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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 at 8:41 am

Sloan Seymour, President of Ziff Davis, Spammer Extraordinaire

By Bryan Eisenberg
November 7th, 2007

Editor’s Note: This post has been essentially ‘removed’ due to the inflammatory style it was written in. Here’s a post about email marketing best practices you may enjoy instead. Or, simply read our latest thoughts on conversion rate optimization and other digital marketing topics.

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  1. Thanks for the tip. And, companies should also note – DO NOT have the “yes I want to receive” (e-letters, special offers, blah-blahh, blahhh) box automatically checked if I’m sending you an email inquiry or question. (And, really, don’t force people to give everything, including fax number, snail mail address and type of company before you’ll even let the email go through your “customer service” contact system. Grrr.)

    Oh dear. I feel another blog post coming on. ;-)

  2. [...] Ziff-Davis picked the wrong people to spam. Why, oh why is it so hard to understand? People DO NOT want to be at the end of a cold email blast. [...]

  3. Thanks for the great information that kind of mail may help as well with other spammers!?

  4. I sent e-mails to their abuse@ and postmaster@ addresses stating that I had unsubscribed via the link provided in their messages, and that the spam continued. I promptly received a letter from their “Online Audience Development Team” apologizing for the inconvenience, and that the messages would stop within 10 business days.

    I just found your article above. Seems I am in good company, eh?

  5. I forgot to mention; the spam continues.

  6. I wish I could have had this info several months ago. It seems the spam has stopped now, but unsubscribe links definitely weren’t working until recently.

  7. For the record, I notice I’m on your list … Only I haven’t been at Ziff since May 2006! :-)

    Oh, and Sloan Seymour is a he, not a she.

    Matthew Rothenberg
    VP/Editorial Director
    Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.

  8. Matthew,

    Thank you for the correction. However, I am quoting James’ comment from a previous post and I don’t think it would be appropriate to change his words. He made up this list by looking all over the web for any ZD email addresses (I guess past and current). I am sure things are better at HFM US.

  9. [...] I reported here, here, and here, Ziff Davis spams people. Fortunately, I found this page. It looks like it was the [...]

  10. Hello all Spam recipients from Ziff Davis. Does Ziff Davis sell your email address? I too sent a very polite email to Ziff Davis and the spam stopped temporarily. Now suddenly I am getting blasted again full force! I let them know it was back and very quickly received many more ZD trash seminar emails. And have noticed many other spam emails suddenly increase. Perhaps the only way to deal with this situation is to contact their partners who are involved in their seminars + inform them that Ziff Davis causes pain and suffering to IT professionals by their shameless use of email spam and email address piracy. I wonder if that would curtail their unwanted spamming?

  11. Please, everyone, report them via spamcop and razor. Let’s vote with the best tools we can so we can keep most of these from getting to our inbox.

  12. I’m one of the addresses on this message and am unusual in that I write for both companies. I’m a freelancer so I’m ont an employee and I have no idea how to stop the newsletters.

    But you should know that most of the complaints I receive are for newsletters from Ziff Davis Enterprise, publishers of eWEEK, Basline, CIO Insight, etc. Their domain is

    The e-mail list you have above is all addresses. This is the domain for Ziff Davis Media, publishers of PCMag, EGM, 1Up, etc. Completely differnent company, completely differnt newsletter staffs, in other words your e-mails are definitely going to the wrong people,

    To make matters worse, this address list appears to have been constructed before ZDE was split off, so many of the people in it are actually ZDE employees, but their addresses don’t work anymore, So those never get delivered. Plus I can see at least 8 people who just don’t work there anymore, and I’m sure there are more.

    Just click the damn unsubscribe link at the bottom of the message. You won’t do any better than that.

  13. [...] or lead confirmation, autoresponders, etc. Make sure the dates are correct, unsubscribe links work (you don’t want to end up like this company), review what is being said, etc. Make sure to plan for more intelligent, dynamically generated [...]

  14. I use to get a lot of SPAM from these SPAMMERS. But then my ISP just ‘migrated’ their email managment to Yahoo. Seems like Yahoo filers out Ziff’s SPAM. Does not even make it to the SPAM folder.

    I too boycott companies like Dell who advertise with these and other SPAMMERS.

  15. [...] I reported here, here, and here, Ziff Davis spams people. Fortunately, I found this page. It looks like it was the [...]

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Bryan Eisenberg, founder of FutureNow, is a professional marketing speaker and the co-author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling books Call to Action and Waiting For Your Cat to Bark and Always Be Testing. You can friend him on Facebook or Twitter.

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