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Your Emails Didn’t Deliver Again – Now What?

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Isn’t it funny how something so neat and new can become so troublesome! Well, maybe not. I think we were all blown away when e-mail first put in its appearance. Here was an elegant, simple and efficient way to stay in touch, conduct business, and work remotely. It was a panacea for so many troublesome business problems. And in a way I guess it is also testament that too much of anything is not a good thing.

All of the things that made e-mail so wonderful now seem to have conspired against it to a point were a once wonderful cure is now looked upon as a curse. Now don’t get me wrong. E-mail is still a fundamental underpinning of good business practices. The problems have arisen over time with the misuse of this tool. SPAM is now almost an epidemic problem for anyone wishing to augment their marketing programs. What went wrong?

Not everyone out there is into businesses that many of us would consider above board. People are using e-mail blasts to sell sex, drugs and other items of nefarious roots. From my own experience I need both hands to count how many e-mails I get daily for Viagra or some derivative of it. Recently I have somehow been engaged by dating services. I mean, if they are coming after me I can only assume that normal membership is dropping and they are going to lower tiers than they might have previously considered. OK, a little joking is fun and I think we can all relate to these and other e-mail experiences. But there is a serious side to all of this that needs to be considered. Major e-mail managers are developing ever more stringent criteria for what constitutes SPAM so they can be proactive and try to contain the negative impact it has on their customers. The consequence of this is that many legitimate e-mails get caught up in the battle to block and do not get to their intended destination. What are legitimate businesses to do then?

Double Opt-ins are becoming more and more common to ensure that as an e-mail user you can get your message to it’s desired end point but there is an inherent danger when a company goes to update their business list to a double opt-in format. In their desire to obtain this permission they risk losing a significant number of their business base since people are tired of the abuse. Please, don’t send me anything. I know who you are and when I need you I will call! If the point of marketing is to stay top of mind with all of your prospects and customers, not being able to send out e-mails is going to jeopardize that objective.

The other option of course is to vary up your approach to doing business. Fortunately there are many different media types available that will allow you to accomplish this. And one of the most effective is Voice Broadcasting. Let’s look at the reality of it. As a tool it is already sitting on your desk. In fact most people have surrendered to the phone as a sort of appendage and carry one with them all the time. But let’s consider some of the economic realities all marketers face today. We all know it costs more to attract a new prospect than to retain a customer. Another reality is that most people like to do business with someone they have a relationship with. It’s unlikely that anyone would consider a string of e-mails, no matter how well crafted they might be, a relationship. The best relationships are the ones we can visualize a face or voice around. We need some element of humanity that allows us to build a picture of who we are dealing with. How many times have you been on the phone speaking with someone and fairly quickly built a mental image of what they look like. Whether your image is right or wrong, at least you have one and when you hear that voice that picture comes to mind. This is just one reason why Voice Broadcasting is considered the best relationship building tool next to a face-to-face meeting.

One of the best things you can do to maintain and nurture customer relationships is for them to hear your voice. Bad Fact! There is no way I can talk to everyone I need to with the frequency needed to maintain the relationship. This is why AMS’ Voice Broadcasting solution is so important to your marketing lineup. With Voice Broadcasting, you can record a personal message in your own voice and get it out to hundreds, even thousands of people. All you have done is recorded it once. The rest is managed by AMS. So, with AMS’ Voice Broadcasting or any of our other broadcasting technologies, there’s no reason to neglect existing clients and build bridges with new prospects. Here is another plus! Voice Broadcasting is cost effective. You can deliver a personal message to 200 of your clients for less than the cost of a decent bottle of wine. And because it is automated you will have time to enjoy that bottle of wine too! Nothing is better than a demonstration to prove a point so let me share with you everything involved with launching an AMS’ Voice Broadcast.

How about 2 Step simple? Would that get it done for you? Then here you go:

Record your message – you can call AMS’ automated launch line at 1-800-760-0028, enter your account number and follow the system to record your message. Make your script friendly and natural. Remember, people love to know that they’re being thought of.

Email AMS a list of your client names and phone numbers that you want to reach. You can email at broadcasts@automs.com.

Along with your list, e-mail us the date and time you want your message going out.

Voice Broadcasting is not a sales or prospecting tool. It is a client retention and relationship building tool. It is not a lead generation device. Here are the rules. Once someone has called you and requested information, you have 90 days from that date to legally call them, even if they are on the “Do Not Call List”. Once someone has done business with you, you have 18 months after that date during which you can follow up with them.

