If you’re taking the time to read this, you’re probably not a spammer. But legitimate email marketers get accused of spamming all the time, and we’ve had to shut down accounts for accidentally spamming. So let’s prevent all that. If you use Oninbox, you must read, understand, and agree to the following terms.
How Oninbox Defines Spam
When you send an email to someone you don’t know (such as to the president of a company you’d like to become your client), that’s an “unsolicited” email. Sending one unsolicited message to someone is obviously not spam. That’s “doing business.” But when you send an unsolicited email to an entire list of people you don’t know, that’s spam.
Permission Lists Only
You can only use Oninbox to send emails to lists of people that gave you permission to email them. If you send emails to a list, and you get an unusual amount of spam complaints (more than 1 out of 1,000), ISPs will begin blocking future emails from your company. They will also request (that’s putting it mildly) that Oninbox shut down your account. So if you don’t have proof that each recipient on your list opted-in for your emails, don’t import them into Oninbox. - No purchased lists (no matter how expensive). - No rented lists (even if they “opted in”). - No 3rd party lists whatsoever. You should only use Oninbox to send newsletters, updates, and promotions to your own customers, or to people who specifically requested email marketing from you.
We’re In This Thing Together
We do what we can to keep our system clean, but you agree to pitch in too. Here’s how: - Sending your first campaign to an old list? Many recipients won’t remember you, and will report you for spamming. Do everything in your power to remind them of who you are, and how they got on your list. - Clean your customer list before you import. Take out any addresses older than 6 months. Bad addresses lead to bouncebacks. Too many bouncebacks, and ISPs block Oninbox (and you). We’ll shut your account down if you import an old list that gets too many bounces. - Don’t just import your entire Outlook Address Book. Export them into a spreadsheet, then take some time to clean out bad addresses (like Sales@Amazon, or Support@Comcast). If you import even one address by mistake, that person can get you blacklisted and shut down. - Importing from a CRM? Break it into separate segments or interest groups so you can send relevant content to your customers (“We met at a tradeshow, You bought xyz from us in the past, You are a client of…” etc). Don’t just mix a bunch of different lists together and send one “blast” to all of them. - Sending on behalf of a client? Educate your client about responsible email marketing. They’re depending on you to be the expert.
CRM, Salesforce, and API imported lists
CRM tools are great for maintaining relationships with prospects and leads, then converting them into paying customers. Or just nurturing your customer relationships. But CRM tools are built for one-to-one communication. Email marketing tools like Oninbox are built for one-to-many communication. They are not the same. Spam laws apply when you do one-to-many email marketing. Before importing any list into Oninbox from your CRM or any other database you maintain, understand our permission-lists-only rules. Remove any prospects or leads who did not explicitly request email marketing from you. If you’re sending email marketing to customers that you have an established business relationship with, treat them with respect, and allow them to opt-out of your marketing list (you may need to turn that feature ON in your CRM tool). The simple fact that a recipient is “in my CRM” is not the same as “they gave us permission to send them email marketing.”
Prohibited Content and Industries
Don’t use Oninbox to send anything offensive, to promote anything illegal, or to harrass anyone. In general, don’t send anything you’d be ashamed to show your mother. - No Pornography - No campaigns selling illegal substances - No campaigns that violate the FTC’s CAN-SPAM Law Also, there are some industries that send certain types of content that result in higher than normal bounce rates and abuse complaints, which in turn jeopardizes the deliverability of our entire system. No offense intended, but because we must ensure the highest delivery rates possible for all our customers, we do not allow businesses that offer these types of services, products, or content: - Illegal goods or services - Escort and dating services - Pharmaceutical products - Get-rich-quick schemes - Gambling services or products Generally speaking, if you’re in an industry that is frequently associated with spam, you know who you are (it’s probably why you’re reading this far, right?). We make no judgments about your line of business, but we cannot afford to risk our deliverability. In fact, most ESPs like Oninbox will not be able to help you. You will most likely need to look into setting up your own mail servers. The term to search on is “email delivery server.” There are many industrial strength MTAs to choose from with built-in delivery and reporting tools for high-volume senders.
Who Can Use Oninbox
Bandwidth Abuse: Image hosting, API, Tracking
It takes a lot to make Oninbox angry. Bandwidth abuse is one of those things we have little tolerance for, so don’t use our bandwidth for anything other than your Oninbox email marketing. - Unlike some other email marketing services, we provide image hosting for your email campaigns totally free. This doesn’t mean you can host images on our servers for other uses, like your website. If we detect that you’re using our hosting services for anything other than your email campaigns, we will delete the image. Depending on your intent, we may even replace the image with something you don’t want to see. - Don’t build a campaign in Oninbox with tracking, then send it using some other delivery tool. Yeah, we can see when that happens, and it’s rude. We’ll shut your account down, replace all images in your campaign, and redirect all hyperlinks to point somewhere else. You may or may not find the replacement image that we use enjoyable. - If you integrate with Oninbox using our API, don’t be dumb with your programming, and make too many requests in too short a period. We reserve the right to throttle your API connections, and in extreme cases, outright block you from Oninbox.
Fees, Refunds, Account Suspensions, Etc.
1. We don’t provide refunds for unused email credits or monthly subscriptions (even/especially if we had to shut down your account for violating these terms). 2. Oninbox reserves the right to (reasonably) change our fees at any time. We will send email notifications to users if and when we do. 3. If a user violates any of the terms outlined above, we reserve the right to cancel accounts, or bar access to accounts, without refund. 4. If, for some reason, we are unable to process your credit card order, we will attempt to contact you by email and we will suspend usage of your account until your payment can be processed. 5. You agree to pay for all emails you send from your account, even if messages are blocked by any third party (we have no control over your recipients’ email servers, ISP availability, personal spam filter settings, etc) 6. For pay-as-you-go (prepaid) accounts, your email credits “roll over” and do not expire. However, if you do not log in to your account at least once in the last 12 months, your account (including all campaigns, lists, and other data) may be deleted permanently from our system. No, we’re not evil. This policy is more about keeping our database clean and efficient than making you buy email credits.
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