I receive a dozen of emails like this one every week (I substituted the real name with “John Doe” for privacy reasons):
My name is John Doe, and I am the owner of a web design and development agency. We would like to promote our client’s services on your blog by purchasing a banner.
Please get back to me with rates and availability and we’ll discuss.
The fact that the person didn’t perform 5 minutes of research to find out my name and use it in the email doesn’t help, but it doesn’t close the deal right there. The rest of the email looks fine. But there was one thing that made me trash the email on the spot: the sender address. It was something like [email protected]
I mean, the guy owns a web design and development agency and is using a Hotmail account? Nothing against Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo and the like, as I have email accounts on all those services, but on a business communication like the one above using such services sounds fishy.
First of all it makes me wonder if the guy really owns a web design agency in the first place. In the case he does, he must have a website/domain, so how come he is not using it to send the email? Is there anything to hide?
Not surprisingly, when I did ignore those warning signals in the past and replied to the person using a free email account the results weren’t that good. Most of the time I end up not closing the deal.
That’s why these days I tend to trash immediately those business emails that come from free email services. Don’t get me wrong, if you are writing to ask me a question, to offer a guest post or simply to share a link with me I don’t care what email service you are using, and I’ll reply to you if appropriate. The ones I trash are business emails, so someone trying to make a partnership with me, or trying to buy/sell something.
Bottom line: Are you going to send a business email? Make sure to use your own domain name for that.
Bangla Natokon says
I also receive this kind of scam mail from a wired mail ID . I also suggest to use own domain for business or you also can use free mail server just make sure the ID is a decent one and related with your business.
John Con says
This is right on the money and it’s surprising how often it happens. Gmail is great for managing email however. If companies want to use it they should set up a Google Apps account, that way they can send and receive email at their own domain with the functionality of the Gmail interface.
Jane Steenon says
And by the way, not having an easy way to subscribe to comments on a blog is pretty annoying.
Jane Steenon says
I disagree with you to a certain extent. While I agree that you need to be very careful about your user name and displayed name, I use free email accounts because they simply work better than the email addresses I pay for. The spam filtering tends to be way better and the emails come through faster.
I don’t easily trust people who use free email.
I absolutely agree with the points you’ve outlined here Daniel. I find it baffling why anyone wouldn’t use an email with a unique domain for business purposes.
You are right. But however if your business has lengthy domain or contains some irrevalant, then business email will not even each client’s inbox.
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True, the worst things is that the email looks spam-like with all the random numbers in it. I tend to use gmail mostly, but for website purposes – yes, use website domain’s name as email address.
Ian Eberleon says
I do have to say that this is important for a web design business, but lets take this situation… An elderly couple breeds dogs for a living and has a website and they list [email protected] as their contact info. Even though they may have a website with a custom domain, using a Yahoo email may be easier for them. Is this still considered unprofessional?
Greg from Dear Bloggeron says
Can’t say I haven’t seen that email too. Why do they have to be so generic?
jorge jacoboon says
Now I know what not to do when trying to contact you for business
The Fisher Queenon says
For some reason I find gmail less problematic but I completely agree on hotmail and yahoo.
Kaushal Shahon says
People doesn’t uses their business email address for such emails because they are afraid of spam complains. They thinks that it might effect their domain.
I understand this guy, as hotmail and others are more efficient than other online webmails for your domain.
Oh yes. Once I received an email suggesting to cooperate, publish a book and so on but the sender’s address was something like [email protected]… How can I take seriously a person with such an email address?
Dean Salibaon says
It took me a while to stop using my Hotmail account for my online business ventures, now I use an email address with my domain name and I agree it looks much more professional.
I agree with you in general, but will argue the flip side of the coin: I own several businesses, all of which have their own domains and, of course, with those domains come email service.
Despite having those “professional” email addresses, I have ALL of them sent to their respective gmail email addresses. Why? Because messages in my gmail accounts NEVER disappear. They never need to be cleared to save space on the host server. And – most importantly – they are NEVER lost. I can always find ANY email because nobody does search better than google. Perhaps a more valuable post would be a step-by-step guide to using one’s gmail account (or yahoo, or whatever) as the archive for the domain email, with all inbox and outbox mail sent through the “professional” site for the sake of appearances. Until then, I will continue to use my gmail accounts for ease and security. Thanks!
[email protected] says
I’ve often thought that myself when I receive business emails. It absolutely doesn’t seem professional.
Companies should provide their personal email id post fixing with their company name. That will not look like fishy.
I think having a business email ID is more effective than using email clients. Having business mail ID will increases the faith and look professional. If you have a good contacts in your mailing list then it is recommend to use your free mail service ID as the signature for easy understand for the people to whom you are familiar.
Using another firm email address is kind of phony, but the phonier is using a nickname instead of your full name in your business email address.
New Way to Earn Revenue Onlineon says
Thanks for the post!
Couldn’t agree more! There are only times when I use a company gmail email to reply as webmail access on my iPhone can be An issue!
Avneesh Sachdevaon says
The person may be too busy to send out mails switching between mail accounts. But the point you have talked about is absolutely correct and I shall keep it in mind in future communications..
Deon Fialkovon says
LOVE IT ! Was waiting for someone to address this issue.
Irfan Siddiquion says
I didn’t know that if someone sends you a email using a free email service provider it makes it look like fishy mail to you. May be that person was so busy in work that he found it to be lazy in opening his business mail to email you.
Trent Dyrsmidon says
I agree Daniel.
Rahul Kuntalaon says
Perfect and makes sense Daniel..
I have to agree. Your actions need to demonstrate your credibility; I would not take a “tech” business without its own domain seriously.