Voice Broadcasting performs a very specific and key task; it builds the relationship with your prospects and existing clients. When it is used properly, it should serve as the centerpiece of your “Stay-In-Touch” campaign. Every month of the year has something to celebrate or acknowledge. Use Voice Broadcasting to call your list and wish them Happy Holidays; Happy Mother’s Day; Father’s Day or Thanksgiving. Remember, the focus is building and maintaining relationships. You’re calling attention to these important days and letting them know that you’ve taken the time to think of them adds a sense of intimacy and caring to that relationship.

Now if you really want to make your Voice Broadcasting powerful just combine it with AMS’ Lead Management System or LMS. LMS provides a powerful, systematic database capability managing all of your marketing technology across multiple media including Voice Broadcasting. You see, AMS’ Voice Broadcasting has been designed to work at an integrated level with AMS’ Lead Management System. As leads are captured you can predetermine how you want to manage them and design a marketing campaign that will build the relationship allowing conversion. And, as I have already commented, Voice Broadcasting is one sure fire way of bringing a voice and a face to the relationship.

We’ve talked about some of the problems with the more popular ways of communicating with our prospects and customers. We’ve highlighted why relationships are so important to the buying and retention process. We’ve demonstrated why intimacy can be easy to achieve with Voice Broadcasting and not just how it augments the other technologies in your Marketing Portfolio, but that there is no other solution to delivering the benefits Voice Broadcasting brings with it. And I’ve shown you that it can all be done in just 2 easy steps. In fact, if you have it as part of a prepared campaign, there are no steps. It just happens, like clockwork, because the automated robot we call Lead Management System does it all for you. You’ve read the article. You understand the benefits. Just give us a call!

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Put A Stop To Cyber Identity Theft

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Cyber Identity theft has become a major problem in today’s electronic cash and Internet shopping world. It seems that whenever banking and online security advances to keep out the baddies they go and improve the types and variety of their hustles. Sometimes however it is not the breaching of electronic security but the complacency and misplaced faith of the individual that allows these transgressors to get away with your money.

While the loss of the initial money taken from your bank accounts or credit cards is enough of a shock what is often even worse is the ongoing problems you may face long after the actual crime. Things such as your credit history will have a record of unpaid bills or bad credit identified with the online theft that can be more difficult to overcome and create ongoing problems and stress.

Obviously the best way to combat identity theft or other such scams is prevention. By being vigilant regarding transactions made on your credit cards or bank accounts, and taking the necessary action quickly you can limit your losses if you notice any fraudulent transactions. If you do notice any questionable transactions on your accounts then there are a few steps to take to limit your losses.

Advise your bank or credit card company’s fraudulent claims department immediately that there are questionable transactions on your account. You may be accountable for the cost of fraudulent transactions on your account until the time you inform your bank so constant attention is the key, however many credit cards have a $50 maximum liability.

If necessary close your accounts and open new ones with completely new passwords etc. Request that the accounts be closed via phone initially and then in person to ensure that this action has been taken.

Contact the main credit reference agencies (such as Equifax, Transunion and Experian) and place a fraud alert on your file. This will should prevent further fraud by the criminals who have your information.

Report the fraud to the police who will issue you with a crime number. This number is required to make any claims against insurance etc.

Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and report the details of the fraud. This helps the police to keep up with any new methods being used by criminals to commit ID theft and thus helps to stamp it out.

Aside from the procedures to follow if you are a victim of identity theft there are a few simple measures to take to help stop it in the first place. Trivial things such as never carrying your PIN number in your wallet or purse with the card are too frequently forgotten giving criminals easy access to your cash should you misplace your wallet. Also, never ever respond to emails requesting you to log into your bank account from a link within the email that appears to be from your bank. This type of account password harvesting is known as Phishing and catches more people that it should by gaining their account details and then clearing the account of all funds before the owner realizes it.

Cyber Identity theft and other types of fraudulent activity are all too common and will always be a danger to the electronic banking system we have today. That danger is what we pay for convenience and access to our funds. Despite these risks however if you remain vigilant and take some common sense measures to protect yourself from this type of fraud you can limit your losses and sometimes escape relatively unscathed.. This article, Put A Stop To Cyber Identity Theft is released under a creative commons attribution license.

