Mar 11

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Tips

Thomas asks…

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I own my own business but it seems to be going no where. I make jewelry and felt crafts for children. Any tips or tricks?

Richard answers:

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James asks…

How should I market my small business online?

My husband and I just started a small retail business and are interested in marketing it online. Any suggestions as to the best way to start?

Richard answers:

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Joseph asks…

What are some good online marketing firms for an E commerce website, mainly for PPC and SEO?

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Thanks a lot for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r input.

Richard answers:

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Paul asks…

How do I send out weekly emails to people who sign up for information?

I signed up on some companies website for 52 tips to get more energy. Every week I get a tip emailed to me. I am sure that this is done by some marketing company or website or something. How is that done, because every person starts on a different week.

Richard answers:

Look at the fine print on the email you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are receiving. It should indicate the email company. If there is a remove or unsubscribe link it should also point to the company.

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David asks…

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I just recently started a work-from-500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 internet business, and I’m wondering if there are any tips or tricks to getting more traffic to my site? I don’t know alot of people that are interested personally, so I have to find prospects elsewhere. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Richard answers:

Getting traffic is a combination of a lot of things. The key to success is to create great content that visitors want to use, search engines will love and other websites will naturally link to. Of course, it’s easier said than done.

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Mar 10

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Best Practices

Carol asks…

Is there any group that discusses SEM search engine marketing ?

I”m looking to join a group that will help me market my products the best way ?

Richard answers:

The SEOchat site seems like a great match for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r question’s “title,” but after reading the whole question, I suspect you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势’ve just used “SEM search engine marketing” as a buzzword, and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want help learning or improving all aspects of online marketing.

There are many online discussion groups, forums, and email discussion lists about marketing. Not surprisingly, the most common topic of discussion is “search marketing,” which is really two separate-but-tightly-related activities, “paid search” (ppc, adwords) and “search engine optimization” (seo).

Two groups that I actively read each day are:


These are both lists primarily for experienced marketers and business owners.

I also participate actively in another community of “affiliate marketers,” at:


Always spend a LOT of time reading any discussion forum or email list before you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 post; make sure you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 understand the rules and the community’s common practices.

Linda asks…

How would you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 promote a neighborhood business?

I’m trying to create a personal business and I have business cards and have made flyers for my business. It is pet sitting and many other things. Someone else beat me to the pet sitting, but I still want to practice my other businesses. I have made prices and have references, but nobody is calling. I haven’t put up the flyers yet, because I don’t know where to put them! I also have a babysitting business too. What kind of other promoting should I do, and any other ideas for different businesses?
I don’t want to do any online surveys.

Richard answers:

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George asks…

Is there a practice management software system available for med spas?

I am an office manager for a small med spa and looking for practice management software similar to medical practice software. Any information that can point me in the right direction would be great help.

Richard answers:

I work with a small med spa office that uses PatientNOW Medical Spa Studio, since adopting this software and the features it offers, they have experienced increased productivity and revenue.

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The med spa documentation management allows each patient file to be free of human error from lost of misfiled documents, which is a more common occurrence with manual office filing. Initial set up of necessary documentation and forms with this software is made simple and quick with the templates that are provided.

The marketing resources provided by the software allow a great tool for re-targeting all previous patients and interested leads through contacts created within the system. Custom messaging to promote med spa packages, gift cards, and loyalty points that relate to specific services or procedures that the patient has previously received or expressed future interest allows the patient to be notified of upcoming marketing promotions.

The number of procedures being performed per month has increased, as has the volume of patients returning and/or making appointments for new services, which has allowed tremendous growth in revenue for their business. Additionally, office productivity has increased because of the tasks that PatientNOW takes care of, leaving you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r staff to focus on more important activities, like the patient.

Ken asks…

What computer courses should I take to make myself more marketable?

