3 Chrome extensions for a more productive email experience

I’m a big fan of Gmail and I use Google Apps for my primary email, and I think I have a productive email experience. With Google, I get about 10 gigabytes of email storage, and the fact I can search and find just about any email I’ve sent since I set up my account is enough to keep me using their service. Additionally, there is an option to add everyone I send email to right to my address book with no interaction from me. Additionally, Google is always adding to their labs with other useful features.

But there are still some features missing to make my email experience even more productive. Thankfully, I’m not the only one who thinks about these things, so someone created some great extensions that work right in Google Chrome to extend my email experience.

email productivityBoomerang – sometimes I send an email and I really want a response from the person I’m sending it too. Sometimes I send an email and I want to be reminded of the email a week or two later because I have a follow-up call scheduled. Enter Boomerang. Boomerang allows me to schedule follow up at later date, whether or not someone replies to me. The free version gives me 10 such emails a month, which has been enough for me so far. There’s a paid version that offers even more.

Rapportive – Ever want to see if the person you’re sending email to is using Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, right from your inbox? Ever know the person you’re about to send email to is on Twitter, but you want to see what they’ve recently shared so you can say something relevant in your email? Both of these are among my favorite uses for
Rapportive, in addition to searching for a picture of the other person to show you so you know what the person you’re conversing with looks like.

WriteThat.Name – While Gmail adds people I reply to to my contacts, WriteThat.Name adds everything in the sender’s signature line to my address book, and will update an existing contact with new information. There is a free and premium version of this, and I receive enough emails this one is worth the small subscription fee to me.

Those are my 3 favorite email extenders. They help me have a more productive and useful email experience, and they require very little interaction from me to be useful.

Have you used these tools before? Are you using them like me – or how are you using them? What are your favorite email extenders? Leave me a comment below so we can all use email more effectively.

Phil Gerbyshak
Phil Gerbyshak is the CEO of SocialMediaCoach.com, and he works with people who want to leverage social media into real life connections. He has been working in the social media space since 2005, with a focus on financial advisors, financial planners and others in the financial services industry. Phil has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily and many other publications online and offline and is frequently interviewed by those who want to connect more deeply with their customers in meaningful ways.
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