Strategies To Protect Yourself Against Computer Identity Theft

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Computer Identity theft is a major crime that is expanding each year. If you are a victim of identity theft it may take months, even years, trying to repair credit history. A seriously damaged credit report can compromise your chances of getting a new job, a bank loan, insurance or even rental housing. It’s even possible to be arrested for a crime you didn’t commit if someone else has used your identity to break the law.

Unfortunately, many of the methods that thieves use to steal identities are beyond your control to guard against. Although it’s rare, even store clerks have been known to use their position to pass along information to identity thieves. There are some measures you can take, however, that will make it harder for a thief to steal your identity.

Protect Your Credit Card Number After It Has Been Swiped When Buying Items

Protect your credit card number after It has been swiped when making a purchase, check to make sure that the printed receipt hides all but the last 4 digits of your credit card account number (usually there will be Xs in place of the first 12 digits). Some terminals still print receipts that show all 16 digits of an account number, and may even include the expiration date as well. After your card is swiped, you’re permitted by law to hide the first 12 digits of your account number on the copy of the receipt that the vendor keeps. Use any marking pen that will do the job.

When you go to a restaurant, it’s especially important to make sure that the first 12 digits of your credit card number are hidden on your receipt. You are probable in the habit of signing it and then leaving the restaurant’s copy on the table after your dinner. An identity thief can take the signed receipt before the waiter comes back around to pick it up from the table.

Do You Really Need To Give Your Social Security Number?

Another important way that you can guard against identity theft is to avoid giving out your social security number unless it’s absolutely required. Although you need to share your social security number when you apply for credit or for a bank account, sometimes a store or an organization will want to use it as an ID number, simply to identify you within their system. This is a common practice even though the law says that social security numbers aren’t to be used as ID numbers. In these situations, use your judgment. There’s usually an alternative if you ask.

Destroy Documents That Contain Sensitive Personal Info

Buy a paper shredder and use it to destroy documents you’re throwing away which contain personal information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, phone numbers and dates of birth. This is important to do both at home and at work. Identity thieves aren’t above going through someone’s trash to find valuable personal information that can help them obtain credit in your name.

If you do become a victim of computer identity theft, take the following steps at once. Notify credit card companies, close your accounts immediately and ask to have new cards issued to you. Place a fraud alert on your file with any one of the three major credit bureaus. The other two will be notified automatically. File a police report. You may need it to show to creditors as proof of the crime.. Free reprint available from: Strategies To Protect Yourself Against Computer Identity Theft.

The Largest Cyber Security Concern is Identity Theft

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Today’s biggest cyber security concern is Identity Theft . Cyber thieves use many kinds of methods (hacking, use of spyware for intercepting information, etc.) in stealing personal or financial info from their victims, mostly from the computers.

The latest of these nefarious activities even sports a name: phishing (pronounced like ”fishing”). The thief sends a simple e-mail that looks like it came from a genuine site (mostly from financial institutions as Citibank, eBay, PayPal, Best Buy and others), telling you there is a problem with your account.

They would then ask you to click on a certain link in the e-mail, and you are taken to a site that looks like that of your bank. They will ask you to fill out again your Social Security or credit card numbers, and other confidential numbers.

The following are some ways to minimize the risk of your identity being stolen:

Do business with reputable companies Some attackers may try to trick you by creating web sites that appear to be legitimate. Don’t visit any site that is using third party links. Open a new browser and type the address yourself if you want to visit a site.

You can also check privacy policies to see how the company in question uses and distributes information. Most companies allow customers to request that their information not be shared with other companies.

Maintain a security mindset – always be skeptical of unfamiliar sites and links, suspicious e-mails and IM messages.

Anti-virus software and firewall As a standard practice, use and maintenance of anti-virus software and firewall will protect your computer from attacks that may steal or modify data in your computer. Make sure to keep your anti-virus program and firewall up to date.

Fighting identity robbery As precautionary steps, regularly check your credit reports for strange transactions or transactions you do not recall, unusual charges on your bills, bills for products and services you do not have, or worse, unexpected denial of your credit card.

Once the identity theft has been confirmed, calls to appropriate companies and agencies have to be done right away. Have your credit card accounts closed right away so future charges will be denied.

Contact the Social Security Administration if your SSS card number has been accessed or the DMV if your driver’s license or car registration papers were stolen. This is to warn these agencies for possible unauthorized use of your personal ID information. You will need to file a criminal report with the local police.

For U.S. citizens, you need to contact the main credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) to see if there had been any unexpected or unauthorized activity. Have fraud alerts placed on your credit reports to prevent new accounts from being opened without verification. File a complaint with the FTC and IFCC.

