I received this auto response from one of my subscribers today after he or she got my newsletter:
This is a business, if your message is not related to photography delete me from your list
That's it. That's all that was in the email.
Well, I'm more than happy to oblige! This person had set up their email so that every time someone emails them, the sender gets this lovely message. No "thank you for your email." No signature. No nothing. And yet they subscribed to my newsletter and wanted a free issue each Monday.
I'm supposed to put up with getting this email every week from them? Not! I have my boundaries and this is one of them. They don't like getting spam. And I don't like getting rude messages.
What if I were a major collector? What if I were a gallery wanting to carry their work? What if, instead of setting this up as an autoresponder, they used this:
"Thank you so much for contacting me. I try to get to personalized email as soon as possible. If you are emailing for something unrelated to my photography business, you probably won't hear from me–unless you are a long-lost friend, have money you want to give away, or want to award me the Nobel Peace Prize. I hope you understand. Sincerely, [Photographer's Name]"
Is that so hard?