Why did you price the first zip code at $9.95? It used to be free!
First of all, the price only applies to new signups. If you are already signed up you will not be charged. It became apparent to me that in order to get the best advertising we needed to raise some capital. Google, Yahoo, newspapers, magazines and just about every form of advertising costs money. In order to bring more Internet users to our website we are going to have to use more than just word of mouth and Internet viral marketing. We have however, already spent a great deal of money and time in getting where we are now and need more of a push.
Another issue is that many agents have signed up for our website’s unique service and have not been using it as it was intended. We are a “live” web-chat platform that allows Internet users that are looking for a home or a realtor to actually find and chat with an agent in real-time. We have had approximately 4,000 visitors to the website in the last 2 months looking to chat with agents.
Some agents have just expected the Internet public to email them if they were not online. That is very unlikely to happen. People want instant gratification nowadays. They want instant answers. So, in order to give agents that want to use our service a chance, we are going to start to remove agents that have never logged on or have not logged on for some time. Thank you.
Every now and then I hear a story that is so great - I just have to pass it on to the people who I care about... I heard this story from my coaching program - By Referral Only. Here it is:
Charles Plump was a U.S. navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal, and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.
One day when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"
"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.
"I packed your parachute, "the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude.
The man pumped his hands and said, "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."
Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: A white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said, ‘Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor."
Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time - the fate of someone he didn't know.
Now plumb ask his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory - his physical parachute, his mental parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety, six years later.
Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.
I'm blogging you this as my way of thanking you for your part in Packing My Parachute!!!
PS: If you'd like a copy of this story to send t a friend; family member or anyone who helps "pack your parachute," just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll e-mail a Word Doc copy back to you.