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Re: AM: Email list content dilemma

To:     Brian Alpert <>
Subject:     Re: AM: Email list content dilemma
From:     "Daniel B. Nickell" <>
Date:     Fri, 20 Mar 1998 13:39:18 -0500
Organization:     NET, Inc.
References:     <>

First, my impression is that your list reflects the makeup of Internet
users in general and, consequently, the decision-making managers (vs.
the more technically oriented engineers) are under-represented on the

Second, one might think that, in the context of enlightened
self-interest, managers/decision-makers would want to keep abreast of
new technical developments and new products that would make them more
productive and successful.  Unfortunately, a lot of these
decision-makers often insulate themselves from new information to keep
from a real or an imagined deluge of junk mail from innovators.

You *do* have a dilemma.  The only way around it, as I see it, in your
communications with decision-makers, is to appeal to their sense of
enlightened self-interest and to show them how membership on your list
is going to improve their profitability and not junk up their mailbox
with detail they don't need or want.

Dan Nickell
NET, Inc.

Brian Alpert wrote:

> All --
> I'm on the verge of launching an email list to further my
> company's marketing goals (Telogy Networks, Inc.), and
> wanted to toss out a few ideas for feedback/discussion.
> Up front, I very much appreciate any time taken; I know
> how busy everyone is.
> Telogy is an 'embedded software' company. It is esoteric,
> Voice over IP-related stuff, sold to manufacturers
> of network gear. Our products have gotten good coverage and
> our customer list likewise has good names attached.
> The email list is permission-based, and will start small.
> I'm estimating about 100 names.
> The list's goals are:
> - to help establish Telogy as a leader
> - increased visibility of the company/product name
> - promote useful feedback from participants
> - get leads/promote sales
> Our sales prospects are product/equipment managers:
> Sr. Mgrs. and up. The ultimate demographic for our
> list is healthy portions of those folks and the engineers
> that design these wonderful boxes.
> The engineers are the ones who make technology recommendations
> to mgt., so they're related to the sale.
> Situation: most of those who've registered for the list are
> engineers. They are certainly welcome, but we haven't so far
> attracted half of our true prospects, the half that makes
> buying decisions.
> The groups have different content needs. The engineers are
> interested in technical product info, release notes, schedules,
> etc.
> The managers are more concerned with business market issues:
> time to market, "build-in-house" vs. "buy-from-vendors,"
> their own product strengths/weaknesses.
> My quandary: I want to keep the engineers interested, but
> also want to attract the managers. If it is all marketing/business
> the engineers will leave in a swarm. If it is all-tech,
> the managers won't care.
> However, I think it is true that issues applying to one group
> are relevant to the other, would like to capitalize on that,
> and also would like to avoid maintaining multiple lists.
> Given the limited attention these tools get, do you think it
> is viable to attempt to serve-up a content mix that appeals
> to both audiences?
> Do you see risks in trying that? One that comes to mind
> is, if the list is perceived to lack focus or a coherent
> identity it may not be interesting to anyone.
> What specific content-related steps might I take to avoid
> that?
> Do you have general content-related recommendations for
> starting such a list?
> In advance, thanks again--
> --Brian Alpert
> Manager Internet Marketing
> Telogy Networks, Inc.
> <>
> <>

Re: AM: Email list content dilemma, Brian Alpert

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