[Evangelism] Re: plone t-shirt
Ken Wasetis [Contextual Corp.]
ken.wasetis at contextualcorp.com
Mon Nov 23 20:20:44 UTC 2009
You can see who is at this mostly commercially-dominated CMS conference
that has been held for the past 7-8 years here:
I think you'd be right in thinking that the typical vendor will either
be wearing branded polo or oxford shirts or will be business casual,
possibly with a jacket on (say, for the SEO experts trying to market
their services.) Since it's in Boston in December, I suspect long
sleeves could overcome polos on this one :)
Massimo Azzolini wrote:
> I personally don't know the two conferences you're talking about, but
> for sure this kind of t-shirt has been thought as a joke/funny thing
> to be used in a very plone-centric environment.
> So it can be used in a easy-env.
> So, for sure, to the bigE-guys it would appear out of context.
> btw, what do you think to, when you say "more enterprise"?
> I had some IBMLotus or MS t-shirts and polo and they were very simple
> (one color - white, yellow, black) with a little logo in the
> Looked better if it was done with coloured wires (don't know how to
> say in english: probably the word is needlework) and not just printed.
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM, Ken Wasetis [Contextual Corp.]
> <ken.wasetis at contextualcorp.com
> <mailto:ken.wasetis at contextualcorp.com>> wrote:
> Personally, I think these t-shirts would work well as prizes, but
> seem a bit weak as a marketing message for Plone, when
> standing/sitting in a booth next to more professional/commercial
> vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle and OpenText. Instead of Plone
> coming off as a 'hacker-based volunteer project', I'm hoping it
> has more of a professional brand/feel to those we run into at Gilbane.
> At an NTEN conference, where I think things are going to be a bit
> less corporate and stuffy than Gilbane, but also where IT is a bit
> more open-source-oriented, I think it would be fine to wear the
> t-shirts at booths, but at Gilbane, I just think we need a bit
> more professional/corporate image at the booths, unless your going
> for the 'something different/hip/cool' angle, but I don't think
> that plays as well to the corporate IT folks.
> I think the attendees of Gilbane are more in the 'Enterprise with
> a big E' market, and if Plone seems like just a 'cool'
> tool/project, that isn't going to help it gain adopters and market
> share away from those considering RedDot, Vignette, Sharepoint, etc.
> Just my two (if redundant) cents.
> That said, I'd love to have some to give away in
> drawings/give-aways to people who drop off their business cards or
> who stay awhile to have serious conversations, etc.
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