Sadly bogus outreach/engagement emails are picking up again – hereâ€™s a recent example:
If purports to be a forwarded-on email from the CEO to an assistant, who forwards it on to me… with the goal of locking in a call.
- apart from the giveaway that it is sent from ActiveCampaign and has a mass email unsubscribe link
- it has no timestamp on the supposed initial email
- simply checking the original email option in Gmail will show it is a single email – thereâ€™s no forwarding chain.
Plus a friend of mine and I both received it at the same time (ie obviously automated).
Ian and I first mentioned this email outreach â€˜hackâ€™ back in Shot 7 of HubShots episode 133 in August 2018. Back then it was a much better example – much harder to confirm since they were actually single emails (ie not mass broadcast campaigns) – but even then we were dubious about it.
The issue is that it is deliberately misleading (perhaps even dishonest), and whilst it might have a window of time where it works, ultimately it reflects badly on you as being spammy and disingenuous.
Note: one could potentially argue that most company mass emailing is ‘dishonest’ – after all they are often written by the marketing team and sent on behalf of the CEO, without the CEO ever even reviewing them (let alone writing them). But I feel this is a different scenario – and one that people accept – ie they aren’t mislead by it. My issue with the example at the top is that it is deliberately misleading, to the point of contriving to have been a forwarded email.
One final comment: Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for continually testing new ideas – just donâ€™t let your integrity levels slide.
Do you agree?