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Bulk email sending - best solution
kapow




msg:671162
 12:39 pm on Apr 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

I have several website clents who wish to email a monthly newsletter. Their mailing lists will range from 300 to 3000 subscribers.

I currently use Microsoft Outlook for sending mail but havn't used it for groups of 300 - 3000.
- Can anyone say if Outlook can handle groups of that size?
- Is it ok to store my groups on my Pair account (MySql table) and use php to send news?
- If I send the newsletters from my home-office what mail client is best?
- I have never used Pair Mail and don't know anything about it - can they do it?
- Is there recommended mail service that will handle this for me?

Any guidence would be much appreciated

 

DaveAtIFG




msg:671163
 2:35 pm on Apr 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld kapow! I was hoping someone with some experience would jump in and offer some help. Some opinions:

I avoid using MS email clients completely, too little security! Your questions re:Pair would be best handled by Pair support or exploring Pairs support info here [pair.com]. Not much help so far, I'm afraid.

I'll try to round up an expert though, call attention to your post in the mods forum. Hopefully someone can do better...

eljefe3




msg:671164
 3:06 pm on Apr 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

Try [infacta.com...]

They have a free mail client that lets you send filter, personalize and do a lot of stuff that the paid versions do. I tried many bulk email programs and this one seems very simple and powerful.

It gets the 5 stars , 5 cows etc from the various respected software review sites.

rcjordan




msg:671165
 5:28 pm on Apr 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

Also take a look at Postcast [postcast.com]. I recommended it as a possibility to manage a book publisher's newsletter (approx. 1,800 subscribers as I recall). They purchased it and gave it high reviews for performing as billed. The only negative was the documentation. Perhaps that has been improved over the last few months. A trial version should help resolve any questions prior to spending any cash. (I have no affiliation with Postcast.)

bartek




msg:671166
 7:09 am on Apr 13, 2001 (gmt 0)

Try TheBat! from [ritlabs.com...]
It has powerful management capabilities for mailing lists (and then some). Their FAQ page has a pre-made downloadable mailing list setup and a step by step guide. It's been my choice for about three years now - worth a try.
hth

doulos




msg:671167
 9:19 pm on Apr 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

Check out

[mailutilities.com...]

Great program that sends email without using a SMTP server...

kapow




msg:671168
 12:19 pm on Apr 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thankyou everyone
My two best options seem to be:

1. [infacta.com...]
Does anyone know if this has a facility to generate sub/unsub lists from my websites? Or to copy&paste the content of a text file of sub/unsub lists?

2. [mass-emailer.com...] with 'Subscribe Me lite' ( [cgiscriptcenter.com...] ) on site to generate sub/unsub txt list that can be inported.

Any votes on how I should choose?

hoffa2




msg:671169
 11:32 am on Jun 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

I want to keep an email list in a text file and have a program or something that deletes them when they sent a "unsubscribe" email. How or what would I use to do this?

kapow




msg:671170
 12:18 pm on Jun 25, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi Hoffa
Since I posted this thread I have started using 'GroupMail Pro' from www.infacta.com
I am pleased with it. It has automated Sub,UnSub and Bounce handling (although I am yet to use those functions). It will import and export a text file of email addresses - so I can keep my mailing lists in separate text files or within GroupMail.

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