Im 29 and embarrassed to say that I know next to nothing about computers. I know WORD but just what I needed to write essays as a university student. Now Im finished but I feel at a huge disadvantage because Ive got a liberal arts degree and its very hard to get a job. I have a lot of qualities and life experiences that I believe have made me a well rounded and educated person. I speak 3 languages fluently; I have lived in various countries. But as you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 recent college graduates know, having specific jobs skills or experience in a field are the most valuable assets. the job market isnt for those who have a broad education. Im in a post bachelor diploma now to get a teaching certificate, but I would also like to have more options, maybe work for a company in an office job. I have a bachelors degree in Linguistics. I GREATLY appreciate you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r advice; Im pretty frustrated and a little depressed. Thanks!

Richard answers:

Your best bet is to *first* sit down with a general overview from a good tech book series such as the “missing manual” or “visual quickstart guide” — e.g. “Mac OS X: The Missing Manual”, by David Pogue … These two particular series are designed to be read alone, sitting next to a computer, and will teach you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 nearly everything you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 need to know. Books published by O’Reilly or Peachpit are you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r best bet. After a general overview to the operating system of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r choice, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 should learn Word, Excel, and Powerpoint … Word and powerpoint you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can learn from practice and exploring (they’re easier than they look): make up bogus documents and format them to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r hearts content… Play with the styles and templates … Peruse a guide in the library. Excel you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 really need to learn from a book/workshop. Knowing Microsoft Access will make you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 extremely marketable to many small businesses. Many townships have community education programs which teach all of this.

You should spend about a month learning the OS, the bundled applications (email, address book, calendar, web browser, and so on), and what all of the settings do, and then the office suite should take you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 4 to 6 months to get pretty competent (the bulk of the time being on Access and Excel).

The icing on the cake for a business is experience in scripting and programming languages. You should learn HTML and Visual Basic (both of which would take you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 a couple months), and especially Java (which would take you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 a year if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 took a semester-long class, which is taught at every community college in the country).

Lisa asks…

What are some of the computer skills middle aged employee’s need to learn the most to keep up with technology?

I want to create a class to offer middle aged men and women that would beef up their computer literacy skills so that they will still be able to market themselves should they find themselves unemployed. I am curious as to what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 think those basic skills are and how important each skill would be to someone who might find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide with technology should they loose their job?

Richard answers:

They should know how to use Microsoft Office and operating systems like Windows XP since it is used in many 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势s, schools, offices, and etc…there are many good free tutorials for that:

Windows XP and Vista and MS Office:

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Various tutorials for MS Office:

Teach-ICT is a great educational website for learning about computers:

They probably should know how to use email, MS Outlook, and etc…YouTube would have many computer tutorials:


If they want some hands on experience and practice using Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint then they can get the Kingsoft Office 2007 Free Personal suite version.

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-Kingsoft Office 2007 menu interface is SIMILAR to the one for MS Office 2003

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Here is a website that gives more information about the Kingsoft Office 2007 free version:

Good luck and I hope this helps!

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Mar 09

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Lists

Mandy asks…

How exactly do email marketing companies work?

Do you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 just pay them to send out emails to an opt in list and design if needed or are there other fees too, like fees for links and fees for every time that link is clicked?

Richard answers:

Try this:

Michael asks…

How to mass market a product/service?

How can I mass market a product to consumers? what is the best way and most affordable way? I know of kijiji ads, facebook ads… what else?

Also, what is the best way to capture leads (emails, names, etc)?

Can I buy twitter postings (a company with a big following sells posts on their account to their large following)?

Does anyone know of any legitimate email marketing companies? Ones that have their own lists and send out emails for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势?


Richard answers:

Hi Matty,

The methods that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have mentioned so far are essentially a waste of time and money. Trust me I have tried them several times. You do not want to rent or buy other peoples’ lists because they will not be targeted towards you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r product/service and the people receiving the messages will not be responsive. Think about what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 would do if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 received a random email about some product or service that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have never expressed an interest in. Would you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 even look at it?

