5 Productivity Tools to Make Your Job Easier
Posted by: Eric Siu at Mashable | March 2012 | Read Original Article
No matter what line of work, there’s guaranteed to be many different processes involved.
For example, we’re seeing the roles of SEOs expand even further, into content marketing and social media. No longer is it simply about changing a few meta tags and building a few links. On top of having your SEO basics down, different online marketing channels must converge and collaborate with one other.
But these processes aren’t always a walk in the park. Some tasks can become so tedious that that it makes you want to punt a kitten (not really). At the same time, these important tasks still need to get done. No matter if you handle these tasks on your own or outsource them, these next few tools will help make your life easier.
Your time is valuable, so optimize it by using these productive tools. Do you:
Send the same emails over and over?
Have emails that you would rather automatically send later?
Wish you could have more information on who you’re emailing?
Wish you could have a better email signature to really show off your brand?
Need a robust project management system (that’s free)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the following tools will help you.
Do you despise sending the same emails over and over? Would you like the ability to track open rates on your emails? How about the ability to track when, where and what device was used to open your email?
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Yesware is a Chrome extension that allows you to save templated emails and also track open rates for each email that you send. It’s the perfect tool for people who use email frequently — it’ll save time and give you insights on your customers. You can also conveniently BCC emails to your customer relationship management (CRM) tool. And guess what? You can share templates to your team — more time saved!
If you need to find an easy way to connect with a person, Rapportive is your answer. This Chrome extension pulls together information on your prospect from different sources, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Quora. If applicable, it’ll show you the person’s latest tweets or Facebook updates. Perhaps he just tweeted a question that you might be able to answer, or his favorite team just went down in triple overtime — great opportunities to connect on a personal level!
Most email signatures I see are boring: name, title, phone number. People who aren’t making the best use of their email signatures are missing out on the opportunity to tell people what they’re all about.
For instance, showcase your latest blog post or your latest tweet so others can have more insight on you. Or include links to your social network profiles so they can connect with you. Your signature is that extra chance to shine and build more trust with others – so don’t squander it!
Wisestamp solves this problem by giving you various options to customize your signature. You can also create different signatures based on different situations (e.g. home, business).
Boomerang is a Chrome extension that allows you to send your emails at a later, specified time. You can even send recurring emails to people if you want.
Let’s say you send a high volume of emails and tend to lose track of things easily. No problem — you can tell Boomerang to send the message back to you if no one replies. No more waiting until the morning to send an email and no more digging for emails.
We all know project management tools can help prevent headache, but the challenge is finding an exceptional one to suit your needs. Trello is a free, intuitive project managementtool that can be used for multiple purposes. You might already have a great project management tool on your hands, but give Trello a shot and see how it might be able to help with other business processes.
Productive tools help us save valuable time, which we can then apply toward more important processes. Instead of manually searching for someone’s information or having a boring signature that doesn’t say much about you, why not let these tools simplify your life?