How much do you value your email address?
Last Update: Jul 8, 2017
I have followed with interest a discussion about buying email lists. One question now comes to mind. Having entrusted your email to someone, how do you feel about their having sold it?
Consequently, receiving unsolicited messages from a stranger?Surely, this is the very definition of what everyone here professes to hate - spam?
Because you believe your messages are great, does not make them of any value to me whatsoever.
Just my opinion, but I do not know many who do not resent having their time and attention hi-jacked.
Email marketing is too valuable to be diluted.
Yup, it's also always interesting to see who exactly sells your details or perhaps loses them through hacking.
I have a domain that I use solely for emails, that has forwarding and catchall switched on. I can use as many email addresses as I like on the fly, so I personalise a registration email to each site, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com etc.
I've found even large entities such as Adobe, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft distribute your email address to third parties, often not even wholly-owned subsidiaries, who then flog them on again.
It's also often not easy to opt out at sign-up in regard to distribution, to do so you might have to read through hundreds of pages of T&Cs; to find out how it's done, and who has the time for that?
Sadly, we cannot do much about how these others behave. What we can do is make sure what is advocated here is in the best interests of members and their future potential customers. That is a great idea about the multiple email addresses - thanks.
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I fully agree with you and I have sensed some people doing businesses like that. But to be honest, I prefer to go slow but as an authority and not with speed and not much trust in my person
Building up the trust element will certainly pay you dividends in the long run.