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Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 7th May 2010, 10:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,647
Posted By Ravedesigns
I like icontact and mailchimp myself and know...

I like icontact and mailchimp myself and know that mailchimp integrates with salesforce and some other services...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 7th May 2010, 10:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,485
Posted By Ravedesigns
I'd definitely advise against trying to do this...

I'd definitely advise against trying to do this yourself, especially when there are many good services like constant contact, icontact and mailchimp that make it so easy to do.

Mailchimp is free...
Forum: Print Advertising 7th May 2010, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 10,590
Posted By Ravedesigns
While I usually think just about anything is...

While I usually think just about anything is worth testing to see how it works for you, I'd hate to see you throw $2k into this and not get the results you were hoping for.

For starters, I could...
Forum: Print Advertising 7th May 2010, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,331
Posted By Ravedesigns
When I lived in NJ many diners, coffee shops and...

When I lived in NJ many diners, coffee shops and supermarkets had displays like this in their entryway and they've been around for years so I can only assume they worked rather well.

I like the...
Forum: Local Marketing 12th March 2010, 01:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,507
Posted By Ravedesigns
Hey Jeff - just had a moment to look quickly at...

Hey Jeff - just had a moment to look quickly at your video here, and I have to say you did a great job with the presentation and laying out the details of using Google.

The only thing I disliked...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 3rd February 2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 18,077
Posted By Ravedesigns
Well, I guess I see door hangers as more...

Well, I guess I see door hangers as more "personal" as they don't clutter up the landscape for days or weeks like a yard sign on a street corner would. I don't mind when a contractor places a sign in...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 2nd February 2010, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 18,077
Posted By Ravedesigns
Personally I think yard signs are in the same...

Personally I think yard signs are in the same category with email spam. They're eyesores in my book and unless you're placing them on your property, you've no right to place them on every street...
Forum: Copywriting 2nd February 2010, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,179
Posted By Ravedesigns
Sorry...but I have to say HUH? :confused:

Sorry...but I have to say HUH? :confused:
Forum: Direct Mail 2nd February 2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,949
Posted By Ravedesigns
I don't know much about the magazine business,...

I don't know much about the magazine business, but would imagine they get something for new business they bring in and for repeat purchases....much like your insurance agent gets paid as long as you...
Forum: Print Advertising 2nd February 2010, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 12,409
Posted By Ravedesigns
I think unless you already have a winning ad, one...

I think unless you already have a winning ad, one with an offer that you know works, any kind of display advertising can be a gamble and a waste of money.

Sure, a clipper magazine may get mailed...
Forum: Local Marketing 2nd February 2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 20,151
Posted By Ravedesigns
You're right that postcard printing and mailing...

You're right that postcard printing and mailing can be expensive, so take a minute to think about who else already does business with the folks you want to reach and if there are ways they can help...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 2nd February 2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 46,526
Posted By Ravedesigns
Man...late to the party again but thanks for...

Man...late to the party again but thanks for fighting a good fight 4ndr3w :thumbsup2

Couldn't agree with your thoughts on this more...unfortunately I don't think CAN-SPAM has done much to reduce...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 19th January 2010, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 8,269
Posted By Ravedesigns
So...has anyone stopped you yet? ;)

So...has anyone stopped you yet? ;)
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 19th January 2010, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,369
Posted By Ravedesigns
Always good to ask your readers 1) what they want...

Always good to ask your readers 1) what they want to hear from you and 2) how often they want to hear it. I'd run a quick survey and offer up a small prize for one or two users in exchange for their...
Forum: Small Business Trends Forum 19th January 2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,373
Posted By Ravedesigns
Wow - all these guys love network marketing...

Wow - all these guys love network marketing and...surprise, surprise...link to their opportunity of choice in their sig. Why am I not surprised? Nice job! :thumbsup3:

Man I would love to see the...
Forum: Print Advertising 12th January 2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 57,247
Posted By Ravedesigns
MArk, definitely cover the neighbors when you're...

MArk, definitely cover the neighbors when you're in an area doing a job. I'm amazed at how many local service people DON'T do this kind of thing and boy are they missing out on some good, inexpensive...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 12th January 2009, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,124
Posted By Ravedesigns
Johnny, While I really think it best to go...

Johnny,

While I really think it best to go with a service provider and let them worry about deliverability etc...if you want to do it all yourself, the two best options I've ever come across are...
Forum: Website Development 28th December 2008, 01:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 11,965
Posted By Ravedesigns
Hey there, I've used wordpress for a number...

Hey there,

I've used wordpress for a number of clients who wanted a smaller site that they could maintain themselves and would recommend it for just about anyone in this persons situation. It can...
Forum: Newsletters and Email Marketing 28th December 2008, 12:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,417
Posted By Ravedesigns
Not to sound like a commercial, but Interspire...

Not to sound like a commercial, but Interspire does offer some great products and while I haven't used their email marketing system, I'm sure it's top notch.

The only reason I hesitate to switch...
Forum: Direct Mail 28th November 2008, 01:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 17,954
Posted By Ravedesigns
I always wonder why so many companies don't seem...

I always wonder why so many companies don't seem to value the opinions of their clients. Whether you're selling a product or service or throwing an appreciation event - what's better than asking...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 7th July 2008, 08:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,989
Posted By Ravedesigns
Vinsomelosesome's comments are right on the...

Vinsomelosesome's comments are right on the money, and in particular you really need to define who your ideal customer is first before you can decide how to go about reaching them.

Oh but you say,...
Forum: Print Advertising 11th June 2008, 11:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,366
Posted By Ravedesigns
Hmmm...I get my prescriptions from the local...

Hmmm...I get my prescriptions from the local walmart and they have some major brands advertised on their bags, but I've honestly never given any of those advertisements more than a quick glance.
...
Forum: Direct Mail 28th April 2008, 08:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,686
Posted By Ravedesigns
I recently used www.quantummail.com to to a print...

I recently used www.quantummail.com to to a print and mail a postcard job for me using a list purchased from goleads.com and got about 6% - 7% returned.

Needless to say I felt the list was a...
Forum: Copywriting 28th April 2008, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,750
Posted By Ravedesigns
I think having more than one option like you do...

I think having more than one option like you do here is pretty common, but the only way to know for sure which sells more for you is to do a split test.

I've seen some marketers recently offering...
Forum: Copywriting 11th January 2008, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,545
Posted By Ravedesigns
Wow, that's pretty bad. Most copywriters...

Wow, that's pretty bad.

Most copywriters talk about "swiping" where they'll use an idea from an existing sales letter for a new piece, but copying something like this word for word is shameful.
...
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