Coronavirus reveals the schmuck deficit

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Have you been good to your customers? They will stand by you now. Have you been mean? Then don’t be surprised when they desert you in your time of need. That’s the schmuck deficit. Payback is a bitch. Many of the companies, large and small, that I deal with regularly are hurting right now. I’m … Continued

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan takes a step in the right direction on privacy

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As we all try to work from home, Zoom videoconferencing has become the hottest company on the planet. It’s also at the center of a firestorm of criticism on privacy and security. Yesterday, CEO Eric S. Yuan tried to address the problem. His post is a good first step, but now Zoom has to follow … Continued

Perfectly meaningless: can you top these vacuous COVID-19 emails?

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Of course your inbox is full of virus-driven emails. And of course they mostly suck. By now, most companies have sent their stupid email and then learned to shut up. But not all of them. If you have nothing to say in this difficult time, say nothing. It’s rare that I see an email that … Continued

A few very dumb COVID-19 corporate messages

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Every corporation you’ve ever done business with is now filling your inbox with “reassuring” messages. Most of them are companies you’ll never work with again, so they’re just an annoying background buzz. But some of them are actively dopey. Things are bad enough — this is no time for more self-inflicted brand damage. And now, … Continued

Delta Air Lines coronavirus response beats the other US airlines

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With the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreading, is it safe to fly? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says yes. From their site: Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes. Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers … Continued

Is Verizon’s customized customer service video a good idea?

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Verizon sent me a video about my bill this month. It was very strange to see a customized video about my billing details. I think this is a good idea — but I worry about similar videos used for phishing purposes. I recently called Verizon, my Internet provider, to see if I could upgrade the … Continued