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    It's a little pricey for us, Kel. So, I'm trying to find an alternative.
     

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    You can take a look at our form at http://www.terrordome.com/html/coupon.htm. Feel free to request some coupons to see how it works. Most web hosting companies offer auto responders with their packages. We set up a dedicated email account for coupon handling (coupons@terrordome.com) so that we weren't bombarded with requests on our general account. Then just set the email account to auto respond. Speak with your hosting provider on setting one up. It's very easy and simple.

    The form on my site unfortunately does not have validation which is something that you would want. I was in a rush last season and plan to fix it when the 2007 site is updated. I would say 85% of respondents completely filled out the form, but like I said no valid email address equals no coupon. I'd be more then happy to forward the code over to you.

    If you are looking for newsletters or content management you can check out www.hotscripts.com if you're comfortable with web design. They offer a lot of free scripts and if you're intimidated by coding I would suggest just paying a freelancer or friend (one time fee) to implement a script into your site rather then paying a monthly fee for a service.

    One last thing that you should do is use outlook or similar to download the email addresses and messages to your computer just in case you accidentally delete the email account or in the future switch hosting companies. All can be lost. In the future I plan on using a database driven solution for the coupons... Just haven't found a good one yet.
     

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    kennyny,
    the site is "under construction," but the info you gave is great. It just so happens my webs hoting company DOES offer auto responder. So, I've written to administration to give me some pointers on how to go about using it. Will let you know if and when I get it up and running.

    THANKS!
     

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    Empress,

    Sorry about that. The link above has a period at the end and is messing up giving an error. The link below should work. Good luck!

    http://www.terrordome.com/html/coupon.htm

    Ken
     

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    Cool! And the coupon came up in a pdf file. Have you ever had any problems with people saying they couldn't access the coupon because they do not have Adobe Reader?
     

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    I don't remember any reported problems with customers not being able to access the pdf file due to the lack of Adobe Reader. If delivering the coupon to the customer via pdf format is a concern, then you could just as easily use an image file instead (jpg, gif, etc). The only thing is that some browsers resize image files now. An alternative is just making up a quick html page with your coupon image on it and have the customer print the page. I've never been a big fan of printing web pages and wanted to keep the integrity of the document. That is why I opted for a pdf file, but there are many options on the table.

    Ken
     

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    Ken,

    thanks so much for all your help! I like what I see on your site and will be following suit. This is exactly what I was looking for when I placed this thread.

    Thanks again!
     

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    Using a dedicated email address and the autoreply that comes with most hosting server is
    fine if your just sending a one time reply (like a coupon) Your hosting server autoreply has
    no auto follow-up. You must put all your emails into your address book, them send your
    mesage through your own email address.

    The problem comes into play when you start sending a large numbers of e-mail's from
    your email account. Your hosting company may consider this spam and pull the plug
    on your website. Also many hosting companies do not allow you to run 3rd party
    email scripts, check your TOS.

    Now with an autoresponder like http://www.GetResponse.com/index/55656 it is
    double opting. Someone needs to ask to be put on your list, then must confirm
    that they did request to be put on the list. This stops almost all spam complaints.

    You have unlimited follow-up, what does this mean? You spend a few hours setting up
    your autoresponse and all your follow-up emails. My ghost story newsletter will be set
    up to send a newsletter every other week for 2 years. I will never have to touch it for 2
    years unless I want to. Then when I have a special announcement I just send it with
    no worries of being accused of spam.

    The resin for a newsletter is to keep your name out there week after week. Make
    your fans think about you all year long, not just October.

    Now you could just sit down every other week and send out your newsletter and spend
    about 3 to 4 hours a month. Or you can set it up like I do, for 2 years a time. That will
    free up time for other things.

    Isn't it worth $17.95 a month for freeing up 4 hours of your time each month and not
    being accused of spam? What a disaster that would be after spending all that time
    and money promoting your website to have it shout down for spam!
    Just my 2 cents.
    Gary
    Midnight Evil Productions
    www.MidnightEvil.com
    Owner/Operator of www.CoffinCreek.com/
    www.Twitter.com/CoffinCreek
     

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