Members Weigh In on Computer Society Email

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 December, 2009 – Respondents to the IEEE Computer Society’s first annual email survey said they would like to receive more computing news and information about educational and standards activities, as well as more targeted messages and social networking links.

More than 3,500 people responded to the recent 20-question survey, which was intended to gather feedback to improve the relevance and timeliness of email communications sent to the Society’s more than 85,000 members. Nearly 80 percent of respondents found the Computer Society’s five newsletters useful; only 5.4 percent found them not useful. About 78 percent of respondents deemed the content and graphics excellent, acceptable, or adequate (including 15.7 percent who rated it as excellent).

When asked what other topics they'd like to see, nearly 70 percent said they would like to receive more computing news and events information; about 47 percent selected more educational activities and 37 percent wanted more standards activities information. When asked what new features they would like to see in future emails, about 57 percent expressed interest in viewing links to most-read stories, about 55 percent links to other computing content, and 30 percent were interested in social networking links.

Respondents rated the Computer Society’s overall handling of email communications high--nearly 25 percent rated it excellent, 60 percent satisfactory, 13.4 percent fair, and only 2.5 percent rated it poor. Newsletters were deemed useful by more than 59 percent of respondents, followed by webinar invitations (50 percent), membership announcements (40 percent), certification information (32 percent), and third-party offers (8 percent).

Nearly 50 percent of respondents reside in the United States, while about 20 percent live in Europe and 17 percent in the Asia Pacific region. Some 79 percent are members of both the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society, while the remainder are members of the Computer Society only. About 41 percent work in private industry, and 22 percent wrk for educational institutions, while 14 percent are students. About 44 percent are in the 41-to-60 age range, while 38 percent are from 26 to 40.

The Computer Society offers free newsletter subscriptions to members and nonmembers. To view the Computer Society’s email privacy policy, click here.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of the 39 societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses.

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