"We only report opens as those that open in HTML version AND allow the images to be viewed."
I believe that clicking on a link in an email even though the images are disabled also constitutes an open.
Constant Contact Solution Provider and SMS Marketing Specialist
I came into the forum to ask this very question. I too want to delete people who are not opening my emails. I have averaged about 2400 contacts since signing up with CC. Yet, I only get about 10 - 15% opens depending on the topic. I have asked several people who also use CC what their open rate is and it seems to be the average across the board, which leaves me to believe a lot of emails are either not making it to the intended recipients, or are being dumped into spam folders automatically. Whatever the reason, I would rather pay for the 240 - 300 people who consistently open and forward my emails, than to pay for 2100, that are not. The extra $15 a month may not seem like much to some, but for me it is alot, x's 12 that's $180 a year I am flushing down the toilet.
This is why I will not recommend CC to others. I love everything else about the product but this issue is a deal-breaker.
I am trying to connect with a former co-worker who had a macro that allowed us to compare data in multiple rows of a spreadsheet, thereby isolating the "single" records. This woul make it easier to delete the unused emails adresses. If I get the info I was share. In the meantime, I'll do downloads, sorts, and then delete one-by-one.
Hmmmmm? I have owned two Yahoo Stores since 1999 http://www.ArizonaIndianJewelry.com ,,,,there are now approximately 45,000 Yahoo Stores ...their Forum is here: http://www.yourstoreforums.com/showthread.php?t=49973&highlight=constant+contact and they are also trying to cut costs anywhere they can to survive this very bad economy!
I get a kick out of CC soliciting input from their customers to make CC better?
Well? Please CC? Give us this option! I seriously feel CC is being foolish in thinking offering this will make them loose money? Au Contraire CC! Please give us this 'tool' to make CC yet a better value!
Sam of http://www.HOA1234.com
I've been with CC for years now but seriously my list is too big (getting ready to hit 5000 and I'm not happy about paying more for a bunch of people who don't open) and filled with people who are just costing me money.
And I would just like to edit to say - if I have to download my list and weed through all the loafers I will DEFINTELY take it somewhere else as a nice, new, shiny, trimmed up list filled with people who love my product and don’t waste my money. Why WOULD I stay here when you guys made me work so freaking hard to get it that way? No sense.
I refuse to waste time going through a multi-step process for deleting inactive e-mails as was suggested from CC and will be seriously looking into other newsletter service that can do that and a few other things that CC doesn't integrate well.
FIX THIS ISSUE CC - OR I WILL BAIL.
I think a lot of us are starting to feel this way, which is a shame, as generally the service is good.
HOWEVER - I was niggled recently too, to have signed up for the survey programme,and cancelled it - as I was told I could - after sening the survey, only to find I can't actually view the results afterwards unless still signe up for it!
To be fair, I found out AFTERWARDS could have exported them into a spreadsheet before cancelling it, but why should we have to? I thought the whole point of CC was it was a one stop centre for seeing and storing the reults - we don't need to export the results of anything else to view it, and if we are an ongoing customer paying a monthly fee with this as an add on, surely we should be able to store results gained from a survey we paid for??
Maybe it is time to look elsewhere too..... :smileymad:
I sent you a private message about your survey.
This was in regards to the users survey and not related to the topic.
We are currently checking to see if we have any updated information on this feature request as we would be happy to share it with the Community.
There is the option of confirmed opt in if you are interested in sending that type of mailing. It will send an email to your contacts and they will need to click a link to confirm their interest in receiving your email. You can find steps to do this here.
I would not recommend anyone doing this Opt In feature and not sure why Jarred keeps suggesting it. There is the strong potential to lose active recipients if they do not respond. Anyone not responding will no longer receive your emails.
The other day I spent 4 hours isolating the email addresses of people who have not opened my last 3 emails (I've been downloading my opens since the start of the year). I was surprised to see my mothers email and a few other people on the list who I know for a fact read my emails because they have commented on them and/or forwarded to others. In any event, I created a customized opt-in email and sent it to 1784 emails on the list. So far, only 129 people have opened the email and of that number 33 have confirmed their interest and 1 has opted out. Twenty-three went into bounce, which is interesting since they didn't bounce last week when I sent my last mailing. Last, what I find interesting is that no matter what I send I end up with a less than 10% open rate, which troubles memost of all.
Must admit that the open rate is pretty poor all round, the bounces are also odd for me - someone I wrote to two days ago by normal email bounced when sent from CC!
If CC can't really tell us the TRUE figure or information for unopened emails, then I see little point in them providing what amounts to spurious information; or in fact relying on their statistics, which from what has been said are 'finger in the wind' statistics////makes you wonder what we are actually paying for, and in this day and age every penny counts.
CC - provide a better statistical analysis for us, or a price rduction in your monthly plans, or both. You have to do something to keep your 'loyal'customer base....after 10 years of being 'loyal' I am beginning to look around......
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