I got an email the other day from someone I’ve met a few times while networking. He’s a financial planner and added me to his newsletter list. Fine, I’ll just scroll to the bottom and opt out because I have a financial planner, and let’s be honest, I’m not going to read this stuff. And then I scroll to the bottom and realize there’s NO OPT OUT OPTION!
Not only is this illegal but it’s rude! I come from a networking background where you don’t just add business cards to a newsletter because you met them briefly at a networking event. If I drop my card in your fish bowl at an event, sure I expect to get a couple emails (with an opt out option) but if I met you at an event, enjoyed your company and then start getting email from you with out an option to opt out, you quickly end up on my list. And as my husband can attest, it’s not a great list to be on.
So, how do you deal with emails where there’s no opt out option? Do you have a blanket response you send to folks? Do you send it to a junk folder? Do you send them a big ranting email? Or do you just delete it an make a mental note? Maybe I’m just too Pacific Northwest Passive Aggressive…
Rick Sass says
My delete key works really well. And if the e-mails get obnoxious and too spammy, then I can send a nastygram back with the best of them 🙂
Katie Munoz says
I got on one list where I had to log in to opt out — Did I actually sign up? I couldn’t get my login info, couldn’t get the password reset, so couldn’t opt out. So wrote a big nasty-gram and waited for apologies.
And I got … nada! No response. I’m still on their list. They still send me weekly invitations to update “my profile” and buy into their premier level.
The response they get from me now is … nada. There’s nothing I can about being on their robo list. So their mails get sorted to junk mail. Periodically I clean out junk mail and am reminded to never, ever say anything nice about these folks.
It’s not a great impression they are making, but I have to give them credit for being memorable. 🙂