Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Intrusive Marketing, Invasive Marketing, Email Practices

Intrusive Marketing Email Practices


Intrusive Marketing, Invasive Marketing, Email Practices


I received a spam email today from Askoli.com, specifically they are promoting a new service called SiteScorer.

I noticed in their email header a link going to their Newsletter:  http://newsletter.askoli.com/send_letter_rkj.php

That is a list of all the emails they just sent this email to. Mainly it's a list of SEO professionals and a few other businesses. 191 emails +  3 of their own = 194 emails total.
I replied to the email to let them know and to ask that we be removed. 
I received 4 bounces initially, 1 out of office, 1 person asking why I thought he sent the email, and 1 really nasty email from an SEO competitor, as well as 39 that could not be delivered for a variety of reasons: (no such user, relay access denied, email account disabled, account does not exist, invalid user, invalid receipient).
 
Why they would want to send this to competitors I really don't know. Perhaps thinking we might like to use their service?

Spamming people is a very bad email practice, and is very intrusive marketing, which resulted in 2 strangers in the same industry getting into a fight with one another.


Here is the spam email I recieved:
X-Persona: <info>Return-Path: <askoli@web318.opentransfer.com>Received: from smh06.opentransfer.com (smh06.opentransfer.com [98.130.1.199]) by maila2.webcontrolcenter.com with SMTP;
   Wed, 2 Nov 2011 06:16:38 -0700
Received: by smh06.opentransfer.com (Postfix, from userid 8)
        id 9C6F099711; Wed,  2 Nov 2011 08:26:06 -0400 (EDT)
X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.2.5 (2008-06-10) on
        smh06.opentransfer.com
X-Spam-Level: *X-Spam-Status: No, score=1.1 required=5.0 tests=HTML_MESSAGE,
        HTML_MIME_NO_HTML_TAG,MIME_HTML_ONLY,RDNS_NONE autolearn=disabled
        version=3.2.5
Received: from web318.opentransfer.com (unknown [98.131.145.137])
        by smh06.opentransfer.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id E1EDF99D77
        for <info@classichits.com>; Wed,  2 Nov 2011 08:25:33 -0400 (EDT)
Received: from web318.opentransfer.com (rev.opentransfer.com.39.1.130.98.in-addr.arpa [127.0.0.1])
        by web318.opentransfer.com (8.14.3/8.14.3) with ESMTP id pA2CPYLt031679
        for <info@classichits.com>; Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:25:34 -0400
X-opentransfer-URL: http://newsletter.askoli.com/send_letter_rkj.phpReceived: (from askoli@localhost)
        by web318.opentransfer.com (8.14.3/8.14.3) id pA2CPXiv031661;
        Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:25:33 -0400
Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2011 08:25:33 -0400Message-Id: <201111021225.pA2CPXiv031661@web318.opentransfer.com>To: info@classichits.comSubject: Get SEO analysis of your website for as low as $49X-PHP-Script: newsletter.askoli.com/send_letter_rkj.php for 203.99.178.11MIME-Version: 1.0Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1From: Sitescorer Team <sales@askoli.com>X-SmarterMail-Spam: Commtouch 0 [value: Unknown], SPF_None, DK_None, DKIM_NoneX-CTCH-RefId: str=0001.0A010201.4EB142D6.000E,ss=1,fgs=0X-SmarterMail-TotalSpamWeight: 0X-Brightmail-Tracker: AAAAARlIHg8=X-Brightmail-Tracker: AAAAAA==
Having trouble reading this email? See it in your browser.
a product of
www.askoli.com

Hi,
Hope you are doing great!
In order to make it big over the internet, you constantly need to know where the major search engine giants, like Google, place you. A website that is optimized for search engines can bring in huge benefits to your business. Therefore, web promotion has become a crucial success factor to all business marketing websites.
SiteScorer. A test like no other!
We bring you - SiteScorer – an outcome of breakthrough research that will gauge the presence of your website over the internet and will help you identify where you stand and what is holding you back.
At Askoli, we continue to research and formulate best available online marketing solutions to help you meet your aspirations. SiteScorer is a product we are proud to put forward, to help you get a better picture of where you stand on the world-wide-web. It also identifies critical factors that need to be addressed – to give your business the boost you always wanted.
SiteScorer tests your waters for Free!
Find out how to attract traffic to your website without breaking the bank. Claim your Free Pre-SEO Audit Report to test the waters right away!
Our Pre-SEO Audit Report will check Domain Canonical Issue, XML Sitemap, Broken Links, Page Load Time and Meta Tags, for your website, and will generate a snap-shot of how things are.
How SiteScorer works
SiteScorer ranks your website on various Search Engine Optimization (SEO) factors that play a crucial role at achieving maximum visibility over the internet. It also carries out a series of analysis, exploring a broad range of the most specific keywords that suit your website to bring you the highest volume of the targeted traffic possible.
This smart new tool will rank your site and highlight what’s holding your business back, in just a click!
All you have to do is put in your website address, keywords you wish to be ranked upon and hit the Report button. And you will get your personalized SEO Audit Report in a matter of seconds.
Pricing
SiteScorer brings you six packages, each one carefully and intelligently slices and dices your website for various critical SEO factors. As you move in ascending order from the Pre-SEO Audit Report towards the Premium Package, the value we offer increases exponentially. From the mix of packages we offer, our valued customers can choose what best caters to their business needs.
You have the freedom to choose from the following :

Pre-SEO Audit Report



Generate SEO Report
SEO Audit: SERP of upto 3 keywords, Only Homepage audited, Domain Canonical Issue, XML sitemap, Broken Links, Page Load Time and Meta tags

Basic



Buy Now
SEO Implementation: 40 Backlinks, Articles Writing and Submission, Social Bookmarking

Basic Plus



Buy Now

SEO Implementation: 100 Backlinks, Articles
Writing and Submission, Social
Bookmarking and
Blog Posts

Value



Buy Now
SEO Audit: Domain Canonical Issue, XML sitemap, Broken Links and Meta tags
SEO Implementation: 500 Backlinks, Articles Writing and Submission, Social Bookmarking, Blog Posts, Press Release Writing and Distribution, Fixing Domain Canonical Issue, Fixing Broken links, Meta tags writing, XML Sitemap creation and submission

Value Plus



Buy Now
The value package generates audit report by analyzing the site on critical factors. The package includes Key-Phrase analysis of 10 keywords, SERP of upto 10 keywords, 3 Key-Phrase Competitors, 5 Page types audited and Domain Canonical Issue to mention few. Report will be delivered in 10 days,

Premium



Buy Now
The Premium is the pinnacle value delivering package that is geared at providing audit report in 15 days. Some contents of the package include Key-Phrase analysis of 25 keywords, SERP of up to 25 keywords, 5 Key-Phrase Competitors, 10 Page types audited, Domain Canonical Issue and XML sitemap.
Askoli is committed to helping you achieve your goals, because that is what we are best at. Through SiteScorer we give you, your very own doorway to success; something you would not want to miss out on.
Millions of customers are searching for you. Let us help them find you.

Best,
The SiteScorer Team.

If you wish to speak to a representative please contact Rizwan at rizwan@askoli.com or speak to him through skype on rkjamvi
If you wish to no longer receive emails from Site Scorer, please reply to this email with REMOVE in subject or write to: 1 Sansome Street, San Francisco California





 




/\/\Carla/\/\

1 comment:

  1. I received another one of these emails yesterday 11/10/11.

    ReplyDelete