The biggest cyber security concern is identity theft . Each member of the family needs to be aware of the dangers online. Thieves used to come in through the windows and doors, now they can come in through the computer. When all the members of the family learn that the greatest cyber security concern is identity theft then it will be more difficult for thieves to take info.. Free reprint available from: The Largest Cyber Security Concern is Identity Theft.

Children Should Learn About Internet Theft

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Internet theft should concern everyone but especially those that are the parent of a child who uses the internet or will soon. The internet is a fantastic way to learn the latest news, do research for school projects and communicate with friends but it can also be a very dangerous place.

It is the parents responsibility to make sure that a child visits safe areas online. A child should never know more about the internet than the parent does. You should at the very least know about the same.

If you attempt to block adult themed websites that have offensive material, it would not be good if the child knows how to get around the parental block. That is why it is important that you know how to use a computer and the internet.

Another good reason why you should be well educated on the internet and computer use is because you are better able to fully understand the dangers of the internet. You may hear that an internet predator approached a child on the news. You may assume that will never happen to your child, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

A child on the net can be very vulnerable, playing a game or researching a paper online. A common mistake would be your child accidentally stumbling into a porn site, getting into malicious web pages that infect your computer, or and I gasp at the thought, mistakenly deleting your own computer’s files.

Mistakes like these can happen and your child may not know about them. If they do happen you may not be told for fear of punishment.

There are some activities that you can do with your children that will allow you to supervise their actions online. If that is not possible, you can always monitor their computer use. Which sites they visit, the activities they do online. If they use e-mails and chat rooms, pay attention to who they are corresponding with and how well they seem to know them.

Children should be aware of the dangers online. They should be able to recognize suspicious behavior or activities on the internet. Knowledge is truly the best defense. This will help you and the child set boundaries for their computer use. Hopefully you will be able to avoid any type of internet theft with the proper knowledge.

The computer should be in a living room area of the house where anyone can monitor everyone’s computer activities. It will deter every family member from doing things that are not permitted and help to deter internet theft opportunities. For further information visit Cyber Identity Theft Blog to learn and avoid the dangers that can be associated with the internet.. Check here for free reprint license: Children Should Learn About Internet Theft.

Good Habits Build Cyber Security Protection

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Cyber security protection is not very difficult at all. Once you have made it a daily habit then it is just like riding a bicycle or can be as normal as walking. All you need is to learn how you can make it work well and build a good habit to make cyber security consistent.

By doing this you can have a better chance of keeping your confidential information protected from attacks from virus or similar applications or from hackers. This way you can keep your personal information safe from other persons who would like to access them and use them for personal gain or protect them from applications that can erase or corrupt your files.

Identify how your information can be accessed and who would be the likely people who can gain from accessing your confidential records. It’s like identifying the usual suspects in a criminal line-up. I’m not saying that the people you know cannot be trusted but it helps to be extra cautious. Your brother might not do something untrustworthy but his friends might and if they have physical access to your computer then your files are at a risk of being hacked.

Lock your computer with a good password. Use combination’s of letters and numbers, upper case and lower case, and even use codes. Avoid using the usual birthdays, social security numbers, bank PINs, account numbers, favorite superheroes, favorite food, etc. Use unique passwords and make one up for every system that requires authentication. Do not use the same password in all your confidential files.

To protect your computer from outside attacks, the best thing would be to disconnect your computer from the network when you’re not in use. No anti-virus application or firewall systems provide 100 per cent protection. The best way would be to remove yourself from the network when you’re not using your computer to reduce the risk of being attacked.

When you do go online, make sure that you have your firewall on and your anti-virus application active. Also look into your security settings. Your emails, web browsers and even other applications have specific settings which increase the security allowing them to block attacks from virus, malware and spyware. Study the security settings and select one which permits you to maximize the use of the application but at the same time offer you a good deal of security to keep your files protected.

Also, do not forget about power surges and other technological problems. Even though, the virus and hacker threats are real and sometimes the priority, people forget that sometimes power surges or breakdown of computer hardware can cause loss of data or have files corrupted and rendered inoperable.

To have added protection therefore, it would be wise to install some uninterrupted power supply that protects you from power surges and allows you to back up or shut down your computer properly preventing possible corruption of files and applications.

And speaking of backing up, it would be great if you would regularly back up your files just in case the unthinkable happens. May these be personal files or files you need for work, having a good back up is always a good thing to have.

