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RE: AM: email marketing; opt-in or out?

To:     ad-market
Subject:     RE: AM: email marketing; opt-in or out?
Date:     Fri, 7 Nov 1997 17:26:12 -0500

In some ways I would agree, were it not for 1.) the ten times per day I would 
have to "opt out" were I still humoring myself with this practice and 2.) the 
fact that I have never seen the "unzubscribe" function work which I why I 
referred to "humoring" myself.

The people currently engaging in this process do not seem to put any thought 
toward targeting.  They send to the masses because it is really no more costly 
and significantly easier than narrowing a targeted marketing base.

I now "a-opt" with the stroke of my delete key.  I don't even peek at the 
content anymore.  There is nothing in the spam I get that is in any way 
strategic, and if it were, I am sure I would find it in my *voluntary* review 
of news and product releases.

David J. Simonetti
Projix Corporation
1601 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 803
Washington, DC  20009-1035

>On Friday, November 07, 1997 12:05 PM, Michael O'Horo [] 

>> I don't know if there's much practical difference between "opt in" and "opt
>> out," but I've received some messages that I call "opt out" that say, in
>> effect, "we're going to send things periodically, but if you don't want us
>> to, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the message."  I like this for two reasons:
>>  1) I think it's prudent to take at least a quick look at different
>> offerings, if only to stay abreast.  This is a dynamic industry and market.
>>  Some of the stuff could be important.  You might also pick up something
>> useful in the way it is packaged, positioned and sold; 2) If all I have to do
>> to shut it off is click reply and type unsubscribe, that's not a big deal in
>> exchange for the potential value of #1.
>> As a marketer and salesman, I like the "opt out" approach because the 
>> doing nothing, favors the marketer.  Whenever possible, you want the burden
>> of action to favor you.
>> Of course, if I start receiving 100 or so of these "opt outs" per day, my
>> opinion of the innocuousness of the Unsubscribe exit task may change pretty
>> radically.  Then my challenge will be to contain the understandable murderous
>> impulses that could result in changing my address to something like
>> .
>> Mike O'Horo
>> The Sales Coach
>> 703-516-4448 voice
>> 703-516-4449 fax
>>  << File: ATT00002.html >>

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