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3 More Examples of Bad Email Manners

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This story originally appeared on PR Daily

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on bad email manners. It described four egregiously rude email tactics and asked PR Daily readers to share their own examples. 

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Here are some of those responses:

1. The fake forward 

“Lately I've been receiving emails disguised as forwarded messages (from PR publications no less). It's a weak attempt to make it look like someone is forwarding you information when in reality it's still an e-blast.”

2. The forward with no explanation

“The email blunder/bad manners that drives me crazy is forwarded emails with no explanation of why it was forwarded to me! I wish I had a crystal ball, but alas, I do not, and cannot know what you were thinking when you hit FWD!”

3. The forward with a buried explanation 

Another cringe-worthy email tactic — asking the user to read through a long thread to figure out the point of the email. I was sent an email this week that asked: “Do you have a copy of this article in Word format?” The title of the article that she needed was buried at the bottom of a series of very long emails. How hard is it to type the title of the article in the body of the email?

Bonus: Back to direct mail

One reader has gone back to print to avoid the perception of bad manners:

We do a company newsletter. When we printed and mailed it every month, we used to get an amazing, positive response. As evolved, we began sending it every month through email and . Our contacts complained because they were "getting bombarded" with electronic mail and social media posts on a daily basis. I think people are overloaded. We are going back to direct mailings again just to stand out from our competition and rebuild our positive response rate.

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