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Organising contact names

dreuby I'm thinking about asking for e-mail addresses when people download my next free ebook, and I can work out the collection side (I think!) but how do I store/organise them so I can use them when I need to mail out?

Do you just keep them in a database, or are there other ways?

Posted on: 8:42 pm on October 8, 2002
EBookCompiler Have you got software for running an opt-in newsletter.
If you do, could ask them to subscribe or manually import them in (assuming they agree to being added)

Otherwise you could set up an autoresponderhttp://www.suniltanna.com/autoresponder.htmland give that address in the ebook.  When they email you, they are
1.replied to automatically
2. possibly sent a series of follow-ups
3. possibly added to your newsletter
4. possibly their message can be copied to you if wanted

All autoresponders should do #1. Most will do #2, #3, #4, but check each for details.

BTW it is  polite to tell people they are going to be added to a list or sent a series of follow ups.  I never mind being told to send to an autoresponder, but I HATE IT when people ambush me with one.

Posted on: 12:36 am on October 10, 2002
dreuby No, I'd have a form on the page, where people could get the free ebook, rather like signing up for an ezine. I use autoresponders for articles and lessons-by-email, but I've never worked out what to do with those email addresses when the autoresponder sends them to me.

At the moment, I only download them occasionally when I want to do a special mailing (once in the last 18 months!) I'm wondering if I should create my own database on my PC in case the autoresponder server loses my records.

I used WorldCast for that one mailing - I use Topica for my ezines.

Posted on: 8:01 pm on October 10, 2002

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