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March 4, 2016

We were cleaning out a file cabinet at our new office when we found a three-page brochure on Y2K preparedness. Y2K was when, sixteen years ago, the world panicked because it seemed that a computer date code would undo the civilized world on January 1, 2000. How? By collapsing our electricity and communications, of course! Here’s a brief article on the Year 2000 (aka Y2K) problem.

What People Thought Would Happen

Doomsday quotes included:

On a personal note, my grandmother – who had lived through the rationing days of the Great Depression – convinced my mother to buy batteries, Spam, and bottled water in bulk.

What Really Happened

But what actually happened on January 1, 2000? As 1999 drew to a close and the new century began, the world survived – not surprisingly! No disruptions occurred, no businesses closed, and nothing was devastated. And, fast-forwarding to 2002, you’d find my grandmother and my mother still inviting me over for Spam and trying to send me home with a case of water.

The whole Y2K flashback made me think of the power marketing has. Marketing can convince the media, the public, businesses, and the government that an emergency is coming. Especially since Y2K was before social media – TV, radio, and print media were the only sources of information.

The trip down Y2K memory lane also made me think of how customers approach us for help. A lot of times they think the Y2K …errr… sky is falling in regards to their marketing approach, and we’re happy to offer what they need most – sound guidance and strategic planning to start the process. No doomsday scenarios, we promise! Give us a try here.

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Matt Starnes
Written by Matt Starnes

Matt Starnes combines his loves of client satisfaction, research, writing, sales, and marketing in his duties as Account Executive here at Leading Results. Matt has over a decade of experience in sales and marketing and a wealth of client services and management experience. Matt has nine years of broad sales experience including inside-sales, outside sales, and retail environments. He has managed both sales teams and staff in call center environments and has over five years of marketing and promotions experience. Matt began his career in radio as a writer, producer, DJ, host, and promotions; all skills he still uses to some capacity today. When he isn’t managing accounts, writing, researching, or editing, Matt can be found hosting podcasts, reading, volunteering, spending time with his wife and family, playing board games, and walking/exercising.

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