Bulk email software
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Bulk email software is software that is used to send email in large quantities.
It is generally used for legitimate mailings, such as for email list subscribers. Since the bulk email software usually sends email via direct send and via SMTP server, the use of a bulk email software for spam is almost impossible, because of the large amount of emails that are sent in a spam campaign.
Bulk email software usually refers to a standalone software, while there are bulk email sending web-based services as well.
Common Features 
- Built in Email Templates
- Social Media integration
- Contact Management to include Subscriber List Management (including unsubscribing), Sign-Up Forms, and List Segmentation
- Reports to include Open Ratio, Click Through Ratio, Sharing, and Bounce Rates
- CAN-SPAM compliance
Types of Software 
Most Bulk Email Software programs are hosted by third party companies who sell access to their system. Customers pay per send or at a fixed monthly rate to have their own user account from which they can manage their contacts and send out email campaigns. Generally the advantage of this type of program is the reliability of the third party vendor and their application.
Some Bulk Email Software programs are self-hosted. The customer buys a license or develops their own program and then hosts the program. Generally the advantage of this type of program is the lack of ongoing monthly fees to the owner/developer of the program. The disadvantage to using this option is that delivery rate is reduced as often users use one server to send bulk emails. There are various settings to tweak to avoid a server being labeled as spam.
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