Twinkle Mat mass email?

said: Nov 11, 2008
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

I’ve received a few emails over the past few days about an offer for a Twinkle Mat, a foot chart that is being sold. Has anyone else received this offfer? The first email was offering a free mat to the first 50 people to reply to a survey. Today’s email had a different offer. Apparently there will be a new website up and running as of Nov. 15, and it’s http://www.mytwinklemat.com.

The feet are placed somewhat differently on this mat then what I do, so not sure I would purchase. However, I would like to explore the option. In this day and age, though, I was afraid to click on a link to do a survey if it isn’t a legit thing.

If anyone did try this and found it to be legit, would you let us know?

Connie Sunday said: Nov 12, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

As a business person deeply concerned about privacy issues, what troubles me about this is, how did they get your email address? Those who harvest email addresses and then send out massive emails promoting their products are engaging in behavior which I am not sure is legal, never mind annoying.

It’s one thing to click through on an ad, explore a link given in the course of a discussion, click on a link in a signature line from a poster who regularly contributes to discussion threads—it’s quite another to scour the forums, collecting email addresses. If a poster ONLY posts to advertize their product, this sends up a warning flag, to me.

I recently received ads from some German Suzuki page, promoting Suzuki downloads. I received these email at several business and personal addresses, indicating that these people had collected my various email addresses, and then used them to spam me without my permission. This is not a legitimate way to do business, IMO.

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said: Nov 12, 2008
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

Update:

I emailed the owner of Twinklemat.com, and received a reply that she is a Suzuki mom who started her own business to provide a better quality foot chart. I checked the member search on the SAA online directory, and she is indeed a member of SAA.

I agree with mshikibu—wary of mass emails, etc. But, I think this one’s ok.

Jennifer Visick said: Nov 14, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

I don’t mind the mass emails from people who are promoting a genuine product who have taken the time to target their emails to people who might find it helpful—something worth making, worth making well, worth specializing in on a professional or semi-professional basis, and worth using and able to stand up to longer use than the homemade item.

These are generally the things that I would create on my own for my own studio if I couldn’t buy them: recordings at different speeds, arrangements of popular or seasonal tunes, foot charts, 1/16th size cardboard or foam instruments, etc.

If I receive these things at more than one email address, that is not the sender’s fault (how are they to know which email addresses belong to a single individual?)

What I find annoying are the scams. Or the hawking of products that are neither useful nor beautiful nor well-made nor necessary to life or happiness nor sold by honest people nor possessing any good quality at all.

said: Dec 2, 2008
 2 posts

I have the twinkle mat that was advertised. It is a wonderful product! My daughter would hurt herself from slipping on our and mat, and it was so worn and dated. This product is well made, safe, educational and convenient. They have some other wonderful products too. I wish I would have come up with these ideas myself!!!!

said: Dec 3, 2008
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

It IS a very well made product and attractive. I am going to give it a try with two new beginners. I asked my parents, old and new, and most of them said they would prefer buying a ready-made product rather than make their own.

I tried the whole approach of saying, “here’s the material I prefer” and “here’s where to get it”, but I would also make the “mistake” of drawing a temporary foot chart on a file folder. Then they just never got around to getting their material for the real foot chart, and of course, the file folder falls apart!

So, I either need to stop providing temporary file folder foot charts OR have them just purchase this Twinkle Mat. My debate is about the actual placement of the feet in the third and final step. However, the creator of the Twinkle Mat has told me in an email that she is willing to consider input from other teachers and may provide other options in the future!

Jennifer Visick said: Dec 6, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

if you truly want every student to have a certain product, the only without fail way is to be your own middleman—stock the product in your studio and have the family pay you for the product at the lesson. Or, include a one time “materials” fee when you collect the first month’s tuition of each year.

Barring this, you can say (for Twinklers) that you won’t start lessons until the family obtains product X….

said: Dec 7, 2008
 Violin, Guitar, Flute, Cello, Viola
120 posts

All great ideas!

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