Entries by Valerie Driessen


When Events Begin to Stream

Robert Richardson is director of the Computer Security Institute, GoCSI.com. The CSI Filter virtual conference takes place on April 8 at www.CSIfilter.com. A security event not long ago pointed to a different direction for conference events. This was Shmoocon, a hacker conference that was well, a hacker conference. It’s casual, there’s guys with ponytails…it’s not […]

Corporate Social Media Done Right: 5 Lessons Learned

Robert Mullins is a freelance technology writer in Silicon Valley. His writing can be found at his Robert Mullins blog. To tweet or not to tweet? That is the business dilemma. Some companies see value in embracing social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the like as a new way to connect with […]


Positioning: Dare to Differentiate

Most of us occasionally suffer from “following the herd” mentality, but effective positioning requires companies to deviate from the norm and establish their own unique position. When formulating a positioning statement, the statement should (1) clearly articulate the company’s understanding of market needs, and (2) present a defendable value proposition that is meaningful to target […]

Inside with an IT Guy

Aaron Hampton is the Regional IS Manager for Northern Tool + Equipment and co-founder of enDevelopment LLC, the makers of CommonCents personal finance software. My time is like yours – valuable. And what I’m going to share is valuable to you as a marketing or sales professional. Why? Because if I’m not the one pulling […]

Is it Time to Get Real with Your Marketing?

Like many of my fellow marketers, I am by nature a rose-colored glasses kind of person. I can put a positive spin on just about anything. And if an overly complex product gets labeled “feature rich,” I’m okay with it. It is like real estate listings where a small house is dubbed “charming” and a […]

Is Poor Usability Killing Your Chances for Success?

This guest post is written by Paul Rosenfeld, CEO and Co-Founder of Fanminder, a mobile marketing firm helping small businesses, based in Silicon Valley, CA. If there’s one reason software start-ups fail it’s because they don’t acquire customers. And if they don’t acquire customers, at least one root cause will be it’s “product ain’t usable.” […]

The Value of Claiming A Niche

I have a dear friend whose personal hallmark is, “I’m not for everyone.” She typically makes the statement right up front as a disclaimer when she meets new people. And she is right. She is a strange mix of business savvy sales person, think Ivonka Trump, combined with the unplugged and raw style of comedian […]