by Volker Weber

It's very important for Americans to be "leading". You won't read a press release without this word. It's a hollow word but you sometimes have to back up why you are leading. That's simple: you define the rules. Examples:

For any meaningful analysis you need to look way beyond your normal scope. But that's not what "leading" is about.


On the subject of IBM leading in the enterprise social market. The page they link to states that IDC rate the market at a value of $1 billion. SharePoint, it was announced recently, is a $2 billion business. So you don't need to do any maths to work out that SharePoint hasn't been included in their analysis.

Darren Adams, 2013-05-24 00:35

Exactly. You define the category so that you are leading it.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 00:37

> It's very important for Americans to be "leading".

Good observation that applies to much more than just the tech industry.

Scott Hanson, 2013-05-24 06:43

It's not just America. My how I love over-generalization...

"Crackberry boasts" - that would be Canada. Or by "Americans" do you mean "North American" or North + South? Meaning this is a generalization of the entire Western Hemisphere which has not too much in common except for occupying one half of the globe?

Would you like some quick examples a little more close to home?

frankfurtstockexchange dot de "the leading independently owned source for information on companies listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Entry Standard (Open Market) segment"

vodafone dot com "industry-leading roaming plans for Vodafone Red customers travelling in Europe"

bayer dot com "Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,383 million (2012) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control." also a "world market leader in our industry"

Chris Whisonant, 2013-05-24 19:32

Chris, there is an Easter egg. Language. All of those communications are directed at people who need "leading". When you translate verbatim it becomes ridiculous. As are many press releases. The best example for that is Apple. They force their local agencies to use American language translated verbatim into the local language. Ultra fast, gorgeous, etc.

But Apple does not use "leading". And it's one of the companies who could claim it.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 19:59

So do you or do you not agree with me that it's not just American companies and targeted press releases who are guilty of touting their "leading" roles?

Chris Whisonant, 2013-05-24 20:16

Chris, I do not agree with you at all. Have you ever been outside your country for more than a month? Scott Hanson has been. Quite a few years.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 20:20

I don't know that I would want to go many places outside of my country for more than a couple of weeks.

But I did provide you examples of German press releases from German companies targeted for European audiences citing their leadership yet you still must maintain that you're right in stating that ONLY American companies are guilty of doing this by saying you don't agree with my last statement at all that it's not just Americans who do this.

Chris Whisonant, 2013-05-24 20:25

Chris, in what language are your examples written? They are directed at people who find it perfectly normal to say "leading". If you would say "Porsche, a leading car manufacturer" in German, you would be laughed out the door. In your language (and culture) it's perfectly OK. You need "leading".

You don't know much about the world around you. You have no idea what others find strange or funny. There are countries where you don't "declare war on ...", where you don't "God bless ...", and so many other things, that you find perfectly normal, because you have no other reference point.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 20:36

By the way, I recall in the past that you do rather like to bring up with me whether I've been outside of my country in the expectation that you can somehow discredit people who are not world travelers when it really has nothing to do with your point. If we were discussing tourist attractions in Italy or restaurants in France without ever having been there, that would be one thing. But discussing the printing and marketing habits of companies from different geographies is not dependent on whether I've traveled there.

Let's say I'm going two states away here in America. I'm in the same country, but my destination is over 600km away. Were my route in Europe, I could say I've been in 5 different countries. We can drive for days on end and not leave our country. Needless to say, it's an argument of yours that is thin at best.

Chris Whisonant, 2013-05-24 20:37

Chris, read the comment above.

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 20:39

Since vowe dragged me back into this... :-) I think he's making an observation, not a judgement. We Americans get team-sport-competitiveness drilled into us in school, and it tends to show up in everything we do. We tend to define everything as "winners" and "losers", so our PR (or PR written to appeal to us) tends to do that do.

Just don't get me going on Germans and arrogance. :-)

Scott Hanson, 2013-05-24 22:48

Oh, puleeeze. :-)

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 22:53

And after that we do a little "solving violence by adding guns" routine. :-)

Volker Weber, 2013-05-24 22:55

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