[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 
> front-upper-left.
> 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.
> bye
> massimo
> 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:
>     Nate,
>     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.
> massimo
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