Hey all, I work a full time job as an on site sales rep. The line of products I sell requires me to relentlessly inquire with business owners, set up meetings with them, and try to sell them a product that there isn't much of a market for as of yet (the company I'm working for is trying to build a market with their product with an end goal to own that market category). We're a small build and while our CEO and President are good people, we (sales reps) have to take our marching orders from managers who are a bit more on the arrogant/dishonest side (I'm putting that lightly). As sales reps, we're paid pretty low for what we do (under 30k annual). Our management plays that card where they dangle hopes of a promotion over your head if you land X amount of clients in a given time frame - which is a near impossible number to hit and even if you hit it, they just find some excuse to not honor it and move the goal post further back. The only reason I haven't quit yet is because I truly believe that what we sell is a great product and will soon become pretty big. I believe in our product, not our management. With the above said, I've been trying to think of ways to go outside the box a bit regarding my approach to sales. One thing our manager(s) are neglecting to even try to capitalize on is internet sales. I want to take it upon myself to at least try to see if taking out product to the internet using many of the skills I've seen utilized here - can yield sales of our product. In short, what we sell is a range smaller products (can easily be shipped safely and cost efficiently to resellers) to places like smoke shops and liquor stores. My goal is to be able to reach every smoke shop and liquor store in the United States through the Internet and be able to deliver an effective sales pitch in doing so. While I have a general idea of how I'd like to do this (basically mass email to prospective clients, possibly the use of social media, amongst other things, I can't figure out how to start this process and am hoping some of you can give me some guidance as far as what to look into or suggestions based on similar situations any of you might have seen or been in. If I had to start somewhere, it'd be looking up possible clients (smoke shops/liquor stores/etc on Google, Yelp, and other search engines like that and sort them by state. I would comb through the results and if the store has a website with a contact form or email address, I'd send them an email with information on our product with an option to buy directly online. While this method may seem elementary to most of you, it's lightyears ahead of how we're doing it now by driving around all day. Assuming I took this type of approach, I assume I would need the following: 1. A way to be able to email hundreds (possibly thousands) of email addresses without having my email address flagged as spam. Is there a program that offers a service that can do this? If not, I would assume to just create multiple email addresses and send the pitch emails from multiple accounts... which would bring up my next question: How many emails would I be able to send from a particular email address without those emails just getting sent directly to spam folders? Would I need to create these emails using a Proxy IP? Are some email providers better to use with these types of tactics than others? 2. I've looked into possibly contacting these prospective clients via the social side (i.e. FB), but from what I've read, you can only get off a small amount similar looking messages off per account before they flag your account and/or disable it. I'm sure it's pretty obvious from my writing that my head is all over the place with this idea. Like I said, I really believe in the product we sell and think our management is overlooking a possible game changer for us by having little to no plan regarding internet sales. I know that if I can get through to these potential clients that I have a great chance of building a massive client list of which will be making re-orders on a monthly basis. Any help would be truly appreciated.