Email Marketing - Automated Contacts

Email Marketing

Automated Contacts provides an complete email marketing system and strategy that works.

  • Send out email campaigns yourself or have our email specialists assist you.
  • Manage your own subscribers.
  • Each campaign will have very analytical but simple reports.
  • Choose between per campaign billing or monthly subscriptions.

Setup Costs

We charge $200 to create a custom email template based on your input or to match your web presence.

$10 a campaign + 2 cents per recipient or monthly billing

For each campaign you send with more than 5 recipients you pay a delivery fee of $10 plus 2 cents per recipient. Send a campaign to 200 recipients and pay $10 plus $4 for recipients. All prices are in US dollars. Payment for campaigns can be made online with AMX, Visa, and Mastercard. Arrangements for Paypal or to be invoiced are available upon request.

Additional Services

  • List Import Assistance
    Campaign Content Assistance
  • Requests

We do not and will not share your information with anyone. We take your personal information seriously. We hope to provide you with the best service we can offer. Feel free to call our customer service number if you have any questions or concerns.

Why do I need to use a email marketing system?

I can use Outlook to send mail. This is not a good idea for many reasons. The most glaring issue is some email providers invoke limits on email, so your email may not even be delivered. Subscriber management is a big hassle to maintain, updating email groups or spreadsheets can be troublesome. Plus an Automated Contact email template will look more professional for your organization.

Is email marketing effective?

Very much so. Some of our clients see immediate results and we will share some of our very strategic ways to contact interested recipients.

How do I get started?

Go to the request info form here and submit, a real person will call you on the phone to complete the process.

Support

The system is very easy to use but we will be more than happy to assist you in any way possible. You can email [email protected] for assistance.

My data is in another system.

Automated Contacts will assist in getting your data and imported into our system.

What about my data?

Your data is secure and at any time you have the ability to export your subscribers and delete any email campaigns.


ANTI SPAM POLICY

At Automated Contacts, we take permission very seriously. By creating an account and agreeing to our Terms of Use, you are also agreeing to this anti-spam policy.

The law isn’t enough, it’s permission that counts!

While the CAN-SPAM laws are a step in the right direction for reducing the spam problem, we don’t feel they go far enough. Our definition of spam goes beyond the laws in most countries and encompasses what we believe to be true permission email marketing.

Spam is any email you send to someone who hasn’t given you their direct permission to contact them on the topic of the email.

But that’s not enough. Permission is a fuzzy word open to interpretation. Let’s get into some specific scenarios so it’s clear what does and doesn’t constitute permission.

What kind of email addresses are OK to send to with Automated Contacts?

To send email to anyone using Automated Contacts, you must have clearly obtained their permission. This could be done through:

An email newsletter subscribe form on your web site. An opt-in checkbox on a form. This checkbox must not be checked by default, the person completing the form must willingly select the checkbox to indicate they want to hear from you. If someone completes an offline form like a survey or enters a competition, you can only contact them if it was explained to them that they would be contacted by email AND they ticked a box indicating they would like to be contacted. Customers who have purchased from you within the last 2 years. If someone gives you their business card and you have explicitly asked for permission to add them to your list, you can contact them. If they dropped their business card in a fishbowl at a trade show, there must be a sign indicating they will be contacted by email about that specific topic. Basically, you can only ever email anyone who has clearly given you permission to email them specifically about the subject you’re contacting them about.

What kind of email address ARE NOT OK to send to with Automated Contacts?

Anything outside the examples above doesn’t equal permission in our eyes, but here are some examples to make sure we’re crystal clear. By using Automated Contacts, you agree not to import or send to any email address which:

You do not have explicit, provable permission to contact in relation to the topic of the email you’re sending. You bought, loaned, rented or in any way acquired from a third party, no matter what they claim about quality or permission. You need to obtain permission yourself. You haven’t contacted via email in the last 2 years. Permission doesn’t age well and these people have either changed email address or won’t remember giving their permission in the first place. You scraped or copy and pasted from the web. Just because people publish their email address doesn’t mean they want to hear from you. Sure, some of these people might have given you their email address, but what’s missing is your permission to email them commercial messages. Blasting promotional emails to any of these people won’t be effective and will more than likely see your email marked as spam by many of your recipients.

What content MUST I include in my email?

Every email you send using Automated Contacts must include the following:

A single-click unsubscribe link that instantly removes the subscriber from your list. Once they unsubscribe, you can never email them again. The name and physical address of the sender. If you’re sending an email for your client, you’ll need to include your client’s details instead. How we’ll know if you don’t have permission

Automated Contacts has numerous layers of approval and monitoring to ensure you comply with our anti-spam policy. Here’s a few of them:

Until your account has been approved by a member of our team, every email you send will need to be approved. Our software is directly integrated into the spam reporting systems for some of the biggest ISP’s like Hotmail and AOL. If you don’t have permission and someone marks your campaign as spam, we’ll know about it the moment that button is pressed. If you receive a complaint rate greater than 0.25% of all recipients (that’s 25 complaints for every 10,000 recipients) your account will be terminated. This is a generous figure that takes into account false spam reports. Our team verifies all large lists imported into our software. Until we’ve given it the all clear, you can’t send to it. We monitor blacklists and our abuse accounts all day every day. We can pinpoint who is causing us delivery problems or attracting complaints very easily. If we do discover that you’re emailing people without their permission, we will terminate your account with Automated Contacts immediately.

In the end, it’s really common sense. Take off your marketing hat and put yourself in your recipient’s shoes. If they don’t recognize who you are or aren’t interested in what you’re sending, they’ll think you’re a spammer. It’s that simple.