Getting Started:
How to Make the Most
of Your Yesware Trial

What is Yesware?

Yesware is an inbox toolkit designed to help you work smarter and faster.

Our mission:

  1. Give you new email insight that shows you when you’re top of mind and what’s working.
  2. Replace manual steps with automation to increase your productivity.
  3. Scale personalized outreach to get you more replies faster.

We recommend bookmarking this guide for reference whenever you need it.

1. How to send tracked emails

Ever wish you could read your recipient’s mind? You can get pretty close to it with email tracking.

Email tracking tells you:

  1. When your emails are being read (real-time desktop notifications)
  2. Where and on what device your message was just opened
  3. When your attachment is viewed, plus a report showing how much time recipients have spent on each page of your presentation

We also made it super easy to use. Your Compose box will default to checking off the tracking option for you. To adjust your settings at any time, you can hover over the Track checkbox and click Change Preferences:

Tracking Preferences

This will bring you to a screen where you can choose whether or not to track opens, links, sender events, and colleague events.

See email opens in real-time with desktop notifications

We understand that everyone has a different workflow. Which is why we show tracking engagement in multiple spots of your

Whenever the status of your email changes, you’ll be alerted with a desktop notification:

Tracking Emails Notification

Use the Activity Feed to make data more actionable

In our Activity Feed, you get total visibility into past messaging engagement (Open, Link, and Attachment/Presentation Tracking) and any future, scheduled activity (including Send Later and Reminders).

Activity Feed

Dive even deeper into email engagement with our expanded message view so that you can see the full context of an email exchange without having to piece everything together:

Tracking Emails Activity Feed

Get tracking insights right where you work

Use the Tracking icons in your inbox/sent folders to see at a high-level who is engaged:

Tracking Icon Hover

Pro tip: Looking to see an individual recipient’s overall engagement over time? Use Gmail search to essentially have a per-person Tracking feed literally within your inbox:

Tracking Search

If you’re in a thread, you can click on Tracking to see all activity on a thread:

Tracking Email Chain Info

2. See time spent reading with Attachment Tracking

To add a tracked attachment to any email, click the green paperclip icon button in your Gmail Compose Window.

Note: This tracking will work for any PDF, PPT, or PPTX attachment.

Tracking Button

You’ll be asked whether you want to: 1) allow downloads and 2) ask viewers to enter their names to access the presentation.

Note: You must check this second one off to see read-time reports by individual viewer.

When you press the Continue button, your file will be entered as a stylized link within the body of your email.

Once you send your email, you’ll be notified via desktop notification (and through your Activity dashboard) when your attachment is viewed.

By clicking the View Report button in your Activity dashboard, you can access details like time spent on page for each recipient:

Attachment Report

3. How to schedule emails to send later

Send Later comes with two serious perks that let you write emails when it’s convenient:

  1. You can schedule emails to be sent at a later date and/or time, and
  2. You can change your send time to your recipient’s time zone.

Pro tip: See the best time to send an email to any time zone with this free tool.

Send Later is great for self-reminders in the future and for emails going out to recipients in other states or countries.

Here’s how you can get started. In your Gmail compose window, hit the green Later button:

Send Later Button

Select the date, time, and time zone you want. Then, press the Confirm button:

Send Later Module

To schedule your email, simply click the green Send on X/XX button.

Want to see a list of all of your scheduled emails? You can quickly access that underneath the Activity dashboard at the top of your inbox under the Scheduled tab.

4. Add follow-up reminders so emails don’t fall through the cracks

When you email your recipient at the wrong time, you run the risk that your message might disappear into the abyss.

Reminders make it easy to set up alerts to pop up in your inbox at the time/date of your choosing.

Any time you send an email that you want to track and follow-up manually if they don’t reply, click the bell icon in a Compose view:

Remind Button

Then pick your desired time/date and add any notes you’ll need:

Reminder Module

To keep tabs on Reminders, visit the Activity dashboard underneath the Scheduled tab in the sidebar.

5. How to create and save Templates

Stuck typing the same email over and over again? Or copying and pasting the same message, then tailoring it to the next person?

The last thing you want is to waste time or make mistakes, so let us introduce you to your new best friend: Templates.

To access this feature, click into the Templates module at the top of your inbox:

Templates Button

Then click the New Template button:

New Template Button

Type out your message (or copy and paste pre-existing messaging).

Pro tip: Get started by stealing one of these email templates.

There are three different ways to add placeholders for text that will change from one email to the next:

  1. Text Field (for short phrases that vary widely from one recipient to the next and for fully customized sentences).
  2. Salesforce Field (if you’re a Salesforce user and want to pull in a field from CRM).
  3. Dropdown Field (if the info to be filled for each email is one of a handful of options — like “morning,” “afternoon,” or “evening.”).

