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Adding “English Subtitles” to Propellerheads’ prop wash

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Aug. 9, 2023

Our content can sometimes seem like a complicated foreign movie that needs English subtitles to be understood.

Ken Sinclair

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Our content can sometimes seem like a complicated foreign movie that needs English subtitles to be understood.

We want to use our most effective marketing strategies to attract our audience’s interest. Then we need to include “English Subtitles” (the marketing explanation of the complex concepts we offer, along with the reasons why we posted)

Once we have created contexted clarity, we can deliver and highlight “a quote or a show me” a small portion of the information we present.

I have been lacking this English Subtitle and going straight into the technical details. The history of for 25 years is Propellerheads talking to Propellerheads,

A Propeller head is an urban slang term for someone exceptionally knowledgeable, especially in a technical field. This slang has become synonymous with computer geek or techno-geek. Propeller head was first used in 1982, and is still used in technology development companies and organizations. The term was taken from cartoon characters of techie fans who happen to wear a child’s beanie cap with a propeller sticking out at the top of it.

Now marketing needs to provide English subtitles to prepare the unwashed for the prop wash they are about to experience. 

This youtube video is a summary of July sessions where I verbalize the need for English Subtitles.

This captured collection of Youtube links the future vision of Cloud-Native Buildings connects to July’s complex discussions and thoughts on what cloud-native buildings are. Without Any English Subtitles

We did add this English subtitle as a bandaid.

“Cloud-native ” might seem foreign, but the data architecture is very familiar. Most of us use it every day without even knowing it. You use a cloud-native architecture if you have a smartphone with an app. Most of the “stuff” that makes up a social media, calendar, or other app exists outside your phone. Sure, we download apps to our phones, and most of us think that’s where they live, but most of the data, processing, etc., that makes apps work lives someplace else—that someplace is the cloud. Cloud-native buildings work similarly, where resources, data, and computation would happen, not just somewhere else but everywhere. 

But more English subtitles are needed.

In this interview, I share my concerns about unwinding our propeller talk, our prop wash.

In Episode 421, Ken shares the latest trends he is seeing, including how Cloud Native Buildings are affording smart building owners new ways to make their buildings smarter.

Linking time-curated youtube to help with our English Subtitles can be very effective.

We often find that it is new editors in our industry who can best provide clarity with these subtitles as they immediately are part of the prop wash they need to understand. After a time, they will start talking funny, like us, and their value will diminish as English Subtitle writers.

Our Contributing Editor, Brian Collins, provides this wisdom.

Any good content marketing strategy will repurpose its content. When it makes sense, we should create ONE piece of content (e.g., an interview) and then use it to make other pieces. We save time. For example, we turn an interview into a blog, then turn that blog into a video and embed it, then chop that video up into an extended version (YouTube) and a short version (TikTok). These pieces reinforce and point to one another to make one cohesive piece.  

We should find a piece of content and take a shot at including the “English Subtitles” while also repurposing it. I want to take a stab at “translating” the Cloud-Native idea.  

First, we need to clarify what the cloud is.

What’s the Cloud? A Non-Techie Explanation Cloud computing has been around for a while, but longevity never ensures understanding. I mean, the general theory of relativity is 108-years old, and I still don’t get it. So, I’ve challenged myself to use my skills in simplifying technical jargon to explain how “the cloud” works.

This English Subtitle defining what the cloud is was well received on LinkedIn.

Here is another example of how we speak in annoying acronyms, “CABAASHB” Yes, that is clear to the unwashed. July 27, 2023 — The smart home and intelligent building sectors are evolving, and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is responding. CABA is proud to announce our name change to the Association for Smarter Homes & Buildings, or ASHB.

These carefully curated subtitles, for many, will become the message if they are well-contexted. They would become the Coles Notes. for the industry. Many folks need to know about the existence of the information in our posts and the Community of Practice. COP that supports these concepts

Blast from the past Communities of Practice March 14, 2019

The importance of being part of and creating CoPs — Communities of Practice. Ken Sinclair

The amount of information we all need to absorb is so overwhelming that understanding the concepts presented by posting its COP and the URL for retrieval may be enough for most.

The editorial skill to write carefully curated context-correct subtitles will be a valuable commodity to our industry and is an immediate need.