Are domain email addresses useless if you're a badass?

by NickN
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I see craploads of awesome copywriters who use Gmail as their primary email accounts.

When I first started copywriting, I read using your domain name as your email address is more professional and easier to remember.

But it seems some of the total badasses on the copywriting forum are using regular ol' Gmail accounts... and it doesn't affect their badassery one bit.

Now, I know an email address won't make or break you.

My question is this: Is a domain email address really necessary for this profession?

I'm specifically looking at YOU, the badass Gmailer, for a response.

Thanks.
#addresses #badass #domain #email #useless
  • Profile picture of the author DavidG
    Originally Posted by NickN View Post

    I see craploads of awesome copywriters who use Gmail as their primary email accounts.

    When I first started copywriting, I read using your domain name as your email address is more professional and easier to remember.

    But it seems some of the total badasses on the copywriting forum are using regular ol' Gmail accounts... and it doesn't affect their badassery one bit.

    Now, I know an email address won't make or break you.

    My question is this: Is a domain email address really necessary for this profession?

    I'm specifically looking at YOU, the badass Gmailer, for a response.

    Thanks.
    I think using your domain email gives you uniqueness... and not to mention safety issues.

    But don't forget... nosexgary@aol.com

    So maybe it's about making the email memorable?
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  • Profile picture of the author SoCalMarketing
    I am not a badass (yet :-)).... but I have contemplated the Gmail address thing as well. Back in the day when email was just coming on the scene, a bunch of the freebies came out like hotmail, yahoo, juno etc. and using those today I think would give a less than ideal impression of one's business. Gmail on the other hand.. has a lot of merit. The fact that G+ along with the extensive suite of free tools available through Google, are all tied to your Gmail acct.. I think that given that, anyone that knows and appreciates the wonders that are Google.. would see using Gmail address as a strong and positive point about the user. I think that those who use Google to the fullest are... well, badasses themselves..
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  • Profile picture of the author Pusateri
    To my eyes, it doesn't send a message of professionalism. But my eyes only feed MY brain. Don't know how it plays in the world at large, but does anyone think it's a positive? Neutral at best.

    Domains are cheap and you can still use Gmail as your mail client.

    It's funny, though. I have a lot of customers who are lawyers. They all have their own domains.

    Except for one guy. A criminal defense attorney who makes national headlines. It's a hoot to get an email from his AOL address with a signature that says "sent from my iPhone." When you're the top dog, sh!t like that is charming.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Reminds me of the old Dr. Seuss (copywriter!) quote:

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind..."

    I use gmail for my primary email without a moment's hesitation.

    I also have a handful of "official" domain email accounts attached that I can send and receive from through Gmail.
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  • Profile picture of the author draede
    I use the best of both worlds. Custom domain email, hosted with gmail. So I get all the goodness of gmail with all the goodness of a custom domain. $5/mo
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    • Profile picture of the author SoCalMarketing
      Originally Posted by draede View Post

      I use the best of both worlds. Custom domain email, hosted with gmail. So I get all the goodness of gmail with all the goodness of a custom domain. $5/mo
      Now THAT is a great solution... I've wondered if it was possible to do that. Decided to do a little sleuthing on the subject and as it turns out, it is relatively easy.

      Thanks for posting that!
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    One reason I use a custom domain email is because
    I like to use a desktop client to handle email. Such
    a client software allows the managing of unlimited
    email accounts from one panel. For some sorts of
    automated marketing things such an email client
    is the only way I've found to operate with efficiency.

    Admittedly, this is a little bit antiquated because
    it's from the dial-up days when if you had a lot of
    emails coming and going you would leave the client
    fetching and sending, walk away, then come back
    later to read the emails that came in.

    If you habitually give out your email address verbally,
    using gmail makes some sense. Many, many
    people cannot spell and many can't type either,
    so if using gmail instead of your own domain is
    another way of making it easier for people to
    reach you... provided your gmail address is otherwise
    unambiguous to the poor spellers.
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  • Profile picture of the author PerformanceMan
    I'm not letting Google be in charge of my email. Not now and not F'in ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Hey Loren,

    It's good to see you 'round these parts again, buddy.

    Long time no type.

    Best,

    Brian
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Jeffels
    Some of it is perception.

    If you're working with certain customers they may want to see the big professional whoever@cashsuckingcopy dot com.

    However, the normal nosexgary@aol personal thing can work as well.


    Bill


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    • Profile picture of the author JakeDaly
      When I started my e-book writing business back in '05 or so I didn't just use 'e-mail@mydomain.com' .. I used 'sales@mydomain.com' to try to give an even greater air of 'professionalism' to the business :p. Now, I just use Gmail and clients are loving it.

      Yes, physically loving it.
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