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If you’ve ever been to a local performance, you were probably asked to join the group’s mailing list. Mailing lists allow organizations to keep their members and supporters informed about upcoming events, changes, and even special offers. Many organizations now offer e-mail mailing lists, which can not only be used to send out group notifications but can also allow members to communicate back and forth with each other.
Let’s take a look at how mailing lists work.
There are all kinds of mailing lists available on the Internet. Special interest websites often include mailing lists to help users communicate with each other. Local community organizations often encourage members to join their mailing list, so they can quickly get the word out about upcoming events. Many companies and stores also offer mailing lists, which can be a great way to receive updates and valuable coupons.
A word of caution: it doesn’t take long for mailing lists to start cluttering up your inbox. Before this happens to you, check out our tips for Managing Your E-mail.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get off of a mailing list?
Most mailing lists will include an “unsubscribe” option at the bottom of every e-mail. Clicking on the link will open your web browser to a page that either confirms you have been removed from the list or allows you to select which type of e-mails you would like to receive in the future. If you no longer want to receive any e-mails from the group, make sure to unclick every option. To learn more, visit our Mailing Lists page.
Why am I on this mailing lists? I never signed up.
There are many reasons you may be on a mailing list you never signed up for. If you create an online account with a website, you are usually placed on their mailing list as well. If you sign up for a savings card at your local store, you are often placed on their mailing list. Other mailing lists may simply be marketing e-mails or spam. To learn more about getting rid of these types of e-mails, see our Ten Tips to Stop Spam.
How do I find mailing lists to join?
If you’re looking to join a discussion-based mailing lists, search for online groups that share your interests. You may also want to try joining a social network to find a group. Once you’ve found your group, check their website to see if they have a mailing list you can join. If just you want to receive updates from a company or group, contact the organization you want to stay up-to-date with and ask to be added to their mailing list. Many organizations have a mailing list sign-up form on their website.