Who said nothing is for free?

Written by Nicole Seekely

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consumers to redeem a coupon. For freebies, repparttar request or return rate is often higher. When asked aboutrepparttar 119090 kind of feedback they get, some companies said they generally see an increase inrepparttar 119091 response rate from 5 to 50 percent. Some days there are lots of requests, and other days it's steady. It all depends on who finds out boutrepparttar 119092 freebie. Ifrepparttar 119093 publisher of a large newsletter hears about an offer, a company can expect more requests than usual if they publishrepparttar 119094 offer in their newsletter. There are also other reasons or ways of offering freebies. One company, Girl Power! (health.org/gpower) is a national education campaign that was developed and supported byrepparttar 119095 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They are able to give free materials becauserepparttar 119096 government recognizes that those items are good forrepparttar 119097 health of repparttar 119098 people in America. There are a lot of other U.S. Government organizations that provide free materials. Lastly, most companies that give away freebies don't anticipaterepparttar 119099 high response rate that they receive; therefore a lot of times they can't afford to give away all of their freebies. Freebie hunters can help this by only requesting freebies they are really interested in. Also, freebie hunters use unethical practices such as giving out wrong e-mail addresses, or other information which is what helpsrepparttar 119100 marketer afford to give out freebies. If you don't want to be added to someone's mailing list, then don't requestrepparttar 119101 freebie.

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How to Become a Dot Com Millionaire (Part 1)

Written by Jim Barrington

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Thorough research isrepparttar first and most crucial stage of setting up a successful dot- com venture. The 80% of dot-com firms who will fail in future will do so simply because they do not understand their market and customers and hence cannot survive inrepparttar 119089 long term, due to lack of planning and research. Do not makerepparttar 119090 same mistake.

Stage 2 Once you have a clear idea and evidence your concepts will work as a business venture, it is time to call inrepparttar 119091 technical expertise to build a working model. At this stage, all ofrepparttar 119092 research and knowledge of your marketplace is critical to success. You will need to convey your ideas across to people who may never have been in business and have no grasp of business fundamentals. As they will probably be responsible forrepparttar 119093 design of complex programs to ensure seamless operation of your services and transactions, it is crucial you make them understand your goals. Specialist consultants who design projects specifically forrepparttar 119094 Internet can help here, however demand for their expertise is high and they are certainly not cheap.

Have a Written Project Plan Most designers and programmers will thank you for a simple project prospectus, summarising whatrepparttar 119095 website intends to achieve inrepparttar 119096 short and long term. This is known asrepparttar 119097 project plan (similar to a business plan). From there they can draw up a technical specification forrepparttar 119098 website prior to any work being performed, listing all ofrepparttar 119099 functions and explaining how each program will work to achieve your goals. Only when you understandrepparttar 119100 workings and are happy with how things will work, should you proceed on torepparttar 119101 next stage of designingrepparttar 119102 technology.

Things to look out for: - (a) Willrepparttar 119103 systems be robust and capable of handling large traffic volumes? (b) Arerepparttar 119104 e-commerce and transaction sections secure and reliable? (c) What administration systems will you require inrepparttar 119105 real world? (d) Canrepparttar 119106 systems be enhanced and improved for future growth? (e) How fast will they operate? - Surprisingly important onrepparttar 119107 Internet.

Jim Barrington is the founder and Managing Director of The Barrington Group, The ASB and Netsightuk.com an Internet strategy and design company. E-mail:- James.Barrington@btinternet.com URL:- http://www.netsightuk.com

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