While I don't condone "spam", (unsolicited advertisements sent by email) we all realize it is a fact of life. It is one of fastest growing segments of Internet advertising today, and is expected to triple in volume next year. The approximate 400 million dollars spent last year is expected to grow to 1.2 billion in 2002.
Many people who have been around Internet for awhile, have seen this grow to big business. But like any new industry, it is going through growing pains, and basic mistakes are being made. Until these mistakes are corrected, if you use it, like a ship without a rudder, you will eventually founder.
The first mistake being made is sending multiple copies of same ad to same person. When you get five or ten copies of same email, one right after other, it is immediately recognized as spam, and relegated to trash bin.
Why do they send so many copies? They get their email addresses usually by harvesting them from Internet. They have software with search capabilities, much like Search Engines, that can target specific types of web sites. They collect every email address they find at a site, and move on to next.
The problem is that most people who own their own domain, have all email delivered to their main domain address. Example - my main domain address is "email@example.com. Anything sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will come to my mailbox . So they find a "bunch" of addresses at a web site and consider them all "fair game". Until they solve this problem, you are wasting your money if you contract with them.
Misrepresentation is also high on list. You get same email with a different title in subject each time. Many times title has absolutely nothing to do with contents of email. It is simply their way of trying to get your attention, and entice you to open email.
Formatting errors are rampant. Many advertisers send out attractively formatted HTML emails. There is a growing use of these types of emails, and they have a lot going for them on plus side. But they don't recognize that all email clients (readers) are not same. AOL for example, is probably most difficult ISP to send HTML documents to. If it is not done correctly, all they receive is a bunch of garbled information.