What I suggest is that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 set up the following:
Facebook page
Twitter Account
Google+ Account
Pinterest account
Youtube account (very powerful for SEO)

Link all of these things together and put up a bunch of content (you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can get content written and videos made cheaply on

Drive traffic towards the blog or a squeeze page where you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will have an opt-in form. You always want to ask permission before sending emails. This is not just for ethical reasons, it also increases the responsiveness of the list because as far as they are concerned they have chosen to be marketed to and are actually expecting to be contacted by you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势.

Here is a post by Seth Godin (marketing genius) about permission marketing:

Here is some information about using this method for email marketing campaigns

I hope this helps!

Helen asks…

How much could I sell my databases for?

I research small businesses and compile databases on company info that I find. How can I find out how much people normally expect to pay for this type of information? I am aiming to supply telemarketers and web designers/developers and improvers/email marketing companies/Insurance companies.
Pretty new to this type of work. So any help with how much I could charge would be most useful, also how to sell them and where.
I was thinking I could perhaps sell them as hard copies on Ebay one fee for multiple rights (to more than one buyer) or sole rights to one buyer, under Ebays BUY NOW policy.

Compiling my databases by postal areas. eg. Cambridge, Birmingham.

Richard answers:

I do not want to put you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 off its a good idea.
You have to be careful if they data contains personel information even such as a telephone number that is a direct line it may breech the 1998 (revised 2001) Data protection act if they have not given consent.

In this country general company information is ok although not in Italy.

It would depend on who you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are selling it to, how many are on it,
how up to date it is, and how much detail is provided.

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Mary asks…

How can I improve my email marketing campaigns?

I have a small list of emails of people who are interested. I would like to increase my list.

Richard answers:

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Lizzie asks…

I need to know about email marketing?

Whether any email marketing companies in chennai, i would like to know about email marketing, how that will help for my business.

Richard answers:

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Mar 08

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Templates

James asks…

Where can I find templates for a business newsletter?

I am looking for some attractive templates to use for a business marketing newsletter. Ideally free. I get many of these sent to my email address. Many of these I dismiss. However, some really do catch the eye. I am trying to take my company down the emarketing route, and I am just a bit green on the subject. Many thanks in advance of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r replies…………….

Richard answers:


Maria asks…

How to write for money on the internet?

I want to know how and where can I write and make money on the internet. Give me services, websites, emails, people.

Richard answers:

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William asks…

Where in a company does a Graphic Designer work and doing what?

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Give me a break!
Only spam?

Richard answers:

Graphic designers typically work in the marketing department for larger companies or, more specifically, in advertising or marketing firms. It’s their job to maintain the companies’ brand (i.e. Logo, slogan, color scheme, powerpoint template, email marketing template) and can help design ads or any other visual elements that a marketing group might require.

Ruth asks…

How to start a clothing website for my store?

I own a women’s boutique as well as a children’s store. I was wondering what the best way to get a website going that would put our name out there. I wanted to start with just some information on our store and then build to be able to sell our clothing online. We are a small company with only these two stores and are trying to break through onto the online market as well as get our name and information out there! Thanks for you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r help!

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Mary asks…

Where can I find someone who can help me build a website?

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Mar 07

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing

Ruth asks…

Techy stuff I need to know before I start an email marketing campaign ?

I need some advice related to the more techy part of email marketing. I hear things about aweber, VPS, interspire, MTA, Dedicated Servers, socks proxies, SMTP etc. But everything is so confusing.
Let’s say I have a BIG forum with thousands and thousands of members and I want to send them an e-mail every 2 weeks. I read all about spam acts, subscribers, unsubscribers, opt-ins, double-optins,
HTML email format but I can’t seem to make the connection between the marketing part and the tech part of this.

What do I need in terms of hardware, software, scripts and all that ?
If I have interspire do I need VPS ?
If I have interspire do I need socks proxies ?
If I want to send 10.000 emails to all the members in one day what kind of VPS do I need (RAM,HDD,internet connection) ?
If I want to send 200 emails/day what kind of VPS do I need ?
If I have VPS do I need a a aweber account ?

Please explain in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own words…

Richard answers:

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6) Makes things easier refer 1 for autoresponder

Sharon asks…

Wat is a good book about email marketing?

