What I discovered is that WiseStamp (and maybe other tools) fail to include an internet certificate. You can read Dirk’s full explanation by downloading “ALERT WiseStamp” from his LinkedIn account: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dirkindallas
What follows is from that document:
Today – we are using graphics which have embedded links to the web page of choice.
You do it, you’ve seen it: those cute little colored squares for LinkedIn, Digg, Facebook, Twitter and a host of blog sites and professional association we collectively call “social media” or “Web 2.0.”
This is a perfectly harmless tactic in your email signature. It is considered hip, cool, and some suggest it demonstrates a certain level of technical savvy. Great.
HOWEVER – if you used any 3rd party products off the web/Internet to create those graphic icons with hyperlinks to your social media page for your email signature – verify their Internet Certificate is current or even exists!
If they don’t – your email is probably being blocked by the corporate firewall like spam on a lock-list.
I checked the WiseStamp icons (as described in Dirk’s document) and verified that they still lack the Internet Certificate button. Once I removed the WiseStamp icons from my emails, they started getting through to my client in Shanghai.
It is a bit of a let down, but probably the best way to provide a link to your social media accounts in your email signature is by simply including the full URL (web page address). It looks a bit stodgy, but Dirk also told me that recruiters often use their smart phone more than their computers and it is simply easier to see and navigate a full URL in an email than cute little icons.
So there you go. Make a giant leap forward by taking a step backwards. Include URLs rather than nifty colorful icons if you find that you are having problems with your emails making it through corporate firewalls.
By the way, you can see my nifty little WiseStamp icons in my blog signature. I no longer use them in my email.
Global Business Development and Social Media Marketing