Dedicated server for list mailouts,etc?

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Ok so I have a list of about 2500 now. I'm contemplating I-contact as a means to market to them with a related referral based concept. Pretty straigtforward real estate related thing: Send me business and I pay a referral fee. The thing is I had the list given to me, so they aren't opt in. And I want to eventually buy more lists and keep it going. Someone suggested i get a dedicated server and software to do the mailouts so I can get around opt ins, etc. How much does something like this cost and what are some services,names, etc. if any of you do this sort of thing. Anything to be wary of? Any ideas, help or anything is appreciated. Otherwise I figure I'm gonna go the Icontact or aweber route and input a few emails per day etc., from my next list, etc. I'm pretty new to this. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author OMGMarketingGroup
    I know someone around here has some input....??
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  • Profile picture of the author BIG Mike
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    • Profile picture of the author SlicedGenius
      I can't recommend using a list you don't have permission for. Does the person that gave it to you still mail them? Perhaps it would be better to ask them to send a mail on your behalf to migrate opt-ins to you honestly. On their opt-in page if they have a box for 'messages from selected partners/third parties' then you might be ok.

      A dedicated server does have a lot of benefits - but for a list of 2,500 it's going to be very expensive way of doing things. Plus if your list is not your own, you can expect that number to drop significantly after your first mail, when lots of people unsubscribe. Also, with your own server, you need to look after your IP reputation too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    First thing first, no ESP will allow you to use their service to email the list that you did not get permission to mail with.

    That said, for 2,500- your best bet is to go for a hosted solution- as going dedicated for this is quite impractical, and waste of money. A rule of thumb is to go dedicated when you have 100k list or something if you ask me, and you personally are confident you can manage it.

    So you are between two hard places here- you gotta make the decision yourself bro.
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  • Profile picture of the author OMGMarketingGroup
    Thanks. In the local real estate industry at least, noone really cares about emails because we get them all the time. Noone is doing what I'm doing which gives me confidence that I can have a decent success rate as long as I can get to the inbox. I know that the services don't like lists that aren't asked for but for what I plan on doing It's more practical to try.

    I've thought about using facebook as a means to get addresses by using a squeeze page kinda set up but I know my return on that will be a little lower. At 200 bucks a sale for something that most people want, I'm losing money by not deciding. I've got to pull the trigger on something.

    Any ideas for actually building a list super fast. Real estate agents get bombarded with so much crap I think it's harder for us to opt into something. I have some ideas but didn't know if there are any tricks out there. Thanks to you all!
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  • Profile picture of the author Sillysoft
    Cost wise maybe look into cloud hosting. Gives you more dedicated resources. Westhost has cloud hosting starting at $50 a month and gives you 5 ip addresses along with cpanel. Plus it frees you to do more, these shared hosting accounts dont give you access to ssh to install your own stuff. I like doing things like caching with memcache or Redis database and optimizing my site with multiple sub domains and minifying. This of course if off topic, but check out cloud hosting.
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    • Profile picture of the author OMGMarketingGroup
      Originally Posted by Sillysoft View Post

      Cost wise maybe look into cloud hosting. Gives you more dedicated resources. Westhost has cloud hosting starting at $50 a month and gives you 5 ip addresses along with cpanel. Plus it frees you to do more, these shared hosting accounts dont give you access to ssh to install your own stuff. I like doing things like caching with memcache or Redis database and optimizing my site with multiple sub domains and minifying. This of course if off topic, but check out cloud hosting.
      Thanks...although I have no idea about how to take advantage of any of that terminology. I know what cpanel is but have never used it ...with hostgator.
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