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From Andy Wenk <>
Subject Re: CouchDB users interview
Date Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:41:51 GMT
Just for the record ... We have set up a youtube channel. Look for Apache
CouchDB at youtube.

> Anyone got any other ideas?
yes: one or two really good word-of-mouth stories would be good!

promotion in social media is the new spam, but there is one thing that
never goes out of fashion; the word-of-mouth story.

It has what Malcolm Gladwell called "the anatomy of a rumour” in his
Tipping Point (still the best intro to network dynamics in my view and far
better than all the gobble about viral marketing)

A good word-of-mouth story puts the teller in the hero role.
They are hard to develop, but can take form here in the community:
something like this...

“I discovered CouchDB in 19XX, and now it turns out that the BBC has… and
CERN used it for … Cloudant, a company recently acquired by IBM is said to
have done so as part of their agreed cooperation with Apple.”

No call for action, no “you should really take a look at this, because its
to cool”, you tell it just because it feels good to do so, and the one you
told it to have the brains to make the decision, or you dont bother telling.

When you have a good, true word-of-mouth story it travels through any media
faster than anything and it goes FAST. It has to do with
6-degrees-of-separations etc.
And moreover; it travels the path it need to travel to reach otherwise
unreachable people for lists like this or any activity we would cook up.


> On 23 Mar 2015, at 15:34, Noah Slater <> wrote:
> There are lots of ways to demonstrate "social proof". Some ideas:
> - Video/text interviews (as Alexander/Johs/Lena suggests)
> - Case studies (probably in the format of single, well designed HTML page
> we can link to)
> - White papers (again, probably a HTML page)
> - Testimonials or authorised quotes (easy to get, but shorter. can put
> on the homepage)
> - Authorised logos (people who use us, put them on the homepage)
> Also note that the sorts of questions Alexander mentions in his original
> post are very good for product management, so we can circulate that stuff
> with the dev@ list.
> Anyone got any other ideas?
> On Mon, 23 Mar 2015 at 15:27 Johs Ensby <> wrote:
>> Alexander,
>> let me share what is the MO in my experience for this
>> Identify verify interest to do an interview based in existing 1-to-1
>> relationship
>> Then a clear idea for the story and the ramifications for its use is
>> established (published under who’s control)
>> A trusted brand need so be behind it (here it is Apache project)
>> The story idea (never go for an endorsement) is sketched out in order for
>> a internal go-ahead be be given
>> The interview is conducted on camera
>> The story is written up
>> When approved, the supporting video material is created based on the
>> conclusions on text review
>> Whatever makes it to the finishing line gets published
>> Suggestion for where to publish:
>> CouchDB Company page on LinkedIn
>> alternatively a YouTube/Vimeo account set up by the PMC
>> It would be an intersting collaborative project for the list and the PMCs
>> brand mgmnt
>> J
>>> On 23 Mar 2015, at 15:08, Alexander Shorin <> wrote:
>>> Great Johs! Thank you (: Any other volunteers?
>>> As about list of companies, I think our wiki "CouchDB in the wild"
>>> page is quite good for start. At least we'll update it, at most we'll
>>> receive feedback about.
>>> With CERN, I hope Cloudant folks may help us as they did migration[1]
>>> from Oracle for them, but CouchDB was used even before such event.
>>> In case of success with the major few we could attract the others via
>>> social media - this should simplify the overall process.
>>> [1]:
>> data-management-at-cern/
>>> --
>>> ,,,^..^,,,
>>> On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 4:23 PM, Andy Wenk <> wrote:
>>>> Hey Alex,
>>>> This is a brilliant idea. And cool that you, Johs are willing to take
>>>> action. I can write an email to the ASF members and also Sally (ASF
>> press)
>>>> if anyone has contacts.
>>>> Can you prepare a list of companies we want to interview and need
>> contacts
>>>> at?
>>>> Cheers
>>>> Andy
>>>> On Mar 23, 2015 1:16 PM, "Johs Ensby" <> wrote:
>>>>> Great idea, Alexander
>>>>> this would be big-brand rub off that motivates serious effort
>>>>> since I am located in Europe I can do a proper case study based on an
>>>>> on-site video interview if anyone has the connection to a person that
>> is
>>>>> authorized to speak on behalf of BBC or CERN on this.
>>>>> I could make the contact to verify the possibility if contact info is
>> sent
>>>>> to me offlist
>>>>> johs
>>>>>> On 23 Mar 2015, at 12:43, Alexander Shorin <>
>>>>>> Dear marketing team,
>>>>>> One thought just had crossed my mind at #pouchdb channel. We all
>>>>>> that CouchDB is been used in the wild [1], especially by so major
>>>>>> companies, like BBC or CERN[2] and I believe many others.
>>>>>> There had been passed several years since those notes were added
>>>>>> the wiki and blog posts had written. I think it's good to refresh
>>>>>> knowledge on this a bit. How about to contact with those
>>>>>> for a short interview about their experience with CouchDB nowdays,
>>>>>> what they likes, what they miss, what kind of problems CouchDB helped
>>>>>> to solve, what do they expect from CouchDB in future, or why they
>>>>>> migrated from it to something else. Pretty sure they have something
>>>>>> share with us.
>>>>>> This could be a good stuff for the news and our blog. On the other
>>>>>> hand, having such feedback is also may be useful.
>>>>>> What do you think about such idea? Could it have a success?
>>>>>> P.S. I'm actually not sure how it could be implemented without direct
>>>>>> contact with a person who's actually have any relationships with
>>>>>> CouchDB, but may be someone in this list knows a guy, who knows a
>>>>>> who knows something?..Anyway, just an idea.
>>>>>> [1]:
>>>>>> [2]:
>>>>>> --
>>>>>> ,,,^..^,,,

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