Gmail has well over one billion active monthly users, which puts it well ahead of any competitors when it comes to email providers. Emails are still the most important way of business communication, but also a channel from which many private users get the updates they need. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all the emails, since they tend to pile up, especially since Google switched to new Gmail years ago. By using extensions for your Gmail you can significantly boost your productivity and this article will show you just how.
One of the most important extensions for Gmail is the one that allows you to work with Gmail without an internet connection.
You can do everything you’d normally do with Gmail and do it offline, whether it’s reading an email, replying to an email, or even searching your message history. Sure, you won’t be getting any new messages while offline (that would be kind off too much, eh?), but you’ll receive those too as soon as you reconnect. The messages you send while offline will also be sent the moment you get access to an internet connection.
When you click on a link for contacting someone via email (mailto links), most browsers will open an external email client, one that you might not be comfortable using. With this extension, Gmail users can open those links and get redirected to composing a new message through Gmail. You’ll also get a sweet button on your toolbar that will basically let you forward anything you see on the web through a Gmail message. What more do you need from a single Gmail extension, right?
This extension will let you create awesome email signatures. You’ll be able to add links to your social media channels, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter. Whether you’re a marketing exec or a professional tax specialist working in a company, signature matters – which makes this extension very useful for just about anyone. It will also let you share anything from your social media to your signature, which means additional visibility for your content if you choose to go with this extension.
SalesHandy will let you schedule sending unlimited emails, which means you won’t have to wait to send an email to someone who’s living in a different time zone. It will also save you the effort of having to calculate at what time to send the email because you can simply input their time and the extension will do the rest.
For example, if you want an email to be sent at 10 AM in the morning in California, you can simple schedule it by clicking on the schedule button and entering the info: 10 AM GMT-8. It’s great for sending personalized mass emails, so it can really get some work done when it comes to your conversions and sales.
Some people tend to use multiple Gmail accounts, which can get quite messy really fast if you’re not using an extension like Checker Plus. You’ll be able to access your various email accounts through a drop-down menu in Chrome. You can also write and read emails without ever opening an email account, but also listen to the emails or write them with your voice. You won’t have to check your email every now and then because you’ll just get a notification in the upper right corner of your browser every time an email is received. You’ll also get short summaries for every email you receive, so you can actually waste less time reading through everything entirely.
With Accompany for Google, you’ll be able to see every piece of information that this extension manages to get from all over the web about your contacts. When you receive a message, you’ll also get everything you might want to know about the sender, based on their social media channels, shared contacts, their company and much more. It’s a great extension to have for people who interact with thousands of people on a monthly basis since it can also help you remind yourself of who you’re talking to.
If you’re using your Gmail account to send or receive sensitive data, the last thing you want is your email account getting compromised by a couple of teenage hackers. Today, when anyone mentions email hacks, your mind instantly pictures Hilary Clinton, but it happens to people who aren’t running for president of the US as well.
Mailvelope will encrypt any email that you want to send and provide you with a unique key for opening it. At that point, you’ll want to share that unique key with your recipient via other channels (preferably over the phone) and you won’t ever have to worry about your sensitive data being seen by any unwanted eyes.
This is one of my personal favorites, as I really don’t want people checking if I opened a certain email or not. This extension is extremely simple and all that it does is mark the emails that are being tracked with a small eyeball, so you know exactly which emails you want to open and which ones you don’t.
Many users out there like to know if the recipient opened their email and isn’t responding intentionally, especially when it comes to business emails. You don’t want to come across as not interested, or worse – negligent, so this extension will let you avoid any such unpleasant situations.
While this Chrome extension’s use goes far beyond Gmail, its use can really come in handy for sending emails as well. If you’re the kind of person that writes hundreds of emails per week, you’ll want to avoid any grammar mishaps from happening. Grammarly is extremely simple and will automatically highlight any grammar or spelling errors you make and suggest how to fix the problem. You can also use this extension for so much more, like checking your blog article for errors, or any other written content. The Premium version also offers to fix advanced issues, which is an upgrade worth having if you ask me.
Like it or not, canned responses are a necessity for people who keep writing the same couple of emails day after day. If you recognize yourself as such you’ll definitely want to check out Gorgias extension. It will let you save templates and access them quickly through keyboard shortcuts (that you can pick). There’s also a possibility to set up liquid tags, which means auto-filling the recipient’s information into required boxes. If writing emails are something you do most of the day, this extension can save you hours – literally.
In today’s world, time is really expensive and learning how to manage it will have a direct effect on your productivity. Emails are such a large portion of most businesses that some people tend to spend too much of their time just reading through these emails and replying to them. Every bit of help with this can mean the world, which is why you should try the extensions we highlighted and check just how they affect your productivity level. Some people claim that emails are dead, but I can’t begin to explain just how far from the truth that is. On the contrary, I’d say that emails have never been more alive than today.