Had an email sent through yesterday from my friend bwagy who’d been frustrated by a newsletter he couldn’t unsubscribe from.
The email, from a legitimate well-known marketing company, didn’t have an unsubscribe link on the bottom, it said this at the top:
So, he clicked through to opt-out – but came to this screen, otherwise known as the old login brick wall:
But he didn’t know his password, so he hit ‘junk’ and hoped he wouldn’t see the email again. Next month, the email arrived in the inbox again. This is likely to be because the email was sent off a range of IP addresses, and it was from a different one this time, that’s pretty common for smaller databases/senders.
But he still didn’t know his password. So he clicked Reset it.
The password email never came, or so he thought. Next day, he told me aha! found it in his junk folder. Now he could login, change his details, and get off the list. But he’s left frustrated and a bit cross at the messy ‘break up’, palpably colouring the way he feels about the brand.
Moral of the story: unless you have defensible, private information stored in your clients profiles, don’t make them login to update their communication preferences. Either use a token to log them right on in there, or chuck that login on the fire, and instigate a quick, one click failsafe unsubscribe – click, you are off. Made a mistake? okay, click to resubscribe.
In marketing it’s so smart not to burn bridges, and when it’s over, you need to let them go.
There are more comprehensive posts on how to manage unsubscribes here:
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