Twenty years ago a favourite teacher of mine used to spice up boring history lessons by reminding me that whenever writing essays we should remember that Bullshit Baffles Brains.
When it comes to communications I’m a bit of an idealist and kind of wish that the truth would always come out – that marketing speak and brand spin would be crushed by the overwhelming impact of the plainly obvious.
Yeah I did say I was an idealist…
And just to prove my idealism has no founding in reality check out this internal Vid from some guys at Microsoft;
Yup – I mean the video would have been fine if it was pitched as something to explain Cloud Computing and infrastructure – but it’s not. It’s pitched as an explanation for Windows Azure.
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All very inspiring and that – but there’s nothing new in there. Now if they were offering free consultancy services for migration, a discounted subscription – or anything really. The "special offer" moniker would be justified. As it stands however it’s pretty much the stock standard product – with extra spin!
Of course this all dovetails nicely with the recent discussions around whether of not Brands Are Dead. Over on Unreasonablemen they posted asking the question whether brand matters anymore. They asked;
…does the brand actually mean anything? Do you know what brand of road you use? What about the tap water? Does the provider’s brand mean the utility provided is any different from their competitors? What about if you bring your historical perceptions to the table in a SaaS world, does it make a difference? Really make a difference? Why would you pay differing amounts? Would you fall for the marketing?
So the answer is yes indeed – brand is still alive and well and pulling the wool over consumers eyes everywhere they look – Azure and all.
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