Does this offend you?

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by talfighel, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    So I wrote an article a few days ago and send it to my email list. If you are using Getresponse, then you you know that you can get 1-3 people complaining about you and your email to them in every single email broadcast.

    Everyone gets that.

    But I sent an article that I wrote and it seems to me that it has offended some people because I had like 15-20 complaints about this article that I wrote.

    Can some of you read my article and see how it offends you in anyway. If it doesn't offend you then that's great too. Your comments are welcome here.

    Here is the article I sent to my list:

    Thank you,

  2. westfam11

    westfam11 Member


    I wouldn't say the e-mail per se offended me
    but all of the other advertising you had on their
    was just screaming at me and I don't like to be
    screamed at.

    It was way too busy and I would have a problem
    with getting e-malis like that from a list I was
    subscribed to.

    Sorry if that wasn't the answer you were looking for.

  3. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    Hi Becky,

    Every article is like that and that is not the reason.

  4. keeplivin

    keeplivin New Member

    your page started off good with the baby smiles and such, and I would have to see other articles that you have written to compare, but off the top of my head i would say that your topic is inappropriate.

    first, i wouldn't lead with a negative story. not on a sign up page at least, and not unless you were trying to get their blood boiling, you dig?

    second, and most important, all bodily excretions, with the exception of tears, generaly illicit a reaction of disgust in people. [see kitschmag, 'Disgust Discussed'] and as such, i don't recommend them as topics for ANY advertising.

    i hope that helped.
  5. wahgo

    wahgo New Member

    I don't see any problem with the article. In fact, I thought that it was a breath of fresh air - LOL!

    Seriously, I got what you were saying and don't understand why the complaints arrived in higher numbers than usual.
  6. mtran2000

    mtran2000 New Member

    I would politely ask to be removed from the mailing list.

  7. nanciq

    nanciq New Member

    I think the analogy to the stinkin diaper is a bit humorous. Maybe some people did not read the entire email to find out why you compared the diaper to all the opportunities being offered. Anyway, that being said, the adverts are very distracting and maybe that is why they didn't get thru the article?
  8. mountainmom5

    mountainmom5 Gold Member

    It's not necessarily offensive but it doesn't add any value to anything, so I would probably unsubscribe as well.

    I like if writers share something of value that I can USE in my online experience - it is easier for me to trust that the other stuff on the website has value as well, for some reason, but then that's just me.
  9. A8ch

    A8ch Gold Member

    I understand the parallel you were attempting to make between the smelly diaper and bad online opportunities, but there was one glaring difference: a smelly diaper is universally disgusting, whereas, an overhyped, bad opportunity is usually structured to have universal appeal.

    We all know what we'll find in a smelly diaper, but we can't be quite sure what we'll get with a hyped-up opportunity. It's only after we've taken off the wrapper that we learn whether or not it's a pile of crap.

    I thought the title was a bit sensational, which is not a bad thing, since it made me curious to read more. After reading the article, a title like "What a Stinkin' Baby Diaper Taught Me About Marketing" would have created similar interest, along with the promise to learn something new, all without being sensational.

    I wasn't offended by the article per se, but the centered format was cumbersome to read. A left-aligned format would have been much easier to go through.

  10. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member


    I was to compare the 2 and hoped that it did some good but I see from the posts here that some liked it and some of you thought that it was too much.

    I think that my point was not understood from this. Maybe I should have done something else and compared the bad opportunities to something else.

    Oh well, you can't satisfy everyone.

    I really appreciate everyone's comments here.

  11. BusinessBuilder

    BusinessBuilder New Member

    I didn't have an issue with it, but a more subtle into to the diaper issue would have helped! Such as how something that happened made you think of " ".
  12. ruzzybuzzy

    ruzzybuzzy Guest

    Did not offend me at all. I thought it was a great article. It was quite fun to read. Thank You.
  13. niddy

    niddy New Member

    Great article and an even greater way to get us to read it! lol
  14. talfighel

    talfighel Silver Member

    ruzzybuzzy: Did not offend me at all. I thought it was a great article. It was quite fun to read. Thank You.
    I appreciate that very much.

  15. Louem

    Louem New Member

    I didn't find it offensive either, in fact, it gave a a laugh. I don't know why anyone would have a problem with it.
    Thanks for the laugh...[​IMG]
  16. sarauk

    sarauk New Member

    It did not offend me but I can understand why people will complain. I never had diaper put in my face and I will kill whoever does it to me lol it just disgusting!!!

    I think I would not read any further from disgust, I only read it to write this.
    You explained in details how the diaper was in your face ewww, and you thought of positive thing to say?? At that point you lost me as a reader, i switched off!! only that picture stuck in my mind,
    Imagine having your lunch and thought to check your email!! That picture will put you off your food. It reminds me of this celebrity (Gillian McKeith )who promotes healthy eating, every time her program comes on tv I switch off, she analyse people's diet by their outcome!! If someone eating rubbish of course that will affect the outcome!!!

    This my honest opinion hope you are not offended?
  17. anthony2313

    anthony2313 Member

    I didn't find it offensive at all.

    People these days are very sensitive.

    Some people look for anything to complain about.

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