Sending and reading emails is a major time suck. If you need more time in your day, learning how to manage your email should be at the top of your To-Do list. An Adobe study that was published on October 3, 2016, workers spend an average of 7.4 hours per weekday on email. Don’t start to get depressed because I found a tool that can cut some of that time.
I came across a new Chrome Extension called Vocus.io, built to help you manage your Gmail and I kinda fell in love with it. The capabilities of this tool are sick. (The good kind of sick.) This thing will take the place of at least four tools that you are currently using.
How Does it Help with Email Productivity?
Here are some of the features that Vocus.io offers:
- Find Email Addresses
- Create Email Templates
- Track Emails
- Automate Followups
- Create Mail Merges
- Create Polls
- Schedule Meetings
- Report on Email Success
How Does it Work?
You can download the Chrome Extension by clicking here. After you agree for it to integrate with your Gmail, every time you go to compose an email, you will see a yellow box at the bottom. Click there and see all of the magic right in front of your eyes. All of the features I discussed above are available just by clicking that little yellow box.
Does it ever feel like you type the same thing over and over and over again? Of course, you do. And this kills email productivity. Vocus.io has a “Snippet” feature that allows you to customize messages that you send all the time, so all you have to do is click and go. A snippet can be anything from a simple, “Great meeting you the other day, ” to paragraphs about your company and the types of people you hire.
How Much Does it Cost?
If you are not super excited already about this tool, I know something that will blow you away. They offer a 30-day free trial; the “Starter” package is $4.99 per month, and the “Professional” is $7.99 per month. I am totally not kidding.
This is a great tool that will dramatically improve your email productivity. And as a bonus, it is inexpensive, and according to Founder Ahmad AlNaimi, there more features coming soon.
About the Author: An international trainer, Jackye Clayton has traveled worldwide sharing her unique gifts in sourcing, recruiting and coaching. She offers various dynamic presentations on numerous topics related to leadership development, inclusionary culture development, team building and more.Her in-depth experience in working with top Fortune and Inc 500 clients and their employees has allowed her to create customized programs to coach, train and recruit top talent and inspire others to greatness. Follow Jackye on Twitter @JackyeClayton and @RecruitingTools or LinkedIn.