I’m looking for a good book about email marketing. It has to include mailings and newsletters. How to create the best newsletter out there for example.

Any tips?

Richard answers:

Here’s a list of the top five email marketing books.


Here’s a good book on branding, just for fun.

Betty asks…

How to build targeted email marketing lists?

I am a affiliater.
How to build targeted email marketing lists?

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William asks…

Has anyone used an email marketing company to send out safelist emails?

There are so many email marketing companies on the internet and it is difficult to choose which one to go for to promote affiliate products.

Is there anyone who has used one and can happily recommend?

Many thanks.

Richard answers:

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Robert asks…

How to Start Bulk Email Marketing Without Becoming a Spammer?

Without spamming and fair with Google Penguin I want to start Bulk Email Marketing. I want a real bulk email service provider company.

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Mar 06

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Software

Richard asks…

who are the best email marketing software candidates for a community of over 20,000?


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Laura asks…

Where do I register my mail id to start e-mail marketing worldwide?

I’d like to start email marketing for my software product. I want to do it legal and hence I want to register my mail ID with the regulatory authority so that I wont be levied any penalty in future. Kindly help me….

Richard answers:

There is no e-mail registry that makes spamming (or marketing) legal.

Mary asks…

How to get email addresses for marketing my business?

I am looking into doing some email marketing for my business. My list of emails is relatively small at the moment and these are made up of existing customers and enquires etc. I have tried searching at Google, sorry Yahoo and going through website after website to get emails but it is taking ages.
My web designer gave me some software to help but it is so complicated that I am still no further on.
Please any help in this area would be great.
Many thanks

Richard answers:

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James asks…

How do large companies send out millions of email in a day without them instantly going to the spam folder?

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Richard answers:

Most companies are cheating when they send out millions of emails. The servers have them sign an agreement that they won’t do this. So the companies are usually cheating since they promised they wouldn’t do it.
The software they use allows them to “spoof” the server into thinking that the emails are coming from 100 different locations and computers. There is not one single company that is legally sending out millions of emails every day. Not one..

Sandy asks…

What kind of design software should I get for work?

I need something to help me design professional & creative looking emails for our Email Marketing. Along with postcards, flyer’s, posters I might need to design for work.

Richard answers:

The same stuff everyone else uses for that type of stuff.

Office Suite (OpenOffice or MS Office) – Emails

Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks/GIMP – Logos, Postcards, other graphics

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Mar 05

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Companies

Mark asks…

Can you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 tell me an effective email advertising website?

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Richard answers:


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Donald asks…

What’s the reputable email marketing company to use for sending email ads?

I need a professional company that uses only opt-in email addresses and can geotarget campaigns.

Richard answers:

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Robert asks…

How do I design a HTML email campaign?

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Richard answers:

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Mar 04

Interesting Questions About Email List Building Best Practices

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Lizzie asks…

What is the best option after a 3 -year Undergraduate degree in U.S?

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Associate’s Degree (this takes about two years and is the lowest of all degrees, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can get one from a junior college, community college, or university…some people get their associate’s from a community/junior and then transfer to a university to get the next level…)

Bachelor’s Degree (this is the degree that most students go for, it takes normally takes four years at an accreditted university)

Master’s Degree (this takes roughly six years, and is usually in preparation for the next step…)

Doctorate (this is the highest level of degree available and takes roughly 8 years to complete)

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Ken asks…

can you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 hypnotize people who already know you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势?

i am studying the power of suggestion, NLP, and basic hypnosis. my questions are: #1, can you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 hypnotize someone who already knows you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r speech patterns/mannerisms (since you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have to fake confidence, among other things)?

#2, would anything about my appearance make it more difficult to hypnotize people? i’ve noticed that most hypnotists are men who command presence and respect, and i wonder if being moderately attractive, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势ng, female, or shorter than my “subjects” would get in the way of controlling their complete focus. please answer only if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 have experience or knowledge to offer.

