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Looking For An Email Program

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Scott, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Scott

    Scott Flightless Bird

    I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of my customers
    at the same time, instead of one at a time. I run a home business and am looking
    for a good way to keep my customers informed via email...either with reminders
    or a monthly newsletter.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Scott
     
  2. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Scott wrote:
    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of
    > of my customers at the same time, instead of one at a time. I run a
    > home business and am looking for a good way to keep my customers
    > informed via email...either with reminders or a monthly newsletter.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks!


    Outlook Express is an e-mail program. You can use it to create
    distribution lists. Just look at the Help file. If you have other
    questions, post here:

    news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.outlookexpress.general
     
  3. Robert Macy

    Robert Macy Flightless Bird

    On Jan 19, 4:43 pm, "Scott" <gol...@uslink.net> wrote:
    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of mycustomers
    > at the same time, instead of one at a time.  I run a home business and am looking
    > for a good way to keep my customers informed via email...either with reminders
    > or a monthly newsletter.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > Scott


    Check out google, they'll even supply you free, voice over internet
    plus conference calling! It is my understanding that over ten people
    cn be in the video conference at one time and it still works!
     
  4. Scott

    Scott Flightless Bird

    "Robert Macy" <macy@california.com> wrote in message
    news:f22811d6-dcb7-4bed-93cd-c7a1003b531d@34g2000yqp.googlegroups.com...
    On Jan 19, 4:43 pm, "Scott" <gol...@uslink.net> wrote:
    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of my customers
    > at the same time, instead of one at a time. I run a home business and am looking
    > for a good way to keep my customers informed via email...either with reminders
    > or a monthly newsletter.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > Scott


    Check out google, they'll even supply you free, voice over internet
    plus conference calling! It is my understanding that over ten people
    cn be in the video conference at one time and it still works!

    Robert,

    Okay, I'll check it out.

    Thanks!
    Scott
     
  5. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Scott wrote:

    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of my
    > customers at the same time, instead of one at a time.


    That would be impossible. SMTP doesn't work that way. You client sends a
    RCPT-TO command for each recipient in your list. This tells the SMTP
    server who gets a copy of your message. The client then follows with a
    DATA command that sends *one* copy of your message to the SMTP server. The
    SMTP server then uses the RCPT-TO list to send a copy of that one message
    to each recipient.

    You can specify as many recipients in the list of RCPT-TO commands
    (compiled from the values for the To, Cc, and Bcc fields in the UI for your
    client) as your e-mail provider allows. If your list is longer than
    allowed, you'll have to split it up. You can search for bulk mailing
    programs that can give you parameters as to how many recipients are
    specified per e-mail, what input list to read from for the recipients, and
    how far apart to separate each e-mail send (to 1 or multiple recipients).
    Since I'm not into spamming, I don't have any off-the-cuff recommendations
    for bulk mailing programs but a Google search or hitting the big download
    sites (CNet, Softpedia, Tucows) should turn up some possibilities.

    > I run a home business and am looking for a good way to keep my customers
    > informed via email...either with reminders or a monthly newsletter.


    Why not have these users read your blog when and if they choose. Maybe
    some even allow for RSS feeds so your "customers" could subscribe to them
    to get notified when there is an update to your blog. You could also use
    Yahoo Groups which are forums to which users join. As I recall, they can
    also elect to get notified via e-mail so they would know when there was an
    update in a discussion, and I believe the owner of the group can broadcast
    an e-mail to all members of the group. In addition, you don't have to
    maintain a mailing list. Those who join your group are electing to get
    messages from it. If they don't want those messages anymore, they simply
    unjoin from the group. They get a true opt-in method of deciding whether or
    not they get your newsletters and immediately action to opt-out when they
    unjoin, and you don't have to maintain a mailing list.

    You might also want to search on "list server" (with and without the space)
    to find out how to use those for your business newsletters.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LISTSERV
     
  6. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

    Scott wrote:
    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of my customers
    > at the same time, instead of one at a time. I run a home business and am looking
    > for a good way to keep my customers informed via email...either with reminders
    > or a monthly newsletter.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > Scott
    >
    >


    A lot depends on what you want to do.

    Send an identical message to everyone? Use any email application
    (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc., etc.) or web-based email application
    (Gmail, Windows Live Mail, etc.) and set up a mailing list.

    Send a personalized message to a list of people (e.g., "Dear [client
    name], here's this week's newsletter.")? This is a little harder. You
    need a mail merge program. WorldMerge is one such
    http://www.coloradosoft.com/worldmrg/index.htm

    The problem with either of the above approaches is that your ISP may
    have a limit on the number of email messages you can send in a short
    time. That is, if you have a mailing list with 500 customers and try to
    send an email to all of them at once, your ISP may bounce your messages.
    I don't know if the web-based services have similar limits.

    A good way around this is to use a service specifically designed for
    sending bulk email. Constant Contact is a popular one:
    http://www.constantcontact.com/index.jsp and it's not terribly pricey.
    It even lets you compose and sent HTML email, if you're not afraid of
    antagonizing some of your customers.

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/index.html
     
  7. Sanford Aranoff

    Sanford Aranoff Flightless Bird

    Scott wrote:
    >
    > I'm looking for a free or low cost program to send emails to all of of my customers
    > at the same time, instead of one at a time. I run a home business and am looking
    > for a good way to keep my customers informed via email...either with reminders
    > or a monthly newsletter.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > Scott


    Try my program: EmailDatabase.exe, on
    www.analysis-knowledge.com. I wrote it years ago and use it
    all the time. I am a university professor, and use it to
    send daily emails to all my students. Since this is a
    database, it is a record of what we did in class. Since it
    is a database, the same database deals with personal emails
    as well. It has many other features. Download and try it for
    free.
     

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