Thursday, August 20, 2009

OT: IBM's plan to silence Business Partners

I've figured out IBM's nefarious plan. By golly, they're a sneaky bunch and they even got Ed Brill to leave the country while they did it. Now Ed can claim 'plausible deniability' of the whole scheme on the grounds that he was on the other side of the planet at the time.

It's obvious when you think about it. They put up this IdeaJam web site and then invite all IBM/Lotus Business Partners to add their two cents worth during a 72 hour blitz. Now imagine what happens next week when you call up your Lotus rep to have your regular Weekly Whinge about All Things Yellow. Your rep will just read off the following prepared statement currently being distributed to all Loti:

"Your call is important to us. Unfortunately the Lotus feedback line has closed for 2009 and no further correspondence will be entered into. Please hold on to your thought until August 2010 when the lines will be reopened for another 72 hours. Have a nice day."

Don't let IBM get away with it! Get over to IdeaJam right now and add your years worth of marketing thoughts and helpful suggestions before they close the phones.

BTW: I've heard that Ed Brill is buying a beer for everyone who registers at Idea Jam. I'll check out that theory at the Sydney Lotus User Group meeting on Monday night.

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