Richard answers:

As for #1, yes. Many of the people I have hypnotized are people that I have known. While patterns/mannerism can be important, I would put rapport building *MUCH MUCH* higher on the list. Confidence comes with practice. I remember my first time I was nervous as all heck, but now I barely even think about it.

#2, What you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r describing with the way people dress, etc. This are examples of creating the expectation (or setting the stage). Creating the expectation is important. Why do you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 think top level business people all wear “power suits”? It creates expectation that they know what they are talking about, and one should listen to what they have to say. While it can be effective, remember everyone doesn’t necessarily respond the same way. I’m sure everyone can think of a time where someone dressed in a “power suit” (think: obnoxious salesperson) and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 were just turned off completely.

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As for questioning “if being a moderately attractive, you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势ng, female, or shorter than my “subjects” could get in the way of controlling their complete focus.” Ask you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势rself this.. Are you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 creating you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own expectation that this will be a determining factor? I know many hypnotists that are all and none of the factors you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 listed (and everything in between) that are successful.

Make sure you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r clients expectations are realistic. Expecting to be able to “control their complete focus” is not realistic. If they don’t want to focus, they are not going to focus. PERIOD. The question is: As a hypnotist/NLPer, how to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 best facilitate an environment that will assist them to focus better? It’s a collaborative process. I’m not sure the exact environment that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are planning to work in, but that can make a difference.

Email is on the profile if you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 want further details.

Mark asks…

What are the best marketing strategies for websites?

I recently set up a website and would like to know what are the best marketing strategies for websites.

My website:

Richard answers:

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3) Learn to use Email Marketing Effectively.

4) Dominate you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r marketing niche with affiliate, reseller, and associate programs.

5) Request an analysis from an Internet marketing coach/ consultant.

6) Build a responsive opt-in email list.

7) Publish articles or get listed in news stories.

8) Write and publish online press releases.

9) Facilitate and run contests and giveaways via you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r web site.

10) Blog and interact with you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r visitors.

George asks…

Do you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 think privatization is the answer to reducing the bureaucracy in democracy?

Richard answers:

Yes, paying contractors 3 times what you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 pay the bureaucrats to get the same work done makes a crapload of sense.

To some of the other answerers: yes, anarchy is SOOOO much better than democracy.

To John E, in particular: and you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势’ve actually worked in the federal government, and can say this conclusively is true? Because I do work for the federal government, and I can tell you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 right now that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r answer is complete BS.

“Yes, golgafrincham, I can state conclusively that I have worked, and seen the tremendous efficiency.”

I never said it was efficient, did I? That wasn’t the question.

“I only worked from 630 to 430 today (in my real private job), no OTJ breakfast, didn’t eat but 5 minutes lunch on the job.”

Sounds like my day, except I start a half hour earlier and I consciously take a half hour for lunch. And I didn’t / don’t put in for overtime or comp time, because I know I am working for the taxpayer.

“Why, in every federal place I have worked, has the first step been to ‘punch in’. Then its coffee, email, breakfast, shopping online, go get an oil change while on the clock. Maybe you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are in charge of policing it.”

The fact that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 say “punch in” shows how much of a liar you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are. And funny, both in private and public jobs I’ve held, bringing in donuts (before work, but to be eaten during work time) and making coffee (on the clock) were / are commonly accepted practices. And email is part of my workday, that is just weird that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 listed it. The rest is according to the individual, although I’ve never seen or heard of anyone getting an oil change on the clock. And, no, I’m not in charge of policing, it, I just know myself and my co-workers have respect, not only for the oath of office we took when we were hired (*), but in respect for the taxpayers (which includes ourselves) that are footing our wages.

In my two years with the federal government, I have never put in for overtime pay, even though I technically work overtime most weeks. And I know several people who put in far more hours than I do, that I know never put in for overtime pay (some of them do put in for comp time). I know in my last two private sector jobs, we had something called “beer-thirty” every Friday, on the clock: can’t do that on a government job. We also frequently had potluck lunches that usually took over an hour, and no one accounted it as a long lunch. I know I can as-built a building in less than a week, or contract someone to do the same job in the same amount of time, and pay them 3 times as much, but only after going through the contracting process to hire them. I know my folks can lay 2,500′ of sewer line for well under half the price of a contractor: we put the contract out last year, had crazy high bids (even in this economy) and opted to do it in house for just that reason.

