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  • Alpha promotion

    Several posts have referred to the feature of promoting the Alpha software and I reminisced to how I found out about the very first productions. It was in a Popular Science magazine article describing the product launch. The description relayed to me that it was what I was searching for back in those flat file days of DOS and I searched out the company to order directly. This was pre Internet days.
    When purchasing most products isn't it a habit to check out reviews? It seems to me that every time Alpha makes a development a 'review' could be sent to any or all of the Computer magazines (most are online now but some are still in print)
    I'm assuming these reviews are not paid advertising:)besides every Ad boasts that their product is the best and most efficient. I would rather read a review with its negatives and positives.
    There is the byword 'Location, location' for sales but there is also 'exposure, exposure' and that's why rural and small town newspapers have many photos and articles describing the most recent adventure of a local business.
    Rose Weir
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  • #2
    RE: Alpha promotion

    The latest issue of the "Programmer's Paradise Canada" catalog includes a full-page ad for Alpha Five. Previously there has just been a business card size ad. I've noticed also that "Programmer's Paradise" Canadian web site has, for the past month at least, featured A5 as one of just three "Paradise Picks". Has anyone noticed similar promotions in the U.S.? I'm hoping there is a "ramping up" of promotion because the release of v.5 is imminent.


    • #3
      RE: Alpha promotion

      I noticed it is pictured in Global Computer supplies


      • #4
        RE: Alpha promotion

        I believe I saw the same ad in Global or one of the other catalogues I get. I was happy to see this because I first bought Alpha IV (DOS) Software as a result of such an ad.

        What Alpha Software needs now is name recognition. When I tell computer savy people that I use Alpha Five to develope database applications, the response is always a puzzled look followed by the question: "What is Alpha Five?" Yet many of these same people have heard of Foxpro, Paradox and Filemaker. Many of these people even remember an old Dos database called Nutshell but have no knowledge of Alpha. And Nutshell is no longer on the market.

        Alpha Software needs more ads in catalogues and magazines to change the question from "What is Alpha Five?" to "Is Alpha Five any good?" Those of us who use Alpha Five know the answer to that question--it is very good! In my opinion, its market segment is professionals and small business. And in this arena, rapid application developement and resulting lower cost give it a distinct advantage. I hope to see more Alpha Five ads and less puzzled looks.