Is it a HUGE no-no if a company that sponsored a giveaway then went and emailed those that left comments, telling them about specials, sales, new products or asking if they'd want to be on their newsletter list?

Is this a major no-no? Or an OK since ppl left their email on a public blog?

Thoughts? mahalo, Sarah

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I think that's a no no and I'd be peeved if I started getting emails from them!
Definitely a no-no! They entered the giveaway, they didn't sign up for the companies newsletter. That's why I like using Contest Machine, when people use that instead of the comment form on my blog, their email addresses are private to me, and I don't use them unless I'm contacting a winner or if they signed up to subscribe. Keeps away potential spammers and also stops companies from signing everyone up for their newsletter if they get tempted.
Major No-No
Oh, gosh. This is horrible. A HUGE no-no!
a no no for sure.
Completely unethically. People who enter giveaways are usually assured that their email addresses will not be released to these companies, so unless it is part of the terms of the giveaway, this would be a no-no. I do giveaways, and I've never heard of the sponsor using my entrants for direct marketing. I believe they would lose reviewers that way.
that's a no-no
they need to require newsletter sign-up or email subscription. That's just sneaky
I've never heard of Contest Machine. Where can I learn more about that? Thank you!
Wow, this is still getting replies! Just to let ya know, no one has done this, I was a freshie back then and was just curious about all of this. Love all the responses! Thanks! Sarah
Actually, I entered a giveaway on a blog recently and now the sponsor is sending me emails. There was nothing in the original giveaway post that stated the sponsor would use the email address we were required to leave for marketing.

I am pretty frustrated with this and do not plan to enter giveaways from the sponsor or the blog that hosted that particular giveaway again.
Catherine, I would email the blog owner to let her know - I'm sure she'd appreciate you telling her. They may just not realize what a no-no it is.
OMG, that is soooo funny, I never looked at the original date LOL

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