Email marketing might be the most misunderstood and screwed up part of small business marketing around. And it's not their fault. Because most of what the email marketing experts and gurus tell you a) doesn't work; b) makes people not open your emails; c) doesn't work. I learned the hard way. I've probably sent more crappy, unopened emails than anybody around. And back in the heyday, when people actually looked forward to getting emails, it was okay.