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Why Marketing is Broken

Allen Stern claims that RSS is broken because it doesn’t deliver customers to him on a plate. Of course, he then explains that RSS was never designed to rat out it’s subscribers to marketers. Gee, people can anonymously subscribe to my feed. If you think about it, I do know that the subscriber is the kind of person who would subscribe to my particular feed. So that tells me something. Although it doesn’t tell me when they’ve lost interest, or if they intended to unsubscribe, but were too lazy to do so.

But the idea that marketers have any claim on the kind of data that Stern is asking for shows a real lack of understanding. Perhaps Mr. Stern needs to have a long conversation with Doc Searls about Vendor Relationship Management. Yes, traditionally marketers put potential customers into their sights using the kind of stats Stern wants RSS to collect. But the equation isn’t the same on the internet, it isn’t a “one to many” broadcast medium. It’s “many to many” where there’s a democratization of the participants in the network. People are starting to understand that their interest in, and even their raw attention toward a product has a value. And deciding to expose any data to a potential vendor is a customer choice, not a marketers right.

Comments

  1. hypotheekvoorduitsland | June 18th, 2008 | 10:45 am

    Although it doesn’t tell me when they’ve lost interest, or if they intended to unsubscribe, but were too lazy to do so.

    I totally agree with this one,

    We have many subscribers to our website, but when they will buy our service somewhere else we will never know it. And many times they forget to sign out.

  2. Hypotheek voor Duitsland | June 18th, 2008 | 10:47 am

    again

  3. ilia seo | March 5th, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    This is what I always wonder myself. Do my email subscribers actually read my posts or did they subscribe with a spam email and never bothered to unsubscribe.

  4. Traffic Geyser | March 10th, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    well if you had build trust and reputation with your readers then they will likely visit your website and read your post.

    but a lot of cases like I always receive advertising emails and useless blogpost, I start to stop following their RSS feed..

  5. marketing personas | March 11th, 2009 | 5:11 am

    Most of the time, the failure of an individual to unsubscribe is a clear indication that its spam. Of course its not in general, but given that unsubscribing is as easy as subscribing, but the “real” ones are actually those that take time in unsubscribing.

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    you should be patient in dealing with e-mail spam or else you'll end up as a trash.we will never know it. And many times they forget to sign out.

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  13. Naruto episode | April 18th, 2009 | 6:59 am

    More than 800 people have subscribed to my RSS feeds in six months, but the problem is that they never mind to visit when the blog is updated. This makes me feel that the RSS subscription systems is more of failure ones.

  14. notebook batteries | April 20th, 2009 | 1:06 pm

    I believe that RSS is like Google: they know and tell everybody, what they have learned about you. That's why I don't subscribe. It may cause spam on your email.

  15. Sunglasses | April 22nd, 2009 | 10:49 pm

    You are right, that the marketers can only guess about the audience choices and it's more like a trial n hunt procedure.

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    People are very keen at times to subscribe RSS feeds from relates blogs and sites. Once done so, they never bother about the updates published. S, if they aren’t really bothered about the updates published they should unsubscribe it, but never seen people doing so.

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    RSS is very useful on this electronic world now, it provide great things from your site to anywhere.

  19. Jogos de Carros | May 12th, 2009 | 12:15 am

    Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically, but it is important to subscribe RSS from related sites and more important to unsubscribe if not required. My simple question is, are we really that busy to unsubscribe.

  20. Ecurrency Trading | May 14th, 2009 | 4:13 am

    Yeah. Well said in the article that RSS was never designed to rat out it’s subscribers to marketers. Business has only two functions – marketing and innovation, but I don’t believe that today’s marketing is not pointing the right way.

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    Meh. It's not broken, If it was people wouldn't keep advertising, but theya re.

  24. steveworth | September 3rd, 2009 | 10:00 pm

    I too don't find any use in simplifying FD.
    I choose feeds that I need and I don't need attention tracking at all.
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