I have been observing much of the discussions around an email harvesting and spamming issue that involved the ADM Professional Community across several blogs and wanted to provide an update. After I read the following comment; “(this network publicly displays the email address of its members, whether they’ve consented to it or not - something that is against the tenets of DrivingSales)”
in a DrivingSales.com post, I carefully considered the profile set up at http://www.AutomotiveDigitalMarketing.com and went into the Administrative application to make the following changes:
1. Each ADM Member now has 2 email fields to use
2. Email Field #1 is a Published address that will be visible to all ADM members
3. Email Field #2 is an Unpublished address visible only to ADM administrators
Previous to this new optional email setup, we “de-linked” the published field that contained ADM member email addresses to display them as static text only and not a live hyperlink. This was to prevent certain types of software from being able to generate automated emails from what was published, had it been in a live link format. The new ADM member profile setup allows ADM members to choose what, if any, email address they want to publish for all ADM members to see, and then use either the same email address, or a different one for access by ADM administrators.
I also believe that this comment, the actions it represents and all the various related posts, comments, emails and phone callls that many of us saw or received are a good example of how the automotive digital marketing professionals who use blogs and communities like http://www.DrivingSales.com http://ISMinTraining.com
are proactively impacting our entire industry in a positive manner. For those of you who are automotive internet marketing and sales “old timers”, to say we have come a long way since the days of posting liner ads on BBS’s is truly an understatement!