Email has a lot of layers these days. List building. Personalization. Lead generation. Drip campaigns. But today we aren’t going to be discussing those things. Rather, on the heels of the massive Telus email outage that happened earlier this month, we wanted to go back to basics and look at the importance of having a business email address that matches your domain name.
Back in June, Webnames.ca launched some upgrades to our Canadian Hosted Business Email Plans, and they’ve just gotten even better!
AirSync is a brand new add-on to our two new email plans. AirSync allows you to sync your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device with your, Calendars and Contacts and will allow push notifications to your phone. The add-on also allows you to synchronize your email mailboxes, to compose and send emails, event invitations, and event replies.
Other features included in Professional Email include:
PRISM sounds like an acronym from the cold war. I think about Get Smart or Man from UNCLE; secret handshakes and the dome of silence. The difference now is that the top spies are spying on us.
We are pleased to announce that our email plans just got even better. Our new, Canadian hosted, secure Business Email plans, will keep your information safe, while branding you every time you hit send.
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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), also known as Bill C-28, has received a lot of support from consumers, businesses, professionals and legal and consumer groups. However, there was some ambiguity that could cause legal uncertainty when interpreting key terms and the impediment to the ability of businesses to market to their clients.
In order to address these issues, Industry Canada conducted public consultations and as a result received 55 submissions regarding the proposed CASL regulations. The first consultation period ended on September 7, 2011 and the second phase of consultations are now open.
Consultations were held in the hopes that all recommendations, concerns and issues would be clarified in preparation for Bill C-28’s implementation.
The regulations that were clarified were:
a) Family relationships and personal relationships
b) Limited exemptions for certain types of messages
c) Limited exemptions for protecting, upgrading and updating computer networks
d) Third-party referrals
e) Membership definition
Definition of “Family Relationships” and “Personal Relationships”
Family relationship has been clarified to mean individuals that are:
a) related by blood or are descended from a common grandparent;
b) married couples;
c) common-law partnerships and;
d) adopted children are counted as family relationships.
Personal relationships on the other hand, are classified as relationships that are between individuals that have had direct and voluntary contact with one another over a specified amount of time.
Limited exemptions for certain types of messages
The CASL does not apply to individuals that communicate with another individual in the same organization; this includes employees, representatives, franchisees and contractors.
Similarly, messages that are sent between two organizations are exempt from the CASL as long as a prior business relationship has been established. Messages also become exempt if the information contained within have an effect on the performance and duties of the individuals and their organizations.
Messages sent as a response to requests, inquiries, complaints or other forms of solicitations of a company’s products and/or services.
Messages sent are exempt if it satisfies a legal obligation or provide notice of an existing or pending right, obligation, court order, judgement or tariff.
Limited exemption for protecting, upgrading and updating computer networks
Initially, the CASL stated that all computer software are prohibited from being installed on a computer if consent has not been given. This has now been revised. For the purpose of conducting business, all telecommunications service providers or TSPs are exempt from the CASL provided that software installed is intended for the security of its networks. This also means that TSPs are exempt from acquiring consent when conducting system updates and upgrades to its clients.
Electronic messages that are sent as a result of a referral are exempt from the CASL; this is however, limited to the first message sent. There are also certain limitations to referrals. First, there must be a relationship (business, non-business, personal or family) between the referring party and the referred party. Furthermore, the sender of the message can only send more messages, provided that consent was provided. Rules regarding the first message involve clearly identifying the full name of the referring party and an unsubscribe mechanism to prevent further messages.
A membership simply means being registered in an existing non-business relationship organization. The organization must be a non-profit organization that operates strictly for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation or for any other purpose than the generation of profit.
For all stakeholders that would like to offer a response to the consultation, simply follow the instructions here:
Deadline for submitting your comments February 4, 2013.
To learn more about the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations, go to http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2013/2013-01-05/html/reg1-eng.html
Webnames.ca would like to inform everyone that Bill C-28, better known as the anti-spam legislation, will come into effect next year. The new legislation will change how businesses and corporations market to customers. It will become illegal to send commercial electronic messages (CEM) to customers without their expressed consent.
Companies who fail to comply with the changes or violate any of the new provisions face hefty penalties that can go up to $10 million.
In order to protect the privacy of Canadians, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will police
Domain name with email
With Webnames email we have made it easy to associate your domain name with your email. We see thousands of businesses that have a website with their domain name and then use email from their service provider (ex. email@example.com). By using your own domain name for your email you can get a very easy to remember email address like firstname.lastname@example.org for example. Every time you send an email it reinforces your company’s name and promotes your brand while making you and your business look more professional. Even if you are committed to using your third party email, you should consider using email forwarding to point your email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org email alias to your current email.
I’m asked to speak to small businesses frequently at a variety of technology or entrepreneurship events. A frequently overlooked, but important thing I always mention is to have an effective email strategy. People are typically surprised when they hear this. After all, how strategic is sending and receiving communication? Below are some do’s and don’t’s when setting up your company email.
Here is a “big picture” look at what happened on the Internet in 2009.
This data was gathered and reported on by the cool folks over at the Pingdom blog, Royal Pingdom. A complete list of the references for this data is available below, so attention stats junkies, get ready to bookmark!
In June, we gave all of our email users access to Pronto, our new webmail interface.
We were pretty excited about its collaboration features and wanted to see what you thought about them too. After 3 months we sent out a survey to a select group of Pronto users.
If you have an email account with your Webnames.ca domain name, Webhosting or Web
Builder package, you are now equipped with heaps more email storage!
All Webnames.ca email accounts have been upgraded to 500 MB of storage.