Both Peggy and I constantly preach about the necessity of a branded email address and yet still… some folks are missing the boat. Check out her blog post from today that covers another reason to brand your email address: because AOL, BellSouth, and Yahoo aren’t paying you for the free exposure you’re offering up!
While we’re at it, if you engage in any sort of email promotion or marketing, please take 30 seconds to familiarize yourself with the guiding principles that are the CAN-SPAM Act. (No one wants to be fined up to $11,000 by the FTC.)
Prime Example: Since activating my NC real estate license, I have received numerous unsolicited emails about property listings that not only don’t include opt-out methods, but when I’ve contacted the actual sales team, they can’t come up with a concrete answer for how they actually received my email address (although they swear the TMLS didn’t sell it to them… I am a bit doubtful and will be making a few calls today).
What kills me is that they are for properties that are available for sale in areas that not only am I not any sort of interested in, but neither are any of my clients. Having your email address marked as “spam” by Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, Bellsouth, and Road Runner personal email users will get you automatically sent to the spam folder very quickly. (And let’s not even mention the black-hole that is emails that are automatically blocked by these ISP before the ever even get to the spam folder…)