New this week, cold calls from innovation and strategy consultancies.
Maybe it’s a function of a crappy economy, or maybe I happen to be an easy to find contact at Oracle. For whatever reason, I’m now fielding calls from consultancies who want to help Oracle with innovation or Web/Enterprise 2.0 adoption or social media or brand management.
Or all of the above.
In the past, we’ve received lots of cold pings from companies via the contact form. If you left a note and waited for a response, I have an excuse. The form was broken for several months. That, and I don’t have budget or authority to engage any outside services. Sorry.
I also get email from vendors pretty often, which I mostly ignore. Again, sorry.
The recent twist is companies are calling me directly, on my work number and on my cell phone.
I don’t mind that much. This isn’t a rant.
I feel a little bad because I’m not lying when I say I really and truly have no power, no budget and no spending authority. I’m not kidding. Plus, Oracle is a huge company, and we have internal equivalents of most of the products and services pitched to me, which makes it a hard-sell to go outside the company, even if the said products and services are really great.
Is this a harbinger of the horrible economy, or a sign of something else?
Honestly, I feel bad for the people who call me. I try to be helpful because I understand. I briefly worked in business development at a startup during the waning days of the OB (original bubble), and I understand how hard it is to get your message heard by the right people.
And so far, no one has been rude when I give the bad news.
So, if you’re out on the ‘tubes with a company affiliation, do you get cold-pings like this a lot? Have you noticed an uptick lately? If so, why do you think?
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