Not so much Splunk fail as much as a Splunk success. The lack of diligence in keeping the marketing literature updated is secondary to the fact that I left the relative security of a Federal contracting job and joined Splunk. The conclusion that should be drawn is it must be a very solid product to foster such a leap between career types.
– John Topp
Former Federal Agency TD, current Splunk SE – and loving it.
Even better is the revised ad, where it now crosses out John Topp’s “Major Government Agency” job title and adds “John Topp is so awesome, we hired him!”. (Seriously.)
I saw that Google Ad on osdir.com (I think), and googled John Topp since it seemed so bizarrely similar to those Ron Popeil late-night infomercials. They’d obviously lowered the price, and instead of filming the whole thing again, they simply had an announcer say, “No, Ron! Not $39.95! Just $29.95!” every time they got to the price info. In the mid-90’s infomercial, that made sense, since the cost:benefit ratio of reshooting the segment would be too high. In the Splunk ad, it just looked weird.