[ubuntu-us-ma] Marketing

Drascus enchantedvisionsband at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 26 18:36:37 GMT 2010

I have helped plenty of people who made the switch and loved it. What
these people really need is support someone willing to help them through
the transition and teach them what programs can replace the
functionality of their old OS. and who can also teach them all the new
features they would love if they only knew they existed. That is what I
try to do one person at a time. usually I find better results with
people I spend a little more time on. It cuts down on the volume of
people I help transition but it creates long time users rather then
people who will just give up. 

Mike C. 

On Tue, 2010-01-26 at 11:46 -0500, Martin Owens wrote:
> Bill,
> This group is actually a Local Community, which is not just a user
> group, it's an expert group, a education group, a advocacy group. Most
> of what we do is not user related because users are already well served
> socially.
> As for what Ubuntu can deliver to users that Windows can not. I deal
> with people all the time that love Ubuntu, they were heavily invested in
> Microsoft software but are now so glad they changed over.
> Martin,
> On Tue, 2010-01-26 at 10:28 -0500, Bill Simonds wrote:
> > How do we reach everyone whom uses Ubuntu? Through the Ubuntu web site
> > and/or forums. I guess you'd start with the main Ubuntu web site: "You
> > Can Help!"
> > 
> > It's a start, anyhow. User groups like this one can reach a handful of
> > people. We should borrow from the disease model. Somehow we need to go
> > viral. Users have to "infect" other users, so it gradually spreads and
> > infects millions!
> > 
> > Mathematical progression. If each Ubuntu user introduces just two
> > people a year to Ubuntu, in about one year you could get 2 to the
> > tenth power users. 2x2x2x2 etc. 1,024 users from one user.
> > 
> > But that still doesn't answer the *real* question, which is "why." Why
> > would a person switch to Ubuntu? There is no real incentive to switch,
> > as I see it. Most of the software they have invested heavily in will
> > be basically useless. There's a learning curve, so they have to learn
> > a new OS and all the related software programs. Most people don't want
> > that.
> > 
> > In order to really catch on, Ubuntu has to offer something that makes
> > it irresistible, and that you can't get anywhere else.
> > 
> > On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 9:38 AM, Martin Owens <doctormo at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > So what should be a good strategy for not only getting a good poster
> > > designed and made up (we're good at that part) but also printing them
> > > out and distributing them to people to put up at places like this?
> > 

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