Email blast after email blast with little, if any, content of value. That appears to be the email marketing strategy of business network Fast Pitch. Everyday, another email like this:
Last chance to become a Platinum Member for only $99 per year.
Offer ends tonight at midnight (Wednesday, March 26, 2008).
Give your profile top ranking, receive 10x more visibility, make unlimited connections, get ranked higher on search engines, post unlimited press, see who visits your profile and more… for less than $9 per month (normally $27 per month).
Upgrade: http://www.[DELETED OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR READERS TIME]
Once you click the link (above), be sure to click on the special promotion image to receive the special discount.
If you want to learn how to alienate your customers using email, just sign up at Fast Pitch – it won't take long for the onslaught of promo emails to arrive. I deleted my Fast Pitch business networking profile "fast." Maybe they should consider changing their name to, "Fast, Switch" to another online business network!
UPDATE: April 3, 2008 – More questionable tactics from Fast Pitch:
It appears they hired people to combat negative press about them or they may be posting this b.s. themselves using one-up gmail accounts. I rec'd the following comment after publishing this post from a person claiming to be a paying customer (they didn't provide their website address or an email that shows up anywhere on the Internet BTW):
I've gotten those too. A little annoying – sure. But, I've got to say… of all the online business networks out there, Fast Pitch! has provided me with more valuable advice than I can remember. After I signed up, I received 6 weeks worth of 'How To Market My Business' Advice emails from the company. They taught me how to enhance my profile for search engine optimization, the importance of creating content, how to generate an audience for my press, blog, profile, etc…), how to make introductions to people online, and more. In fact, I also received a Welcome Call from the company 3 days after I created my profile . . . I've always been able to reach a customer support rep through email, live chat and phone. In fact, the CEO chatted with me the other day during what they call a virtual tradeshow – whereby hundreds of members actively networked online using webcams. Cool stuff. I think your being a little too sensitive…
The person that submitted the comment above didn't leave a website address, I did a quick search for the "text content" of the message without the name of the company. No surprise, the search results came up with a Blogger blog edited by the Fast Pitch owner! And, posts with the similar text and "cool stuff" claims – a mere coincidence, I doubt it. The IP address range is also from the same area, SE Florida and the owner is, where else, Florida. It appears they are paying people (or doing it themselves with fake gmail accounts) to leave positive comments about them.
I agree with David, Fast Ditch! may be a better choice for their name.