The Revolutionary Technology Is as Important as Ever for Trusted Email Communications
Bethesda, MD (March 15, 2023) – Every day, people actively subscribe to email groups, newsletters and marketing campaigns on their own terms thanks to the world's first subscription confirmation feature, called double opt-in or confirmed opt-in, originally implemented in LISTSERV.
This groundbreaking innovation, requiring people to actively sign up to an email list and then to explicitly confirm their subscription, was first released in the March 1993 version of the LISTSERV email list management software, invented by Eric Thomas, L-Soft Founder and CEO. The double opt-in function continues to bolster consent and safeguard email list subscribers worldwide.
|Person subscribes to sender's email communications|
|Sender sends confirmation link|
|Person confirms subscription by clicking link|
Although spam continues to decline, unwanted messages still arise, and even familiar senders may get false spam alerts if not using subscriber best practices.
"Respect your subscribers and build trust by giving them full control and only sending email messages that they have explicitly requested via double opt-in," said Outi Tuomaala, L-Soft Executive VP. "This ultimately benefits your sender reputation, subscriber relationships and, in turn, your communications and results."
Tip: While it's not mandatory for all email communications, for example, a transactional email or a message in the context of an existing business relationship, it's a safer and better practice to ensure that recipients have confirmed that they want to receive your communications. It doesn't cost you anything and helps you establish a positive relationship with customers and minimize the risk of complaints or unsubscribes.
2023: Double opt-in subscription confirmation remains the industry best practice for email groups, newsletters and email marketing communications
2018: The EU GDPR requires explicit and verifiable consent before sending email communications, ushering in new global data privacy laws and practices
1999: Seth Godin coins the term "Permission Marketing"
1993: Email subscription confirmation/double opt-in is added to LISTSERV software, a first
1986: Eric Thomas invents LISTSERV, the first software to automate email list management, starting email group communication as we know it today
L-Soft is the exclusive provider of LISTSERV® email list technology and the LISTSERV® Maestro email marketing platform for global digital communications. Organizations across all sectors rely on L-Soft's permission email solutions to manage email newsletters, announcement lists, discussion groups and email communities. Invented by L-Soft Founder and CEO Eric Thomas in 1986, LISTSERV pioneered automated email list management and remains the de facto industry standard.
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