When it comes to Business ethics & online marketing there seems to be a big disconnect for some people and I’ve been seeing this for well over two years.
Recently I received an email from an online marketer that I have followed for the last couple of years. This email was his message to us, his subscribers, about business ethics. This message lead to his blog where he went on and on about business ethics and how he had marketed offers that were supposed to have limited time frames to order, but in actuality there were no limited times. And he readily admitted that he had done this.
I was a bit surprised by this email and the blog post that dug into the topic, but I took a tact that I normally don’t take. I replied to him through email to let him know that there are no business ethics. There are only ethics.
I first heard the saying from John Maxwell when he said, “there are no business ethics, just plain ethics…”
You are either ethical or you are not. It’s pretty simple, wouldn’t you agree? Well, I never heard back from this marketer and hence I unsubscribed from his list. He broke my #3 rule about being available and when marketers do this or break any of my other rules – I just don’t put up with it, no matter how much I have enjoyed their past information and offers.
Ethics and integrity go side by side, and in online as well as off line marketing we as business people need to hold a high standard, versus taking short cuts and not being truthful.
For those online marketers who utilize email marketing, you need to stay connected with your clients and subscribers, along with being real and adding value whenever you can.
If you are building a list of subscribers – Build up the trust and never break it.
Build relationships and be available.
Be ethical in all that you do and go the extra mile both on and offline.