Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Best Reason To Leave Your Email on Your Website

What is easier Email or Phone calls?  I'd say email any day but I think I might be in the minority on this question.  

I do a lot of marketing.  A lot of that means finding prospects, which requires looking at a lot of websites.  One thing that completely confounds me is a business website that doesn't post their email address.  There are thousands of them.  Then there is the group that try to make it difficult to just click on the email or copy it.  They incorporate spaces like: booncartoons @ comcast . net or this method booncartoons(at)comcast(dot)net, or they use some image file that shows the address.

I know why they are doing it.  It's because they don't want "spam" or junk mail.  I get it, it is a pain but is it really that painful that you would risk making it a pain for a potential customer to reach you. Most would justify this lack of an email address on their site by saying I have my phone number, they can call me.  Yea sure they can call you, but I'm pretty sure these types of people also hate getting phone solicitations so more likely than not they don't answer their phone.  They check messages.    

That's what I don't understand.  I, a million times over, would much rather rifle through a bunch of emails deleting those that I don't need than wading through a bunch of voice mails.  Voice mail are a true pain to deal with.  For the most part you have to keep clicking a button to fast forward through it if you know you don't want to listen and then listen to the same fucking instructions, "end of message", "message deleted", "next message", blah, blah, blah.  I can blow through 50 emails before I can get through 5 voice mails.  

Sometimes when I come across a website with no email addresses it just makes my inner treasure hunter come out.  I start doing all kinds of cross referenced web searches until I find the email address.  Because at some time they put it on the internet and it can be found.  Would I do this if I was a potential customer, hell no. I'd just move on to the next.   

Friday, February 20, 2015

When Family Drops By Unannounced - Like An Alien Invasion


This didn't happen all at once.  Any of you that have followed this blog will recognize I have a tendency to doodle one thing, then a day or so later add another and so on and eventually it seems to be all connected and created as a series of frames in a story.  That's what has occurred here.  My worse enemy would be to try and develop some story line from this exercise.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Don't Vaccinate? You Deserve Whatever You Get. You Knew The Risk.

I've been listening to the news stories regarding the recent outbreak of measles.  Most of the commentary seems to be focused on the minority population; for example California says 2.5% opt out, that has decided not to have their kid vaccinated.  What has me stumped is why are there schools shutting down completely?  What you hear is they are attempting to avoid an outbreak of major proportions.  I just don't get it.

How could there be an outbreak of any major proportions if the majority of kids have received the vaccination?  It just seems counter intuitive to isolate and effectively quarantine a whole school population who is supposed to be protected because there is a minority population that has foregone the protection.

Isn't the potential of getting infected the risk you take if you don't vaccinate?  So the only people getting infected are the ones who took on that risk.  So be it, that is what they signed up for isn't it?  Yes, I've heard their are a few in the population who can't receive any vaccinations due to a compromised immune system.  Those kids who have had some kinds of cancer or organ transplants are typically the one you hear about.  For these kids I agree, let them stay at home, but even if 100% of the population had been vaccinated there are diseases that could  infect floating around.  You can't guarantee any protection for them at all.

This just seems like another instance where the government sees fit to interject itself into our lives, eliminating any personal choice or placing the burden of risk on our shoulders.  They seem hell bent on removing any self responsibility from society,  These attempts to control always seem to be driven by very small percentages.  Again by example, Californians have been given the information to decide and the right to opt out and still 97.5% of them get the vaccinations.  How can you not be happy with that level of participation?  Why does it have to be 100%? But no government see fit to insist that it control 100%.

The old saying, "You made your bed, now sleep in it."  comes to mind.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Another Day? ARRRGGGHHH! Caption Challenge


As with many days, I randomly doodle one thing and then add something else and eventually throughout the day these random bits and pieces look like I meant to do it from the start.  Yea, Yea, I know this isn't any grand illustration, but it did come together to look like a typical newspaper/magazine gag cartoon.  Minus the caption.  I'm sure one of you creative readers can come up with something.

The rest of the doodles surrounding it are ideas for a company putting together some email campaign.  I'll share the final piece in time.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Become a Motivational Speaker


Here is a list of sure fire ways to become an inspiration and launch your career as a motivational speaker.

  • Get Fat
  • Get Addicted to Drugs or Booze
  • Kill Some One
  • Take Advantage of People
I've noticed this as a popular trend over the years.  If you can manage to make a complete wreck of your life, then correct and clean up this mess you've created, you will earn the right to tell other people the secrets and methods of how not to do what you did, or correct their own mess, which can lead to a very enriching career as a motivational speaker.   Their is no shortage of examples out there.



The Formula to Motivational Speaking

  • get fat, have surgery to loose weight, become inspiration
  • do drugs, become drug addict, almost die, get clean, become an inspiration
  • have one drink, drink more, do something stupid, self profess being alcoholic, stop drinking, become inspiration
  • kill someone, go to prison, come out, tell people killing is bad, become inspiration
  • build company from scratch, rob people blind by cheating them, get caught, go to prison, become inspiration

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Custom Cartoons for Businesses


For the last several years this financial planner has asked me to create a custom cartoon for his email he sends to his clients on their birthdays.  This is for 2015.  Must be working.