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Q: Simms, how did you become sold on the power of email marketing?
A: Prior to founding BrightWave Marketing, I ran the Customer Relationship Management group for a major media company that had a network of websites. When I saw first hand the ability to send a message and minutes later see a surge of responses and resulting web traffic as well as the ability to measure this response in real time, I was hooked. I then built the company to help clients more efficiently and strategically seize the benefits of email marketing.
Q: Give us an email marketing secret that most small business owners would be surprised to learn about.
A: There are many small businesses using email more effectively than Fortune 500 companies. That is one of the beauties of email marketing. It is not about money like some other marketing and media channels but it takes time, resourcefulness and the understanding that permission email is a powerful method of communication but one that should not be abused. Because it is so measurable, any small business owner gets incredible feedback on what their customers and prospects are interested in as well as what they are not. That info can be priceless.
Q: Email marketing is certainly eco-friendly. Did you have a "green" plan from the start?
A: I wish I could tell you that it was part of the master plan but it wasn’t. It is certainly a major reason to consider using email marketing though. I am still surprised to find many leading companies not finding that to be an attractive benefit of email marketing. I know I appreciate the companies that offer me the opportunity to receive bills or promotions via email as opposed to a catalog or letter that gets thrown away immediately. We have found some our clients (http://www.brightwavemarketing.com/clients.html) are leveraging the benefit of email as an eco-friendly communication tool as it makes sense and relates to their brand and offerings. I hope and expect to see more of that.
Jenkins is regarded as one of the leading experts in the email marketing industry and the expertise of both Jenkins and BrightWave clients have been recognized and featured by many media outlets including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg TV, eMarketer, Email Marketing Reports, MarketingSherpa, DMNews and ClickZ.
Jenkins and his column for iMedia Connection, a leading interactive Marketing and Media publication, has been called one of the top 21 information sources for email marketers.
Jenkins serves on the eMarketing Association's Board of Advisors and is a Board Member of Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AiMA). Jenkins is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio and resides in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.
Q: If you had to choose Obama or McCain to endorse your book--whom would you choose and why?
A: Tough call. Both Senators McCain and Obama have displayed physical and moral courage in their personal and professional lives. Senator McCain, a former naval aviator and POW, coauthored Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life. His anthology of courageous individuals resembles President Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage. Senator Obama also needed to confront fears and prejudices in his pursuit of becoming the most powerful man on the planet. In the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, we find yet another reference to courage. Courage is perhaps the most valuable leadership trait and both these men realize its importance. I’d gladly invite both to endorse my book.
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Q: How can your book, Ready, Begin! Practical Strategies for Cultivating Courage, help a business that is striving to be eco-friendly?
Q: Why does courage play such a big part in a leadership role?
A: Leadership involves a three-step approach of vision, courage, and determination. A leader first needs to have a compelling vision of the desired outcome. Then he or she needs the courage to take those first few critical steps. Finally, the leader needs to follow through with determination until the vision is achieved. Most people can craft a vision and if they can somehow just get started, they may be able to plod along until they achieve their goals. But overcoming fears and taking those first few critical steps often become a barrier to them. They need courage to move beyond their vision. My first Cornerstone of Courage is “Courage is taking action despite fear.” The important distinction thus becomes, fear is what you feel but courage is what you do. Winston Churchill, one of the most celebrated leaders of the 20th Century noted, “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”
Q:Another business book on courage. Why now?
A: Other than Senator McCain’s book, can you remember another recent book about courage? There are thousands of books about leadership on the shelves. There are perhaps twenty of so books about courage. Most of these books are stories about other courageous people. There are really no books that guide and coach a person to cultivate courage in his or her life. My book fills this void and provides over 250 strategies, insights, and tools to overcome fears and anxiety, conquer procrastination, get into action, and burn with more focus and purpose. Leaders fail, not from a lack of knowledge or imagination, but from a lack of courage or will. Never in the history of the human race has the need for courageous leaders been greater!
Commander Lawrence (Larry) M. Kryske, U.S. Navy (Ret.), develops victorious leaders who have vision, courage, and determination. He has over thirty years of worldwide success leading men and women and building unstoppable teams.
He was a career naval officer, private school administrator, and strategic planner. Larry is President of Your Finest Hour Leadership Programs, a full-service leadership firm. He provides programs (keynotes, seminars, workshops, facilitations, and coaching) nationwide on leadership, teamwork, and innovation. He has worked with over 400 corporate, association, governmental, and education clients in over 50 different industries during the past 12 years.
Larry has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Astronomy from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Science from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Larry’s newest book is, Ready, BEGIN! Practical Strategies for Cultivating Courage. He is also author of the leadership books, The Churchill Factors: Creating Your Finest Hour and The Greatest Board in the World. Larry is a respected authority on the life and leadership of Sir Winston Churchill with over 40 years of study and scholarship.
For more information, please see his website: www.YourFinestHour.com