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I want to know when a user open his newsletter E-Mail.. so i was thinkin how to do that..
so is that the way to go? or there is simpler way?
Thanks in advance
Could you not simply place an image in the email, and make its URL email@example.com or similar? That way you can pull users from your access logs.
I want to know when a user open his newsletter E-Mail.
... more and more people are guarding against such activity.
Yes. And furthermore -- depending on the targeted audience -- it may generally be contraproductive to send mail in HTML format, which would be necessary to implement a "tracking" mechanism.
There are still oldfashioned people around -- this poster included -- who open mails in pure text mode only (which is not just old habits, but a very basic and mostly efficient way of avoiding any sort of scripting attacks, like getting worms or getting controlled if a mail has been read, too).
In text mode, however, it is annoying to wade through a cluttered mess of <xTML> tags and not seeing the content easily, which imposes a high risk for a mail getting moved to the trash bin before being read to its end.
And on top of that, the receipient's annoyance may increase (= even more quick disposing to the trash bin) on spotting any of the Big Brother's control measures like "img firstname.lastname@example.org" or similar.
While it may be only a neglectable minority, who dislike their mail reading habits being controlled this rude way, they exist ...
So, all in all, "tracking" an email seems not always to be welcome, but may be contraproductive, as it adds to the annoyance level on the receiver side and may consequently hurt the reputation and trustworthyness of the sender.
He reply was something like:
1) If they receive the email, there is no guarantee that they open it.
2) If they open it, there is no guarantee that they read it.
3) If they read it, there is no guarantee that that comprehend it.
So the only way to tell if someone opened, read and comprehended your email is by their reply.
Therefore, if you do not get the result you expected from your email, then you need to try again, perhaps via different avenues of communication.
What you need to code would then have to get past their outgoing firewall settings in order to tell you this ..
So you would need to write a trojan that phoned home ...
This could get you into trouble ..and there is enough of this stuff out there anyway ..
However gator may still be hiring ...;)
I would suggest sending out a pilot of any email to one random sample group of about 50 people with one subject line with the tracking, and another to a different sample with a different subject line. Open rates can be tracked - you should get statistics quickly, and any differences can be noted. You can then send out the email to everyone else without the tracking (possibly in plain text) and you should get a better response rate.