Last weekend the local tennis club of which I am a member had an open day. We marketed the day pretty heavily to the local community over the course of a couple of weeks, and got a great turnout. In order to ensure we could follow up, we collected the  email addresses of visitors by offering entry to a raffle for a new racquet.

I have just completed transcribing the emails into our system, and considering how we may have done it better. A number of factors were absolutely obvious, and whilst they should not have been a surprise, the extent of the change evident in our collective behaviour was indeed a surprise.

  1. We asked for phone numbers, but did  not specify mobile or landline. Every single number we got, which was every visitor except one, gave us a mobile number, not one landline.
  2. With one exception, every person, irrespective of age, gave us an email address.
  3. A quick look at the analytics on the website over the past few weeks shows that just over 76% of the hits have come from mobile devices. Whilst the numbers involved are  not huge, the dominance of mobile surprised me.

I read, and talk about the switch to mobile every day, but it has been to date a theoretical fact, something I was aware of, understood, but had not brushed against directly to the extend that the general numbers indicated. Now however, the understanding of the numbers has a very personal dimension, and I have absorbed the lesson rather than just understood it.

Unusually for me I have been at home for the last few weeks, and I have been answering the home phone while my wife is away. In the two weeks, there have been quite a number of calls, every single one a telemarketer.

Why am I paying line rental? It seems it is to give telemarketers access. I think I will cancel the landline, the boss will never notice when she gets home, unless she really likes the sales calls.