Priority Message!!!

I’ve spent much of the sunny weekend, inside catching-up on two weeks worth of emails. Having read them once, when I log into Affiliate Window I then have to re-read and accept the “Unread Priority” messages that are highlighted in red as soon as I log in. They must be important, some have three exclamation marks.

I’m not convinced that they are indeed “Priority”. They include ‘program closures’, ‘postponed launches’ and “15% Fixed Rate of Commission for August 07!!!”. Come on, surely I don’t need to know about a fixed rate of commission? Do I?

It’s not the type of email I would ever read as commission levels don’t interest me. I’d rather make ten sales at 5% using a discount code, than no sales at 15%, without one.

So I read on past the hype “you will be in the money”. This is where I’m ready to hit delete (or “submit” in the case of the Affiliate Window interface.)

Then I catch the “Priority” part of the message …
“… affiliates are not allowed to promote any discount codes. Doing so may result in pending transactions being cancelled or temporary suspension from the programme.”

Ah that sounds important. Less of the sales time wasting message and onto the hard facts. Why couldn’t that have been in the subject line instead?

Stay Mobile with your business

I’m in the middle of a two week holiday abroad but I’m still very much in touch with my business, using the Internet on my mobile phone.

Opera Mini

This Internet browsing application is amazing and works for java enabled phones. Here are just some of the websites I am able to access whilst I am away from a computer.

Google Mail

All my personal and business email is forwarded to my Google mail account. I’ve currently got 540 unread emails in my inbox but using my filtering techniques I can quickly see that 28 include the word “codes” and so are likely to include new discount codes for my site. 27 include the word “voucher”, 136 refer to “sales” and 6 are for “closures”. By using the filtering I can read the emails I consider to be the most important first.


I can quickly see live daily traffic statistics and what keywords are driving visitors to the site. Whilst I use Google Analytics, I always check Statcounter first as the page formats very well on my Sony Ericsson K800i.

RSS Feeds

By subscribing to my favourite web sites I can keep up with the latest posts on and away from the business keep up with what’s happening at Middlesbrough Football Club and see what my friends are doing on Facebook.

So in summary, using my mobile phone I can always keep up-to-date with what’s important to me via accessing email, forums and social media sites.

I’m Out of Hours

A recent post on communicating effectively with affiliates has prompted me to post my own rules, as I am increasingly having to field phone calls during the day.
i) Email me. You have my email address. I can access my Google mail email on my mobile and pc.
ii) Do not telephone me if you haven’t already sent me an email. In the rare chance I am going to be interested in what you have to say over the phone, I am only going to ask you to send me an email repeating what we’ve discussed.
iii) Do not MSN me to tell me about a generic promotion that I could read about in email or a forum post.
iv) Do not telephone me asking to promote your offer that ends in 48 hours time. You should have sent me an email or posted on the A4U forum a week ago. And if you did either of those and I still haven’t promoted it, then assume that I’ll be skipping this one.
v) If you do MSN me, please send a courtesy follow-up email confirming any details that I may need to recall. Once that window is closed the information is not there to refer to.
vi) Do not email, telephone, or MSN me asking to sign-up to or promote a shop, if I already am.

vii) Do email me. If it’s sent to my Google mail address then it will get filtered based on its content. If it includes certain trigger words then it will get read and therefore actioned sooner than later.
viii) Do talk to me at the next affiliate event I attend. If I do pass you a business card, you may spot that it doesn’t include a phone number on it. It does have my email address …

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