Ray worked with B-2-B and Consumer clients throughout the world ... including USA, Canada, Mexico, Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the Middle-East, Central & South America, Africa.

This website is a compilation of Ray's 10 years on the Web.

 
The Works of Marketing with Ray INDEX

September 24 , 2002• Volume 2 Issue 16

What's Next?
... from Monday, December 17, 2001 B.C.

I'm ready to share this "new" concept with you.

And I'm ready to do it today. To book an hour or two or three to give you this different, interesting, meaningful, warm and true action presentation. To your club. Your company. Your organization. Your association. Any group you have.

A true and "live" message. It shares putting things in perspective. i.e., first things first. You know, like many of us (including me!) don't do. At home or the office.

This presentation is about how each of us, in our business lives and personal lives, will get more out of life when we re-arrange our thinking. When our actions mirror what we know we should do. Many think one way - act another. This set is about how to do what we know we should - and do it every time.

Interested? E-mail me ... Ray@RayJutkins.com and let's make it happen. Look forward to hearing from you. Soon.

What's Important?

Daily I receive a large collection of E-zines.

Many come in plain text ... frequently, of late, more and more arrive in HTML format. Meaning with graphics. And some few with a Flash option.

I've noticed that even those I look for daily are easier to read in plain text. They take a shorter time to download - and I get through them quickly. I look at each summary, decide what to read, and move on.

This is somewhat of a surprise - I thought graphics would enhance the reading, much as an illustrated letter is more attractive in a piece of direct mail. And as a support brochure with color and charts and pictures is more interesting than a black / white Boy Scout flyer touting their upcoming car wash fund raising event. Not so.

Although Flash is certainly "better" than a year ago, it still can take a painfully long time to download. Those on a dial-up modem can testify. Plus, many Flash screens don't permit printouts - which I think is a negative. You want your marketplace to print your pages - if they want to do so.

There was a time I received 50+ printed titles a month. Some daily (a newspaper), some weekly (newsletters and magazines), some twice a month and some monthly. Some were specifically marketing and sales - the business I'm in. Some were from associations I belong to. Some were strictly news. Several were avocation - hobby oriented.

With that many different publications, it's easy to make decisions on what to read, and when. The reading mail gets prioritized in the same way bills get prioritized. Some are more important than others. (Side note; I don't receive 50 printed pubs a month any more ... it's down to between 12 and 20. Why? Because if your message is not online, I really have to want it to get a hard copy. I've made the move to electronic. The number still coming will be reduced further ... when the subscription runs out I'm not renewing.)

Yes, the E-zine is different. A couple of clients took time over the summer to evaluate their E-zine. Their electronic newsletter. To decide if it should remain text, go to HTML exclusively, maybe have a Flash version, or offer multiple variations. Since this one - mine - the one you're reading today - is still available only in a text version, you can guess where I lean.

Yet, I'm not certain I'm right. Maybe I should be presenting this paper in HTML. At least as an option. I may make the move in the next few weeks. May. May not, too. For certain, I'm not moving to Flash.

I am certain of some things. One is I'm certain short paragraphs to introduce you to the full story is the way to present the message. A headline and a few words is enough. I don't need to scroll through 3 to a dozen pages to know what to read. Do it like the newspapers; a headline, a sub-title, a lead paragraph ... and let me decide. I think this format works best for most readers.

I'm also certain content, meat, substance is much more valuable than look. There will come a day when the computer screen is as active as the television screen, will handle graphics as completely, quickly and with the same high quality. When that day comes, the rules will change. As what you do online will compete head-to-head with what happens in broadcast. Today that is a dream ... even for those of you with cable, satellite or other high-speed access. It will happen - not for a while.

So, in between time, what do you do? Well, I don't really know. And anyway, it depends. Obviously, I've decided to stay with text. At least for now. When you want the full story and "click" for more, you go to my web site collection. Which presents the message in a clean and easy to read way - with a simple "printed" look. Since you're this far in this article, you know that.

Mine also comes without flashing and blinking and dancing "things" bouncing around as you try to read. No under or over or beside commercials either - in my case it is not appropriate. For CNN.com, USA Today and Forbes magazine that is fine. For me it is not. And ... you can print anything you'd like to print off my E-zine pages, too.

Some time back The Wall Street Journal ran a web design article titled Keep It Simple. It was about luxury retailers ... Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co. and the like. It talked about how they address matching their image and merchandise with their web site. Yes, your web pages are not your E-zine ... I know that. Still, one must compliment the other, just as the Neiman-Marcus printed catalog must match what is in the store - and today, what is on the web site.

