ListBot Going Out of Business
I have been using ListBot.com to manage a list of people who 'subscribe' to
my monthly notification that I have created a new 'tip-of-the-month'. I got
a notice from ListBot that they are going out of business in August. Part of
their message is shown below.
Can you recommend someone else to manage an e-mail list?
You are receiving this because you are a registered user of Microsoft(R)
bCentral(tm) ListBot. This message contains important information about your
Dear ListBot User:
We are sending this letter to inform you that effective Aug. 20, 2001, we
are discontinuing the bCentral ListBot service. ListBot has become a very
popular free service, and we've been pleased to offer this valuable tool to
both consumers and business users. As a provider of services for small and
medium-sized businesses, our main goal is the continual improvement of
services to meet the growing needs of business users. To achieve this goal,
we have launched the new List Builder service, an enhanced e-mail marketing
tool that will take the place of ListBot.
We value our relationship with you and hope that you will choose to continue
using our services by purchasing a subscription to the List Builder service.
We realize that List Builder may not fit the needs of all ListBot users, so
to help ease any inconvenience this may cause, we have provided below a list
of options and actions that you can take to ensure that you will have an
e-mail marketing or e-mail community service to meet your needs after Aug.
Special note: Our schedule for discontinuing the ListBot service is intended
to give you 60 days to choose another service option and/or retrieve your
e-mail list data. The ListBot service will be fully functional until Aug. 6,
2001. From Aug. 6 to Aug. 20, you will have access to your data but the
service will be disabled.
OPTION 1--BCENTRAL LIST BUILDER. If you need a business e-mail marketing
tool, we encourage you to move your ListBot announcement lists to the
recently released bCentral List Builder. You can do this in a couple of easy
steps, right from the ListBot control center. You can migrate your data to
List Builder and use it for 30 days for free. After that, you will pay just
$149 for your first year. To proceed with the migration or to find out more,
List Builder was designed to meet the needs of businesses, large and small.
It comes with a greatly improved control center and many enhanced features,
including better subscriber database management, improved HTML e-mail
capabilities, and more message-targeting options. With List Builder, you
will have a complete view of your customers in one centralized marketing
database. From this database you can execute e-mail marketing campaigns
targeted according to your customers' interests and demographic information
or other factors you choose.
In addition, in the coming year we will release some great new List Builder
features, including link tracking to help you understand the return on your
e-mail marketing, e-mail personalization, and even more customization
FOR YOU TO DO: If you choose to move to List Builder, go to
proceed with signup and migration. You can even try List Builder for free
for your first month. After that you pay only $149 for the first year.
OPTION 2--MSN COMMUNITIES. If your interests lie more in a free community
e-mail service, we suggest you go to MSN (R) Communities at
create your new community.
FOR YOU TO DO: Go to the MSN Communities site,
http://bcentralretention.cq0.net/r/d...08bf360000cabe , sign up
and create your own community. From the MSN Communities control center you
can send an invitation to your ListBot members to ask them to join your
If you choose to use MSN communities and would like to keep your ListBot
mailing list data, click on "View Members" in the ListBot control center to
download your lists. Then click on "Download All" or "Download Demographics"
to download your list subscribers. If you have problems with this process
during peak times, please try again during off-peak hours.
RETRIEVING YOUR DATA
Whether you are migrating to our List Builder service or choosing another
option, we realize that the e-mail lists you have developed through ListBot
are extremely important to you, and we want to ensure that you can retrieve
and save all your data for future use. To do this, just follow the
step-by-step procedure below any time before Aug. 20, 2001.
To download your lists, click on "View Members" in the ListBot control
center. Then click on "Download All" or "Download Demographics" to download
your list subscribers. If you have problems with this process during peak
times, please try again during off-peak hours.
To retrieve your archives, click on "View Archives" in the ListBot control
center. From there you will be able to access your list archives and copy
the messages you want to keep.
LISTBOT SHUTDOWN SCHEDULE
=> BETWEEN JUNE 20 AND AUG. 5, 2001 -- Time to choose your e-mail
alternative, List Builder or MSN Communities? If you choose List Builder,
this is the time to migrate your announcement lists and set up List Builder
to meet your needs.
If you don't choose to migrate to List Builder, before Aug. 6 please remove
all ListBot signup boxes from your Web site, along with any mention of your
ListBot e-mail alias. After this date, if people try to subscribe or send
e-mail to your lists, they will receive a notice explaining that the ListBot
service has been discontinued. In addition, please inform your subscribers
that as of Aug. 6, your list will no longer be functional and that any
messages sent to the list will bounce.
=>AUG. 6, 2001 -- All ListBot e-mail and subscribe functionality will be
disabled. You will not be able to send messages to or receive messages from
your lists. New people will not be able to subscribe to your lists via
e-mail or the Web.
=>BETWEEN AUG. 6 AND AUG. 20, 2001 -- During these two weeks, you can still
download your lists and copy and paste your message archives to a local
place on your computer, but all other ListBot functionality will be
=>AUG. 20, 2001 -- The ListBot service will be turned off completely. All
ListBot servers will be shut down and all data will be unavailable. Please
retrieve any information you need before this date, since it will be
inaccessible from this date on.
We realize that this is a lot of information and have established a set of
FAQs at http://bcentralretention.cq0.net/r/d...08bf6a0000cabe
for answers to other questions you may have about ListBot. Additionally, if
you have other questions or comments about ListBot, please don't hesitate to
supply us with this feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we will use your
suggestions to periodically update our FAQs.
We will be sending out reminder messages to all ListBot users about this
shutdown. However, we urge you to make a decision about List Builder or MSN
Communities soon, to give you ample time to migrate your lists and become
familiar with your new service.
bCentral Member Services
(c) 2001 Microsoft Corp. All rights reserved. Microsoft, bCentral and MSN
are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the
United States and/or other countries.
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