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Is Your No-Reply Email Address Hindering Your Business?

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Using a no-reply email address could be affecting your customer relations and be detrimental to your email marketing efforts.

The way you deliver your marketing campaigns and how you interact with customers will be a lot different to when the no-reply email address was first introduced. Customer experience and satisfaction are key contributors to successful marketing and the inability for customers to reply to an email could be doing your business more harm than good.

Here are 3 reasons why a no-reply email address could be bad for business and some tips on how you can fix it.


No-reply emails considered as spam

Email providers are stepping up their efforts to minimise spam being delivered into inboxes, and unfortunately no-reply emails often get caught out by these filters. If a no-reply email is marked as spam the chances of it ever being opened is reduced. Straight away the link between your company and your client is broken and communication is lost.


Customers want to engage

If you are lucky enough for your no-reply email to get through to your customer the inability for them to reply can be very frustrating. After all, the whole reason of your customer opening up a line of communication will be because they have a question or query or perhaps they need help or support. By not offering them a way of replying to your email sends out the message that you simply do not care.

Another problem with no-reply emails are that people often do not take much notice of the email address and end up replying to it anyway. This will result in their email either not getting through (without them knowing) or throw up a delivery error message which may lead them to think that the email was spam in the first place – neither are good ways of developing or nurturing customer relationships.


No-reply emails may be non-compliant

Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law set out to protect customers and internet users by ensuring companies are managing their data correctly. Part of the law stipulates that customers must be able to request information about the data you collect from them. If you are using a no-reply email address you could be preventing them from doing so and therefore breaching GDPR compliance.

Although there are currently no provisions which outlaw no-reply emails as non- compliant, it is important to ensure your customers have some way of contacting you.


How to Fix it

The way that businesses interact with their customers has changed dramatically and thanks to social media customers expect an immediate response. Customers should be able to contact a company easily and quickly – a no-reply email address is just another step slowing down the communication process, and can ultimately lose you customers.

How to fix it? Swap your no-reply email address for a more enabling one. Chose a simple, generic email address such as info@yourwebsitename.com or hello@yourwebsitename.com for example.

The thought of receiving a high volume of marketing email responses may fill you with dread, but remember that many email providers offer the option to filter messages based on set conditions – such as emails containing certain words, or delivery failure messages. Once you have set these filters, your inbox will be much easier to manage.

It will be more beneficial for you to set up all of your marketing campaigns – be it emails, newsletters, blogs – with an email address that your target audience can reply to. Giving your customers an easy way to communicate with you will give you a better chance of quickly building and developing that very important customer relationship – this will go a long way in benefiting your business and potentially profits in the future.

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