[Yapc-na-organizers] [Fwd: Re: Corporate Pricing]

Daniel J. Wright Dan at DWright.Org
Fri Jun 27 04:54:52 PDT 2008


 Guess I need to get used to manually specifying the mailing list address
whenever replying.


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Subject: Re: [Yapc-na-organizers] Corporate Pricing
From:    "Daniel J. Wright" <Dan at DWright.Org>
Date:    Fri, June 27, 2008 7:53 am
To:      bob.clancy at verizon.net

That's a very interesting idea.

What kind of content would we provide with the professional teachers?
What distinguishes it from the rest of the talks (other than the

Also, I wonder if this could have the disadvantage of causing some of the
people that normally talk at YAPC for free to decide they aren't
interested in talking unless they are getting paid?


> I was thinking about what I thought would attact more corporate money on
> the train ride home this evening.  What kept coming to mind was a split
> conference/training program with professional teachers.  Corporate
> students would spend each morning in advanced training sessions and the
> afternoons attending conference sessions.  The morning conference
> sessions can be the more specialized "Perl community" sessions like
> Parrot/Perl6 or Perl Advocacy topics, and the afternoon conference
> sessions could be the more practical topics such as testing, perl
> program garage, etc.  I'm not sure whether this idea would work but I
> want to put the idea on the table for discussion and/or further
> brainstorming.
> --
> Bob
> On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at  7:15 PM, Daniel J. Wright wrote:
>> I don't think that this would necessarily be a change in the price
> structure as much as an augmentation.   The idea that was proposed,
> originally by Columbus.pm, was that we offer a higher tier pricing in
> addition to the current pricing.
> We would, of course, need to find some way to provide some additional
> value for the higher tier.   Two items that I had in mind would be: 1)
> Automatic enrollment in master classes, and 2) Some sort of concierge
> service to assist with hotel / enrollment options.
> The issue that this was intended to address came from certain larger
> businesses that provided the feedback that they would not send people to
> YAPC, simply because of the low price.   In their estimation, low price
> is
> synonymous with un-professionalism and low quality.
> I don't think it hurts to explore this idea, particularly if it would
> have
> little or no impact on our current audience.   One worst-case scenario
> would be that we offer the additional tier, and nobody takes advantage
> of
> it.   Another scenario that we would need to avoid is one that casts
> patrons at the normal level as second-class guests.
> This need not be a problem / solution scenario necessarily.  Sometimes
> you
> just need to explore new ideas (carefully) for the sake of stumbling on
> to
> the next new thing.
> -Dan
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