The answers were, as you might expect, illuminatingâ€¦.
A quarter of the respondents did what I would have expected folks to do – press the buttonâ€¦again and again and againâ€¦despite my “warning” (actually, I would have thought because of my warning); another 5.6% pressed the button – once?
However, nearly one in five said they “missed the button entirely,” nearly 14% said they “missed Friday entirely” (bummer), and 12.5% actually said that, while they brought up the link, they didn’t press the button.
A full 22% chose other – nearly all said that they were blocked (or were afraid they would be blocked) in trying to do so.
Some random verbatims:
- “Didn’t press it…our Internet content control is bad enough, and I didn’t want to put another red flag on my account!” said one.
- “You said not to press the button, so I did not even click on the link. Thus, avoiding any temptation to press the red button.”
- “I was tempted, but our e-mail nazi recently sent us a warning about our Internet usage.”
- “Our servers blocked the link. Have no idea what the button did.”
- “Ignored it — wasn’t up to the challenge that particular day.”
- “I did (c), but I don’t think that answer really captures how hooked I was by the darn red button. I went through the full sequence at least 2 times, and now that you’ve reminded me, I may visit again.”
- “Sent it to everyone else on my team so they could look like a fool, too!”
- “I pressed it until I recognized the pattern, then I inflicted it on others, just like you did!”
- “My server blocked me from accessing the site . . . but would I have pressed the button? You bet.”
This special survey’s Editor’s Choice “Didn’t even try – our IT network blocks everything that is any fun.”
Just in case you missed it – or want to try it again – the link to that little red button is online HERE
By the way – for the benefit of those who questioned the recent shift to posting the links to these “extra” sites on our site, rather than in the e-mail, there is a reason. Well, several, actually.
First, as several respondents above noted, some e-mail filters are now checking links within e-mails – so imbedding the links directly as I once did actually keeps NewsDash from being delivered to some folks (a particular hardship on Friday).
Secondly, some of those links are pretty long – and they don’t fit well with the text-version deliveries. Also, some of those links change after I send out the NewsDash – and while I can change links on the site, once the Dash is “out,” I can’t touch it.
And finally – we like it when you visitwww.plansponsor.com– for whatever reason. So, make a point of it.
As always, we appreciate your support!