Improve your emails — gMail

There’s no doubt that gMail (Google Mail) is the best email service in the entire galaxy. So if you’re using hotmail, yahoo, or any of the other services I suggest you get with the times grandpa. The spam protection is amazing, the custom filters rock, the themes are decent (check out the cool cloud wallpaper I’m using right now in my account), and I can access it anywhere in the world on any web-enabled device.

Okay okay, so some people think that using a free email service like gMail looks bad because it isn’t professional. While I might not necessarily want my lawyer to have a gmail account I think its acceptable for our purposes. Plus, there’s an advantage that when you are on the phone with a client and you say “at g mail dot com” they will know exactly what you mean. You won’t have to explain exactly how to spell it which might be advantageous if your own website domain name is long, difficult to spell, or has multiple spellings.

Most people don’t know that with Google Apps for Business you can get all of the benefits of a gMail account while still keeping your domain name’s email address. For example, you would login to gmail.com to check your email however your email address wouldn’t be YourName@gmail.com but instead would be YourName@YourWebsite.com.

So now that you’re using gMail you will now have access to one of my best kept secrets…

Rapportive

Rapportive replaces the advertising on the right hand side of gMail with information about that contact. You can immediately see their picture, where they’re based, and what they do. You can establish rapport by mentioning shared interests. You can grow your network by connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more.

It’s an amazing tool since you can see their picture its easier to associate it in your mind rather than just looking at their name or email address. Plus your just a click away to see what they’ve been up to on social media networks and you can add them as a friend.

I realize it doesn’t sound like much but give it a try and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!