How many times do you log in to a website a day?
Just to get online this morning, I had to spend quarter of an hour telling Holiday Inn Express all about me.
No doubt I have now subscribed to yet more mailings and will be clocking up points towards some reward I will never access.
One of the most noxious features of twitter and linked in is the link that takes you to a security screen. The teaser tweet that promises you a treat , all too often ends up with you banging your head against a pay wall!
Punters are increasingly getting wound up by these teaser links and by the elaborate data capture involved in getting to what they’ve been promised.
Follow this angry thread to see how goodwill not just in a site but in its owner , can so easily be destroyed
Here’s the original teaser from PHIL who owns ifalife and a linked in feeder group which directs traffic his way.
PHILIP Presumably every IFA in the UK is completely dumb struck at this startling announcement
Here’s the quizzical response
TERRY What news?!
In comes Trevor with some advice to the site owner….
TREVOR• Every time you do something like this you waste my time and I dislike you for it !
As a marketing man who is primarily interested in purveying yourself, I think you should be interested in this gem of information.
If you really want to access professional advisers without antagonizing us, please please please do something which does not incur my very valuable time in the first instance…. Phil for heavens sake …. please learn something new …. xx
ROBERT joins the thread in support of TREVOR AND TERRY
ROBERT Well Phil , I am always interested to hear what is really going on but please dont hide it at IFA life which then wont let you in. Not good and a bit frustrating. Happy new year
PHIL is quick to respond ..
PHIL Hi Robert and Trevor – I’ve known you both for many years but I’ve just noticed that neither of you are signed up on the main IFA Life site, and this will be the reason why you can’t click through to the thread.
Over 9,000 IFAs are registered on the main IFA Life site, so I do hope that you will be able to join them soon.
The suggestion falls on stony ground
PHIL decides to play his trump card
PHIL I remember you very well Trevor – as does my wife. And I enjoyed the lunch you bought me.
Anyway, I hope 2013 is a great year for you.
TREVOR is having nothing of it
TREVOR That must have been nearly ten years ago, and this is silly. New year – new start – time is valuable and can only be spent once. Fish me into the system but give me somthing at the end – thank you.
You might think this is the end of the matter but TERRY is back and he won’t let it lie!
TERRY The IFA Life site is a joke! It is there purely to gather marketing information for you and your colleagues to bombard myself and other like-minded IFAs/Financial Planners with information that is unlikely to be relevant to them.
I spent some time previously looking at the site and considering registration; however when it asks for social media threads and twitter feeds as well as my business address and phone number then I cease registration.
This may work in the US but not in the UK. If you want people to listen to you give them more information so that they can make informed decisions.
Poor old PHIL.
To finish him off, ROBERT is back with some more bad news!
ROBERT sorry Phil but your site just doesn’t like me it wont authorise its own security code. No wonder I gave up in the past. Life is toooooo short to mess about any more. Regards
Martin Lewis does not put a wall round his garden. People aren’t prepared to login to get news and are certainly not going to be led down the garden path to have to pay money or release personal data on the off chance that what’s on the other side of the wall, is worth the trouble.
Gated websites like gated communities suit those who feel they have more to lose than give.
In my book, if you cannot givefreely, you are the loser and it is those who share information freely, like Lewis, who have most to win.
- Tra-la-la-la-la, Get Fitted for a Bra (doriscloset.wordpress.com)