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Pampered Chef: Mike vs Joy's newsletter

  1. crissy11

    crissy11 Member Gold Member

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    I have signed up 6 months with Joy and had problems with getting set up with icontact and they are letting me get a few months of Mike's newsletters. Which you do like better and why?
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  2. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I love Mike's, but I have never used Joy's. I'm sure either one is good, but my preference is Mike's. He has the easy one click option for icontact, that makes it so easy.
     
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  3. troggt

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    This is the first I have heard of Milke's. are there samples out there to see? where to go???
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  4. Dina Atnip

    Dina Atnip Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Is there samples on Mike's? I use Joy and cut and paste to icontact my email will not send out correctly so this is easier for me.
     
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  5. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    go to myemaildesigns.com

    You can click on the Samples tab and fill in your info, and he'll send you a sample. I do love his one-click that goes with iContact. Really fast and easy.
     
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  7. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I love Mike's, although I have never seen Joy's! He is always prompt, always looks very professional, and someone correct me if I am wrong, he is the only one approved by HO.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  8. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Ok, silly question, but what is icontact??? Is this something that I would have to enter my customer's emails into or will it work with my current email program? I have 123 by request and I like the fact that I can just edit and forward onto my contacts.
     
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  9. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    icontact is an emailing program you subscribe to that allows you to see who opens, clicks, or bounces the emails you send. I think it runs around $10 a month for a basic subscription.
     
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  10. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Mike's costs only $2 each month if a full year is paid. I made it back with my first newsletter I sent out.
     
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  11. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I hadn't heard that before. I don't think HO has officially given anyone their stamp of approval.
     
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  12. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    you can just upload your current contacts. The best feature IMO is that you can see who is opening your emails, how many times, and lots of other details. Since I can see if some opens my newsletter several times, I can contact them, they are obviously showing interest!! They might want to host...
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  13. PamperedK

    PamperedK Veteran Member Silver Member

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    I like Mike's - the only problem is it's very long. I usually end up delete a bit of content because it's TOO much for me.
     
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  14. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    I vote for Joy's. Just sent out her outlet email and have over $100 in orders!
     
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  15. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I am not sure that it is advertised, but I know he has authorization to use pics and make links to our websites. I do know he gets all images from HO, not a consultant, so he obviously has something approved.
    Like I said I am not sure if he is the only one, but my director said he is approved, so we don't have to worry about getting in any trouble!
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  16. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    Directors are not HO--I wouldn't take their word as truth.
     
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  17. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    I agree, but I also know that my director is VERY "BY THE BOOK" and would never do anything against the rules.
    I inquired to her about some of the other newsletters before I decided and she explained all of this to me, so I went with Mike!
    And like I said before, NO COMPLAINTS! I have been very happy and have definately seen the profits from it!
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  18. c00p

    c00p Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Ok, so you have to pay for the newsletter AND you have to pay for iContact??? Honestly, I don't have time to see who does and doesn't open my emails (and honestly, I could care less!!!), so I don't see that as an advantage for me - but I can see how others do benefit from it.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  19. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Joy gets all of her pics from the PC website - and I'm sure that's how he does it to...not from HO directly. She also has direct links to our websites throughout the newsletters. I checked out Mike's a while back, and it was way too much info. I didn't even finish reading through the sample, so why would my customers?

    I vote for Joy too - not only does she provide a newsletter, she provides all kinds of extras that we can use too - like the outlet email, the mini newsletter in the middle of the month, and all of the cool flyers that she creates for bookings, discontinued products, recruiting, etc....
    I get so many orders, etc...and also lots of compliments from customers since I started using Joy's service. LOVE it!
     
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  20. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    I LOVE Mike's newsletters. Before I picked a subscription I got samples from varies other places and Mike's, by far, is way more professional looking and is packed w/ lots of info...which I like.
     
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  21. mscharf

    mscharf Advanced Member

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    Mike's newsletter (which also includes a mid-month outlet special/mini letter) is only about $26 for the YEAR! Well worth it, ,IMHO!

    IContact is seperate and you pay seperate!
     
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  22. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Joy gives you free subscriptions when you sign up for iContact through her website.
     
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  23. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I vote for Joy too - same reasons that everyone else loves her for!
     
  24. crissy11

    crissy11 Member Gold Member

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    On icontact you can do an advanced view and actually see what picture the person clicked on. Every picture with Mike's newsletter is linked to your website to the order page so all they have to do is click add to bag.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  25. PCMelissa

    PCMelissa Member Gold Member

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    I say Joys too. I got a sample of Mikes and I don't know, it just did not catch my eye. I have a background in advertising, so I am actually super picky. So it was really important to me that it was professional looking. A lot of my customers are from my advertising profession and I guess Joy's is just more my style.

