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So, what’s a good privacy policy?

I wrote a few days ago about privacy policies and got several people asking, “So who has a good privacy policy? Well, lots of companies have good privacy policies, but I think what people really want to know is “Who has made their privacy policy a marketing asset?” That narrows the field considerably.


I had a few companies in my head that I thought were contenders, but I am not sure if my standards have gotten tougher or the policies have changed, but I didn’t find any on my own that seemed to transcend good to being a real asset.
So I decided to get help—I went to the Electronic Frontier Foiundation’s Web site to see whether they made any recommendations, and found this endorsement of BillMonk’s privacy policy.
I had heard of BillMonk, but I haven’t used it, so I certainly had never looked at its privacy policy. As I look it over, it does seem like a real marketing asset. It addresses privacy from the customer’s point of view. It uses very clear language. It highlights the most important points. And it left me feeling like they really do care about their customers’ privacy.
That is a message that strengthns brand image. Imagine a privacy policy that gets people to like your company. Do you have one?

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Mike Moran

Mike Moran is an expert in digital marketing, search technology, social media, text analytics, web personalization, and web metrics, who, as a Certified Speaking Professional, regularly makes speaking appearances. Mike’s previous appearances include keynote speaking appearances worldwide. Mike serves as a senior strategist for Converseon, an AI powered consumer intelligence technology and consulting firm. He is also a senior strategist for SoloSegment, a marketing automation software solutions and services firm. Mike also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SEMPO. Mike spent 30 years at IBM, rising to Distinguished Engineer, an executive-level technical position. Mike held various roles in his IBM career, including eight years at IBM’s customer-facing website, ibm.com, most recently as the Manager of ibm.com Web Experience, where he led 65 information architects, web designers, webmasters, programmers, and technical architects around the world. Mike's newest book is Outside-In Marketing with world-renowned author James Mathewson. He is co-author of the best-selling Search Engine Marketing, Inc. (with fellow search marketing expert Bill Hunt), now in its Third Edition. Mike is also the author of the acclaimed internet marketing book, Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules, named one of best business books of 2007 by the Miami Herald. Mike founded and writes for Biznology® and writes regularly for other blogs. In addition to Mike’s broad technical background, he holds an Advanced Certificate in Market Management Practice from the Royal UK Charter Institute of Marketing and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He also teaches at Rutgers Business School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. Mike worked at ibm.com from 1998 through 2006, pioneering IBM’s successful search marketing program. IBM’s website of over two million pages was a classic “big company” website that has traditionally been difficult to optimize for search marketing. Mike, working with Bill Hunt, developed a strategy for search engine marketing that works for any business, large or small. Moran and Hunt spearheaded IBM’s content improvement that has resulted in dramatic gains in traffic from Google and other internet portals.

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