how do I insert an unsubscribe link in a mail merge mass mailing?


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Farmer Jeff

I am using Word to write the letters, the mail merge function, and Outlook
2003 to send mass e-mails, and want to add an unsubscribe link that would
automatically send me a short e-mail asking to be removed from the list.
Can this be done, and how please?

Thank you for your help,

Farmer Jeff
 
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Roady [MVP]

You can write in the message that in order to unsubscribe they'll have to
press reply and write UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject like or as the first word
in the message body.
 
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Farmer Jeff

So there is no way to make it automatic for them, but this would qualify
under the Can-spam requirements?
 
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Roady [MVP]

You can use the mailto protocol as well;
mailto:newsletter@yourdomain.com?subject=unsubscribe&body=Please%20unsubscribe%20me%20from%20your%20mailing%20list

Both methods will qualify as a valid method as long as you process the
unsubscribe requests before sending your next mailing (or at least within 10
days). The CAN-SPAM requirements regarding this, only talk about an opt-out
method which is obvious to the end-user. The way you process it (manually or
automatically) is your business.
 
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Nick Kharchenko

Jeff... as a possible solution I can recomend you to try Subscription Manager
component from MAPILab Toolbox for Outlook. This Outlook Plug-in provide your
respondents with an opportunity to manage their subscription to your mailing
lists on their own! Your respondents can include and remove themselves from
mailing lists in your contacts folder all by sending an e-mail with a special
command in the subject line.

Homepage: http://www.mapilab.com/outlook/toolbox/subscription_manager.html
Screencast: How to automate subscription process to distribution lists with
Subscription Manager component.


With the help of another plug-in you can send separate messages to the
members of your Distribution
List:http://www.mapilab.com/outlook/send_personally/
 
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thewordsmithmusic

I am using Word to write the letters, the mail merge function, and Outlook
2003 to send mass e-mails, and want to add an unsubscribe link that would
automatically send me a short e-mail asking to be removed from the list.
Can this be done, and how please?

Thank you for your help,

Farmer Jeff
That can only be done with a web based scripting language like PHP.
 
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