Technology is taking over our lives and I’m more than happy to give it up. In fact, I’m eagerly anticipating the day medicine takes a giant step forward and finally finds a cure for stupidity. That would be the real “leap for mankind.” The way things are going that should be in the next week or two because, so far, everything we’ve seen on TV has come true. We all watched Star Trek, Deep Space Whatever, the Jetsons…and everything we saw in those shows has happened…except for flying cars and the fact that they seemed to be able to breathe the air on every planet. But that’s TV and most of the time they get everything backward. Don’t believe me? I can pay for almost anything now just by pointing my phone at it but half the things we saw on the Flintstones we can’t do yet.
So, while I’m comfortable with technology, I’m not so deluded as to think it’s not going to break down occasionally. What brought this to mind is that last week a Google internet server in San Francisco went down for a couple of hours and at least five people called 911 to complain. As far as I’m concerned, these are five people we don’t need. These very people are the reason we don’t have flying cars yet. They’re bringing down the curve. I know people are spoiled but that level of stupidity can no longer be tolerated. People who use computers should be smarter than that. This is the real reason we need to expand the three strikes law because these people are criminally stupid. If you’ve called the President because you got the wrong sauce with your chicken mcnuggets and if you’ve asked your doctor if you could catch a cold through the phone and if you’ve called 911 in San Francisco because for two hours you couldn’t get on the Home Shopping Network…that’s it…we put you away forever…no parole. And no conjugal visits…we need to clean up the gene pool and, I’m sorry, but yours didn’t make the cut.
One of the downsides of the internet is that it has given us an opinion and we’re a dangerous society when we exercise our opinion. Take Yelp for instance; it has given voice to millions of people who wrongly imagine themselves a cross between Wolfgang Puck and Martha Stewart when, in reality, they’re more of a cross between the Pillsbury Doughboy and Eleanor Roosevelt. Now, I haven’t been in the service industry so when using Yelp I always give more credence to the good reviews figuring if they liked it, I’ll like it also. Conversely, I give no credence to the bad reviews because there are people out there doing nothing but writing bad reviews. What they don’t seem to understand is if your review is rude, loud and obnoxious, why would I think you were any different in the restaurant? I’m afraid I’m going to need to hear the other side of the story before I stay away. If you pass out under your table and later complain that the server was late bringing you your cosmopolitan, that’s not going to cut a lot of ice with me.
The biggest problem with the internet is that it has given a voice, too often anonymous, to millions of people who don’t know what they’re saying…kind of like our government…but meaner. We’ve made it so easy for the minions to comment and we need to make it easier for people to respond. Of course, when people go hunting I don’t think it’s fair unless the deer can shoot back.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC has welcomed the New Year with new brands and products for the industry. New brands like Alessi, Areaware and our new designer sunglass collection from Bobby Jones, Carmen Marc Valvo and Michael Stars are live on our website now. We’ll continue to treat our customers professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. If you’re curious aboutfor 2015, click on the tab and see. We also have our 2015 catalog ready to ship and you can move through the IMC catalog from category to category and find many products that will accent your client’s event and we’ll get you what you want even if we have some suggestions on how to make it more rewarding. Go to the Catalog page of the IMC website and put your order in and we’ll get them to you. Let us know if you’d like samples. We want to help you make sense of your client’s request so we offer choices between new products and classic items so they can make presentations memorable. And IMC cares that your order is correct so we keep lots of products around that are suitable for your events but we’ll let you decide what works best for you and jump in to help you with decisions about products and decorations. And if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2015 IMC catalog is live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. It can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Troika, Ten Design, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Clearaward. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…did you like the meal?