How Can I Send to 3rd Party Lists?
We are glad you asked. Sending to 3rd party lists is 100% legal if it is done correctly. The problem most people see is the big “if”. However, as long as you remain CAN-Spam Compliant, you are able to send bulk email to 3rd party lists. What is a 3rd party list? A 3rd party list is a list of emails that have opted-in to receive emails from a 3rd party. You can be that third party!
If they opted-in, what could make it illegal? Well, there are a few laws you have to follow to still be able to send to these emails. There are few main parts to the CAN-Spam Act. Here is a list of the most often broke guidelines from http://www.business.ftc.gov:
- 1. Don’t use false or misleading header information. Your “From,” “To,” “Reply-To,” and routing information – including the originating domain name and email address – must be accurate and identify the person or business who initiated the message.
- 2. Don’t use deceptive subject lines. The subject line must accurately reflect the content of the message.
- 3. Identify the message as an ad. The law gives you a lot of leeway in how to do this, but you must disclose clearly and conspicuously that your message is an advertisement.
- 4. Tell recipients where you’re located. Your message must include your valid physical postal address. This can be your current street address, a post office box you’ve registered with the U.S. Postal Service, or a private mailbox you’ve registered with a commercial mail receiving agency established under Postal Service regulations.
- 5. Tell recipients how to opt out of receiving future email from you. Your message must include a clear and conspicuous explanation of how the recipient can opt out of getting email from you in the future. Craft the notice in a way that’s easy for an ordinary person to recognize, read, and understand. Creative use of type size, color, and location can improve clarity. Give a return email address or another easy Internet-based way to allow people to communicate their choice to you. You may create a menu to allow a recipient to opt out of certain types of messages, but you must include the option to stop all commercial messages from you. Make sure your spam filter doesn’t block these opt-out requests.
- 6. Honor opt-out requests promptly. Any opt-out mechanism you offer must be able to process opt-out requests for at least 30 days after you send your message. You must honor a recipient’s opt-out request within 10 business days. You can’t charge a fee, require the recipient to give you any personally identifying information beyond an email address, or make the recipient take any step other than sending a reply email or visiting a single page on an Internet website as a condition for honoring an opt-out request. Once people have told you they don’t want to receive more messages from you, you can’t sell or transfer their email addresses, even in the form of a mailing list. The only exception is that you may transfer the addresses to a company you’ve hired to help you comply with the CAN-SPAM Act.
- 7. Monitor what others are doing on your behalf. The law makes clear that even if you hire another company to handle your email marketing, you can’t contract away your legal responsibility to comply with the law. Both the company whose product is promoted in the message and the company that actually sends the message may be held legally responsible.”
To view the complete CAN-SPAM Act simply go to http://www.business.ftc.gov/documents/bus61-can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business.
If you follow these simple steps, you will have nothing to be worried about because you will be 100% legal! With that being said, not all ESP’s allow this type of sending. Sending bulk email is viewed as spam in some situations. Always check with your ESP to make sure they allow sending to 3rd party lists.
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