Posted by: Timothy Ellis (The Tim)

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

15 responses to “Dear Marketers: I Don’t Care About Your Press Release”

  1. Ellie Fields

    Ha, thanks Tim. When I was running a local neighborhood blog I would get the same kind of junk. At first I would write back and say, “If your news isn’t about [neighborhood], I don’t carry it.” It was surprising how many people tried to convince me otherwise. As if my local neighborhood blog would really improve by aggregating content from random press releases… the proves the point that for some people, the “Send” button on email should be really small and hard to find.

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  2. Kary L. Krismer

    Be thankful you don’t get repeated phone calls for how “my website” (usually Trulia) can be one of the top sites listed on Google when someone searches for “[city] real estate.” It drives me nuts, especially when they don’t want to end the conversation when I tell them I’m not interested.

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  3. Ira Sacharoff

    I’ve registered on the ” Do Not Call” list, and yet I must have received twenty phonecalls for a Congressional candidate named Tom Cramer. If I ever had any inclination to possibly vote for the guy, those phone calls have convinced me to vote for anybody but him.
    If he’d sent me twenty thousand dollars in the mail, that might have been a different story.
    Given that the real estate industry is full of hucksters, I also receive tons of email on a daily basis, promising that they’ll make me rich if I just send them money and follow their ” King of All Real Estate” program, or ” How to swindle money from those who have it.”

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  4. Michal Malinowski

    Tim, these marketers don’t care about your post. And for sure theirs bots don’t care about it. The only people who will read your post are your readers (not marketers). Expect more spam. That’s reality and we all have to deal with it.

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  5. DMac

    RE: Kary L. Krismer @ 3 – I’ve done a lot of organic SEO work over the years on my own sites, and about 99% of those offers are complete BS. It’s quite difficult to get consistently ranked above the fold in many popular Google search terms these days, and their bot/borg is constantly changing their ranking algorithm, thereby often favoring their paid advertisers to rank higher in their organic search rankings. It’s often been said that anyone relying solely on their search rankings in Google for their online businesses are putting too many eggs in one basket, and I’d have to agree at this point.

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  6. Mindy the cat

    Imagine having your operation all over the internets.

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  7. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 4 – I think the politicians exempted themselves from the DNC list.

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  8. Kary L. Krismer

    RE: DMac @ 6 – Probably, but since I don’t want to be on the first page of Google, that might be a good thing that they’re complete BS. ;-)

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  9. Long Duc Dong Torme

    Dear Ms. Thetim, that is a very interesting opinion. There are many aspects to this issue. My Mom makes 43,000 Yuan, RMB each afternoon working on her computer. If you would like to do the same you may contact me at the email provided. So sorry to interrupt your dinner. Go back to it – you men eat your dinner, eat your pork and beans; I eat more egg rolls any man ever seen. Oh yeaaaaahhhh, ….. ! But, please do not pass up this opportunity.

    * Oh, I forgot to mention that by “working on her computer”, I mean installing a pro video card and camera and making super-terrific videos in her underwear.

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  10. Hugh Dominic

    I would like to hear more about the Swagga Suit. Please post immediately.

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  11. whatsmyname

    Dude, You could have passed along the sneak peek of the new bachelorette pad!

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  12. Michelle

    Hahaha poor David Weekley Homes…

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  13. Curtis Reddehase

    Very annoying when people don’t give you the opportunity to unsubscribe, guess some folks are just so desperate to be in your inbox.

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  14. Steve

    They send out those spam press releases because they work. And they have worked on you just now. Though you wisely didn’t link to their products, you just got a bunch of your readers to google for swagga suit and probably some of the other stuff.

    Also, 9 times out of 10, the “unsubscribe” link is just a “this email address is good; please send more spam!” link.

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