Like most people, we receive our fair share of unsolicted email, aka spam, which our email filters usually deal with effectively.
Although we have never outsourced our web design/development and search engine optimisation work, we often receive unsolicited mail from offshore (mainly Indian) companies touting for work.
Usually these are sent from random personal email accounts rather than from company accounts (not very professional really) presumably from people that are paid for leads.
This blog post was inspired by such companies.
Email marketing: How to do it
Only send email to persons that have expressed an interest in your product or services and have opted in to your mailing list and, most important of all, don’t overdo it. Most people are busy and have enough email to wade through without you adding to their load.
Here at Pinnacle Web Design we can assist you with your ethical email marketing campaigns, whether it’s HTML email design or you wish to use our copywriting skills. Please get in touch with your project details and we’ll get right back to you.
Email marketing: How not to do it
The following unsolicted email appears to be a genuine company and even if we were looking to outsource work (we’re not), we would not use a company that, not only keeps sending several copies of their unsolicited emails, but also, as in the case of the email below, fail to use the BCC field meaning that the 100+ recipients that they have emailed have their email addresses displayed publicly, thereby exposing us all to further spam.
On behalf of everyone that received the email; thanks guys at Bispage, that’s really appreciated. We’ve been monitoring spam levels and, although it’s been caught by our spam filters, the amount of spam received has definitely increased since their marketing attempt.
Hope you are doing well. We are developing websites according to customer’s need. We approach you professionally and attend you personally. Our websites are resulted by customer friendly methods, correct and informative links with easy navigation. We offer different kind of services with wide range of features.
For further details you can go through the site http://www.bispage.com/
Please feel free to contact us for any further assistance.
Thanks and Regards,
IInd Floor N.P Tower
Near Bindu Theater, West Fort ,
Thrissur, Kerala, India.
Phone: 0487-2389250, 3255711
Online Support Team
Between the 29th April 2012 and 14th July 2012, I have received the following email, or a slight variation of it, at least 27 times. The main
reply to email addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. It all goes to my spam folder, but hey:
You are receiving this email because we wish you to use our digital photo editing services.
We are a China based Imaging Professionals. We offer basic and advanced digital photo Editing services and solutions like photo Cutout, morphological photo Ediing, photoshop photo Editing, satellite photo Editing, color photo Editing and vector photo Editing using latest techniques.
Our mainly services are:
1. Photo Cutout
2. Photo Enhancement
3. Photo Retouching
4. Vector Conversion
5. Pop Art
6. Images Masking
7. Clipping Path
8. Photo Restoration
9. Web Design
Looking forward to work for you!
Rickkantuca Imaging Professionals
Can I suggest to Rick that if you really wish me to use your digital photo editing services that you stop pestering me with your spam emails. If I wanted to use your services, I’d get in touch. OK? Oh, and you might want to use a spell-checker too.
In case you’re not aware, spambots trawl the web looking to harvest email addresses for their nefarious ways by looking for the
mailto: links that give you a clickable email address although and we’d usually recommend that these are obfuscated to help prevent this, but today we’ll make an exception.
Do your thing, guys…