Email Success? Preach to the Choir

September 28, 2009


I need to be honest about something. After a few weeks of monitoring online conversations through TweetDeck and Google Alerts on the subject of email newsletters, I had become a bit disheartened. There apparently are a lot of people out there complaining about getting newsletters they didn’t ask for, can’t unsubscribe from, or simply add to the chaos of their bulging inboxes.

1960__s_church_choir250Does that mean that email newsletters are no longer viable, and we will be communicating in 140-character chunks for the rest of our online lives? Hardly. In fact, after momentarily doubting my life calling and expenditure of all available (and future) funds, I was struck by a bolt of truth that reminded me why I remain so excited about this powerful tool.

People simply don’t care about things they don’t care about, so when you try to send them something they didn’t ask for, the reaction is rarely positive. The davemail business model is based on providing a way for our clients to reach the people with which they have permission to communicate – their customers, clients, members or supporters. In other words, they are talking to people who will gladly listen.

To keep them listening, they need to provide useful, informative content delivered creatively and consistently – which is where we come in. Just as with dating, getting someone to go out with you once hardly means you are headed for years of marital bliss. You have to work for it, not take them for granted and throw in a surprise once in a while.

So it’s OK that people complain about the newsletters they shouldn’t be getting in the first place. They have a right to be mad. Just as they have the right to let a business know they don’t appreciate getting coupons three times a week by clicking “bye-bye” at the bottom of the mailing.

As the recipient, you are in control. And as the sender, it is our job to keep it real so you stay with us. And that is a challenge that makes me smile.



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  1. Jeffery Seay says:

    January 20, 2010 @ 2:34 pm

    LAND OF THE LOST: “Hey, where’d Mom go?” I like this one, Dave! Jeff