I recently emailed the Membership Chair for more information about prestigious women’s entrepreneur organization. I’m interested in expanding my support team, getting some new mentors to help me be a better leader and also, share experiences about growing a business in a shaky economic climate. The group seemed like it might be a good fit.
The membership fee is high – over $5000 per year – so I emailed the email listed on the site to start a dialogue about benefits. For that kind of money, I need to know I would gain that much in return – extra knowledge, experiences, mentorship and networking.
I emailed two months ago and never heard back. I just emailed again this week and got this in return.
I apologize for this automatic reply to your email.To control spam, I now allow incoming messages only from senders I have approved beforehand.If you would like to be added to my list of approved senders, please fill out the short request form (see link below). Once I approve you, I will receive your original message in my inbox. You do not need to resend your message. I apologize for this one-time inconvenience.
1. Why am I chasing them to give them my money?
2. I wonder how many potential members actually go fill out the spam form? How many potential members are they losing there?
For an organization that costs $5000 per year, I’d expect a timely response to my first email and also a red velvet welcome mat rolled out to entice me to join.
What am I missing? Am I being too harsh?