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is it illegal to send business cards to people?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by dsick, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. dsick

    dsick Newbie

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    I am wanting to get some business cards and send them to some potential clients, will I get in trouble for soliciting if I do this? people do this to me all the time, so I was just wondering.

    I am giving away a free service, so I doubt they will complain.
     
  2. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    What do you mean by business cards and soliciting them to people? The words you use would suggest ther is no issue, yet the entire tone to this is sketchy as can be
     
  3. Codythebest

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    No problem to send anything you want if it's not a threat...
     
  4. dgaunn4114

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    Yeah, it's legal to send stuff like that in the mail, but why? You think sending people your business info will prompt them to call you? You'll definitely need to have some kind of deal to make this at all worthwhile...I'd start by making cold calls until you get the fundamentals down. If you do want to work on this together and are serious about it, shoot me a PM and I can give you a few pointers.

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  5. TransparentNZT

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    I wouldn't think it is illegal... no.
     
  6. Codythebest

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    Now, cold calls is something I won't do, especially when their phone # is on the do not call list. It's a $11,000 fine right there, for each one listed in the list...unless you're in a foreign country. I'm talking about the USA here...
     
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    dont send bestbuy gift cards to future shop ))
     
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    It's important to note that the NDNCR is applicable only to home numbers.

    If they have it listed as a business, even if it is run from their home, they can't be covered by it, so you would be fine cold calling them.
     
  9. dsick

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    I refuse to cold call, alot of the people are ass holes, and it takes 100s of tries to get one client.

    if I was going to work that long id go back to my 9-5.


    mail is by far more effective than phone calls, most people ignore phone calls and hang up on you, unlike email, people check their mail everyday.

    thought about sending them a letter with a business card attached to it.. maybe a free report to.
     
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    If you are in usa that might be a problem unless your intention is good
     
  11. flexnds

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    In the US there is no such thing as a "Do not mail" list. You can send just about any junk you want to just about anyone. Though Winchester is more knowledgeable on this then I am, my client mails letters to about 100k people per week and we've had no issues. Of course we are talking snail mail, not e-mail.
     
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  12. dsick

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    I offer them something free when they become my client to so my intention is good.
     
  13. dsick

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    we have a do not call list, but its not enforced, i still get telemarketer calls everyday.
     
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    Well there definitely risks involved in that.. You can get some pretty big fines. It just takes calling the wrong assh*le one time. However, most companies hide themselves pretty good when doing this kind of shady calling. They buy new phone numbers every week, instruct their employees not to give out any official information etc..
     
  15. dsick

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    man the way our government works is trash, they should have to pay me that fine.
     
  16. ilovemedia

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    It's not so much a question of legality as it is a question of practicality. Business cards are really more designed to be given out by hand rather than through direct mail because you need personal interaction so that clients can put a face to your business cards. By sending out cards through mail, you skip an important step that can make all the difference with your business card implementation. Even if you just stick your business card between the pages of a brochure, it is better to hand out business cards yourself than to resort to direct mailing.
     
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    Direct Mail is very powerful and very successful.

    BUT you have to mail to a specific niche list.

    If you just get random addresses and mail out..... you will lose money.

    Snail mail is expensive, even when done in bulk.

    Just sending your business card is not really a good thing.

    Send a brochure for an introductory offer, with something free as a bonus.

    I use to do it for some other stuff.... and it works wonders..
    but it costs money .... so the list must be just right.

    There are no limitations as to who you can mail.... the limitations are really financial.
    Even if your offer is earth shattering, you will get only a 1-2% response. Not conversion, but response.... meaning they will call you.

    When they call you need to have a script written to convince them to meet or come to your office.

    I know you hate cold calling.... but I would cold call first.... then if they are interested..... send them a 4 page color brochure.... to bring the sale closer to it happening....


    Hope that advice helps.
     
  18. malloxis

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    i dont think so.