Using spam as a research tool: Dr Marek Matejun, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

Duh. The university administration has been alerted, and so have QuestionPro, whose Terms of Use forbid spam… of course.


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Message contents:

Ladies and gentlemen,

May we ask the favour of your participation in international research carried out by the Technical University of Łódź (Poland). The research project is strictly scientific (noncommercial), covers 22 countries of the European Union and concerns support in the management of micro, small and middle enterprises. The research results will be very significant for the European science and they will be used in a collective research study.

The participation in the project is completely anonymous. You would just have to answer 10 questions of the electronic questionnaire on: http://smes-survey.questionpro.com/ (Questionpro electronic questionnaire system is used in our investigation).

We ask different kinds of people to answer the questionnaire: business owners, managers and employees having sufficient knowledge (e.g. secretarial staff, those employed in accounting or marketing departments). The questions concern subjective opinions about your business and no detailed data (e.g. financial or commercial data) are asked for. The filling of the questionnaire will take about 30 minutes.

In exchange, we offer the following for the participants:
1. The title of ‘Science Friendly Company’ confirmed with a certificate in English.
2. Placement of the information about your company (together with short characteristics) on the website of the project: www.SMEproject.matejun.com
3. A report of the research (in English).

Please pass your answers until August 08, 2014. If possible, do also pass the questionnaires to other entrepreneurs – we really want to receive opinions of the maximum number of enterprises possible.

[PASS TO THE SURVEY]

Thank you for your supporting of the project and your participation. We are ready to respond any questions or queries (In English please – if possible)

Yours faithfully

Department of Management, Faculty of Organization and Management, Technical University of Łódź
Piotrkowska 266, PL-90-924 Łódź, Poland
www.p.lodz.pl
Project website: www.SMEproject.matejun.com

Project manager:
Marek Matejun, Ph.D.
matejun@p.lodz.pl | www.matejun.com

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3 Responses to Using spam as a research tool: Dr Marek Matejun, Technical University of Lodz, Poland

  1. QuestionPro’s responses:

    We have deactivated that account, after 24 hours the survey has been activated again. Since, you have marked that as a spam you won’t receive any messages from this email address.

    The account is still under supervision, if we receive any more complaints it will be permanently blocked.

    Not good enough, but a response.

    Professor Matejun’s response:

    I am sorry that you feel so much inconvenience with our request.

    In other words, I am not sorry that I spammed, I am only sorry that I got caught.

  2. Outcome:

    * QuestionPro allowed the spammer to benefit from the spam.

    * QuestionPro added the email address used for complaining to them to their own marketing list.

    * QuestionPro have failed to respond to complaints about their own marketing.

    * QuestionPro send out through SendGrid. You do the math.

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