Bottom line is these upper class merchandisers now go for the straight forward. At one time Neiman changed the lighting for day surfers, and those at night. i.e., when you visited during the day the page was bathed in sunlight ... at night by the moon. They soon learned the customer did not care. The customer vetoed special effects and animated displays in favor of an understandable shopping experience.

As Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus Direct says;

"We know our consumer is not looking for an experiential thin online. She wants a secure shopping experience, to know that her credit card information is protected. She wants to find key brands and the newest trends. And she wants the navigation to be convenient and the search easy."

It seems to me what Neiman-Marcus has learned is applicable across all messages. Not just luxury, not just consumer. It can be lower end and B-to-B, too. Why not ... this is not a game - this is business.

It also seems to me that lessons from successful web marketers, like Neiman, can be applied to E-zine marketers. The principles are the same. The goal is the same ... to generate additional positive action that leads to more profitable business. This universal concept of profit has no limits.

So, what's important? Just because we can add more and more glitz, doesn't mean we must. Instead, we might want to look at the full picture. Consider our buyer. Look at the technology from the customer point of view. Think of the time and money it will take to do this "upgrade', and decide if it's worth it. And then decide what's best for our audience.

It's more than what we can do. Instead, it's what we should do.

A FREE Audio Tape for YOU!

Because Ray Speaks ... it is expected he'll have audio and video tapes.

Why? To share with speakers bureaus, meeting planners and others interested in what he may have to say. So "yes", there is an audio tape. And he'll be happy to send you a copy. FREE. No strings attached.

The tape is a selection from several speaking gigs. A few case histories, some "how to..." ideas. And such. About an hour's worth of chatter ... some of it actually very entertaining!

If you'd like you very own copy, send an E-mail to ...
Ray@RayJutkins.com
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Your tape will be on the way to you within the day.

Oh, when you have a need for a speaker, and feel a demo video tape could be valuable to you, just ask for a copy. Not much use for video these days - with the Web - still, we'll be happy to forward one to you.

Anonymous

Sometimes negative can be positive. This Anonymous Yiddish Proverb is such a thought;

"A man's worst enemy can't wish him what he thinks up for himself."

"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.

 

... another loose thought

The 366 year old post office in Sweden is trying to eliminate mail!

"Our vision is that the hall carpet or mailbox will never be cluttered with anything but the occasional love letter or invitation to a party." So says Margareta Chowra from ePostbox, Posten's internet delivery service.

This idea will happen. Yet, it will not be accepted by the masses anytime soon. A similar service in Canada, now 3 years old, has just over 200,000 customers. And about 90 companies participating. With a population over 31 million, and a million companies, this is nothing. In Finland they have 130,000+ customers in 20 months. Out of a population that exceeds 5.5 million. The USPS has been playing around in this same arena for some time, too.

Your children's children may find this service an every day event. Don't hold your breath it will happen in your lifetime.

Yep ... I'm Really! Back. Full Time

I'm back on the speaking circuit - full time! Big time. So, now is a good time to tell you about my special BONUS:

. . . when you invite me to speak at your special event,
conference, corporate meeting or association gathering,
you get your choice of
100 FREE copies of either my book
Power Direct Marketing,
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For details E-mail @ Ray@RayJutkins.com, fax 1+810+815-2520, or phone me at 1+928+785-9400. Oh, and there is no fine print!

In the between time you may find a visit to my speaking web pages worthy of a few minutes of your time. Surf to http://www.powerdirectmarketing.com/ and take a look around. Then let me hear from you. Let's work a deal!

Magic Marketing Minutes

6 Steps To A Successful Admail Package

Here are 6 things that must happen if your Admail is to work:

  1. Your mail must be noticed. Yes, noticed! Getting your mail in my in-basket or my mailbox at home isn't enough. I've got to notice it. Maybe by size, shape, weight, color, or something else. Make sure your mail is noticed.
  2. Then, it's got to get opened. Noticing it isn't enough. There's got to be something additional to tease me to get inside. Make certain it looks interesting enough on the outside to get me inside.
  3. Make certain it is readable. Short words. Short sentences. Easy to understand. In my language. Totally readable.
  4. Readable so it is understandable. So I understand your message. Your offer. The benefits of doing business with you. And why I should respond now. Readable and understandable.
  5. Make me an offer I can't refuse. Give me something over and above features and benefits. A reason to do business with you. Now. And point 6,
  6. Always A.F.T.O. -- Ask For The Order. Most people don't like to be sold. But those same people do like to buy. Be sure to let them know that you want them to buy from you.

6 quick points to make your Admail work better: Noticed, opened, read, understandable, an outstanding offer, and A.F.T.O. -- Ask For The Order.

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