Who's the most lenient email marketing service? Need to import an old (large) list!

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Hi Warriors,

I have a few old but targeted email lists of customers and double opt ins.

The lists are 1-3 years old but have around 100,000 subscribers.

I need to import these lists to an email service provider (or come up with another solution)...

But which email marketing service (i.e. iContact, Aweber, Get Response, etc) is the most lenient initially with large list imports and then spam/"unsubscribe because I didn't request this" type complaints?

I already tried GetResponse and was kicked off (even though I didn't send an offer to the list yet ...just high quality relationship stuff)...


Here's more info about the lists:

I have not emailed them in this past year to 3 years (depending on when they subscribed) but would like to start building that relationship again (and promoting my new targeted product)...

With that being said, I know many on the list will have forgotten who I am by now or won't want my emails so for the 1st email or two I will get more than usual complaints/spam ...even though I will prominently show how to unsubscribe in the first email..

Please let me know which email service provider you would suggest for this (of if there is another solution you'd recommend).
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by TheWebGuy View Post

    I already tried GetResponse and was kicked off
    It's extremely unlikely that any other hosted autoresponder service is going to let you import the list and "just use it" without sending a re-opt-in request first, I think.

    A self-hosted solution is probably your answer, here. But that's going to be putting your own ISP/ESP/hosting/domain-name and so on at risk, if there are spam complaints, rather than those of a third-party service which effectively insulates you from many of the risks.

    Originally Posted by TheWebGuy View Post

    I have not emailed them in this past year to 3 years (depending on when they subscribed)
    Ouch. Please don't take me as criticizing, but it's far from easy to imagine that this list still retains much value, you know? Unless you were very good when you were emailing them, and they were highly responsive. And even then ...

    I suggest you try a low-cost, self-hosted autoresponder, and start off very carefully, emailing only a small proportion of the list, to see what the effects/results are. Whatever GetResponse's reasons were for kicking you off their service, you don't want to incur yourself the same problems that they did, with this list?

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  • Profile picture of the author TheWebGuy
    Thanks Alexa. I appreciate your advice.

    It would be great if I could find a way to get bounces and people who don't want to be on my list anymore off my list before I send those 1st couple emails!...

    But the only way seems to be to send the emails and 95% of people will like them ...but that other 5% won't and will complain..
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    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      It's going to be tough but at least start by cleaning the list. I've used outsourcers on Fiverr who are cheap and who do a good job.

      Ron
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      • Profile picture of the author TheWebGuy
        Originally Posted by ronr View Post

        It's going to be tough but at least start by cleaning the list. I've used outsourcers on Fiverr who are cheap and who do a good job.

        Ron
        Hi Ron, thanks for the advice. But I've always wondered how people "clean lists"? I feel like the only way to know if an email address will bounce, or if the person doesn't want to be on the list ...is to email them. How does an outsourcer do that?
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