You see, once you develope a system you will produce a good habit in cyber security protection which can help lower the risks of losing files or your confidential information being hacked. Identity theft is growing fast and the best defense is knowledge about cyber security protection .. Check here for free reprint license: Good Habits Build Cyber Security Protection.

Maintain A Safeguard Against Bank Identity Theft

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The internet has revolutionized the world and the way we do business. Even with all the great things which the internet offers us it is not perfect. There are dangers involved with using the world wide web and one of the most prevalent is bank identity theft. No one is safe from it and that is why you most make an active effort to protect yourself and your loved ones from this world wide problem.

If you have been the victim of this crime then you know how earth shattering it can be. Each year more than $52 billion is stolen from hardworking people like you. There are a number of things you can do today which will decrease your chance of becoming another statistic in the sad history of bank identity theft.

One of the most traditional ways to protect your identity is to shred all the documents which may be used to identify you. This includes credit car statements, bank deposit receipts and other sensitive documents which you would not want falling into the wrong hands. This safeguard alone can go a long ways in protecting your assests.

If you are one of the millions who shop online, only buy from trusted and secure websites. Before purchasing anything on the internet, read the site’s purchasing and payment terms. Look for the lock in the URL box or in the corner of the display to know that you have a secure connection.

If you keep a lot of financial information on your computer make sure that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software and programs are up to date and running smoothly. New viruses and other harmful programs are created each day and you will want to stay in front of them by upgrading your anti-virus software as much as possible.

Your local credit union or bank can also help you in the fight to stay protected. Most banks offer some form of identity security which you can take advantage of. They can help give you more ideas on how to keep yourself protected. It is your responsibility to keep yourself and your family protected from bank identity theft.

Bank identity theft is alive and well. We want to be sure you do not become a victim of such theft. When you shop online make sure that the website is secure with a little lock in the URL. We have more information for you.. This article, Maintain A Safeguard Against Bank Identity Theft is released under a creative commons attribution license.

SEnuke Review – Best SEO Automation Tool

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Everybody understands that Search engine optimization (research engine optimization) is pretty effective but entails uninteresting and tedious function just to basically toss a web site towards the extremely starting with the lookup final results. Search engine optimization does certainly aid produce a considerable level of income, but there truly is an excellent offer of function included, particularly if all of that function is getting taken treatment of by a single individual. A system which has been receiving a whole lot of recognition is referred to as SEnuke, and it claims to take treatment from the laborious jobs that define accurate Search engine marketing. On top of that, to prove themselves, the creators are providing a free of charge seven morning trial to any skeptics. What’s this support all about, nonetheless? Is it worth the purchase of time?

Characteristics

So, the SEnuke assistance can cover a plethora of regular Search engine optimization duties, but what does this mean? SEnuke claims to reduce efforts by completing a quantity of duties this kind of as immediately turning out many hubs, posts, lenses, blogs, and so on. all with special content material, supplying the individual with 60-80 “high PR” (substantial page rank) backlinks from reputable web sites, making plenty of post variations from a single write-up with a single click, making use of a thesaurus to produce loads of special spinning posts, and so forth. Also, SEnuke permits the individual to go through each and every spinning write-up to examine for individuality, get submissions indexed in as small as 10 minutes, evaluation word count and density effortlessly, and so on. This support really covers a great deal that other Search engine marketing utilities don’t.

The Great

One of the greatest parts of this service is that is updated quite frequently. Most of the time, it’s common that most services bottom out pretty soon after launching, but with this one, you can expect to see updated features and content as the service grows. Another nice perk included with this service is the free 7 day trial. There are no restrictions included with the trial either, so you can use it as if you already bought it.

The Negative

Nonetheless, this plan is most likely not the very best selection for newbies. This system delves into Search engine marketing at an rapid rate, as well as the person is practically instantly anticipated to become really familiar with all the concepts and terminology of on the internet advertising. This system can be priced at a fairly steep cost. When the seven morning totally free trial expires, users can assume to fork more than $97 a month for that support. When once more, this assistance actually is not recommendable for newbies.

Review & Rating

Overall, SEnuke is an excellent assistance for your intermediate internet marketer or even the experienced internet marketer. You can find loads of tools and characteristics incorporated that have never been seen in any other Search engine optimization tool, and for that cost, it is certainly an excellent value. It is a tool which has endless potential, and anyone which is serious about Search engine marketing can assume great things out of it.

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