When preparing a message to send to a campus broadcast email list, we suggest the following best practices:
- Know your audience. Authorizers should consult with the Broadcast Email Distribution Groups available page. Messages should be sent to populations for whom the information is relevant. Sending a message to too broad an audience may be viewed as a nuisance or even spam.
- ITS recommends signing all messages with the name of the University party (or parties) who claims responsibility for its content.
- Be patient. Most messages will be delivered in under 10 minutes. Please note that broadcast email messages are not recommended as the only means of communication for disseminating emergency or particularly time-sensitive information.
- Keep it simple. Approvers should encourage brief, text-based messages and discourage the use of complex graphics, embedded images and/or attachments. The best way to provide details is to direct recipients to a web site where they can obtain more information. Special formatting and fancy fonts may not be viewable by some recipients and should be avoided.
- Proofread the message before clicking Send.
- When in doubt, ask! ITS welcomes your comments about this protocol and best practices. Please share your ideas with us about how we can improve our service.
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