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Link Development Persona: Male Versus Female

Is an Email From Georgina Better than from George?

   
7:07 am on Dec 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I dunno, seems like getting a request from Georgina, Bunny, or Debbie has a better chance than one from Hank, Frank, or Bruce.

What do you think?

7:10 am on Dec 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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oh yes ;)

our Bianca and Kelly have geeks looking to marry em and sending em xmas gifts, apart from obliging to handing out PR7 links from their .edu and .gov sites

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12:38 pm on Dec 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Years ago one of my clients told me this secret. It helps being a Georgina.

I am Saoni, though.

12:48 pm on Dec 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, any type of customer service or other emails receive a much better/kinder response when written by a female. You can usually tell when it's really not, so you have to train yourself to "write" like a woman when composing these (much kinder/gentler approach) ;)
1:15 pm on Dec 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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no question...

and we get some very flirtacious replies too.

so if you are a man use your brain/imagination to great advantage here

8:09 am on Dec 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Lol, I thought we were the only sickos with multiple personalities.

It's amazing the number of people that would "like to call us to chat about linking and stuff in general". I think i'll one up and start sending a link to their company profile. hehe

8:48 am on Dec 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Being a girl does help. :P Thats why whenever I get link requests from girls i reply back ;)
1:44 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Actually it really helps if you can use the name of a famous front of mind attractive celebrity or one that sounds almost like a stripper.

Jennifer (Aniston)
Jessica (Simpson)
Paris (nah even I wouldn't try that)

However names like Helga and Hortense would work less well.

No offense to anyone actually named Jennifer, Jessica, Paris, Helga or Hortense

2:51 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>>or one that sounds almost like a stripper.

Hmm. I've avoided names that might sound like a stripper. Is it true that there's some juice in spicy names?

2:57 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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This is funny but true...female names do work better.
Anyone tried any James Bond movie names? :)
3:11 am on Dec 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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3:53 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>sounds almost like a stripper

I have been noticing many more of these lately.

Oh the depths to which we will sink for good links;)

Great thread...although I think a long term link partner is gonna be a little miffed when they find out Telulah isn't really an employee but only a fictional entity.

4:30 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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And what happens if they want to call and discuss the linking arrangement? (!)
4:36 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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linking arrangement?

Have your "significant other" there to deal with it:>)

4:49 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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... I guess you could watch Tootsie a few times, and see if you can't handle it yourself.
6:33 am on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My wife is very successful in acquiring reciprocal and one way links. Is the female persona less threatening? Are you more likely to add a link when it comes from a woman as opposed to a man? Does a little flattery increase your success rate? Do you use a woman's name in the "From" field of your link request message?
8:14 pm on Dec 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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>>>>Anyone tried any James Bond movie names?

We did previously try "Ms P Galore" but got some replies more suited to testimonials for male enhancement products...

Personally, I think we're all total sickos to even be discussing this as nuevojefe so ably pointed out! - Maybe I'll just stick with Angela & Maria for now.

lol

PS - do you genuinely know anyone working on the Internet called Bunny? Please forgive my ignorance & stupidity if you do :)

9:46 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am now knowm as Pamela :)
9:49 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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And what happens if they want to call and discuss the linking arrangement? (!)

You tell em that Angela, Patricia, Lucy etc is off today, if they call again, tell em she is on maternity leave.

does the trick every time

;)

Shak

11:59 am on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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ok we are going to try a few. If any of you guys get an email with a sexy french name over the weekend you will know who it came from :)
8:13 pm on Dec 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Could it be women write a more friendly, open email than men? :)
1:04 am on Dec 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It was the same in the other world(sales and marketing before the internet,remember?)
We always used the girls to fix up the appointments(with predominantly male prospects) or be in the Customer Service(Complaints!)sections.
Nothing has changed IMHO

Yours in manipulation,

Janice
Customer Relations

alias
MM

10:01 pm on Jan 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Slightly off topic, but I use a similar approach when writing web copy. In an aggressive market, it can sometimes be much easier to pose as a woman.
5:06 am on Jan 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The ongoing joke at our house is for my husband to ask me how many viagra and debt consolidation loan link requests I got from Shannons and Buffys today.
5:18 am on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Throw in a couple of "y'all's" too.

"Hi y'all...my name's Cindy...from Atlanta. I was wonderin'...

;-)

1:48 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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At work I always use a female name when requesting links, if I get a reply from my email then I add a little personal touch to it as well:

Take Care,
Suzie

Works so much better than:

Cheers,
Bert

Of course they only get the nice stuff if they reply ;)

2:08 pm on Jan 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I like to think of them as virtual employees
5:00 pm on Jan 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We're gonna have to start sending out some requests from Manly Man just to distinguish ourselves. :-)
7:42 am on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What a thread :)

Reminds me of my earlier days at Yahoo chat where I used to pose as a woman to get someone to talk to me :)

Mc

1:36 pm on Jan 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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This question is directed at the guys ..... does this really work with you? Are you more likely to respond to a Georgina (or Jessica) than to a George?

As a female, I tend to find it an immediate turn-off... My initial assumption is always that it's one of those porn or quasi-porn sites. For that reason, a female name is far less effective with me, a female, than a male name would be. Do you guys not assume the same thing? Or you do assume the same thing but it's okay if she's sexy? ;)

Heck, I'll be Jessica when I e-mail people, if it helps.

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