14 May 2008 An Open Letter To Joseph Jaffe
Dear Joseph Jaffe,
If you can challenge Barack Obama to reply to a blog post of yours I don’t think its unreasonable for me to do the same thing to you.
On recent podcasts, you’ve been asking what have we, the listeners, have done for you lately. You asked us to recommend your podcast to friends, family and co workers assuming we had done nothing for you already.
Well the fact is we don’t owe you anything. Just like a consumer owes nothing to a brand. Even if you provide a weekly podcast for free, you can’t expect your customers to do anything for you. In fact, shouldn’t you be greatful you have our loyalty?
This is not to say I haven’t done anything for you. You appear on my blogroll, I’ve linked to you before and even recommended your podcast and blog to others. If you were to ignore that, aren’t I at least partly responsible for both your Apple iPhone and Dell Notebook which you received through sponsorship?
So Joseph, I challenge you to reply to this blog post and tell me why I owe you anything. In a time where consumers have never been so powerful, we could go one step further and ask, in the words of Eddie Murphy; What have you done for me lately?