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Your Time: Is the No Reply Email the Height of Discourtesy Today?
Dated: June 8 2022
Have you ever opened an email from a company you know and do business with (or worse yet, a company you don’t even know) to find the content intriguing enough to type out and send some sort of response back to them?
We all know that our time is precious. It is a worldwide fact that ‘time’ is the ONLY non-renewable resource in life. The only one… and we take it seriously when someone tries to waste it.
We receive an email with a compelling message. We take our time to write back a response (When we use a phone to do so as it takes 9 times longer to type out that message than if we used a proper keyboard) we hit the send button. Then we hear that ‘ding’ of a new message and see the subject line: “No-Reply. This is a non-monitored email address.”
It can be a frustrating occurrence and almost all of us have had it happen. Is it discourteous for business people to send you information, offers, opinions, advertising or whatever other message they want to convey in a manner where they are simply hurling their message ‘at you’ rather than discussing with you?
I don’t have all the answers here but I do know that I personally and professionally block all no-reply addresses that contact me in that manner. I love to have conversations and interact with people but I do not like to be talked ‘at’ or talked down to, as if I were a toddler and their only interest in me is what they can take from me.
At LookyLooRealEstate.com, you will never be talked at or talked down to. I want to hear everything my clients and readers have to say. If I send you a message of an offer of some type, I want you to be able to simply hit the reply button to let me know, “Yes! send it right away.” Or, “Hi Meg, I have a question about that, can you help me?” I will not waste your time in reading my email content and then tell you that you must log into my website and send me a message through a platform in which you will not even be able to retain a copy of what you sent to keep the conversation thread clear.
That type of so-called marketing seems really self-centered, in my opinion. It comes across as being only for the benefit of the one sending it. Because it sends along the subconscious message to the receiver, "We don't care about or want to hear from you. Just accept what we say and buy what we tell you to buy." It is a very non-humanizing form of communication when you think about it.
I do not believe in using ‘no-reply’ messaging in order to force my message upon someone else. My unsubscribe button at the bottom of the email page works very nicely, too. I believe in giving equal opportunity to hear others questions, input, ideas and aspirations. Civil discourse makes society an immensely better place for all of us.
In a time where the subject of equality is being discussed pretty loosely and without much meaning or true definition, perhaps it makes sense to put equality in practice by bringing polite etiquette and true curiosity about one another back into our communication.
Either way, both my real estate and copy writing businesses are spaces where you can count on being treated like a human being, by another human being, and not an algorithm.
These are my thoughts at the moment, what do you think?
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