May 20, 2016
When it comes to running a business, productivity is all about strategy. Without one, you could end up doing a lot more work than necessary. As a founder, you can't take on every task. Delegating responsibilities is one of the most important skills a successful business owner can have. That's why things like add-ons and apps are great for busy entrepreneurs.
Installing specialized email add-ons can help you accomplish a lot. This guide is going to introduce you to some of the best email add-ons for your startup.
The Rapportive add-on will make figuring out the sender of an email easy. Now you can finally find out which of your hot trustworthy leads is organic and which is clearly spam. This add-on automatically pulls up your contacts list and let's you decipher the confusion of a full inbox.
Rapportive replaces the ads that you normally find in your inbox sidebar with easy-to-use contact information. You can even connect it with your different social media accounts so you can pull your contacts from there too.
Controlling and tracking your emails is an essential part of your B2B lead generation campaign. You need to know when someone actually opens your emails. mxHero will allow you to do that by sending you automatic notifications.
And it goes even further. This clever way to improve your digital marketing strategy will also tell you whether someone has opened or downloaded an attachment or clicked on a link. And when 53% of users open emails on their mobile phones, you can continue to track these users as well.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) relates to everything from controlling your online reputation to understanding what your target audience wants. This built-in CRM extension will allow you to carry out a range of tasks, including managing sales, dealing with customer support, and scheduling emails.
And while a lot of business add-ons will cost your company a pretty penny, Streak is completely free to use and install.
Today, business collaboration is the big trend. You must be collaborative if you are going to continue to be successful. CloudMagic will integrate all of your cloud-based software with your email provider. Now, you can use software options like Evernote and Salesforce with your email inbox.
You can access these tools without leaving your inbox. You can even integrate cloud storage websites, such as Instagram, with any and all mobile devices.
If you are a fan of Gmail, this is the add-on for you. Gmail Offline enables you to synchronize your email inbox with your mobile device or computer. Entrepreneurs who are on the go will no longer need to use their mobile data or Wi-Fi in order to read through their emails.
You can reply to emails offline, so as soon as your device connects to some sort of Wi-Fi connection, it will automatically send the reply without any prompting.
The email signature is an important part of any email. And while many people forget about how important it is, you need to make sure that it ticks all the right boxes, or you could be making the wrong impression.
WiseStamp will allow you to depart from the same dull email signatures that you are used to. You can take parts of your website, images from your company social media profiles, and links to important updates in order to integrate them with your signature.
You can even integrate Google Analytics with your email signature, so you can monitor whether someone is clicking on the content available.
As an entrepreneur, you send hundreds of emails every single day. This extension will tell you when you need to start following up on them. You can easily schedule emails for the future, so your leads never grow cold.
When leads grow cold, you leave money on the table. With this add-on, you can send out email reminders to your coworkers to prevent this lack of lead utilization. This makes it easy for you to manage your entire team without hounding them. After all, making money is what these add-ons do.
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