The hot new technology that's revolutionizing the way Internet business
owners communicate with their customers and subscribers.
The "direct-to-desktop" messaging literally allows you to send messages straight to your customers' computer desktops - without using e-mail!
Sound complicated? Well, it used to be. Until now only Fortune 500 companies with enough money to buy the advanced software have been able to
But that's all changed!
Keep reading and I'll give you an inside look at how you can get started with your own highly profitable direct-to-desktop campaigns,
including examples of tools and strategies businesses are already using.
I'll show you how you can switch your current subscription from e-mail to desktop edition...
Let's take a look at the basics of direct-to-desktop technology and why businesses (big AND small!) are scrambling to use it.
To start, I'll answer a few of the most common questions people have been asking me about "direct-to-desktop."
FAQ #1: What is direct-to-desktop messaging?
At first glance, direct-to-desktop messaging looks something like the "instant messaging" programs out there like Windows
Messenger and ICQ.
To receive messages, you download a small application called a "desktop reader" that retrieves messages over the Internet and displays
them in an "inbox" right on your computer desktop, bypassing your e-mail software.
But wait until you check out the powerful differences between "direct-to-desktop" and "instant messaging."
With "direct-to-desktop" you can:
But the most exciting thing about this new technology is that it gives you (and your customers) the power to completely sidestep
some of the most frustrating problems of e-mail communication..
- Send messages to an unlimited number of people -- not just a small list of personal contacts.
- Format messages in HTML with full color, sound, hyperlinks, and even Flash animation - not just plain text.
- Customize the "look and feel" of the tiny application your customers download to get your messages with your own company
logo and colors!
If you send out e-mail promotions or newsletters, you probably know exactly what problems I'm talking about:
Your legitimate messages and newsletters get filtered, blocked, and bounced back to you because ISPs and spam-blocking software identify
them as "spam"... even though they're not!
That's why anyone who is marketing their business online should be very interested in direct-to-desktop technology.
It gives you the benefit of:
- Zero spam accusations.
Since subscribers must download your "desktop reader" to get your messages - and since they can uninstall it whenever they
choose -- you can't be accused of sending "spam."
Total subscriber control equals no spam!
- 100% deliverability.
If you send e-mail messages to groups of customers or subscribers, it's almost impossible to ensure that all your messages will get through.
Not only do you need to be concerned about aggressive spam filters; you also have to deal with overflowing inboxes that
"bounce back" messages once they've reached their storage limit and subscribers who accidentally filter your
messages straight into their "junk mail" folders!
Direct-to-desktop messages show up right on your subscriber's computer desktop -- without passing through e-mail filters and spam blockers,
and without competing for space in a stuffed e-mail inbox.
If your subscribers can connect to the Internet, they're guaranteed to receive your direct-to-desktop messages!
- No distractions.
Many people's e-mail inboxes are filled with so many different newsletters, promotions, and personal messages (not to mention
spam!) that important messages from trusted senders can get lost in the clutter. A direct-to-desktop inbox only shows
messages from you!
As you can see, it's extremely powerful.
I know those of you who have been struggling to successfully deliver e-mail to your customers or subscribers are going to be really excited
about the potential of this technology.
After all, it gives you the ability to "lock in" the people on your mailing list and make sure they never miss a single message
FAQ #2: Will direct-to-desktop technology replace e-mail?
In a word, no -- or at least not for a while.
When e-mail first came along, a lot of people wondered if it would end up completely replacing regular postal "snail" mail.
Obviously, it hasn't. In fact, there are a number of situations in which snail mail is the preferred choice.
For example, handwritten messages have a more personal touch, so people still like to send and receive printed greeting cards,
wedding invitations, and other personal correspondence the old-fashioned way.
And of course, postal mail is the only way to go if you're sending product samples, like those little packets of shampoo ;-)
For most communications, though, e-mail is superior to snail mail. It's faster and cheaper to send, so it has replaced the typewritten memo,
the company newsletter, and so on.
But like I've already mentioned, e-mail has its problems too.
It's getting harder every day to ensure that the e-mail you send to your customers and subscribers is being received.
And it works the other way too -- if you count on receiving e-mail from trusted companies and individuals, there's simply no way
to guarantee that their messages won't get blocked or filtered before they ever reach you!
