMorgan Chase scrapped an attempt to engage Twitter users with the ha [read] Keywords: blackberry
InformationWeek: Amazon Again Beats IBM For CIA Cloud Contract
Wed, Nov 13th 2013 5:40a Gregg Eldred “As a threshold matter, IBM lacked any chance of winning a competition with AWS for this C2S contract,” the ruling said, and therefore it lacked standing to claim prejudice in the way the contract had been awarded. The GAO failed to assess whether IBM had the standing to file the protest that it did, said the ruling.
The court also objected to GAO failing to spot maneuvering by IBM’s lawyers. “The GAO failed to address the way in which IBM manipulated its pricing to creat [read] Keywords: ibm
Tue, Nov 12th 2013 7:10p Gregg Eldred No, this isn’t “one of those posts.”
In a men’s room, in the building in which I work, there is a reproduction of a Winslow Homer painting. I believe that this restroom is the only one with any sort of wall decoration.
Here is the picture:
So, what is so special about this picture? It’s in the details.
Damn, that’s funny. [read] Keywords: wiki
Chris Marvin: For today’s veterans, service isn’t over when the uniform is put away
Mon, Nov 11th 2013 4:10p Gregg Eldred I fought in Afghanistan. When people learn of my military service, I get a variety of comments — none more common than “Thank you for your service.” My response sometimes surprises people. I look them in the eye and say, “You’re welcome.”
. . . When I began to respond with “You’re welcome,” I was concerned that it shocked people. I wondered if I was being too flippant or prideful. Then I realized that their reaction said something about what “Thank you for your service” now [read] Keywords: wiki