Hi there 🙂 How do you feel about the topic: names or no names in emails?
Do you hate it when you're asked for your name before signing up for something? Or do you find it impersonal to receive emails addressed to nobody?
I can tell you how I feel about it, but I would love to get your opinion. Because my feelings here are irrelevant.
Anyway, I'm on lists, where the sender writes either “hi there” or “hi gang” in their mails to me, and I feel it so impersonal. “Hi there” is slightly better than “hi gang”, because at least I feel like the person is sending to only one person (or I can make believe) with the first, whereas “hi gang” implies that I'm just one little tiny gnome among thousands in the latter case. I HATE it! Quite honestly, I get offended each time I receive the “hi gang” letters.
Then I calm down, of course 😉
I know that other people hate to have to give away their name or even first name to a stranger. They might do it anyway, or they just leave the opt-in form, or they fill in something like “uglynoob”, and everytime I write to them, I write “Hi Uglynoob”. That's no pretty way to address somebody 😉
Please vote below to tell me your true feelings about this. Not what you want to do yourself, if you are building a list, but how you would like to be treated, when you join somebody's list.