* Ever take an oath, of loyalty to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r country, to protect you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r country’s interests, and to uphold the Constitution, in the private sector? Sorry, NDAs don’t count. My oath of office was pretty doggone similar to the one I took when I joined the Marines back in 1985.

The answer to reducing bureaucracy in a democracy is to dismantle the democracy. A government with an efficient bureaucracy is called a dictatorship. In a democracy, we have oversight, buffers, checks and balances to ensure objectivity and control corruption, and to ensure the bureaucracy does not become more powerful than the politicians. These are all things a dictatorship doesn’t need, a dictator can simply execute someone that makes him unhappy. These are also all things that make the bureaucracy less efficient than it could be (yes, I know that not ALL government bloat is in the checks and balances and oversight, but that is the vast majority of it). And in a democracy, these are all things we must have.

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Mar 03

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势

Laura asks…

What are some of the main laws when capturing emails for future marketing purposes?

We’re starting to collect prospect and customer email addresses so we may run email marketing campaigns soon.

Richard answers:

U.S. Can-Spam regulations (look it up) essentially says it’s not legal to market to an email address you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 don’t have a prior relationship with. In the internet marketing field they commonly recruit people to join their mail list with a “squeeze page” expressly designed to get that volunteered email address often offering some sort of incentive like an eBook or webinar. Those with plenty of material to promote have no problem spending $5 in ad cost to get a consumer to sign up to their list, confident they can earn it back within some months. It’s pretty common to use an email management service to maintain a clean email list, they insist that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 get people to sign up to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r list through the management company provided form, many don’t allow email lists to be imported. These services, like are often used for automated mail sequences, others like Constant Contact (I believe) are not so geared for automated message sequences. These services avoid getting on emailer blacklists by maintaining a good relationship with ISP postmasters and using multiple IP addresses, they often provide better deliver-ability rates than you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r own email account may.


Joseph asks…

What are the best ways to advertise online, besides the normal search engines, Google, Yahoo, etc.?

I am starting a new business and want to know you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r opinion on what works. I see a lot of different companies offering the best service and I want to know which are the best.

Also, do things like email marketing, newspapers, banners, etc work?

My business will be an online investment company. Thanks!!

Richard answers:

Email marketing and posting advertisements on classifieds is one of the most effectiveness way to get people interested about you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r business.

Carol asks…

What is the best service/program to send email newsletters to established list of 1400 people?

We used a free version with our previous web host, but have moved to go daddy and their Express Email Marketing program was a total disaster for us. We need one that is relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain and use for a non-technical person.

Richard answers:

One that I’ve used it mail chimp. I think it might be I think you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 pay about a cent an email. They have a good html email set up section. If the website isn’t right just search for mailchimp. Make sure you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 don’t spam, they’ll kick you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 out pretty quick.

Sharon asks…

Is it illegal to call companies requesting information under false pretense?

I’m being advised by my manager to call companies to acquire names and email addresses of management staff for future marketing services. We are being made to call from a blocked number, and act as though we are or were recently customers at these places. Is there anything illegal about this practice?
I’m feeling like it is unethical, but wanted to find out if there were legal implications to this, as well.

Richard answers:

Its lying….and i agree its unethical…..”thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” exodus 20:16….so, my suggestion is to talk to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r manager and say that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can’t do this b/c it is wrong

Ruth asks…

Is this too expensive for email marketing software?

My boss spends over lb300 a month on a subscription to an email marketing software that allows him to send a newsletter out to thousands of contacts at a time. I told this to someone who works in this kind of thing and he said that you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 can get the same thing for about lb15 a month. I told my boss about this and he ignored my advice and when I mentioned it to somebody else in the office they said that he probably uses that software because the guy who runs it is his “friend”.
Is my boss an idiot or what?