    Good luck. I wouldn't say any is better than the other, just probably more of a style preference.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  26. PCMelissa

    PCMelissa Member Gold Member

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    oh, yes and I get Joys' for FREE cause I signed up for incontact under her. SO how can you beat free!?!!?
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  27. heat123

    heat123 Legend Member Silver Member

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    Ditto Joy's Tastey Tidbits Service!:thumbup::chef::D
     
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  28. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I just switched to Joy's and I love it! I agree that it just more of a style preference. I also wasn't too happy when I started getting emails from Mike just because I mentioned on here that I was looking for a new service. I didn't ask for them,never even went to his website, they just took my email address and starting sending me info- that really rubbed me the wrong way.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  29. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    I do love Mike's design and service. The only thing is that sometimes I do fear it is too long. I cut out some of the info I don't feel is necessary, or swap out a photo or something some times. I do LOVE Joy's work though, and am actually looking into subscribing to hers as well. I'm doing her 15 day free trial.

    The thing I like about Mike's:
    -- one click for iContact, super easy
    -- he also does a mid-month shorter newsletter plus an outlet one (shows the current items the moment you retrieve it before you distribute to your customers)
    -- very professional looking
    -- great customer service

    Joy's
    --a lot of the same positives as Mike's
    --I also love that she's a consultant and so she KNOWS right away the news and excitement of announcements and is quick to put stuff together and share with us

    It really is so hard to decide. That's why I'm doing the trial period thing. I'm willing to pay another subscription fee to use hers if I decide I like it better.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  30. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    I guess as long as we are keeping in contact with our customers, get bookings and orders...it is all personal preference.

    123request has been the easiest (and yes, I know of the problems had a few but resolved them). I have subscribed to Mike's and it will take a bit of getting used to the change when I do switch, but it is for one year and we will see as time goes on.

    Just glad we have these services and that there are a few to choose from. :chef:If they ever were able to do something through our personal websites, that would be the best for me. Tastefully Simple has some and they look very professional are quick and to the point.
     
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  31. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Joy also does a few different newsletters a month plus other fliers and postcards to print. I like Tasty Tidbits because instead of waiting for an email to be sent out, you can log on any time and pull up any newsletter. No more searching your inbox for the last newsletter.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  32. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    You can go online anytime and log in and retrieve Mike's newsletters as well.
     
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  33. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I use both--Mike one month, Joy the next. Mike's is VERY easy to use and very professional, Joy's is lots of good info. I honestly prefer Mike's--I get lots of good feedback from it from my customers. I was one of his first subscribers and he's very good. But Joy is one of us....
     
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  34. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

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    I used to use Joy's and now I use Mike's. I like Mike's a lot better.

    I just signed up with iContact through Mike's. I've only used iContact a couple of times. The jury's still out on iContact!!! LOL I think I just have to get used to it!
     
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  35. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

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    Mike does too! He gives you 3 free months. Plus, right now there's a $10 discount when you upgrade to a paid iContact account. I'm not sure if it's from Mike or from iContact. I know that I got it in the email from Mike, though.
     
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  36. caraighan

    caraighan Member Gold Member

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    You can do that with Mike's too. I just go to the website and log in.
     
    Mar 24, 2009
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  37. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    hijack...

    And then there's always the times you send these newsletters out and you get people to unsubscribe. :( (Just sent out my outlet e-mail and had someone unsub. just now)
     
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  38. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    wow - this is starting to get rather competative here - anyone keeping score?
     
  39. Liquid Sky

    Liquid Sky Advanced Member

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    LOL! Both newsletter subscriptions are a major asset to our businesses and it really does come down to preference. :)
     
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  40. lauradahl

    lauradahl Member

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    I agree! It's good to have a choice and all of us will have different reasons why we prefer one over the other. Until now, I did not know about Mike's. I have used Joy's and had TREMENDOUS response and sales so I am sticking with it. Why mess with a good thing? I suggest checking both of them out and then deciding for yourself which you like best. I do use Joy's flyers and the newsletters and I appreciate the fact that I can go there anytime and get what I want...my mailbox is not all jammed with stuff I may not want/use.
    Joy is also easily accessible. She is here so much and hears about our needs...she's so on top of it....like I saw here before...she is one of us as a consultant.
     
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