Responses to RJ emails

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    Apr 30, 2013 9:07 PM GMT
    There have been some threads in the past dealing with responses to emails, but none of them quite fit what I wanted to post, so I figured I'd start this new one. As some of you know I run a gay and lesbian golf group in Fort Lauderdale. We have a golf event coming up, and I wanted to invite South Florida RJ members to come join us. I not only posted a notice about the event in the GOLF section of RJ and the Group Activities section, about three weeks ago I personally wrote emails to 140 RJ members in South Florida who listed golf as one of their Sports interests.

    As of this writing 27 of those have read my emails and not one has responded.

    Last summer, I decided to try to organize a Fort Lauderdale and surrounds RJ get-together, so I not only posted in the Group activities section, I wrote personal notes to 250 RJ members in the South Florida area and invited them to join us. 42 read the emails and about 12 responded. One was rude, wanting to know why someone my age was a Member of RJ!!!

    This is not a rant. I just wanted you to have some statistics on responses to emails so that you would be a little less expectant when you write to someone.
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    Apr 30, 2013 9:25 PM GMT
    Those numbers aren't too terrible for an advertising campaign though, which is what you were doing.

    For comparison, I sometimes advertise services on google pay-per-click. When it was working effectively, between 6 - 15% of people who were searching specifically for the words in my ad would click on it. (At best, I have some keyword combinations with 25% click-rate, but there are only about six people in the world who search for those each year.) Of those who clicked through to my web site, about 5% would actually buy something.

    Maybe some people do it better, but the point is that even if you're starting with a self-selected group that is interested in your specific schtick, you gotta start with a really, really big group to get any results.
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    May 01, 2013 6:57 AM GMT
    Well maybe they're just not interested :/.
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    May 01, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    Next time create a fake profile and use pics of a stereotypically hot guy. You'll get 100% responses.

    I wish I was joking.

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    May 01, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    I'm a South Florida legend* and I didn't get an email from you.

    Besides, you aren't a big poster on the forums, and I doubt many people knew who you were. That maybe a reason for the low responses.






























    *in my own mind
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    May 01, 2013 10:24 PM GMT
    @jmusmc85...I didn't write to you this year, because you don't list golf as one of your interests. If you are, there's still room and there's still time to enter. I can't imagine that I didn't write to you last summer for the get-together, but all those records are gone.

    @A_X91: I'm sure you're right, but I can't imagine 140 people interested in golf, not one of whom would like to participate in a scramble (low pressure, really fun event)...but, obviously I'm mistook. (to the grammarians, yes, I know it's not a word.)