Stop. Put down the Outlook. Emailing a billion people (or just 25 or so) through your Outlook BCC line can put you on a spam list faster than a whozeewhatsit flegs a bongersnaf. You heard me. But seriously people, emailing a group of people the same message is a big deal in the security of the internet and you need to do it right so that your organization’s emails don’t go straight to someone’s spam. Emailing with a large number of BCCs can trigger spam detectors at your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or email provider not only flagging your individual email address but also your entire domain, meaning that not only will your emails be labeled as spam but anything else coming from the same @organization.org domain. Super lame.
The proper way to send email to your constituents as an organization is to use an email blasting program otherwise known as a bulk email tool. Whatever it is called, the idea is that these services have agreements with email providers like Yahoo and Google and ISPs that say “The people who send email through our service are not spam. They’re legit. Trust us.”
Ok. So the right way to send bulk email is through a dedicated tool or service. Got it. Which one?
Rather than write another blog post about how the different tools stack up, which has been done far better than I can do by organizations like Groundwire and Idealware (see box at right), I was hoping that you could share your insights about what nonprofits starting out with bulk email tools should know.
What tool gets the job done for you? What do you wish you had known before you had dived into that tool for your org?
I’ll start: We use Vertical Response which is decent but if you don’t know HTML, the template editor can be a bit of a pain sometimes.