I work very hard to create a safe environment for all my web visitors. And to my best understanding of the law, go out of my way to adhere to US & international laws and best-practices of the web. I also uphold the oldest universal law of them all, “The Golden Rule”. Because I gather certain information on this site, I feel you should fully understand my policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information I gather and how I use it. This document has been written in a very simple readable format for you, so that you will be able to understand exactly what I am doing to ensure you can take a deep breath, relax, have fun and are safe every time you visit my site.
How I Use Surveys:
Most surveys ask for personal contact information, information about your business, and how you operate it. You may choose NOT to respond to any survey. All surveys are optional. However, some of my content may be inaccessible to you if you choose to exercise your right to not respond to a survey or omit any of its “required” fields. I maintain the right to use information I collect to assist with the research and development of course materials, new products, training, and other promotional content that will best serve my readers and subscribers. I will never give access or sell any of your information to others not employed by me. However, keep in mind that I do use 3rd party software services to store and maintain client information such as SurveyMonkey.com and AWeber.com (they provide the autoresponder & contact management services most online businesses need).
How I Use Your E-Mail and Phone Number:
Rest assured that your email address or phone number, if I ever ask for them, will only be used by ME to communicate with you. Since I am a business owner, it is not possible to always handout FREE, super high quality, truly helpful information by email—without offering something for sale. I feel no shame in admitting that a great deal of the “free” information I send will be a value-driven demonstration or preview of my services and/or products that I want you to feel comfortable buying from me. You always have the option of not buying anything at all from me. And I encourage you to use all of my best free training, tips, and tools to learn a lot of the things that will grow your business. In fact, you may just prefer to benefit from our promotional materials and never pay a cent for anything. And that is perfectly ok with me. I am here to serve and to help as many people as I possibly can.
To help cover my costs, however, I do often run promotions and send out emails about products available from certain trusted partners that I personally use in the operation of my business. I do this to help you diversify your education, improve the quality of the tools and systems that you need to run your business and to make money when you purchase something that I recommend. I am a red, white and blue capitalist through and through. I strive to make even the promotional emails entertaining and useful to my subscribers whether or not they choose to take me up on the offer. Emails and updates are TYPICALLY sent out 4-5 times a week. However, during promotions you may receive, for example, two emails from me in a single day. I reserve the right to choose how frequently I email as long as I allow my subscribers to choose whether or not they want to hear from me.
Third Party Contact Management Software:
I never share any of this information with third parties, except those that collect the information for me such as AWeber (contact management system) and paypal (payment management system). These third party services do not contact you. They are business tools that make it easier for me to manage contacts and finances. It is normal for most businesses on the internet to use these exact services because they add another layer of protection for you. For example, I never SEE information you use for making purchases. Instead, I employ the use of a 3rd party payment processor such as Paypal. Paypal has much higher security than I have available in my server’s hardware setup, and this is why I use them. You can tell you are protected by standard secure technologies (SSL) wherever you see the “https” protocol in the address bar provided the current security certificate is valid. Paypal also protects you should you have issue with me and feel the need to complain. Processing services help you claim refunds or request disputes if necessary. While I strive to handle ALL customer issues myself to keep you happy, I understand that having a 3rd party to arbitrate between us makes things easier sometimes from a legal standpoint. What you need to know is that I never see, handle, or store any payment or password information. Instead I leave this in the hands of professionals who have all the necessary securities so you can buy from me feeling safe and secure.
I am an offline and online marketer. I always study and track the effectiveness of every aspect of my website to maximize ROI. Because of this, cookies are used throughout my websites. Cookies are a standard means for internet businesses to store and later retrieve “temporary preferences” specific to one computer. Cookies are ALWAYS stored on your own computer in your browser (no one else can access info stored in cookies except yourself and the actual website that created the cookie). Not all Internet browsers store cookies, but most do. You can turn the option off in your own browser if you prefer and this will let you reject all cookie requests from this site in the future. While this decreases the functionality of my site, it is your choice to make. My website uses cookie technology extensively to increase my ROI. Here is more detailed information:
Tracking on My Websites:
Some of the technologies I use are Google’s Conversion Optimizer, Yahoo Conversion Tracking, and Google Analytics. These services provide me with anonymous data about visitor activity on my website and allow me to study the cost of acquiring customers with various offers. I can also tell things like which internet browsers are most popular for browsing our website and which screen resolutions the majority of our visitors use. I am also able to measure other general data that helps me create a better experience for future visitors and loyal returning visitors. If you don’t want to be tracked, you may turn off ALL tracking by disallowing cookies when browsing my website.
Tracking in My Emails:
I also track how often emails are opened and whether or not links inside them are clicked. Not all of this activity can be tracked, and it depends on what email client you use and which settings you chose in your email client. This tracking can be turned off from your email client if you rather not contribute to our statistics.
Easy tip to switch off tracking ===>>> Turn off HTML emails and only receive text. We can’t tell if that email is opened. Avoid clicking links if you don’t want me to count your click. All links in email are automatically tagged by my email service (not me) with a click-counter.
Note, I always comply with ICAN email standards. Everyone that I email is a double opt-in subscriber, meaning that you personally had to respond to a confirmation email in order to be added to my list. ICAN’s extensive anti-spam rules say that I cannot email anyone unless they have specifically opted-in and requested contact from me. I use a 3rd party service, AWeber, which ensures strict adherence to those standards (even when I don’t know them in detail) and they prohibit me from sending spam or using any blackhat or illegal email practices. My websites have excellent track-records and have been using services like AWeber and PayPal without complaints for many years. Part of the ICAN standard requires me to allow subscribers to easily remove themselves from my email list any time they want to stop receiving emails from me. Madness I know … but it does happen. And I really don’t want to bother you if you don’t want my emails. So every single email communication from this website has a link at the bottom allowing you to stop hearing from me at ANY time. Use it, I promise, I won’t get mad.
I can be contacted at: Chris@CTGRealEstateServices.com