Of course. Of COURSE DysfunctoSoft pursued this
bonehead ground-breaking marketing "strategy". Hey, without this type of inspired marketing , why there might not be a "Dysfuncto" in DysfunctoSoft.
What, you ask, is the Cranky Product Manager bitching about this time?
Well, about a year ago DysfunctoSoft's Marketing VP, who thinks of himself as a visionary, read an article about the Next Big Thing: the fantabulous SECOND LIFE virtual world. By some weird circumstance of the universe, this nimrod "visionary" always envisions the same future as the American Airlines in-flight magazine. Funny that.
Anyway, Veep Nimrod got on the case. His mission in life became securing DysfunctoSoft a corporate presence in Second Life. The future of DysfunctoSoft depended on it. It was a critical new avenue to potential customers. Because, as you know, C-level executives with multi-million dollar software budgets are usually hanging out there. Poor, lonely CIOs. Always wandering around virtual worlds aimlessly, thinking, "If only more enterprise software vendors had islands in Second Life, well then my Second Life could be just as tedious and soul-sucking as my first!" and "Man, I wish I'd run into a virtual software salesperson so I could hear a dreary sales pitch without having to deal with the real-world free dinners, drinks, and lap dances."
Anyway, not wanting to be hasty, Veep Nimrod did some market research on his ground-breaking concept. He asked his 12-year old son what he thought of the idea. "WICKED AWESOME" the kid said, in between rounds of Halo.
Emboldened by such powerful market validation, Veep Nimrod put his plan in motion. There was so much work to do and not a minute to waste. And now, finally, after _14 months!_ of weekly status meetings, managing vigorous debate among multiple cross-functional teams, and intensive work on his avatar, Veep Nimrod launched DysfunctoSoft corporate presence in Second Life.
Too bad Second Life is now a ghost town. Not even lonely CIOs hang out there anymore. Number of leads generated by this revolutionary marketing effort after 2 months? ZERO.
But at least this all-consuming epic marketing campaign distracted the Dysfuncto Marketing Geniuses for over a year. It kept them from inflicting any more damage to the Cranky Product Manager's beloved product. If they hadn't been otherwise occupied, the Geniuses probably would have added something like "Web 2.0" or "Social Networking Edition" to the CPM's product's name. You know, some kind of faddish phrase that has no relation to what the product is or does. Because the Geniuses want to make absolutely SURE that customers (and sales people) have no clue what the product actually does. Because confusing the eff out of them is the sure way to customers' wallets, right?. Hey, if a tactic works for date rapists, it must be a good idea for enterprise software, agreed?
Watch out Marketing Geniuses. The Cranky Product Manager is disgusted with you. And her avatar can kick your avatars' virtual asses.