Re: AM: email marketing; opt-in or out?
Actually, I've heard from a reasonably reliable source that GTE is
actually providing IMGIS with access to their user's demographics
and log on/off data. This information is one of the reasons that I
believe other ISPs may be receptive to my scheme (albeit that you
and I have our differences about what I want to do).
I'd add the 10 million? HotMail users that accepted free email in
exchange for having to deal with marketing collateral to the list
of people that don't seem too troubled by Internet privacy.
BTW, I got a call from someone that wanted to chat about AOLs
demographic targeting plans; the conversation was not very
detailed but the gist was that they were headed in that direction.
From: Ross Stapleton-Gray <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, January 12, 1998 10:06 PM
Subject: RE: AM: email marketing; opt-in or out?
>On Mon, 12 Jan 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>> There are a few companies that are already working on similar models
>> that could serve as examples for Andrew Forbes. Imgis (the ad serving
>> co.) has hooked up with Metromail (the major database marketing co.) and
>> few ISP's, such as GTE. In this way, as a surfer clicks on a site the
>> idea is to match his/her profile (which the ISP knows) with a Metromail
>> database and figure out the person's detailed demographics, for Imgis to
>> serve a targeted ad. Andrew can find specific pricing info from Imgis.
>I'm skeptical that many ISPs are passing customer identity... too much
>mucking around with various protocols, and a bother if you're trying to do
>any system caching.
>> However, two points to keep in mind are as follows: 1) With all the ad
>> targeting possibilities proposed, most advertisers are primarily placing
>> their banners based on site content (versus individual targeting). And,
>> more importantly, 2) consumer privacy is of utmost importance to Web
>> users, and will be an even bigger issue down the road.
>I'll also play a bit of the skeptic on the claim that consumer privacy is
>of "utmost" importance as well (disclaimer: I'll be one of the organizers
>for the Computers, Freedom & Privacy conference when it's held here in DC
>in early 1999). I would guess that many Web users would rank "being left
>alone" (e.g., from spam) ahead of their being targeted with specific and
>appropriate ads, and clearly 10M+ consumers are willing to place their
>trust in AOL, which makes a great deal of knowing what its folks are up
>to (though they have pulled up short of executing some of their more
>obnoxious proposals, such as providing customer data to their
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