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Tip Of The Week : Email Forwarding Problems or Dealing with “Forward this” emails.

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in email, internet, security, website | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Email Forwarding Problems or Dealing with “Forward this” emails.

Do you have an Email Forwarding Problem?

I know what kind of emails are in your inbox. I get them too, either directly or from someone with an email forwarding problem. So first, lets get a few things perfectly clear:

  • No, Bill Gates is not going to send you $100 for forwarding on this email.
  • No, that little 11 yr old girl is not going to get money from the Red Cross if you report this 100 times.
  • No, Microsoft is not tracking this email.
  • No, sending me this email is not going to install the super duper antivirus tissue paper on my system.
  • No, you haven’t been accepted into Who’s Who.
  • No, that pill won’t make it bigger.
  • No, that other pill won’t make you more desirable.
  • No, you haven’t won a gift card to Target, Walmart, Amazon, or any other store, especially ones you have never been to.
  • No, the IRS is not asking you to wire them money.
  • No, you didn’t win the lottery in Nigeria.

Every day, I get at least 1 of these or a thousand other email chain letters. I am constantly surprised at this, because often those forwarding them are intelligent and educated people.

If you are getting these emails, delete them.  Don’t forward them to your friends. You won’t be helping them.

In fact, you may be harming them.  Many of these emails are simply attempts by hackers to get you to hand over your email usernames and passwords, or other confidential information like social security numbers or credit cad information.

Instead of adding to the clutter, delete them. Don’t click on them, don’t give them your information, and don’t add to the email forwarding problem by sending them to your friends.

Add them to your email programs Junk filter so they get tossed in the trash automatically.

Before you forward on the next virus warning, sob story, free offer, etc, check it out with the guys who track these things.

http://www.snopes.com/

Stop being part of the Email Forwarding Problem. The sanity you save may be your own.

-Bob

Tip Of The Week : Why a Complex Password?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in computers, internet, security | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Why a Complex Password?

Complex passwords can be annoying, so why use them? Because using a complex password can slow down hackers when they try to compromise your data. Because the more complex, the harder it is to crack, and the harder it is to crack, the less likely you are going to be hacked.

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Tip Of The Week : How to Use Blind Carbon Copy

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in email, internet | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : How to Use Blind Carbon Copy

Ever get an email with a gazillion email addresses listed, then get a few angry comments?

Save yourself some headaches and keep your mailing recipients private. Learn how to use the BCC or Blind Carbon Copy option in your email program. (more…)

Tip Of The Week : How to Stop the Email Monkey

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in business, computers, email, internet | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : How to Stop the Email Monkey

How to Stop the Email Monkey – Dealing with Email Overload.

Today’s world of instant access has us used to sending emails and receiving replies within minutes.

But, how much of what we email really is that urgent?

Set your email program to check for new messages every 20-30 minutes, rather than every minute.

Better yet, set a specific time to check email, and a set time to respond to it.

You’ll have more time to work uninterrupted rather than rushing to see what just dinged your inbox every couple of minutes.

Remember, if it’s urgent, they can always call you.

-Bob

Tip Of The Week : Don’t Ask For Email if You’re Not Going To Answer It!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in advertising, internet, marketing | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Don’t Ask For Email if You’re Not Going To Answer It!

Don’t Ask For Email if You’re Not Going To Answer It!

Has this ever happened to you? You visit a website, you click the “Contact Me” link and send in your inquiry, only to never get a reply? Have you ever then after a few days or weeks called them and gotten the “Oh I never check that” remark?

How did that make you feel? Like maybe they didn’t care? Or that they weren’t really professional?

Why would you purposefully ignore contact from someone who is interested in putting cash into your pocket?

If you aren’t going to read it, stop asking for it. All you do is hurt your business.

Take your email address off, and put up a phone number and ask them to call you instead.

Don’t ask for it and leave them in limbo wondering what’s going on.

–Bob

Tip Of The Week : Leave it to the Experts

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in advertising, business, internet, marketing, website | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Leave it to the Experts

Leave it to the Experts

I often hear from prospects and clients that they are considering doing it themselves, or handing it over to a student or junior family member. ‘IT” is a lot of things. Design of their site, upkeep, marketing, etc.

The problem with this is, while it might be short-term cheaper, it can cost you more over the long haul.

For example, if the septic system in your back yard caves in, you could call your buddies, shore it up with plywood and cover it in dirt. Eventually however, you’ll end up knee deep in, well, you know. For something serious like this you call the professionals.

Why would you trust the marketing of your business with someone who is just learning? Unless you have the experience and training, you should leave your website design and marketing to the experts. They can guide you around the pitfalls and traps, and free up your time to do what you are good at, which is the business. They can also do in a short time what can take you a long time to learn and then do.

Take off a few hats, and leave it to the experts.

– Bob

Tip Of The Week : Follow Up and Close More Sales!

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in advertising, business, marketing, promotion, sales | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Follow Up and Close More Sales!

Poor Follow Up Leads to Poor You!

Follow up with your prospects and you will close more sales.

If you want to shock your prospects, follow up with them the same day, or better yet within an hour of receiving their inquiry! Doing so will put a very good impression in place with them. When you do this, you’ll often hear them proclaim you’re the first to reply, and they’ll be impressed. Too often people forget this crucial step, and wonder why they never hear back from prospects.

But don’t be annoying about it. Don’t call as soon as you walk out the door and ask if they read your proposal yet. Don’t repeat the sales pitch. If you said you would email some information, a simple “Just confirming you got it. You did? Great. I’ll touch base with you in a day or so.” is all you need.

Doing this can help you close 30-50% more sales than your competition who puts things off for days or weeks.

– Bob

Tip Of The Week : Your Website Doesn’t Close The Sale, You Do!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in advertising, development, internet, marketing, website | 0 comments

Tip Of The Week : Your Website Doesn’t Close The Sale, You Do!

People spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on fancy, feature rich, deep content websites, then wonder why they are poor. The truth is, while a website can do a lot of things, it can’t close the sale.

People still prefer to deal with other people, and a website is no substitute for the human touch. Prompt follow up and follow through by live people still is what makes a business a success.

Use your website as one of the tools in your sales kit, but make sure you add the human touch. Prompt reply, good service, and great communications are what’s needed to succeed today.

– Bob

10 Email Marketing Tips.

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in business, email, marketing, promotion, website | 0 comments

10 Email Marketing Tips.

E-mail Marketing is the most popular activity on the Internet, with upwards of 90% of internet users having used it. With 63% of the US adult population on line, that opens a market comprising more than 100 million prospective clients. Successfully marketing your business by email can be done. The challenge lies in doing it right. Every day I get literally hundreds of junk email or “SPAM” selling everything from adult items, to software to of all things, anti-spam software! With over 40% of the 31 Billion emails sent each day considered “SPAM” and the rules tightening, you need to be up to date in order to successfully market your services by email. While an in-depth e-mail marketing attack is beyond the scope of this article, I will list ten tips to help enhance and optimize your chances of success. (more…)