ok so i'm back and here's what my understanding at this point is ...
1) B2B calls are ok in U.S.(although there's a mention above that there's a risk of being hung up on...) ..B2C are not . So as long as B2B calls are legal i don't think i run the risk of being hung up on cos what i'm offering is really useful to a particular industry and more over it's a free trial. So please correct me if you believe my understanding on this is wrong(As John mentioned above B2B does not fall under DNC, so should be perfectly legal.)
2) I'm also interested in finding out what the law says regarding cold calling businesses in other countries? Say if it's perfectly legal cold calling businesses in my country, what happens when you call some other country where the law is a bit different. I guess we're perfectly fine as long as we comply with the law of the country we're based in... What do you think?
3)So i'm still a bit confused about what you would consider email spam... Say i do a search on the net for businesses that i want to target in a particular industry and probably end up writing/emailing a personal email to owner, marketing head etc. for 10 of those businesses each day . What should i do to stay perfectly legal while emailing some of those businesses? Or is this considered spam in any case? I don't want to be doing anything illegal and anything that might have some heavy penalties.
4)Again what's the law on cross-country emails? Is there somewhere on the internet a list of countries email/spam laws ? We know about the usual countries USA, UK etc. , however there might be other places in the world where the culture might be different and it it might be all right sending emails. How about countries that have no anti-spam laws.... How do you counter cross - country spam - the spammer might be in a country that has no law regarding spam?
Hopefully some of you can shed some light on these things and help me out. And yes of course there's much more to marketing than cold-calling and emails but as John mentioned
"Networking can be effective; unfortunately it can be slow. Cold-calling has the advantage of getting clients very quickly. You could literally call someone today, set an appointment to meet them three days from now, and close the deal by the end of the week.
Long term, your best bet is to pick 2 or 3 marketing activities, because no one thing works all the time. Networking and cold-calling would be on the top of my list. "