Reader Matthew Adams asks: What do you think of autoresponders?
Those are email programs that send large numbers of emails to a list, and then when you reply, it automatically sends you another email. Ergo, the name “auto responder.” Sometimes they’re set to go out every x days.
For a business that is called a people business, and “relationship” oriented, canned and (usually) hypey auto-responder email messages don’t seem to fit. I can’t imagine anyone good at the other end not recognizing such an email for what it is, and deleting it instantly, like I do.
A message coming into my email box, masquerading as a message to me, should make me feel special if it is to get my attention. It can be done, yes, but it isn’t easy. And it can’t be done in a hurry. Most of these auto responder messages even have spelling and grammar errors!
From the point of view of recruiters, autoresponder messages are wonderful because you can send out five or ten thousand at once.
But from the point of view of the receiver, it looks and acts like junk email.
Has anyone ever received an auto-responder message from an unknown sender, offering a NM business opportunity, that they responded to?