A few months ago I had negative publicity in the New York Times about still using voice mail. Today I sit in one of the largest Starbucks in north Scottsdale, Arizona. Within five miles there are probably 11 Starbucks this size. It is noon on a Sunday and it is standing room only. Literally, there are people standing waiting for a chair – doesn’t every business wish they had this problem? I imagine it is the same at every Starbucks in the area.
The draw? There’s at least a dozen working on computers. Free WiFi – your ticket to profits if you’re in retail or restaurants.
It got me thinking of how we communicate. The New York Times article is less than three months old. Yet in that time we went from wireless, or cell, phones to no phones. That’s why I have an answering machine at home. Criticize me, but it is a means of communications – if you can’t Twitter, email or visual instant message me, leave a voicemail.
Poor phone companies. Most wrote off the land line several years ago. Today I’m writing off the wireless or cell phone! I have a cell or wireless that is prepaid. It still has the same amount it had on it since an April trip to California. If you’re travelling, a wireless is precious, but on home turf – who needs it?
In today’s frugal society that’s another way to cut your expenses – prepaid wireless phones.
Twitter has become the means of communications. I will admit, I’m on Twitter at least 12 hours a day – PhoenixRichard. I have messages, @’s galore. I know what Miley Cyrus is doing every minute and RIGHT NOW Kellie Picker is on her way to the airport listening to Pink Floyd and Pink is in Australia or one of those continents.
Selena Gomez is going live on a Web chat right now, the Jonas Brothers did it Thursday.
Why do I need a wireless cell phone?
Want to conference? My computer – which does everything short of smoothies – has a Web cam – live whenever I am.
What are your communications methods? How are you reaching your public in the 21st Century or are you still complaining about a poor economy. Instead of realizing it’s a vibrant economy if you’re using the right messaging tools.