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194 weeks ago, by Tim
Template or Plain Text Emails?
When it comes to your email Inbox which, if any, unknown emails do you glance over?

1/ the pretty template versions
2/ or the plain text ones?

Personally, if its a template it's generic and not written to me so I delete it immediately. I'm not interested in a mass market message. Plain text has a chance as it 'appears' more personal.

Do you find the same? It confuses me as we are usually attracted towards something that looks nice but when it comes to emails I find the opposite.
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194 weeks ago, by John
Curiously, if asked to choose I'd opt for the html one too. People behave in strange ways...
194 weeks ago, by Tim
It is a strange one. I'm torn between doing what I would like to read in the interests of only communicating and working with like-minded individuals. But aren't you supposed to give people what they want? Having an option is the way, as Jackie mentioned.

I knew your name ewas familiar John...you're on that 99p list! :-)
194 weeks ago, by John
On the 99p list? Wow, chuffed that someone feels I'm that important!
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194 weeks ago, by Tim
Very Cheap Email/Contact Details of Surrey Businesses
No, I am not selling them!

I have just taken delivery of [by an Excel document in an email] 13,000 business names, contact names, addresses and the all important email addresses etc.

So what did that cost? You won't believe it....99p!

I only bought it to see if it was a real deal and if I could obtain 13,000 email addresses of Surrey businesses for 99p. It seems one is able to.

How many are worthwhile and active contacts? I've no idea.
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194 weeks ago, by Tim
Damn! I'll never see that money again Jeremy. But sometimes you're intrigued enough to step inside.
194 weeks ago, by Jeremy
I once "stumbled" across a list of emails for Greater Manchester which I shouldn't have had access to. I compared them to my Plaxo list using Excel and found 54 in common (out of 28,000). A lesson here somewhere...
194 weeks ago, by Tim
What a great combined list that would have been.

So what we're saying here is that any kind of email list, no matter how good value it appears to be, is totally useless and worthless as no one has given permission or opted in?

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195 weeks ago, by Tim
What is Your Favourite Business or Sales Film?
Even though I have never had any intention of becoming a stock broker 'Wall Street' and 'Boiler Room' remain amongst two of my most watched films of all time. I can just keep on watching them.

'Wall Street 2 Money Never Sleeps', although good, was a let down after waiting so long for it to be made. The Charlie Sheen [Bud Fox] brief appearance was the highlight for me.
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195 weeks ago, by John
Sales Film: The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Based on a true story, Sean Penn as a luckless and socially awkward sales person, Samuel Byck, who decides to assassinate Nixon after his boss describes him as the greatest salesman in history by virtue of his fake election promises to pull out of Vietnam.

Any professional salesperson will have endured some tough times and I'm sure would have a little empathy for Penn's portrayal of those feelings.
195 weeks ago, by John
Business: Brewster's Millions or Trading Places...
194 weeks ago, by Tim
Has anyone seen THE PIRATES OF SILICONE VALLEY? No it's not about tearaway sailors doing breast enlargements!

It's Jobs vs. Gates and their rises to the top, but focusing more on Apple.

I haven't finished it yet, but you'll enjoy it if you liked The Social Network.
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196 weeks ago, by Tim
GREGG'S [or as they call it, GREGGS] Book Title
Gregg's, the High Street bakery chain, have a paperback book for sale by the tills in their shops. It's called 'BREAD'.

Don't you think 'HOW TO MAKE DOUGH' would have been a better title? Or 'LET'S MAKE SOME DOUGH'?

Every time I go in there their lack of an apostrophe in their name irritates me. Waterstone's recently dropped theirs saying they were moving with the times. What, so morons don't make so many glaring & basic errors? The irony of a purveyor of knowledge dumbing down their name!
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196 weeks ago, by Jackie
With that in mind, you might like one of my blogs: kingell.wordpress.com - saving the world, one apostrophe at a time.
196 weeks ago, by Jackie
Tim: It's 'bored with' not 'bored of' ;-)

http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/bored-by-of-or-with
195 weeks ago, by Tim
Aha, damned English language throwing up these traps. Thanks Jackie.
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196 weeks ago, by Tim
What Does Your Logo Portray About You?
If you are intrigued by colours in corporate branding and logos then take a quick look at this colour chart guide:
http://thelogocompany.net/blog/infographics/psychology-color-logo-design/

I am just putting my new logo together and it's easy to become confused and overwhelmed with the choices you can take and directions you can go in.

Any advice from your own experiences will be gratefully received.
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196 weeks ago, by Tim
@ John - good link. It tells me what I sort of knew already, but reinforces it. It's like I wish there were simply 'other colours we dream up' that I could use as black and red were my previous businesses colours but that's what they says are the best colours for marketing! GRRR!
196 weeks ago, by James
Yes, that's why I said I'm not sure. I think they work well together but I also understand that nature is ordered a certain way. On balance I think that people will be able to look at ML and not mistake it for a wasp.
196 weeks ago, by Tim
I think you're safe yes.
I'm probably going to use yellow and red on medium blue background. I saw it used and it's just the impression I want to make. I needed it to be bright without looking like it was desperately trying too hard. Watch this space anyway.
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196 weeks ago, by Tim
Click Here to Unsubscribe
Don't you just hate it when you click to unsubscribe from some monthly email newsletter [who wants to read a newsletter?] and you're taken to a page where you have to actually lift a finger and type in your email address?

This is just terrible. Not only do they send me info I do not care for BUT I have to make an effort for it to cease. The very least they could do is have a system that detects who you are. That should be standard practice.

GRRRRR!!!
196 weeks ago, by Ed
Businesses that follow good practice will make the 'unsubscribe' process a one-click operation.

Not only do some unscrupulous businesses make you re-enter your email address, many also use double negatives to trick you into staying on the list or they make the wording purposely vague so you are unsure whether you should check or uncheck the box to unsubscribe.

However, the worst offenders are businesses that have an 'unsubscribe' link that when followed leads to a 'page not found' message.
196 weeks ago, by John
You wouldn't not want to not click on one those double negatives...
196 weeks ago, by Ed
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197 weeks ago, by Tim
How To Make A Memorable First Impression
There are too many people passing round content for the sake of it, but I feel this is an excellent piece if you're at all concerned with making a memorable first impression.

We're all asked, "So what do you do?" Here's how to deal with it properly so you don't kill the conversation dead!

"7 Proven Templates for Writing Value Propositions That Work"

http://torgronsund.com/2011/11/29/7-proven-templates-for-creating-value-propositions-that-work/
197 weeks ago, by James
That's a brilliant link, thanks Tim. Recommended.
197 weeks ago, by Paul
Thanks Tim - love it.
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198 weeks ago, by Tim
The Cheesiest Looking Contact Page Ever?
This website's Contact Us page just looks so shabby I can't believe it was ever passed:
http://www.sterlingmc.co.uk/contact.html

Have you any examples of good or bad Contact Us pages?
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