by Allan Rubin, Vice President, Marketing
I noticed an interesting juxtaposition of subject lines in my (overflowing) email in-box today.
Early in the day, I saw this message from Defense Systems:
DISA collaboration tool doubling its capacity
The top story was summarized as follows: “The enterprise collaboration tool known as Defense Connect Online is about to double in capacity as users seek less expensive ways to conduct meetings and training in austere budget times, reports DISA.” The piece caught my attention as it signaled recognition of the inevitable: government employees are finding new ways to communicate and collaborate since they can’t travel in person.
Not long after, I received a message with this subject line:
Latest Conference Cancellations & Postponements on GovEvents
- 2013 Military Health System Conference | Feb 11-14 | CANCELLED
- S.C. International Defense Exhibition and Conference | May 28-31 | CANCELLED
- DISA Conference | Aug 14-15 | CANCELLED
- DoD Cyber Crime Conference | POSTPONED
I think GovEvents.com is a great tool that provides a valuable service to the community (if you don’t use it, you should). It just struck me as significant that a company which promotes government events led its outreach effort with a message about…the cancellation of government events!
We all know travel budgets and other restrictions are hammering the marketing media mix. We see today that our DoD customers are doubling their capacity to host their meetings, training sessions, and other communications virtually to cut costs and minimize scrutiny from ethics officials and their superiors.
What does this mean for government marketers? Should we be investing more in online media, virtual events, webinars, and the like? Face to face communication will never be replaced, but what will place a close second?
The more important question is: where are you placing your bets?
We’re continually looking into new avenues to help our manufacturers and channel partners reach their government customers. I’d love to hear from you about how your plans are changing.