Don't Cull Your Email List

My circle of author friends recently discussed how they were all pruning their email lists to remove the people who never opened them. I wailed loudly that this is an enormous mistake.

Pardon me while I get geeky for a moment.

Newsletter tools that report "opens" do not, in reality, know who opened your email (let alone who read it.) The only method possible right now to measure "opens" is to include a tiny invisible image in the email and hope that the recipient will enable their email program's ability to include images. In Gmail, for instance, images will not be displayed unless you give permission. Many programs, like Microsoft's ubiquitous Outlook, have a preview pane, allowing a recipient to read your entire email without ever actually opening it and activating the invisible image trigger that notifies the newsletter tool.

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Why Your Marketing Should Annoy Some People

This is an edited version of a section from my book The Time Is Now 11:59.

Persuasion is the core of marketing. It's easy to assume, then, that the job of marketing is to persuade folks to buy your book.

That's half right. The goal is to help folks decide whether or not to buy the book. Even if we help them decide not to buy our marketing has done its job.

What Madness Is This?

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