Unanswered: Help needed setting up an email marketing database.
Im a student currently only at a basic level of knowledge when it comes to design and access. I have been asked by a local business to set up an email marketing database, basically so they can send offers to their merchants. Ive set the database up with all contacts, around 1000 entries. What I have done is got each merchant email address, company name and region, the region is going to be used to specify who the offers are going to, What I am stuck with is now setting up some kind of form which the company can then use to simply send emails specifically to multiple contacts of who they specify.
Sorry if I have completely baffled anyone here, Hope to hear from someone soon.
What have you got so far in the way of the form? How versed are you in VB? Just to let you know, what you're asking for is a pretty open-ended problem, and you could probably get more help if you could narrow it down a little bit.
If I "unsubscribed" from the email spam I get, I would spend half my day every day unsubscribing from websites that I KNOW I never subscribed to in the first place.
Sorry for the vent, but I really hate spam. I never buy anything from anywhere that spams me and I know a lot of others do the same. Hopefully soon EVERYONE will do that and spamming will become a futile exercise.
The difference is, that you are being sent unsolicited emails, if you are conducting an emarketing campaign, you should have the explicit consent of the recipient to accept emails from your organisation and secondly give the recepient the opportunity to opt out. There are EU directives on handling emarketing.
If you are sending these emails out from your server, you should ensure that your server's IP has reverse DNS to your domain, as quite rightly many mail systems will treat the email as spam because the originating server does not belong to the stated domain of the sender.