What's interesting is in the beginning days of email with America Online, you could tell if your mail was read or not. Wonder how they did it.
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I wanted to clarify briefly the difference between a "Text Only" e-mail and a "Text Version" e-mail as I don't want to set the wrong expectation that if you create in our New Wizard an e-mail that happens to be only text that a contact will need to click on a link in order to be tracked. As an HTML e-mail, we still will be able to register that person as open if they can download images, despite the content YOU created not having anything that can contribute to tracking.
There is also a "Text Version" of an e-mail that can get sent out to contacts who do not have the capability to see the more visual layout of an e-mail, usually because of e-mail security or they are viewing on a device or e-mail client that can't render those e-mails. It's rare that this happens nowadays, but in the instances that it does, it is the Text Version that requires someone to click on a link, not an e-mail created normally that is nothing but text.
You can see this in Constant Contact when you create an e-mail under Advanced Features; there will be a link that says "Edit Text Version."
If you would like, take a few minutes and check out this video that shows in detail what this looks like as well as what your readers will see in this case. If you have any questions, let me know!
I send out a weekly email. Although I have a nice open rate, I would like to contact customers that have not opened the emails in a while to see if they are still interested. My question is - How can a I get a report of contacts that have not opened an email in the past 3 months?
UPDATED: October 2018
We have recently added the Contacts Segments tool that allows you to create a list of contacts that did not open any of your last 5 emails, a specific email, or any email. Please click here to learn more about using our Segments feature.
Creating a list of those that did not open the email is a great way to clean up your contact list or even target those contacts directly in an effort to have them open the emails. Here is a FAQ on how to location contacts that do not open your email and how to remove them from a list.
I had to export the list into another list (I sorted by date) and have to go through each name one by one. I think the reason that they don't provide a way to do this ensures that you won't bother with a tideous and laborious deletion list. This way you can be charged for "dead wood". I am looking around for another service that will let me do this, so I can keep my lists current.
Byt he way they promised to have this matter taken care of over a year ago.
I'm sure Constant Contact will remove this message soon so I hope that you get a chance to read it. They will NEVER develop a way for us to get a list of those not opening our emails because Constant Contact will lose money. They'd rather make it really hard and frustrating for us to just not do anything. It's beyond easy to create a way for us to know this but Constant Contact doesn't care. I have been complaining about this for YEARS.
We understand that this is an important feature for customers. We are releasing a complete overhaul to this area of accounts later this year to implement tons of cool features and requested items. These updates will increase reporting detail and management tools in the contacts area of your account. I cannot release an exact timeframe but we do understand the urgency of such features and we will post any updates in the Community as soon as we can.
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