If you’re looking to send an email to a large number of undisclosed recipients, you may wish to hide their email addresses from others. It’s easy to do that using the blind carbon copy or the BCC feature. Here’s how you can send an email to undisclosed recipients in Gmail:
Step 1: To start, login to your Gmail account and click “Compose” to open the composed window.
Step 2: In the “To” field, type “Undisclosed recipients” followed by your own email with angle brackets. So, copy and paste your own email address and enter it into the “To” section.
Step 3: Select the BCC option on the far right, and once you’ve opened it, you’re going to go ahead and type the email addresses. If you have to add multiple emails, make sure you separate the recipients with commas.
Last step: Type your message and don’t forget to provide a subject line. You’re all set and can go ahead and send it.
While the BCC method is very simple, it has three major limitations. The first one is the unintentional “reply all” – a BCC’d recipient may click on the “reply to all” instead of the “reply” button when replying to your email. This can share their response to every address in the email chain, resulting in not only a breach of privacy but also loads of unrelated emails for the other recipients.
Problem number two is that it’s unsuitable for formal conversations because even when your disclosed recipients can’t see the details of other recipients on the BCC list, they’ll know that they aren’t the only ones added. This can create a bad impression or even worse, a feeling of suspicion amongst the other undisclosed recipients.
The third major risk with the BCC method is that you can’t add individual recipients’ names. In other words, you can’t personalize your emails. The risk is to send generic emails that don’t address your recipient’s personal needs and preferences.
But don’t worry, there’s another solution for you. You can send emails to groups of people while keeping their information confidential using Mailmeteor. Mailmeteor is a powerful mail merge Google add-on that makes it incredibly simple and safe to send personalized emails to multiple recipients directly from your Gmail account. There’s no risk of having a recipient click “reply all”, your recipients don’t know that they’re part of a larger list of recipients, and you can personalize your emails, even the subject line, to make sure you address your recipients’ personal needs and preferences.
If you want to find out more about how to send personalized mass emails with Mailmeteor, click on the link available in the description. We’ve devoted an entire video to the subject. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. See you soon!