Friday, May 10, 2013

5 Things I learned about email-marketers

1. Last chance is never a last chance.
This one time I searched my Gmail folder where I kept all the marketing emails I got for “Last chance” or “You must upgrade by midnight”, I was surprised to see repeating emails. So never take those emails seriously, in fact this attitude shows that they are missing their monthly or quarterly sale target. So you could call their customer support and get a good bargain.

2. N% off is most likely N% more the price you can get elsewhere.
Whenever you see the price for something that says that it is after some percentage off, they are not basing their information on the right List price of that product. They are making up a “List price”. Always search for the same product through either the part-number or short-description on other websites and search engines.

3. Unsubscribe sometimes results into more emails from different vendors.
I have always wondered why I am getting emails from a company who want to sell me the prescription medicines for cheap, who gave them my email address. Until I read in a PCMag article that many small businesses; when they learn that you are cutting them loose, they still keep a list of people like you including your email address, name and other information and sell them out. The article suggested to “block” future emails from that business than unsubscribe. Unsubscribing actually lets them know that your email is a legit email which is checked frequently.

4. Offer that is only for you is sometimes not true.
Sometimes those small business owners who are desperately trying to reach their sales goals without having to invest money on billboards and TV ads. They not only lower the price, but to make it sound even better, they tell you that this offer is only for you and everybody else is having to pay the actual price.

5. Never fall for Message from CEO
Do you think a legitimate business’ CEO would have nothing better to do than emailing you to sell a thirty-dollar membership ? To have some fun, call that business and tell them you are replying CEO’s email through phone and you need to speak with him about membership. Tell them you cannot speak with anybody else.

I would love to hear your comments in the comment box below.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Diomede Islands, a practically possible time-travel scenario?

For those who don't know what and where Diomede Islands are. They are small Islands, located on the Bering sea. One called Little Diomede Island fall in Alaska, USA and other one called Big Diomede Island falls in Siberia, Russia. The shortest distance between those two are roughly two miles

Picture taken from North of the islands, On the left is Little Island which is in USA and right is the big island in Russia.

Here is a small fun fact
On the west edge of Little Diomede Island in Alaska, there is a small town called Diomede, AK which has a population of about 125. In winter time, the Bering waters around that area get frozen, and some residents of Diomede, AK like to take a short walk on the frozen sea waters to Russia. Off course, Russia does not like it, but they know that the island in Siberia is remote and no one lives there so people walking into Russia to feel good about themselves is not a concern for Russian authorities.

Here is the actual fun part
The Big Diomede Island is 23 hours ahead of Little Diomede Island. Which means whatever time it is right now in Little Diomede Island in Alaska, its about the same time next day in Big Diomede Island in Siberia, Russia. So right now as of me writing this post, its 10:30 PM in Diomede, AK Saturday. It is 9:30 PM Sunday in Big Island.

Can travelling from Big island to Little island be considered as a "Back to the future" travel?