A Drink With: #Hashable (and “other dude”)
[Guest post by Abby Leber, planner at JWT]
The Driskill – Saturday March 12, 1:16am. I bump into two guys wearing branded t-shirts. Self-promotion is rampant. I think the sentiment here is, if you’re not a walking poster, you’re underutilized.
Me: Hi Guys. Where’re you from?
#hashable dude: #hashable (pointing to hoodie)
Other dude: [wordlessly points to short with some name of some internet start up that aggregates something.]
Me: Oh. So, see anything you liked today? Good panels?
#hashable dude: I saw a few, but mostly was promoting our party.
Other dude: I couldn’t. I was working all day.
Me: What exactly does that mean?
Other dude: Meeting people, handing out flyers, giving out t-shirts, I’m exhausted. Did it at my last start up too. It’s what you do here. Makes this beer taste better now, though.
#hashable dude and I are both kind of amazed. It’s clear neither of us did any of that. Suddenly we feel lazy.
Me [to #hashable]: so, what did you do for your party?
#hashable dude: wear this [pointing to hoodie.]
Me: that works??!
#hashable dude: [puts my hand on his lower sleeve.] Best. Sweatshirt. Ever.
Me [completely genuine]: Wooooooooooooooooooooow. I. Need. One.
1. These people pour their hearts and soul into these start up internet companies. Unfortunately they’re a dime a dozen, especially at a place like this, and they’re in dire need of some newer tactics that get the word out than a t-shirt, though that still reigns as the most popular tactic here. Perhaps a hard-sell on their USP would be useful since I retained nothing more than [other dude].
2. That said, Ring-spun hoodies are THE WAY TO GO. Perhaps I’m a sucker, but it proves true utility will always win. I now want this sweatshirt more than any I could go out and buy. It was that comfortable. Which mentally translates into “You get what I want + It’s Exclusive = I need that now.” I now associate that yearning with #hashable. Well played, sir.
- Hashable networking app a top SXSW prospect (businessinsider.com)
- Hashable: South by Southwest’s 2011 Breakout Company? (blogs.forbes.com)