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Old 18th April 2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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Default Constant Contact And Others

Hello, I am the organizer of a group with close to 500 members and want to send regular (2-3 emails) a month.

Seeing a demonstration of constant contact, i was impressed with the ability of the system to report how many people actually opened the email.

I've heard that using a regular email and copying (or BCC) hundreds of recipients puts my messages at risk of being flagged as spam by many different email systems including web based (hotmail, Gmail, etc)

On the other hand, someone told me the systems that send html messages (which allow them to know if it was opened) can also create a flag for spam. It has something to do with emails that warn you of content before you decide to open it.

Can anybody give me insight into this? If I sent 500 emails by sending 1 to myself and 499 as BCC, is it any less chance of being flagged spam as using Constant contact or other mailing system?

I really like the idea of being able to tell who opened an email. I am optimistic that members would open a html content because they have voluntarily given contact information to join this group.

Any thoughts appreciated

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Old 20th April 2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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i was impressed with the ability of the system to report how many people actually opened the email.
I posted two articles on email opening rates:

http://www.scripts4webmasters.com/au...ting-response/

http://www.scripts4webmasters.com/au...bers-response/

Email openings is a good feature, but don't cmpletely rely on it.

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Can anybody give me insight into this? If I sent 500 emails by sending 1 to myself and 499 as BCC, is it any less chance of being flagged spam as using Constant contact or other mailing system?
As long as you have been following good strategies like:

* Double opt-n
* Include your subscribers ip and date of subscription in emails
* Your physical address
* Including unsubscribe link

You don't have to worry much. Yes, there are some troublesome subscribers who hit spam button instead of unsubscribing. You can not be scared to do your part of marketing because of that. Right?

Good luck!

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Old 26th April 2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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Default Constant Contact is great

I strongly recommend Constant Contact. I've been using it for several years and recommend it to all of my clients. I've even recommended for our town's Little League, schools and recreation program.

It is easy to use (with a little bit of practice). The emails look great (plenty of templates). And you get a complete report on opens, click-throughs and bounces. Not only do you get a number, you can see who actually opened, clicked through or bounce - so you can follow up if you want.

Pricing starts at $15 a month - based on the size of your list, not how often you send emails. It's the same price whether you email once a day or once a month.

Constant Contact is one of dozens of self-serve email systems out there. Others include iContact, Aweber, Vertical Response. All are pretty much in the same price range.

You've already seen a Constant Contact demo, but here's the link anyway:

http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp

Let me know if you need any help. Good luck!

Bob

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Old 7th May 2010, 10:01 PM   #4
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I'd definitely advise against trying to do this yourself, especially when there are many good services like constant contact, icontact and mailchimp that make it so easy to do.

Mailchimp is free for lists up to 500 subscribers in size and you can send to them up to six times a month - for a total of 3000 emails sent (at least I think that's still the case)

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