Every time I send a bulk email, I receive a pile of out-of-office replies. When I first began managing email campaigns 15 years ago, I would ignore those automated replies. I thought it was kind of a pain to go through those replies. “Why bother?” I thought. Wow, what a mistake! Sure, many of those emails simply […]
Many spam filter companies torture marketers who are not guilty. When we legitimate marketers object to their shady tactics, the companies question our values and our commitment to a spam-free world. I know ”torture” is a loaded word. I don’t mean to suggest that these companies literally subject marketers to physical pain. But the metaphor […]
A prospect of ours recently purchased a list of email addresses and asked whether he could upload the list into MarketVolt and start sending emails to the list. Our answer was “no.” With rare exceptions, we do not allow our clients to load purchased lists into MarketVolt. Sending to a purchased list would be unsolicited […]
We hear from many small business people who want to save a few bucks on their email marketing program and do it without a paid service. They say, “I can do the same thing you offer by creating and sending emails through my desktop email software. I create the email; paste the email addresses in […]
I recently got a call from a former prospect who is president of a company here in St. Louis. To save money, he chose not to work with MarketVolt, and instead installed a free email marketing application on his company’s servers. After a few months of sending email newsletters to a list of people who all had opted in, he began to notice a problem:
A certain internet service provider — a big one that serves many of the people on his list — was blocking delivery of the email newsletter. But worse yet, that internet service provider was blocking all emails sent from the company’s network.
Not only were the newsletters being blocked, but emails from the company president to individuals who host their email boxes with that internet service provider.
“What can I do?” he asked me.