Are you a casual user of email, a regular chatter, or an outright spammer?
Take the quiz below to find out.
1. WHAT DO YOU USE EMAIL FOR MAINLY?
A. Staying in touch with friends and family
B. Keeping in contact with business contacts
C. Marketing your business
D. Making dollar$
2. HAVE YOU EVER SENT THE SAME EMAIL TO MORE THAN ONE PERSON?
A. Of course not
B. Maybe once or twice
C. Yes, a few times
D. Always, it’s so much quicker than personalising emails
3. HAVE YOU EVER SENT THE SAME EMAIL TO SOMEONE MORE THAN ONCE?
A. Why would I do that?
B. Yes, occasionally
C. A few times for sure
D. Definitely, that way I know they will read it
4. HOW MANY EMAIL ADDRESSES DO YOU HAVE?
A. Just one, why would I need more?
B. I have one from my ISP and a hotmail address too
C. I’ve signed up for every free email service I can find
D. 50 or more, just in case people start blocking them
5. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU TYPICALLY EMAIL?
A. I only email my family
B. 10 people or so, friends and family
C. 50+ people, including ‘virtual friends’ I made online
D. 1,000+ most of which I bought from someone else’s mailing list
6. HAVE YOU EVER USED A FAKE EMAIL ADDRESS?
B. Occasionally, just for laughs
C. Sometimes, for reasons of privacy
D. Always – I don’t want angry people spamming me with abuse
7. DO YOU USE CAPSLOCK WHEN WRITING TITLES?
A. Never, that’s considered rude
B. I’ve done it accidentally a few times
C. Sometimes, to make a point
D. ALWAYS – OTHERWISE THEY WON’T READ IT!
8. DO YOU GIVE YOUR EMAILS PRIORITY STATUSES?
A. What is a priority status?
B. I never change the status
C. High – all my messages are important
D. HIGHEST, OTHERWISE THEY WON’T READ IT!
9. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN NO-ONE VISITS YOUR WEBSITE?
A. Try and write better content
B. Advertise on other sites which receive good traffic
C. Submit everything to Digg and StumbleUpon in the hope that it brings traffic
D. Send an email to everyone in the hope someone stops by
10. WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON SPAMMING?
A. It’s bloody annoying
B. I hate spammers and return their emails with abuse added on for good measure
C. Email is a great way to advertise
D. What do you mean spamming? It’s proactive marketing!
HOW DID YOU SCORE?
Which answer did you choose most often?
Either through choice, or fear of technology, you make little use of email, opting to keep in touch with just a handful of friends and family. Those people that you do email appreciate the personal nature of your messages.
You use email to keep in contact with those closest to you, both at home and in your professional life. Sometimes you find it quicker to Cc the same message to everyone but then that’s what that function is for, right?
You offer a product via your website and you’re sure everyone wants it. Where’s the harm in using email to alert people to it’s existence? After all, marketing is the essence of business, isn’t it?
You have a product. You’ve spent a lot of money on it but found that no-one wants it. The answer? SPAM EVERYONE!! Better yet, hire a dodgy company and/or kids to do it for you because you have so many people you’d like to bombard with your junk product and don’t have time to do it yourself!