How to forward with attachments in Gmail has to be one of the most asked questions with the most straightforward answer. The results you get is rarely impressive if you don’t have the right tools. It will be difficult to measure the impact that your forwarded materials have on the receivers. Before going into details about how you can measure that crucial impact, let’s first dive straight into how to forward an email as an attachment.
How to forward with attachments in Gmail, a step by step explanation
You can forward an attachment with Gmail in four easy steps.
Step 1 – Open up the email that contains the attachment you want to forward.
Step 2 – Click on the “More” tag on the right-hand corner and then click on the “Forward” option.
Step 3 – Once the new email screen is up, simply enter the email of the receiver in the “To” line of the email and then write up a few words for the prospect.
Step 4 – Finally, simply hit the “Send” button and you’ve successfully done your job of sending an attachment by using Gmail.
Just remember that anyone can do this without the use of tools. The fact of the matter is, you will need some tools to help you measure the impact of these forwarded attachment emails on your prospects.
These measurements will help:
- People sending an email campaign with attachments.
- People who share attachments with different departments of the same company.
- People who are generally interested in how their attachment is doing.
Bonus: Track your forwarded email and attachment
Luckily for you, it’s now effortless to do email and attachment tracking. There are many great tools out there for this, but I find that SalesHandy is the easiest to use and the most reliable, as it never let me down regardless of the volume of work that I needed to get done.
SalesHandy has a unique, useful Document tracking feature. The tool integrates into your Gmail or Outlook and works like a charm every single time. You can add this feature to your Gmail in three easy steps.
Step 1 – Sign up for the SalesHandy tool and sync your Gmail with the service. You can just download the Chrome plug-in and you’re set to go;
Step 2 – Open up the SalesHandy app and click on “Documents”, select “Upload Documents” and then pick the ones you want to share as email attachments;
Step 3 – Finally, write up an email and, when the attachments time is up, directly paste the document’s link in the email’s body.
This will ensure you’ll get relevant data about what’s going to happen to your attachment if it gets opened or not, used, etc.
The benefits of tracking your attachments
Analytics: With the help of the tools, things like the number of times the document/file was opened, total time spent on the document, average time spent on the document, average percentage viewed and time spent on each page of the file attached are at your fingertips;
Set preferences: If you’re using the link the tools creates, you can fix later preferences if you want that attachment to still be downloadable or not. This comes in handy in many occasions, as you can also set up a timer after which the file will no longer be available, for example.
There you have it! This is why you should always keep your eyes on the metrics and always see if your forwarded attachments are effective, instead of just sending them away and forgetting about them. With the help of the SalesHandy tool, tracking the success of your attachments is just a click away.