- The more pretentious a corporate name, the smaller the organisation. (For instance, The Murphy Centre for the Codification of Organisational Software Applications, compared to IBM and Apple).
- You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
- Never ask two questions in a business email. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested in, and say nothing about the other.
- When bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a fool about it.
- Everything can be filed under “miscellaneous.”
- Never delay the ending of a meeting.
- To err is human, to forgive is not company policy.
- If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
- At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens they are carrying.
- When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, “How would the Homer Simpson handle this?”
- The longer the title, the less important the job.
- An “acceptable” level of employment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job.
- Success is just a matter of luck: just ask any failure.
By not really changing the price of coffee the University of Winchester campus has used 34,000 less the disposable cups in the first year. How? By removing rewards and introducing penalties.
See the video here from BBC News.
This all feels a little counter-intuitive to me, but it appears to be a success. The University of Winchester changed the way their prices were presented. The old pricing had a 25p discount if a customer brought their own cup/mug. The revised pricing reduced the coffee prices by 25p and charged a 25p penalty if the customer needed a disposable cup.
I wonder how much of the success was caused by a general increased awareness of plastic pollution? It is also quite likely that 25p reduced price on the menu would have stimulated sales.
The key learning here for me is – experiment. There are many ways your pricing can be presented differently, trial some new ideas.
Is the pricing on this advert misleading?
The headline price of £5.99 is shouted loud and clear. In reality, the minimum transaction cost is £13.38.
£5.99 gets you a box of 32 disposable contact lenses. But you cannot buy one box, the minimum order is, in small print, 2 boxes.
Then you have to pay £0.70 shipping per box. As stated though, you cannot buy one box. So the minimum shipping is £1.40.
This feels like a slightly more overt version of drip pricing, as some ticketing websites are accused of.
Drip pricing is a technique used by online retailers of goods and services whereby a headline price is advertised at the beginning of the purchase process, following which additional fees, taxes or charges, which may be unavoidable, are then incrementally disclosed or “dripped”. Source: Wikipedia
I will soon be talking to some students about events and event management. If you have a moment, please could you help me?
#events #eventmanagement #conferences #sportingevents #musicpromotion #eventscareer
What I would like is brief comments from you about the good and the bad of events. If you work in event management, feel free to join in. My core content is mapped out, but I would love to bring it alive with your words.
I love tripping over fun acronyms I’ve not heard before.
Scientific Wild Arsed Guess, SWAG, this is ideal for those situations when someone can’t bring themselves to come up with an opening estimate, even though they’re the best-placed person to do so. Great for encouraging technical/detailed/finisher people who might be uncomfortable with the vagueness of the start of the creative process.
Also, WAG = shortened, less scientific form of Wild Arsed Guess.
And then I rediscovered this Dilbert cartoon, I think we’ve all been there!