June 25 & July 2, 2002 Volume 2 Issue 3-4
A 13th Month First Anniversary Celebration
The first issue of The Works of Marketing with Ray came online May 22, 2001.
13 months and 55 editions ago.
Always I'm thinking something extra - like a Baker's Dozen. So, this first year anniversary is a 13th month event - rather than 12 like everyone else. Thought we might ramble about a bit - review what's happened in marketing, direct marketing and sales since that initial E-zine. And see where it takes us.
The first story in May of last year was about privacy and security. Interestingly enough, in May of 2002 I did another. Looks as if that issue, spawned as a marketing concern 2+ decades ago, is still with us. It appears we've done very little about making it better. Sure, we moved the pieces about a bit - yet, it doesn't really look like we've solved anything. Only created more things to talk about.
Over the year I talked a lot about books. Why? Selfishly I like books. Reading is truly one of the key ways of learning. A number of good business friends offer good books. When I ask each if I could review their book - the answer was always "yes".
Of course, that means I must have a copy of theirs - in return I send them a copy of mine, Power Direct Marketing. Great way to keep up with the brains of the world - and their ideas. (For more on my book, "click" Power Direct Marketing by Ray Jutkins - http://www.rayjutkins.com/salebook.html ).
Books from Lois Geller, Fred Newell & his daughter Kay Lemon, Alan Rosenspan, Richard Goldsmith, Richard Kern, James Morris-Lee have been a part of my review process. I also took a look at WebMaster Bill Blinn and his newsletter with the name 'Groundhog' in the title. So named because the paper was founded on Groundhog Day. I sure got a lot of good reading in!
Another subject covered a number of times during the year was SPAM. Opt-in, opt-out and SPAM. I hate talking about it - yet, it is such an issue in E-mail marketing and as a spin from the World Wide Web, it can't be ignored. I didn't ignore it.
If you'd like to go back and read anything missed, the archives are at The Works of Marketing with Ray - http://www.rayjutkins.com/ezine/. Including all those on subjects that are not so much fun.
Direct mail has been a mainstay in direct marketing since nearly forever. So, I covered it, too. Mostly with reminders of the basics we all know, yet, sometimes forget. How do I know we forget? Because, like you, I get bunches of direct mail every day. It is easy to "see" the difference between the good stuff and that not so good. Although direct mail is changing, it is not going away. Certainly not in my lifetime - I doubt in yours. So, I keep talking about it. And I will.
A couple of times I jumped out of the ring and gave you stories about another passion I have ... riding my Harley-Davidison. Yes, I'm one of those big, bad, bikers dressed in black. In June of '01 and again in October I shared a change of pace riding story. When the mood is such, you may find me returning to bikes and bikers.
To begin this new year I had two 'zines worthy of a repeat read; First I talked about Madison Avenue through the Centuries. The following week I gave my version of The 13 Greatest Marketing Happenings ... EVER. You may, or may not!, agree. Return to January 8 and 15 and tell me what you think.
Several times I stopped to do a case history story. Xandria and The "Clean" Sex Site was one. They are certainly a grand bunch of folks, those running that operation. Another story is one from an interview over the telephone - with one of the most enthusiastic leaders ever. The story is about Iron Works - a very much upscale outdoor home BBQ manufacturer and wholesaler. What a success story!
And then there is REI.com, a company I've done business with. A co-op organization, with a catalog and retail business, now making a nice profit off the web, too. A fun story.
Radio as a marketing vehicle was also discussed. For 22 months I did Internet radio - so I meshed what I learned with a story or two, and shared. Radio via the web has not truly arrived yet ... it will.
International marketing and travel has been a part of my life for over 3 decades. There was a time I was out of the States more than in. Visited 7 continents and 164 countries ... actually worked for pay in 45 nations around the globe. So, it's fun for me to bring stories to you from afar.
In the late fall I brought news from central Europe. Slovenia. Bosnia. Croatia. Places like that - with a marketing message. The most recent was from Thailand ... shared in mid-May of '02.
Every so often I offer a smile, if not a laugh. Earlier this spring I did a series on numbers and words and oxymorons. Since you can prove almost anything with numbers, and words spoken and written are our main communication tool, it's easy to come up with smiles. Toss in an oxymoron list and you've an enjoyable read.
Let's end on a serious note; associations. I belong to just a few - am active in even fewer. In an earlier life I was a joiner - if there was a group that even touched what I was about, I jumped in.
Well, life has changed. And I don't do that anymore. I pick and choose very carefully. Membership in an association has traveled a similar path to my reading. There was a time I subscribed to 3 score magazines / newsletters. A few came every day,
some once a week, several once or twice a month. Lots to cover. I've reduced that number to less than a dozen pubs.
Ditto associations. Yet, those few are important. The Direct Marketing Association is one. I've been active since the late 1960's. The International Society for Strategic Marketing is a thinking / writing / speaking group - web based. I was asked to contribute. And I do.
The National Mail-Order Association is a third ... John runs a good ship - I'm happy to be a small part. Each of these groups offer something to we in marketing, direct marketing and sales. And I've brought you a small piece of each of their stories.
That's it for this First Anniversary issue - a historical review. Hope you have an enjoyable time spinning through the past. See you next time.
If you've followed me over the last several years you know I love business quotes with a message.
Those from Anonymous are my personal favorites. In this space I usually share a single quote ... in this "different" anniversary edition of The Works of Marketing with Ray you get something different ... a fistful of wisdom from Anonymous.
"Quotes with Direction" has been a part of my web site collection from day one. If you like quotes visit the archives ... www.rayjutkins.com/quotes/. There's a new batch up every 4 weeks.
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