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Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

The universal challenge for marketers is getting the email opened! Obviously, the "From" line, "Subject" line, and testing were major topics of conversation. However, we also discussed something that, until a few months ago, was new to me — the all-important "preheader." The preheader is the small line of text that appears above the html image on the email and shows up as the lead-in on your smartphone or tablet.

1) November 1936: The U.S. government starts issuing Social Security numbers. 2) June 8, 1949: George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is first published. 3) Some time in 1971 (the specific date is lost to history): IBM engineer George Laurer creates the Universal Product Code (UPC). 4) Jan. 23, 1973: Inventor Mario Cardullo is issued a patent for a memory-equipped passive radio transponder device—a precursor of RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology that will allow for everything from E-ZPass tags for electronic toll collection, supply-chain management at retailers like Walmart, and the "Internet of Things," an interconnected world of billions of radio-tagged consumer products.

Google released a big list of 65 changes it has made to its algorithms over the course of August and September, and some of those changes are specifically geared towards making Google better for finding local information. Google has been working on improving its local experience for years (though businesses aren’t always happy with the directions the search engine decides to take), and that continues to be the case.

Back in 1992, I received a phone call from the late Walter Schmidt, who was interested in having me present at the Montreux Symposium in Switzerland. Montreux was not only one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, nestling on Lake Geneva and dwarfed by the magnificent Swiss Alps—it was also home to the world's leading direct marketing conference.

Back in 1992, I received a phone call from the late Walter Schmidt, who was interested in having me present at the Montreux Symposium in Switzerland. Montreux was not only one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, nestling on Lake Geneva and dwarfed by the magnificent Swiss Alps—it was also home to the world's leading direct marketing conference.

To create this e-zine, I spend a lot of time on the Internet looking for stories to download into my private archive of more than 37,000 entries in 224 major categories. How much time do I spend on the Internet?

Day — Date — (Number of visits excluding e-mail)
Thu — 12-11-08 — (226)
Wed — 12-10-08 — (251)
Tue — 12-09-08 — (390)
Mon — 12-08-08 — (240)
Sun — 12-07-08 — (36)

The point is to find dots and try to connect them to each other and back to our businesses, careers and lifestyles.

One set connecting this week is the myriad ways people and companies are dealing with this horrifying recession—some positive, some painful and some downright illegal.

These are the stories that caught my eye; maybe some will catch yours and give you some ideas.

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