Does it come with a free camera?
IPVMU Certified | 08/07/16 03:36pm
Even with a free camera its doubtfull i'd buy one, can buy them cheaper in China (the camera's i mean) :-)
The comment with the most votes gets a free IPVM T-shirt...
No, if a manufacturer wants his logo on my chest he going to pay for the space.
I can't imagine someone actually paying $ for this. Either the manufacturer should be giving them away as incentives/rewards, or having them available in an online store for SPIF or similar credit, so sales people can "purchase" them (for free).
Chesapeake & Midlantic | 08/08/16 01:34pm
Let's see. I've purchased T-shirts advertising some of my favorite movies, sports teams, TV shows, and even one government agency, but I don't think I love any surveillance brand enough to buy their T-shirts.
That's actually not true. I would totally buy a retro style T-shirt that said something to the effect of "I flew on the Pelco Plane". But that's it.
IPVMU Certified | 08/08/16 01:49pm
I don't have major heartburn with this. It's kind of lame, but I also understand that 'you are what you eat', so a small dealer may appreciate bolstering his own brand with 'legitimate' flair.
Scenario #1: New security dealer tries to sell projects wearing his lucky 'Iron Maiden Reunion Tour' t-shirt
Scenario #2: Everything else equal, same dealer tries to sell projects wearing a new 'DW' t-shirt.
Which scenario do you think a customer is more comfortable with?
A family member works for a company that does logo-stuff like this. Companies sometimes do this, and then there are coupon codes that discount the order to $0 (the product company then pays the merch company on the backend).
In the security industry, it seems like integrators and customers always want free shirts, hats, etc. Just the process of getting size/style requests for a small integrator office of ~10 people starts to become a hassle. With a site like this you can give them 10 coupon codes, tell them to pick out whatever style/size/etc. and make it more self-serve. After the products ship you get an invoice, or it just hits your corporate credit card.
Great research as always John. Over the course of my career, I have vetted a number of companies that do this -- most cater to schools and universities. It is simply not financially feasible for us to put our name on the variety of products sites like this offer (many different kinds of shirts, jackets, blankets, backpacks, etc.), so this at least gives us the opportunity to have our logos available on a lot of stuff. As far as promotion, if a dealer wants a T-Shirt, call your rep. Sites like this simply give someone an opportunity that would not exist otherwise. I can see why some people would find this ridiculous, but every company actually has fans who would consider getting their own custom whatever (like a license plate :O). It is not a profit center nor would that ever be the intention. In reality, it is another channel I have found to get our name out in the world. It worked. Another mention on IPVM! (Oh, yeah!)
IPVMU Certified | 08/09/16 01:41am
I never pay for manufacturer's shirts. When I pick up swag t-shirts at conventions from manufacturers, they are shirts I wear working in the yard, or on a motorcycle ride. It's not something I would wear to work or otherwise wear in public. As a consultant, imagine wearing a polo shirt from Manufacturer A on the day I get a surprise visit from Manufacturer B. Not good.
Trafficware, a CUBIC Company | 08/11/16 03:42pm
I would buy an IPVM shirt, and then just lurk around the Avigilon booth at shows.
even if DW gave them away free who will not be ashamed to wear them?
@Ari I wouldn't. They make rebrand a fine product at a fair price.
I've got some Tyco T-shirts from last year's ISCW. Marketing decreed everyone to dress "Silicon Valley startup-chic": jeans, Tyco t-shirt and blazer.
I'll sell them *really* cheap
@Mark and Ari I was referring to DW Spectrum / Nx Witness with my comment