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  Post #1 (permalink)   07-16-2009, 12:29 PM
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What are your thoughts on Bill Parsons (GoDaddy) recent video post about needing an edge to be successful? The link.
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  Post #2 (permalink)   07-16-2009, 06:38 PM
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On the grand scale of things, no, I don't exactly agree. Being edgy does not equal success in the real world.

But there is one thing our edgy friend Bill says in his statement is that he ONLY talks about the quality in respect to other similar businesses that you compete with. And to that extent, I agree. If you take web hosting, generally the business format is repeated thousands of times and sometimes it is hard to distinguish one company from another. If you also notice, most successful firms DO have something edgy about them. HostGator.com with their gator animation character, Site5.com had their massive contests, MediaTemple was large on giving away free hosting to designers, etc, Mosso.com was the first to create their innovative reseller panel, and so on.
 
 
 


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  Post #3 (permalink)   07-16-2009, 07:44 PM
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Having an edge helps, but not is the main thing to be successful with your business. Art said it pretty well so i'll just point my post back at him
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  Post #4 (permalink)   07-17-2009, 07:32 AM
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HostGator.com with their gator animation character, Site5.com had their massive contests, MediaTemple was large on giving away free hosting to designers, etc, Mosso.com was the first to create their innovative reseller panel, and so on.
Or you could look at them in other ways: Hostgator's strength was that tested its ads all over the place to find where they really worked and then poured all profits into the business (marketing and staff).

Site5 started early in the game (back when cPanel was just a baby), had a great reputation, which it then used to launch into the budget hosting part of the market. That move was well coupled with a well paying affiliate program and you can add to that Matt's copy writing wizardry.

MediaTemple - indeed, they won the designers, and that community has remained their not so secret weapon. Too bad that their grid service was a flop, they were doing so fine with classical shared hosting solutions.

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Mosso.com was the first to create their innovative reseller panel
Mosso without the reputation lending from the Rackspace parent would not have had the following it had. They were quite wise to still make it look like they were Rackspace, but not really. If the experiment failed, the umbilical cord would have been cut.

As for Bill Parsons, his video blog is scary. For one, IMHO, he's not cut out for the medium. Second, the man seems to be really aging if you ask me. The edge is getting blunt. :p

I don't know about edge, but have to be different somehow, even if it's simply that you work harder, and require less.
 
 
 


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  Post #5 (permalink)   07-17-2009, 03:18 PM
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It's Bob Parsons.
 
 
 


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  Post #6 (permalink)   07-17-2009, 04:16 PM
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It's Bob Parsons.
So it is - . Good eyes!
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But... Bill Parsons made so much sense. I used the name too without blinking.
 
 
 


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  Post #8 (permalink)   07-18-2009, 11:31 PM
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Thank you for sharing the link - that is the first I've seen of it and of course you need 'an edge'. I guess to me having an edge is like having a goal. You figure out what you want and how you will obtain that. Great find, thanks for sharing.
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