I’ve been fortunate over the years to have had a number of interesting experiences with the press, both for me personally and for the companies I was working for. The internet pretty much makes every interaction you have in the press a part of your permanent record. It’s all out there associated with your name and waiting to be found. Here are some of the more interesting of the things you can find me in.
I don’t often “Speak out” on an issue, but the recent Apple v. the U.S. Government controversy is one I feel very passionate about and have actively shared my feelings. I was recently quoted in Information Week on this issue. Among other things, I am quoted as saying this is “the scariest news we’ve heard yet in this case.” Click here to see the whole article.
A writer from this magazine saw one of my blogs on how much I have learned about management from playing in a band, interviewed me and put this article together. I had a great picture taken of me in business dress playing one of my Les Pauls that is only in the print version.
Recently, I was on Sales and Lead Management Radio with my friend Jim Obermayer. They do this great weekly radio show from their website http://www.salesleadmgmtassn.com/. I had a great time doing the shows and was actually the guest two weeks in a row. This is the first of the two sessions.
The title of this hour was “Is this the best you can do? What’s expected from a marketing manager today?” You can click here to go to the page on their website or click below to hear the radio show right here:
This European publication found one of my blog posts to be interesting and asked if they could extract for an article. They did just that and provided a link to this site, bringing a large number of International Trade Show professionals to my blog. I received many nice comments from those folks. Also, the blog actually included a picture from a trade show we did in the Silicon Valley some years ago. You can click here to link to the article.
The Inquirer, a UK publication, covered our relaunch in the UK in this article. Not only am I described as “marketing, veep” but they also use the colorful term “flogging” in place of “selling” as in “flogging their boxes.” They also spoke of the “throbbing margins” we were going to provide with our new distributor. The Brits have their own way of describing things, making this a really interesting article. Click here to see the article.
In Search of Stupidity; Over 20 Years of High-tech Marketing Disasters. Not really sure why, but I am actually oddly proud of this particular one. During a somewhat slow news time I wrote up a release about employees being obsessed with online news. It’s a topic I know something about, personally, because I love to be on top of the news. You can read my original release here
The owner of this website is the author of the book “In Search of Stupidity; Over 20 Years of High-tech Marketing Disasters” and also has a “Museum of Stupid High Tech Marketing” and I am featured in it. It’s a kick. You can link to it here.
Secure IT with Eric Green. Here’s a podcast interview I did some years ago, while at the Gartner Secure IT gathering in Washington, DC. I always enjoyed that conference and pretty much made it every year. This interview, kind of wedged in between meetings and presentations, almost literally took place in a hallway, with people walking by us! Give it a listen here: You can link to the source here.
Very early on I was quoted in this press release: PacifiCare Selects MDI Online as Industry Information Resource (1999, March 24).
I was obviously giving a vendor of mine some help by endorsing their product. Even today, I remember how that went and have never forgotten it as I try to get customers to do the same for me. It’s also an example of how these things can stay around forever as you can view this one here.
While I subscribe to the old adage that “all press is good press” and can point to 100 examples of people and companies that have benefited from even negative press, I did have this one situation where it wasn’t so funny.
During the war in Iraq, our product was being used to block some web access for the only internet cafe available to the journalists there. One evening, I received an email from someone at ABC News and another from the Wall Street Journal. Both asked if I knew our product was in use in Baghdad. I looked into the situation (with some help from the journalists) and we determined the product was a licensed copy of our product, sold to a user in the United Arab Emirates through a reseller in Egypt. We determined it was a legal sale, not in violation of any US law and I reported that back to the journalists. This article started a backlash.
I actually received some ugly emails from this article, accusing me of being un-American, etc. Later, I came across this exchange on a blog during a search for my name. Interesting and a little bit scary. I have to say; this event was in no way “good PR.”