Buying The Perfect Email List For Your Needs: One of the best ways to advertise and improve business options in today's world of online commerce is to send emails directly to the people who are interested in your products and services. In an ideal world, these would be individuals you have personally met and spoken to, who have asked you to keep them updated on the products and services of your company - but for companies who aren't based in major city centers or who don't have the time and manpower to personally attend trade shows and networking events around the country (and other parts of the world) this is not a realistic expectation. Nor can many companies harness the computer and server power (let alone the advertising budget) to create websites that entice customers to sign up for email updates. Finding new business opportunities and customer pools is a critical way to get more business.
Thanks to email list providers, individual companies don't need to become wrapped up in the finely tuned game of opt-in email systems, because there are already organizations out there whose purpose is to put their opt-in announcements in places where customers are likely to see them - on ad pages, as part of sweepstakes and giveaways, and other methods - and offer potential customers the option of receiving information on additional products and services (like the ones you offer) in order to get permission to redistribute their email addresses.
By identifying the email list companies who cater to your customer base or have resources that allow them to gather information from those individuals, you can obtain targeted, precise, and up-to-date email information that can allow you to reach hundreds and thousands of potential customers with the click of a button.
There are end number of email list companies on the web, and picking the one which provides the best option for you and your company's products and services' chance of reaching out to the best customers, thus ensuring the best return on investment in purchasing the list, is not easy. Some factors to consider when choosing an email list company are:
1. How is their data compiled?
In the US, there are strict regulations that show how email lists can be compiled, and the company you select should use reputable methods including yellow page and business white page directories, trade associations, state licensing boards, annual reports, new business registration and incorporations, leading business magazines, and company newsletters - to name a few. This ensures that your business is purchasing a list that has been gathered from public records and where the people on the list are expecting to receive relevant email information.
2. Do they update their information?
Some less reputable email list companies have been known to fill their database then sell it without checking or updating their information, and since email addresses change with greater frequency than postal addresses, this can mean that you are spending your company's money on inaccurate or outdated information - an unacceptable expense when you are trying to maximize your return on investment! Your email list provider should update their information on a regular basis. Monthly updates are usually available to the list you purchase (a good way of making sure your list doesn't stay static) for an additional monthly charge. This is worth the cost to avoid bounces and keep your information current.
3. What kind of data are you purchasing?
Make sure that the data you purchase is organized in a file format that will allow you to move it into your emailing program. The most versatile format is plain text, or .txt, with Microsoft Excel's .csv another universal alternative. These are formats which can be dumped into Access, Outlook, or any specialized emailing program. The last thing you want to do is purchase an email list without having the right program to interpret the data you've just paid for!
4. How often are you allowed to use the information you have purchased?
A number of email list companies only sell you one-time use of their information, with additional charges every time you want to send another email to your customers. These costs can pile up, and become crippling to a small business which needs to reach the maximum number of people with the smallest expenditure and a high return on investment. What you want to find is an email list service that lets you purchase their data and updates to that data for unlimited use - in other words, a company where you own the data once you pay them for it.
5. What kind of pricing does the email list company offer, and how competitive it is?
This is an easy one - don't pay more than you should for your email list. Do cost comparisons across a number of websites, and find the company which offers all the features you need for a price you can afford. Don't be afraid to try and negotiate with email list companies, as while many have standard pricing, there can sometimes be adjustments made for special considerations such as particularly large accounts and clients.
By following the above guidelines for selecting an email list, you'll be able to ensure that your email list serves your company's needs by allowing you to get in ready contact with the companies and clients who are most likely to need your products - even though they might not realize it even exists! Don't miss this great method of getting your company on their radar. Happy selling!
About the author: Cat Smith has specialized in Email Lists for the past five years, and has been blogging and writing about the best ways to conduct internet business for over a decade. Don't miss a great opportunity to buy the email list that suits your business needs! Do your research on email lists and find the best company for your needs. You have full permission to reprint this article provided this box is kept unchanged.