~ Rod Aries
"Competitive intelligence on the net is a key
to helping to succeed."
From: Rod Aries
Subject: Losing email
> I just do not feel confident that filters will let
> through the mail that I need to run my business.
- Wanda Husick, LED 1741
I have wrestled with this very issue... we searched a
possible solutions. We wanted to know if a person that I
- sent a proposal to has received it?
- someone who owes me money is receiving my
email demand note, but
- when someone opens my email, if at all?
- how long they read it for (as an indication
- if they forwarded it to anyone else?
- if you have any links in your email, did
they click on a link?
Which ones? How many times?
- if I attached a Word or Excel document, did
they open it?
- in what city did they open it? etc.
We settled on a software solution that tells us when all the
Here is one way we use it... in one of our businesses we
send our proposals upon request. We use the program to embed the
hidden mode code (it can be visible also, but I seem to enjoy the
stealth mode where I can voyeur their interest in my email).
Sometimes you can tell the sophistication of the recipient
by factors such as which operating system (ie a Windows 95 user
could be scary) they use and how long they took to open an email.
Also for people who hide behind a Hotmail account, we can
sometimes tell what city they are in. Here is an example of the report
Opened at apparent address of: You@AnyDomain.net
Opened 11-Jan-04 at 17:00:07pm (UTC -7:00) - 42mins12secs
Location Marlborough, Massachusetts, United States (99%
Language of recipient's PC: en-us (English/United States)
Browser used by recipient: Moz/4.0 (MSIE 6.0; Win98; Win 9x
Accepts Files browser can open: */*,i/gif, i/jpeg, i/pjpeg,
ap/msword, ap/vnd.ms-powerpoint, ap/vnd.ms-excel,
ap/x-gsarcade-launch, ap/x-shockwave-flash, */*
Closed Reader closed your email at 11-Jan-04 at 17:02:23pm (UTC
-7:00) - read for 2mins16secs
As you can see the recipient is in Mass, opened my email in
than 1 hour, uses MSIE 6.0, Win98 and read my email for
I also found that over the course of several days that the
opened 5 times by the recipient reader and forwarded to two
readers. The recipient had 5 opening occasions account for
29secs total opening time. I also can see that the person it
referred to opened the email as well.
This tells me that he is probably interested in the proposal
him. And, based on this info, I contact this person before I
other potential clients.
I emailed my accountant a complex question and then when
her, I mentioned that she opened my email just after lunch,
read my email for 24 seconds, but that she did click on the
the body of the email.
She asked how I knew... and then argued about it, and then
as a tool for her practice.
Competitive intelligence on the net is a key to helping to
succeed. I have spent hours and hours testing numerous
software programs that claim to do all the above, but have
settled on one program (which we now resell see -
http://www.clicksofthetrade.com there is a
testing period - and the commission we earn if far less than
time it took me to write this email ) - this program
notifies me of
all the above.
Anyways, that is the culmination of a fair amount of
research we did
and how we resolved the problem...
At your service,
High Traffic Internet Marketing
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