A smart reader just presented Kay (and she presented me) with quite an interesting pickle that needs a little untangling!
ESL Clarification: Pickle is a fun way to say… conundrum… Get it? Of course not, I’m just making it more confusing. Attempt #2: When someone is having a problem, they might refer to the problem as being “in a pickle.” Don’t ask me why we say it (or how we got inside of the pickle.)
I’m in a pickle right now.
The problem is related to:
Smart Student Secrets is cleaning our email lists (and unsubscribing lots of readers) based on whether or not our analytics say they’re interested in our emails.
That’s important because:
1. We don’t like packing the inboxes of uninterested readers.
2. Email clients are less likely to mark us as spam if we send fewer emails (but basically any small company has the problem of being marked as spam.)
3. Sending emails costs us… the more we send… the more we need advertising or sales to survive.
But the interesting problem presented:
Some readers signed up using their school email. Some are on summer break and never checking their email…
So they don’t have much activity but they may still want to read our stuff when the school year starts back up.
So we’re currently discussing solutions:
Important: if this is relevant to you, or you think it’s relevant to someone you know, then please reply and let us know.
Some potential solutions (and we’d love to hear your thoughts on them:)
1. We temporarily stop sending emails to readers that stop participating (like over summer break.) Then we send a message to them later on where they can confirm they’re checking their emails regularly and put them back on full emails.
2. We upgrade our members-only content to include virtually the exact same content as the email list, that way members don’t need to be subscribed to our email list to read everything. (We’ve been hoping to get a little message board up too.)
3. What ideas are you thinking of? We would love to hear them.
In other news:
I just got a new review of KAIC that makes me super happy. In particular, I love the fact that it wasn’t all lubby dubby. It was the good stuff he liked. Then it was some stuff to improve on. That’s the stuff that makes our stuff good – the feedback from you beautiful folks. I’m going to be sending a private little reward for that review. The reader was generous enough to let me share their first name and photo with the review. I’ll be plopping in somewhere for reading soon.
Reviews are gold. I always appreciate them.
And your opinion on these things is like… super gold or something…
Okay… my creative bone is on the fritz. I’m going to hang up the email now. 😛
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.