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How are you emailing potential clients?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by imlol, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. imlol

    imlol Regular Member

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    Do you create a gmail account, like mydomain@gmail.com or do you use admin@mydomain.com?

    I've been using admin@mydomain.com. I'm worried if I send out 100 emails a day I'll go straight to their spam box. Each email I write is specific to the potential client, it is not a generic email. Will I be ok sending out 100 emails from admin@mydomain.com?


    Do you have an opt out link at the bottom? I would assume so since "Any business that sends unsolicited email that a recipient did not voluntarily subscribe to, must have ?opt out? instructions contained in the email. Even when a recipient has voluntarily subscribed to any form of email distribution, opt-out information must still be included in every email."

    Any tips or advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. bartosimpsonio

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    Gmail accounts look unprofessional IMO.

    You should only mail opt-ins, if they opted then it should be no problem to mail from your domain.
     
  3. imlol

    imlol Regular Member

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    I feel the same way which is why I haven't used one yet. I've seen them mentioned in different threads and I assumed it had something to do with the email and spam filters.


    I've found loads of local business that have terrible websites or a one page website with just their name, email and phone number. I want to send them an email today (Monday) then call them on Wednesday. I just don't want to get in trouble legally.
     
  4. augudyne

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    I don't understand why people say gmail looks unproffesional. The thing is, if you're trying to solicit your business, having a gmail makes it more realistic. A person will think that you're a real person using a real email client. As long as the subject title and content is rather unique and not repeated, you should be fine.
     
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    OP care to share your email script with the subject line you use, if can't post here pm is fine...
     
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    I disagree. Here's why: If you run a business, having an email address matching the domain for that business instantly makes you look like you belong to that company.

    How successful do you think spammers would be if they sent you an "Official" email from your bank using a gmail address?
     
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  7. Trepanated

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    I second this. A Gmail address looks amateur and gives the impression of a fake business (usually because it is a fake business). Any real business has an email address linked to their domain.

     
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  8. blkmagic

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    Just looking through the countless offers for thousands of gmail accounts should be enough for you to realize gmail is the worst option.

    Edit: You'll be fine with pesonalized emails to each client. As far as I know, don't send more than 20 an hour and you should be fine.
     
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  9. darkaneudy

    darkaneudy Registered Member

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    Well, using gmail's email, its looks fake compay, maybe you could use gmail, only their smtp servers to send out some emails using you domain company in upfront.

    Example:

    from: OfferPromo@domain.com (via domain-com@gmail.com)

    Got it the idea?




    PD: Sorry gramatic! :)
     
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    feliperce Registered Member

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    I use my domain (dedicated host!).

    First I scrap emails with "Fast Email Extractor" and then send mass email (limited max 5000/h) with the "O Carteiro" email marketing software.
     
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    I mainly use my corporate domain email, however on some rare occasions I'll send emails via gmail account. Never really had an issue.

    Keep your emails professional, and personal. This something which must not be neglected.
     
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    My gmail is mainly used when I do consulting work, as everyone uses gdocs etc. But to email a client, it comes from greg@domainname or something along those lines. I do include a opt out link, but since they are one offs it really doesnt matter. I usually tell them upfront where I got their email.

    The only other use I had for my gmail was to setup gtalk! LOL

    Thing is ask your host about their policies on emails, I have a couple customers who do this too and so far I have never got any complaints -- the problem with the law is they treat a spammer sending millions and a mom and pop sending 20 the exact same way! BTW I found this cheat sheet and it had some good tips on using B2B email

    http://www.marketo.com/_assets/uploads/EmailMktg-cheatsheet2-10.pdf
     
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    I agree with many others above. Using gmail just look unprofessional to me, because you're selling me your seo/ppc/web service and you're telling me that you don't even know how to setup a company email? (maybe you do, but you didnt bother)?

    Another example, If I receive an email from bank, I expect its from a bank email address. If they email me with (at)yahoo or (at)gmail, then I too, will think its SPAM.. just WTF...
     
  14. imlol

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I've been using both to see what works better. People are replying to both. I'm sending different style of emails depending if it's coming from my domain or my gmail. It seems like a lot has to do with I'm offering, what I show them and the niche they're in. Where the email comes from doesn't seem to be an issue. I haven't tested it enough to know for sure so I'll update later.


    I usually try to make the subject something so they will open it but not be annoyed when they read the email. I accidentally left it blank once and that person replied.

    My script isn't that good. I keep it short. Tell them where I found their site, what I'm offering and the price. Then give them details on what I've had people ask me and end the email.
     
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    You can customize the sender email in gmail.
     
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    From my part a +vote for your own email email@yourdomain.com, looks more professional and you tend to get more clients like this.

    OP, as I am doing the same thing, but I am not a native English speaker and make a lot of mistakes when sending emails, can you pls help me with one or two templates. If you accept, I will send you a PM on what I am looking for.
    I don't need anything fancy or very long. Something short, 5-6 lines and that's all.

    Regards
     
  17. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Its definitely better to have a domain email - it looks more professional and adds to your credibility. Sort of like having a physical address rather than a virtual office.

    but if you are sending unsolicited email (sounds like you are if you are scraping emails from potential clients websites), then you will run into problems.

    i guess your options are either to use a gmail account as you say, or use a third party for email - just change mx records, and then just move to another provider if/when you get sending issues.
     
  18. great publisher

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    i want to sell usa AND uk mail
     
  19. Alpha.

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    If you own the domain, why shouldn't you go for the @domain email? It's free, so I see absolutely no reason for using gmail?

    I'd delete any email that comes from a @somefreemail address as spam..
     
  20. linuxsmtp

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    use your own domain for sending ,