Dreamforce Meetup

For anyone in the SF Area, and attendees of the Salesforce.com Event (Dreamforce), I’ll be buying a round (although rumor has it Manticore will be providing a round too). Feel free to stop by: Tues. Nov.4 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Restaurant Azie, 826 Folsom Street – about a block from Moscone Center. If you are attending Dreamforce, I’ll be speaking at this session (full list of Marketing track): Campaign Management for Experts Ready to take your campaign management skills to the next level? Join us to hear from customers and our internal experts on how to leverage the Campaigns module to the fullest. This session will cover best practices on using campaign hierarchies, campaign member status values, and our latest Winter ’09 feature, Campaign Influence. Speaker: Scott Harris, Omniture, Inc. Speaker: John Wall, Accurev Inc Date: Tuesday, November 4 Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30...

How to Fix Problems at the Polls...

There have been a number of items in the press lately about problems with voting machines, fraud with paper ballots, and other similar topics that bring to mind the hanging chads of Florida. All of these problems are difficult to combat because of the secrecy of ballots, and this made me think: Would you be willing to trade the privacy of your vote in exchange for transparency? If votes were listed and counted publicly it would me much harder to game the system. At first I thought this was a bad idea but then I thought that votes are less important than donating money to political candidates and that’s widely...

Why are Charitable Professional Organizations Dying?...

I was talking with some friends last night and we were discussing the general decline in community organizations for business people. There are many of them, groups like the Lions, Elks, Civitan, Rotary, Masons, and the Jaycees. All of these organizations still exist but I don’t see their presence the way I remember it a generation or two earlier. I’ve been trying to figure out what has changed, and I can only come up with theories based on my own expericence. In 1997 I joined the Boston Jaycees as I was new to Boston and working as a Sales Rep before Dell completely crushed everyone selling computers to businesses.  Jaycees (Junior Chamber) “gives young people between the ages of 18 and 40 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the areas of business development, management skills, individual training, community service and international connections.” The quote is from the US Jaycees website but it’s interesting to note the difference between National and the Local chapter. The Boston chapter did not have much interest in many of the national programs such as Gun Saftey, Agriculture, or the current “Support our troops” – the types of programs that don’t get that many votes from the People’s Repulic of Cambridge. The Boston Chapter was on an upswing and getting close to 50 members I believe. The story that I’ve been told (which is past second-hand and may be nowhere near the truth) was that somewhere around 5 years earlier the chapter was well over 250 members. There was going to be some kind of “Taste of Boston” food event downtown and all of the money was spent and there was some sort of permiting problem. There was no event, the money was...

Running with the Tribes...

This morning I attended a Seth Godin event, a presentation on his new book Tribes (please click to offset my massive new media experiment debt). I took the Acela down from Boston the night before and had a chance to crash in Hell’s Kitchen, and then head over for the morning session at the New York Times Center. I brought along the camera and audio rig, I’ve found that to be enough, if I try to shoot video I end up being cameraman and not actually paying attention to what’s going on. I had hoped to have my new 50mm 1.4 lens that I had ordered last week, not realizing that we’re in the middle of a holiday (a week, not a day) and I might get my lens before 2009. Good thing I coughed up for 2 day shipping. I digress. Let’s talk tribes… I was surprised to see so many tribes that I have been fortunate enough to run with. He lead off talking about Joel Spolsky (aka Joel on Software), we threw a cocktail reception after his most recent Business of Software conference in Boston. He had a slide from Gnomedex showing off Chris’ geek tribe, Gary V got a shout out (who is sitting on a panel today in Arizona with my Marketing Over Coffee co-host Christopher Penn). The biggest suprise I had was a photo from one of Chris Marquardt’s Tips from the Top Floor photo seminars (link to shots from the seminar I attended in Portland, Maine at the end of the summer). There was even a shot from the Red Sox Nation (of which I am a card carrying member (although it may have expired….)). Crossfit was also mentioned, a workout program that has brought me much...

What’s Going On?...

Way too much… Time is at a premium. But there is no shortage of cool stuff going on: The Red Sox are fighting it out for the American League Championship (top of the 8th right now). Interesting political stuff going on today with Colin Powell throwing his vote to Obama. Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live – you have to love that, you know the actors can’t stand it but they need the traffic with Letterman getting the buzz with his McCain viral vids. I’m going to a Seth Godin presentation this week in New York City, I’ve read the Tribes document that came out last week, very interesting stuff. I’ll also be presenting at DreamForce, the Salesforce.com users conference next month in San Francisco, there’s a whole track for Marketing so there should be plenty to learn there. Ok, top of the 8th… bases...

New Marketing Summit Oct. 14 and 15...

I am going to be passing this over to the Marketing Over Coffee audience later today or tomorrow, but I figured that since there are a lot of Bostonians that read over here I’d give you guys first crack.I have a pair of tickets to The New Marketing Summit coming up on the 14th and 15th at Gillette Stadium. Get a chance to meet the organizers: David Meerman Scott, Paul Gillin, and Chris Brogan. Christopher Penn will also be presenting. Comment here if you want one and I’ll follow up with...

The Weather Cooperates...

Just an update of what’s been going on with me – after being sick AND it raining last weekend I was able to make up for lost time. I took photographs at all of my nephews and nieces games (2 soccer one football  – you can check out the Sports Illustrated level lens that I rented this weekend looks like over on these Flickr shots (sorry, my contacts only). And since the weather was good I winterized the air conditioner, mowed the lawn and made some space in the garage for some wood. Quarter end went well, but was insanely busy as usual. Maybe I can start looking beyond politics, finance and chores to talk about some marketing stuff? You can get a dose of some Marketing Audio on this week’s BeanCast, with yours truly on the panel: Direct link to file And The M Show showed up this week, 10 minutes of action here: Direct link to...