Relevant e-mails avoid mental opt-out

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Mental opt-out has been a hot topic around here lately.  With e-mail dominating business communication, many marketers have fallen into the trap of classifying email as a free marketing tool, leading them to contact their customers without giving proper thought to email frequency or relevancy.  Since there’s no financial investment in e-mail, what is there to lose?  As it turns out, the answer is a lot.  As my colleague Patrick Surry discusses in a previous post, overusing the email channel can have detrimental effects on long-term customer value.  And, as mentioned by David Newbury in last month’s post, email overuse is a common cause for costly mental opt-out.

I recently submitted an op-ed to DM News reminding marketers about the issue of mental opt-out.  The piece received some positive feedback from industry peers, including Bonnier, a Portrait customer, who requested to reprint it in their company newsletter.  Many marketers fail to consider mental opt-out, but when you think about how many people have physically opted out of your emails, remember that just as many, if not more, could have mentally opted out. 

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