A client sent me a shot of a page where they were attempting to change their preferences at a website. This is one of my long time clients, and someone who has been in email marketing for years. He tells me that he spent quite a long time staring at the screen trying to figure out what he was supposed to do to opt out.
I hesitate to say that intentionally make it difficult for recipients to opt-out, but there are days when I’m overly cynical about what I am seeing. On those very cynical days I think that it has to either be on purpose or incompetence.
On normal days, I attribute it to aggressive wordsmithing by marketers who are looking for the very best way to sell their product. One of the things I do for clients is actually review their opt-in and opt-out language, looking for confusion and looking at their websites with the eye of someone who hasn’t been in planning meetings and internal discussions. I do sign up and then unsubscribe from their lists, and give them feedback on the process. In most cases there isn’t a problem, but occasionally there is a weird turn of phrase or an unsub process that’s broken.
Unsubscribes should be simple, and the wording should be clear enough not to confuse a long time email marketer. What’s the wording like on your unsubscribe pages?