If you think about using Vocus PR, think again

by Volker Weber

This is a company which prides itself as

Our on-demand software addresses the critical functions of public relations, including media relations, news distribution and news monitoring.

Quite some time ago, they started sending me unsolicited messages. Each of them contains in very small print a link to unsubscribe. This won't let you unsubscribe from all of their messages but only from those a particular customer sends.

vocus pr spam

Each time they sign up a new customer they spam you again. You can't even block them by sender since the messages always claim to come from their customer. All efforts to get myself off their list have not worked.

Enough is enough. From today on I am going to reject their messages and send a reply to their customers. No more unsubscribe attempts. My mail server will now educate their customers:

vocus pr spam

Comments

Plenty more of those multiple opt in, single opt out PR companies exist.

Weblock them on sight at the MX. You can usually just use the network address range as resolved names of sending hosts vary as do sender envelopes.

Chris Linfoot, 2008-04-16

Vocus PR is "no opt in, can't really opt out". Blocking them does not help. Talking to THEIR customers does.

Volker Weber, 2008-04-16

If you had lots of time at hand, you could of course sue them. If you really didn't opt-in in any way, that is. And lawyers may tweak almost any arbitrary one of your actions as an opt-in...

Ragnar Schierholz, 2008-04-16

Love the idea of sending this to the customer! Applause!

Benjamin Stein, 2008-04-16

In all fairness to Vocus, you dont know that you are being spammed by Cision and other PR companies as they dont have the opt out link in their email. Hitting their customers is a good idea as it may teach them to do better PR. Its the customer spamming you, not Vocus, Cision or any other software provider. It is a small few doing bad PR that is ruining it for the rest of us trying to do good PR.

Connor Mathews, 2008-04-17

Recent comments

Jens Wagner on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 16:52
Hubert Stettner on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 16:26
Volker Weber on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 15:35
Jens Wagner on Surface Pro X :: Das Gerät macht mir große Freude at 15:26
Christoph Spitz on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 13:38
Yves Menge on Office 365 im Tagesangebot at 12:44
Volker Weber on Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. :: Erste Eindrücke at 08:13
Maikel Maes on Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. :: Erste Eindrücke at 07:58
Jochen Kattoll on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 22:21
Harald Gärttner on Microsoft Office app on Android and iOS at 15:09
Volker Weber on App-Store-Interna: Apple geht gegen Buchveröffentlichung vor at 14:55
Oliver Stör on App-Store-Interna: Apple geht gegen Buchveröffentlichung vor at 13:42
Volker Weber on Microsoft Office app on Android and iOS at 13:02
Harald Gärttner on Microsoft Office app on Android and iOS at 12:56
Volker Weber on Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. :: Erste Eindrücke at 08:07
Thomas Cloer on Marshall Monitor II A.N.C. :: Erste Eindrücke at 07:57
Matthias Lorz on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 12:47
Volker Weber on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 11:54
Fabio Peruzzi on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 11:48
Fabio Peruzzi on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 11:45
Horia Stanescu on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 07:04
Martin Funk on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 00:00
Sven Bühler on I am not ready for a foldable phone at 22:03
Andreas Imnitzer on The Neighbor’s Window :: Oscar Winning Short Film at 21:48
Roland Dressler on I am not ready for a foldable phone at 15:02

Ceci n'est pas un blog

I explain difficult concepts in simple ways. For free, and for money. Clue procurement and bullshit detection.

vowe

Contact
Publications
Stuff that works
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions

rss feed  twitter  amazon

Local time is 09:43

visitors.gif

Paypal vowe