The Canadian Anti Spam Legislation (CASL) is coming into effect July 1, 2014 and I've been giving workshops on the legislation to help non profits ensure they're in compliance by the end of June.
If the internet were to have a patron philosopher, I think I'd nominate Heraclitus, the greek philosopher who believed that change was central to our understanding of the universe. Afterall, if one can't get used to the constant state of evolution that the web and many of its users favourite tools, then digital life will be very frustrating indeed.
There are around 6 billion active mobile phones worldwide which exceeds the world population. That's a staggering statistic. It's also a huge market. It should be noted that this number relates to all mobile phones, not smartphones specifically, so "dumb" phones as well. Most of these "dumb" phones allow you to perform two basic actions - make & receive voice calls and send & receive SMS messages.
As those in the non-profit world are only too aware, the holiday season is a big time for fundraising. Up to 1/2 of all donations for an organization can come in during this busy donor outreach season, through either targeted campaigns or as a result of end of the year giving.
Everyone I know (with the possible exception of a few members of my extended family who live in rural Ontario) is overloaded with email. We complain that we get too much, we unsubscribe from seemingly endless lists, and we feel overwhelmed by inboxes that are bursting at the seams.
I'm ruthless about purging my inbox - anything that can be deleted, is. And I may well remove myself from one email list per day, at the rate I unsubscribe myself from things.
It takes quite a bit of time and energy to create an email newsletter. Writing the stories, putting the newsletter together, assembling and formatting the images, proofing the newsletter, and managing the distribution lists--the list of To Do's makes for quite a time investment.
One of our wonderful client-friends (we have a lot of those, which is part of what makes our work here so much fun) sent me an email this week with the curiosity-piquing subject line, "Where's the lettuce?" -- it contained a link to this article about the "missing ingredient" in a lot of email marketing.