Email Lists: To Add or Not To Add

September 1st, 2009 | Shonali Burke | 3 Comments

I’m curious: how do you feel about being added to email lists that are clearly being used for marketing purposes by someone you don’t really have a relationship with, specifically, you’ve met only once? Being a good networker, you gave out your business card. Next thing you know, you’re on their email list (sometimes without an unsubscribe option).

I know how I feel about this, but what about you?

I’d love it if you’d take this quick Twtpoll and let me know. Your answers will help me greatly with the follow-up post.

Thank you!

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Shonali Burke
Head honcho of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke is President & CEO of Shonali Burke Consulting, Inc. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, she loves helping for- and non-profit clients, both small and large, turn corporate codswallop into community cool™. She also loves ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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Shashi Bellamkonda
Shashi Bellamkonda

Hi Shonali,

I have pondered this very much. I would much rather receive a email from them and in the email they could include 2 lines about what I would gain from their blog and one click link to subscrieb or add to my feed. I was thinking of a similar blog post but I am glad you wrote about it and I can just comment and see other comments rolling in.


Shonali Burke
Shonali Burke

Thanks, Shashi. I'm in your camp, but it's pretty interesting to see the variety of answers to the poll.


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