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UKISOCIETY
04-19-2010, 07:12 AM
I just got this email:


From: ukulele@aweber.com on behalf of Bushman Music Works Sent: Mon 4/19/2010 12:35 PM
To: Brandt, Alan
Cc:
Subject: America's Favorite Ukulele
Attachments:
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Dear Alan,

If you've been waiting on a Bushman Jenny Ukulele in any size: Soprano, Concert, or Tenor - we are setting one up for you right now. .....
Bushman Music Works, 2381 Country Club Rd, Nashville, Indiana 47448


....



To unsubscribe or change subscriber options visit:
http://www.aweber.com/z/r/?LBwcnAxstMxsLKxsnMxstEa0bOxMzBwMDA==


Notice the part in bold "on behalf of..." ????

euchre
04-19-2010, 07:22 AM
Let us know how it goes.

Rzr
04-19-2010, 07:28 AM
How many will you be paying for, on behalf of...

UKISOCIETY
04-19-2010, 07:46 AM
The address is the same, so I guess it's still Jon Hall's business. "Let the buyer beware."

Melissa82
04-19-2010, 07:57 AM
Before we jump to any conclusions, maybe someone can reply to them to see what is going on.

Melissa82
04-19-2010, 08:12 AM
I have been notified that this is a real campaign. Please be respectful of any further comments you wish to add to this thread.

B.Uke
04-19-2010, 08:13 AM
I agree- just ask them!

Ukulele JJ
04-19-2010, 08:15 AM
Notice the part in bold "on behalf of..." ????

Looks like this is a mass e-mail message, sent out to many people (perhaps their entire customer base). They're using AWeber (http://www.aweber.com/)--a third-party e-mail marketing company--to do it for them.

We do the same thing where I work. For large e-mail communication tasks (newsletters, etc.), we mostly use Emma (http://myemma.com/). Constant Contact (http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp) is another popular one around here too.

Anyway, it's not always easy to send out hundreds of messages just from, say, Outlook. And you have to deal with all the boucebacks, opt-outs (which involve legal issues), and such. Then there's designing the e-mail message itself. It makes sense, in a lot of cases, to farm all that out to a company that specializes in it, has the proper servers and software, employs designers, etc. They can track open rates for you, tell you how many people follow which embedded links, etc.

So I don't think this necessarily means Bushman is under new ownership.

JJ

buddhuu
04-19-2010, 09:20 AM
Yup. What JJ said. The business where I do my day job availed itself of similar services before we began to manage it all in-house.

As Melissa said, best to be restrained until we know what's what.

For now, old timers here know all about the history, and newbies can search for past references to the company if they are curious. At this stage there's no need to retread the same tired old ground.

haolejohn
04-19-2010, 09:25 AM
I always thought bushman was a firearms company:)
Hopefully this is the beginning of the right step for ukuleles that bear the bushman name.

Kanaka916
04-19-2010, 09:28 AM
Let's not resurrect a controversial topic and IMO, it's best to leave it alone.

luvdat
04-19-2010, 11:34 AM
Let's not resurrect a controversial topic and IMO, it's best to leave it alone.

Amen...I've really grown tired of the Bushman bashing in general.

mds725
04-19-2010, 12:21 PM
I received the same email message, and it actually got me curious enough to go to the Bushman website and look around. (The email included links to some photos of Bushman ukuleles and a link to a slide show from a movie called "Eat, Pray, Love" showing James Franco playing an ukulele for Julia Roberts. Strangely, however, there was no direct link to the Bushman website.) Unlike the OP's email, though, my email came from Bushman's gmail address and was "signed" by John Hall. It sounds to me, as people have said, that it's a marketing campaign.

rayan
04-19-2010, 12:22 PM
Kind of confused about the confusion since aweber is a mailing list tool for businesses.

mds725
04-19-2010, 05:22 PM
Kind of confused about the confusion since aweber is a mailing list tool for businesses.

I'm guessing that a lot of people don't know that. I only found out that aweber is a mailing tool for businesses by reading this thread.

MoreUke
04-20-2010, 07:37 AM
I'm a very fortunate guy because I live close to Mainland Ukuleles & Bushman Ukuleles.

So I picked up the phone and called. Talked with John for a few minutes. He is still selling Bushman Ukuleles and business is booming. He mentioned that a movie is coming out where of his Ukuleles is being used. My hearing is pretty bad so I didn't get the title.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

GVlog
04-20-2010, 08:20 AM
IHe mentioned that a movie is coming out where of his Ukuleles is being used. My hearing is pretty bad so I didn't get the title.

The movie is "Eyjafjallajökull Delayed My Ukulele". ;)

mds725
04-20-2010, 08:59 AM
I'm a very fortunate guy because I live close to Mainland Ukuleles & Bushman Ukuleles.

So I picked up the phone and called. Talked with John for a few minutes. He is still selling Bushman Ukuleles and business is booming. He mentioned that a movie is coming out where of his Ukuleles is being used. My hearing is pretty bad so I didn't get the title.

Have a Great Day,
Jim

The movie is called "Eat, Pray, Love," which is apparently being released in August. There's a website (http://www.slide.com/r/gKcDuIJCfz99EICQGtme-1uPxO4_2vMt?map=2&cy=un) with photos from the movie of James Franco playing an ukulele in front of Julia Roberts.

clayton56
04-20-2010, 10:15 PM
I always thought bushman was a firearms company:)
Hopefully this is the beginning of the right step for ukuleles that bear the bushman name.


You're thinking of "Bushmaster", the rifle used by the DC sniper.

the52blues
04-21-2010, 01:37 AM
I always thought bushman was a firearms company:)

Nope...I think they make binocculars....I have a pair somewhere lol

haolejohn
04-21-2010, 01:32 PM
You're thinking of "Bushmaster", the rifle used by the DC sniper.

I knew that. I owned a bushmaster but it is my inside joke to the bushman sweepstakes. I should have clarified that b/c inside jokes are only funny to those in the know:)