I Want Steak — Not Spam!!

One of the most dangerous things we can fall victim to is thinking we know more about a topic than we really do. This happened recently with a friend of mine. He knows of my involvement with Pathmaker Marketing, and, like everyone else, he would like a piece of the Internet pie. My first word of advice to him was to consider e-mail marketing, at which he wrinkled his nose, nodded his head back and forth, and looked as though I had just kicked his dog. A little surprised at his response, I asked him what was wrong and he shared with me that he believes all e-mails, and thus e-mail marketing, is little more than spam. He further went on to add that most everyone he knows feels the same way and want nothing to do with e-mail marketing. Then I asked him why he had some pretty interesting comments.

First of all, he explained, for the most part all you get is junk mail. He got quite worked up in regard to this issue, pointing out that with at least “snail mail” the marketer has to invest in the printing and postage of the piece and that helps hold down the quantity you get at least a little bit. With the Internet, he went on, people can send out stuff with virtually no expense to them, so nearly everyone is doing it. I

I waited patiently until he finished – – he is, after all, a friend. When he simmered down to where I figured he could at least grasp what I was about to say, I asked him why he thought so many people were using e-mail marketing. He pondered that for a while and then reluctantly admitted because it must work for them. I agreed, and also pointed out that another reason he might want to consider the program is because he doesn’t have to invest a small fortune like you do with direct mail.

I could see in his eyes that he had now made this a point of debate between him and I, and he felt as though he had lost round one. Liking a challenge myself, I waited to see what he came up with next.

“What about information stealing?” he countered.

What about it, indeed! I asked him if he intended to steal anyone’s information. He replied with a horrified look that I immediately translated to mean “of course not!” I pointed out to him that we have had con men ever since the devil convinced Eve to take a bite of that apple, but that didn’t make every fruit salesman evil. I agreed with him that individuals using the Internet need to use caution and common sense in regard to the information they shared, but that no one should be paranoid to the point that they might miss out on a really good opportunity just because it came to them in an e-mail.

I had to smile when I recognized the look of resignation on his face. He had been convinced, though he originally had wanted to be, that e-mail marketing is still a viable way to get your business involved with the Internet’s potential. He will, of course, have to spend some time to learn the “do’s and don’ts” of e-mail marketing. The best way to do this, of course, is to contact Pathmaker Marketing and learn from their years of experience and wealth of expertise. To learn more about the value of email marketing or email fundraising visit this link today.  To see a Case Study of a successful email fundraising client, go here.  After all, there is just as much “steak” out there as there is “spam.”

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