The dusty .csv file
I have been saving this csv file for years and a few days ago I decided it was time to do some-thing about it. This was not just any csv file but a list of all the people that had registered for my free list building program called LifestyleNetworker. This free club did really well back in 2003-2004 and there was a nice atmosphere and sense of fellowship in the forums.
So here I am today 5 years later scrolling down the list of almost 7.500 names wondering how many of these were still actively marketing today. And then the questions started:
How was I going to validate these emails?
What software could I use to send mails?
Could I get in trouble with my IPS?
What about all the techy stuff if I wanted to host the list on my own server?
I spent a few hours with google searching for various solutions to my above questions when I finally realized the answer was really simple! I simply created a GetResponse account and imported 2.500 contacts each day as that was the limit. GetResponse would validate all the emails, handle the bounces and send out a confirmation email.
Thank you GetResponse for making this a very easy task!
My first mail in 5 years
Now the big question was how many of my old LifestyleNetworker members would accept the invitation and click on the confirmation link in the email? Well if you are here reading this post chances are you were one of them – THANK YOU 🙂
I sent out the first batch of requests on Saturday February 21st and the last on Monday February 23rd. A total of 7.133 emails were approved and as of now Tuesday February 24th a total of 90 people confirmed the invitation!
That’s 1,26% 🙂 I must admit I’m not surprised considering how long this list has been gathering dust.
What have you been doing?
However, I am thrilled that 90 people remember me and/or LifestyleNetworker and clicked the link! You cannot believe how curious I am to what you have been doing the last 5 years! Please do post your story in the comment section below. Did you make it or did you take a break like I did?
I can’t wait to hear from you!!