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The Disastrous Side-Effects of Going Viral By @RyanBateman | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps
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By: Ryan Bateman
Sep. 20, 2015 04:00 PM
The Disastrous Side-Effects of Going Viral and How to Avoid Them
I've encountered this a few times in the field when chatting with fellow marketers, even the most mature marketing organizations have made these mistakes. We aspire for exponential growth and to do it, we've adopted agile practices to fail-fast, learn from our mistakes and quickly rebound with another marketing concept that could be "the next big thing." However, when I ask marketers about what they'd do if they really accomplished virality and if their ordering systems, websites, sales teams, etc., could actually handle the volume increase they always say...
Sometimes they say: "You're so handsome Ryan, but that is a good problem to have and we'll address it then!" Okay, maybe I made up the former statement, but the latter is true.
Preparing your infrastructure for viral peaks all the time isn't cost effective but preparing for scale as you succeed is. And preparing to handle viral growth online is easier than you think. Let's look at a simple example.
Do: Communicate and Collaborate Across Marketing and IT
As you can see in the dashboard below, with no word from marketing, the IT group started freaking out a bit when they saw a sudden spike in traffic from Asia. They nearly nuked this traffic after initially thinking it was a bot attack in order to preserve their hardware costs and to sustain availability for the other countries. Luckily this IT group had the smarts to investigate the traffic type further and proactively reached out to Marketing before making a rash decision. After discovering that the traffic bump was a result of an email blast, IT wisely allowed the CDN they had in place to intelligently shoulder the increased load.
Don't: Assume increased attention directly results in increased revenue
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