The shame of shameless self-promotion

July 18, 2008 by Dave Haynes

So I am sitting at the Strategy Institute conference, listening to “Software Options: A Framework for Selection to Ensure Interoperability, Fit and Success.”

I know this is going to be one of those vendor-driven things of nominal value, but this one was particularly useless because of the first guy up.

We won’t say who, but vendor A gets up and says his company’s been around a long time and then rattles off why they’re so swell, and does the whole we’re scalable, reliable blah blah blah thing.

And we’re at this booth at infoComm and a couple of my sales guys are at the back of the room if you want to chat now. Hey guys, stand up so people know who you are.

And thanks, that’s it for me.

Never seen anything quite that shameless.

People pay more than a grand to go to this thing.

  1. Lawrence Dvorchik says:


    Would love to catch up with you and talk more while at InfoComm.

    email me and we can chat about non-sales pitchy events

  2. Josh Coffman says:

    That is truly shameless, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. I wrote about this after the Strategy’s event last November. Many of the speakers gave their “presentation” and then left the event immediately after. They didn’t even stick around to give the other speakers in their session any respect. Way too much vendor pitch.

    I would have thought they would have set some ground rules. The DSE in Chicago had clear rules in place (although sadly, the DSE Vegas has been hijacked and somewhat of a circus).

    It is a shame because Strategy’s early shows and the first Building Your Successful Digital Signage Business show were extremely valuable.

    Keep up the good work Dave.

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