Richard answers:

Your boss isn’t necessarily an “idiot”. There can be any number of motivations for choosing a particular vendor. Each business needs to evaluate their own particular needs and then select the vendor that best suits those needs. Pricing plans range from flat rate monthly plans to graduated plans where the price goes up the larger you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r list gets.

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Mar 02

Interesting Questions About Email Marketing Strategies For Small Business

Sharon asks…

Are people more receptive to Online Marketing?

In the current economic climate I m looking at starting some online Marketing, are people much more receptive to it now than 5 years ago?

Richard answers:


Case in point: Facebook. While people mainly use it for personal use, it’s widely used to promote small and large businesses alike.

Email marketing, pay per click advertising and even article writing & distribution play huge rolls in a businesses marketing strategy and all are online.

Daniel asks…

I need that they help me in this case for marketing assignment. Help?

The owner of a firm that manufacture heavy equipment there is determined expansion the efforts of sale a base regional to national one. However, this does not know if decides to continue utilizing the presents one politics promotion of the firm. Which i s to utilize personal sale exclusively. As a manager of marketing, it to order to the president to include national announcements in the mixture promotion? Than other strategies it suggest?
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Richard answers:

Not knowing where you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are, makes this difficult to answer, but I’ll give it a shot.

Since you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are trying to go from a Regional to a National marketing effort, I’d recommend the following:

1. Press Releases to Newspapers, TV, Magazine and Radio in the new areas you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r company is entering. (Most will never be printed, but it’s worth the small cost.)

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Carol asks…

How can I earn money if I am a kid by investing in something like the stock market?

Richard answers:

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I lucked out – my Dad has done business with a broker from one of the larger investment houses for more than 20 years, so after college I sat with him for an hour and opened an account and got advice. My broker is now a principal with the investment house – one of the owners. And if I email a question, he still calls me back that day and asks what he can do to help me.

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Donna asks…

I want to start a 500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 based business. I need suggestions.?

I want to charge a small fee for scheduling services for small local businesses. I am in a resort area. I can charge fee for selling gift basket deliveries to cabins or other stuff like dinners, massages, etc. I need ligitamate & legal service ideas. Can anyone help. I’m a single mom wanting to support my kids. I don’t want to get rich quick or be overrun with junk mail!

Richard answers:

You already have a business idea or two, the rest remains in getting people to know about it.
Design, or get someone to design business you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r card which you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 will hand out to people you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 know and don’t know (yet).

Figure out the marketing plan: who, what where and how of the
business. This will help determine the best place to spread the word.

A free website (geocities, etc.) would be nice too, so people could see pictures of you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r product. Gift baskets are a very visual item that customers will need to first see, or have a close-enough idea of what they’re getting. People could check out a website 24/7 and get you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r contact info, as well as send it to their friends, while you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势 are handing out you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r card. (which reminds me, put the website info on you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r card by you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r email and phone number).

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Thomas asks…

How to advertise my small business.?

I have a small BIONICOS (sells mixture of fruits, shakes,tortas, etc) business restaurant. I remodel it, but I want ideas as to how to increase traffic to increase sales once I reopen it again. Please provide other ideas besides : coupons, Facebook/twitter, email list, grand opening event, website, I already have those. thanks in advance

Richard answers:


STEP 1- Introduce you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r business. The most efficient and cost effective way is send you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r promotion or introduction out directly to you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r prospective customers mail box, send it as a slide in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r local news paper (within reasonable radius length), or just write an edited story about you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r business in you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r local news paper(NO TV. NO RADIO) however the writing language shouldn’t appear to be like an advertisement more than introducing you500彩票幸运快三怎么看走势r business/products; it has to be editorial language.
STEP 2-collecting feedbacks and CUSTOMERS CONTACT DETAILS. Please use the templates for feedback & use the survey form (never ask customer for their contact details directly, it has to be in proper form or language).
STEP 3- collecting information on what is working best. Please refer to the customer survey form.
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