Spam Is Still Spam in a Holiday Greeting

For the last couple of minutes I have been sitting at my computer and deleting spam greetings from my email inbox. These greetings do not give me a warm, positive feeling about the senders.

I consider the greetings spam because I do not do business with the companies sending them and I have not asked to be on their mailing lists.

Suggestion: If your company is sending out e-greetings, send them only to people in these categories:

  • Your current or recent customers, clients, employees, and business associates such as vendors
  • Subscribers to your newsletter
  • Individuals who have asked to be on your mailing list

Remember: Spam is spam even with pictures of wreaths, candles, and reindeer.

Please feel free to share other greeting suggestions here.

Enjoy the holidays!

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  1. Even if I have had some kind of contact with the company, when I receive a “form” e-mail Christmas card, I delete it and quickly forget I ever saw it. So why do they bother? I pay more attention to the few cards I receive on paper, which cost something to send.


  2. After much discussion we decided to forgo the expense and environmental waste of traditional holiday cards and send an e-card with a greeting AND a note that in lieu of the paper card that we had made a donation to a local educational non profit.Good or Bad?

  3. Hi, Sarah. If you are sending e-cards to individuals who know you, I believe your choice is fine.

    But let me add a couple of my observations of what can go wrong with e-cards:

    1. I received an e-card in which all the consultants at a small company seem to have signed the card. All their signatures were too wildly written to recognize, so I can’t be certain of any of their names.

    2. I received an e-card today with no mention of the company’s name. Looking very hard to figure out who it was from, I finally found the company name in tiny print in the footer.



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