So while direct-to-desktop won't replace e-mail anytime soon -- just as e-mail hasn't completely replaced snail mail --
it WILL completely change the way businesses communicate with their
best customers and subscribers.
As you continue to collect leads and develop relationships with your customers and subscribers by e-mail,
you also offer a free upgrade from their e-mail subscription to your "premium" direct-to-desktop service --
a secure, direct channel that you use to send your best offers and most important updates.
Now, not everyone will want to sign up -- many casual customers will stick with an e-mail subscription while they're getting acquainted with you and your business.
But the people who DO sign up will be the ones who have come to trust and respect your business -- in other words, your most loyal
and valuable customers and subscribers.
FAQ #3: How do I use direct-to-desktop messaging for MY business?
Adding this technology to your business is easy -- surprising easily, in fact.
You can advertise it on your web site, just like you would an opt-in offer for an e-mail newsletter subscription.
Or if you already offer an e-mail newsletter, you can send an e-mail to your subscribers, letting them know about your new direct-to-desktop subscription.
When your site visitors and e-mail subscribers see your offer, they can simply click a link to download your desktop reader and start
receiving messages immediately.
Of course, you'll need to give them a good reason to take this step, especially if they're unfamiliar with the new technology.
So try using the same kinds of offers you would use to get people to subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter.
- Offer a "customer rewards" program.
Include valuable information or services that they can't get anywhere else like news reports, industry updates, event announcements, or special offers.
- Send up-to-the-minute information updates.
If you're in a business such as real estate, where new listings are a hot commodity, you can offer "instant updates"
to your most valuable customers. New information can be on their computer desktops within MINUTES of you releasing it.
- Give previews of valuable information and products.
You can also use direct-to-desktop technology to offer free previews of information that people can't get elsewhere without
paying for it.
For example, if you write content for a private web site or paid-subscription newsletter (or if you offer a special report,
eBook, or other digital product) you can adapt your current or archived content to create a tip of the day, or to share
a preview chapter, with links to your order pages. This should generate additional sales quickly!
- Distribute organization-wide notices and updates.
If your company has a sales team that needs to receive regular updates, you can send them via direct-to-desktop.
This way, the messages are guaranteed to be delivered instantly without getting filtered, bounced, or lost in cluttered inboxes.
Even if your team members don't check their e-mail, they'll still receive your most important notifications and messages.
- Ensure guaranteed delivery of information products.
If you're using e-mail to deliver information products (such as eBooks, paid subscription newsletters, or software downloads)
there's no guarantee that your customers will receive them. If you use direct-to-desktop to deliver your products, though,
you know they'll arrive safely every time.
All these techniques are great ways to increase the traffic to your web site... increase your customer loyalty and satisfaction... and
make more sales!
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Want To Try This Technology Yourself?
So here's what I can tell you....
I've seen the technology that the Fortune 500 companies are using... it's
nice -- but it's extremely pricey. The solutions typically cost in the range of $15,000... $40,000... even as much as $110,000 to set up!
And frequently another $5,000+ per month to actually use!
Plus, customizing it for YOUR business is costly because you typically need the help of programmers, designers and content developers.
That's why we did design our own software to do this...
I wanted to make sure I could use this technology without putting a serious dent in my bank account... But I also wanted to make sure YOU could use it, too.
This page will educate you about the different solutions out there, so
you get the best solution for your business, without getting
"had" and wasting your money.
I'm really excited about direct-to-desktop technology -- just like when
e-mail first started to become "mainstream," the possibilities
seem almost limitless.
However, if you're thinking about adding a direct-to-desktop messaging
system to your own business, I'd like to end this article on a note of caution...
If you currently use e-mail to communicate with your customers and subscribers, you probably will NOT want to replace e-mail with your "direct-to-desktop" messenger.
There are still plenty of people out there who like getting information
by e-mail, and you most certainly do not want to alienate those customers and subscribers!
A better option is to give your customers and subscribers the choice of downloading your desktop reader OR continuing to receive your messages via e-mail.
That way, you can still keep in contact with people who prefer e-mail or who are wary of new technology, but you can also establish
a secure, private, direct line of communication between you and your most loyal customers and subscribers.
If you're testing direct-to-desktop technology for your business, I'd love to hear about your challenges and successes!
I look forward to be hearing from you!