Frocket Anti-Spam Guideleines
Last Modified date: November 15, 2023
Many people today are unaware that there is a cost associated with sending unwanted or unsolicited email. For small businesses and non-profit organizations the principal costs are poor reputation and lost revenue. For customers and prospects of small businesses and non-profit organizations, receiving unwanted or unsolicited email is not only frustrating and time consuming; it can also provoke negative reactions towards those who send it. Let's face it, who wants to patronize a business or make a donation to an organization that doesn't consider your preferences or respects your time.
Likewise, there is a cost to processing and filtering unwanted and unsolicited email. This cost is placed squarely on the shoulders of the internet service providers (ISPs) and mail administrators that filter 'spam' from their users. With over 85% of all email traffic today considered "Spam" sent from individuals with malicious intent, there's no wonder why ISPs condemn the sending of unsolicited email and employ complex filtering to protect their customers from it.
With email marketing it's all about the recipients. Remember, it's the ISPs and recipients that control the email-marketing channel. Unlike many other marketing channels, recipients can easily react to email they don't want. It's as easy as hitting the "Spam" or "Junk" button, or forwarding the email to a third party blocklist. The result? If enough recipients report the mail they receive from a specific sender as unwanted or unsolicited, both the sender and Frocket may be blocked from delivering mail in the future.
That's why Frocket has a no tolerance spam policy. Please see our for further details.
At Frocket we want all of our customers sending emails their contacts really want to receive.
Spam is often in the eye of the beholder. If you ask ten different people for a definition of spam, you will probably get ten different answers. So here's our best explanation:
- , as applied to email, means "Unsolicited Bulk Email".
- means that the recipient has not granted the sender (permission) to email them.
means that the message is sent as part of a larger collection of messages,
all having materially similar content.
The term means the recipient has expressly consented to receive the message from you, either in response to a clear and conspicuous request, or at the recipient's own initiative. The consent must be specific to you and a general consent to be contacted by third parties is not sufficient. Therefore a list of email addresses that has been purchased from a third party or scraped from the internet would not satisfy the affirmative consent requirement.
Oftentimes, senders that receive elevated rates of spam complaints say "But I'm not sending weight loss product ads or get-rich-quick scams, so I'm not spamming." This is not necessarily true. Spam has nothing to do with the content within emails; provided that there are some regulations around what can't be sent and Frocket has an Acceptable Use Policy that addresses certain content related considerations. It's all about whether one has obtained prior affirmative consent to send to their contacts.
It's simple really. Our customers expect us to deliver their emails to their contact's inboxes. Because of our commitment to responsible mailing, we go to great lengths to monitor list uploads, complaints, and other performance metrics to ensure there are no problems. Spam complaints, sending to old or non-existent addresses, and low engagement rates all have a negative impact towards the sender AND Frocket, which in turn may cause our mail servers to be blocked. If Frocket gets blocked, every customer suffers.
Frocket's Compliance team is here to work with customers, because ultimately their success is our success. If we identify a potentially problematic contact list or a customer not performing up to our standards, we'll first ask a lot of questions. We'll try and understand the customer's business as well as their marketing goals. We'll talk about their list, their collection practices, and their messaging to try to uncover the root cause of the problem. We may also ask that they try different action plans to remediate the problem. Again, we want to incubate success. But yes, there are times when we determine that a list is simply not consent-based, or is too old or problematic to work with, and we'll require that it be removed from the account. Also, in certain instances, we'll ask that a customer find another service provider because our goals are simply not compatible.
Becoming a great email marketer takes some time and commitment. Getting emails delivered and avoiding being labeled a "Spammer" is vital to the success of an organization. And while there are countless tips, tricks, and technical approaches that can be used, a simple focus on these four strategies will help a bunch:
As we've already learned, getting affirmative consent from contacts is the number one driver of success. If you're an email marketer, make sure your contacts are aware
and amenable to receiving email from you. Don't play games with implied consent or hiding your terms in the fine print.
Let your contacts know exactly the type of content you'll be sending and don't stray far from the course. You can do this by showing samples or providing copies of your
emails. That way, they can decide if they're interested in the content or want to hear from you. Remember, it's about them - not you.
In the same breath, tell them how often you plan to mail to them, and stay true to your word. Over-mailing or not mailing frequently enough can cause problems. Letting
your contacts know how often you plan on hitting their inbox will set expectations, and again, give them choice.
Email "engagement" is a common buzzword in the marketing industry today. It's also a metric used by ISPs to help determine blocking or the placement of your email. If your
contacts aren't interested in what you're sending, they'll be less likely to open future emails from you. In turn, low engagement may lead to your emails getting deprioritized, delivered to the junk folder, or blocked entirely. Make a conscious effort to send
email that's relevant to your contacts and promotes interaction. If you have the means, utilize technology to really understand what your contacts are interested in and target your messaging to those interests.
Success is often measured by your last email. Stay true to your collection methods and follow the expectations you set. Don't be tempted to deviate or get tricky. Short-term
gains made by emailing to non-permission based lists, or sending content that is different from what your contacts expect, will always come back to bite you. After all, it's your brand we're talking about here. Why risk ruining your business's reputation by
deviating from responsible practices?
Yes. In January of 2004 a federal anti-spam law went into effect in the United States. It's known as the CAN-SPAM Act. This Act regulates, to some extent, commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations. While this law did not stop spam, it does make it illegal and ultimately less attractive to spammers. At Frocket, we applaud the CAN-SPAM Act, but view it as the lowest barrier to entry rather than the pinnacle to which marketers should strive. Because spam is about consent not content, arguments that mail is CAN-SPAM compliant are often irrelevant.
There are also many other laws and regulations around the world surrounding electronic marketing. If you live or work in Canada, or mail to folks who do, you'll want to be sure to collect and catalog express consent as outlined in the Canadian Anti-Spam Laws (CASL).
While we can't give legal advice, we encourage all senders to become familiar with these laws, especially if they live in or mail to recipients outside the United States.
Frocket's Compliance team uses the full spectrum of people, process, and technology to ensure our customer's mail gets delivered. Our highly trained staff uses a variety of tools and criteria to review and evaluate each account throughout their lifecycle.
- We require that each customer understands and agrees to our permission-based . In addition, when customers upload a contact list, they must agree that it is consent-based.
- We continuously keep customers updated on the latest best practices, tips, and email etiquette via our blogs, seminars and training, and Frocket's Marketing Resource Center.
- We're registered with major ISPs and anti-spam authorities to receive automated feedback loop (FBL) data when any of our customer's contacts report abuse. We use this data, when warranted, to take corrective action.
We also utilize third party technology to help identify potentially problematic contact lists and campaign content.
- We offer you the option to send new contacts an email confirming their interest in receiving emails from you. Additionally, if your contact changes their interests or unsubscribes, we offer you the option to send an email confirmation.
- Except for one-to-one transactional communications, every email generated from Frocket contains an unsubscribe link which allows contacts to opt-out of future emails and automatically updates contact lists to avoid the chance of sending unwanted emails in the future.
- Your email header information is pre-set for you by Frocket. Your email's "From Address" is verified and accurately identifies you as the sender.
- All of your emails are pre-filled with your contact information, including your physical address.
If you believe you have received unwanted, unsolicited messages sent through our platform (or seemingly sent through our platform), please forward a copy of that message
with your comments for review to one of the following: for email and digital marketing services to
with the subject line Email Abuse.
Each email is reviewed and cataloged by a member of the Frocket Compliance team. In addition, we will investigate each complaint and take appropriate action against the sender.