If you are going to write some sort of spam-email, PLEASE at least have the decency not to send it to my Photo Licensing Request email address? There are other ways to reach me that won't be seen so negatively, right away.
How To Write Effective Emails To a Photographer
When I received the email below, it arrived at my Photography Licensing Request email box. Unless you want to license any of photos for use, that is absolutely the wrong email box to use. Normally will just outright delete messages without giving it a second thought. This time though, because it was the second one that came in on the incorrect email. For giggles, I decided to research them a little bit. Variations on "'NAME.com' spam / reviews / scam" etc. Nothing very in-depth, really.
I wrote this response, and figured that would be the end of it. The image is linked to this blog post: https://alphajulietfoxtrot.com/how-to-boost-seo-using-backlinks-poorly
To make a long story short, they don't have a very positive search engine footprint -- most of the links I found were fairly negative in nature. So, I wrote the reply below and then made the initial blog post about into a week long Sponsored Post on Facebook and Instagram for giggles. I was feeling feisty.
What I did not expect, however, was any sort of reply from someone else within the company. Obviously someone within the company actually read the blog post that I referenced, and passed it on to someone.
What I also did not expect was the subtly cheeky response, in return, via form-letter, so what could I do but send the following reply?
Hi XXXXXXX and XXXXXX,
Thank you for the quick reply. I may consider reaching out in the future.
Of course, you inspired me to write a blog post about the exchange; however, I anonymized your replies. Thank you for the genuine laugh, and putting a human touch in response. It totally made my day.
Happy New Year!
Well played, Sir. Well played.
(And now for a different sort of "how-to" guide, how about learn how to photograph fire breathers, instead..?)