Pro tip: Template Reporting is available at You’ll see each template listed individually with how many times it’s been used, how many replies received, and what the open and reply rates are.

6. Make scheduling easy with Book A Time

Setting up meetings can be stressful. But Book A Time makes it easy by getting rid of the back-and-forth.

Ready to get started? Click the calendar icon in any email you’re writing:

Book A Time Button

A view of your calendar will appear, letting you select your availability or toggle to a coworker’s calendar. Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose your meeting length (15, 30, 45, 60 minutes).
  2. Add a Meeting Title (required).
  3. Select blocks of availability right from your calendar (highlighted in green below).

Book A Time Module

Once you’ve selected the times you want to send, click the Insert Times button and we’ll drop them in your email as a link for your recipient to book through.

When your recipient clicks the link, they’ll see your available time slots and can select one to book.

Note: Book A Time tracks your availability in real-time to avoid conflicts like double-booking.

Once they book, you (or your coworker, if you used Book A Time for their calendar) will get an email alert confirming the meeting is booked.

Deeper Dive:

Pro tip: Master your schedule and learn more about Book A Time.

7. Automate your process with Campaigns, a smart to-do list

Want to personalize an email to more than one person at the same time, while not letting anyone slip through the cracks?

Yesware’s Campaigns lets you stay on task and maximize your outreach through multi-touch campaigns that you can manage right from your inbox.

You can organize your workflow with one-step campaign creation and send. Let’s walk through how to get started so you’re up and running in no time!

How to create your first Campaign:

Click into the Campaigns module at the top of your inbox. Then click New Campaign.

From there, give your Campaign a name and upload a recipient list — from Salesforce, a CSV file, or by manually adding recipients:

New Campaign

Create the first Touch Type for your email.

Touch Type

There are four different kinds of touch types:

  1. Automated Email: Schedule your email to send at the time of your choosing. No action required on your end.
  2. Manual Email: Send the email in real-time. Works well for touches that require personalization.
  3. Phone Call: Prompts you to make a call and allows you to log the outcome and save it as a task to Salesforce.
  4. Custom Task: Alerts you to carry out any task that isn’t a call or an email. For example, you could set a custom task to send a message to your recipient on social media or do additional research.

Note: Use the "Insert Merge Field" button to insert custom fields that line up with the columns in your .CSV, table, or a Salesforce field. You will have a dropdown for the insert merge field button that directly pulls fields so you don’t have to worry about them matching.

You can preview to make sure that fields are merging properly.

Next, choose a time and date to send it out.

Campaigns can be customized by touch frequency, touch timing, and number of touches. Example: You might set up a Campaign with 8 automated email touches with each spaced 2 days apart.

Then, click the time you’d like your first touch to send out. Note: You can choose to send “Immediately.”

Select Time

Stay on task with the smart to-do list:

Unlike automated emails, manual tasks require action at the perfect moment.

Which is why we created the smart to-do that lives in your sidebar.

On the day you need to complete a manual task, you’ll be prompted to do so from the sidebar:

Campaigns Notification

To further manage your to-do’s, you can view them on the main tab of the sidebar:

Campaigns Sidebar

Pro tip: You can even filter them by touch type. For example, if you wanted to make all of your calls on the same day you could filter by "calls.”

This way, you can keep your work organized the easiest way: by relying on your inbox to nudge when it’s time to complete a task.

8. How to sync your CRM in seconds

Data entry is the worst.

It consumes precious time you could be spending selling. That’s why we integrated with Salesforce and have a BCC option for other CRMs — to make your life a hell of a lot easier.

Salesforce users: How to sync to Yesware

With our Salesforce integration, Yesware automatically sends tracking events to Salesforce, syncs with your Google Calendar, and pulls Salesforce data into a new place: your inbox.

After a one-time setup to Salesforce, you’ll be good to go. Here’s how to do it in 60 seconds:

Click on the Yesware menu in the top left corner of your Gmail inbox and select Preferences:

Yesware Preferences


  1. Select the Salesforce tab at the bottom.
  2. Toggle Salesforce Sidebar and Send to Salesforce to ON.
  3. Click the Set up Salesforce button. You’ll be prompted to log into your Salesforce account (if you haven’t already logged in) and grant access to Yesware.
  4. Once your Salesforce is set up, click the Save and Reload Gmail button.

That's it! Here's what your new Salesforce Sidebar will look like:

Salesforce Sidebar

Now when you email a contact who has info in Salesforce, you won’t need to toggle tabs to access it.

Other CRM users: Using Yesware with your system

Non-Salesforce users can log emails to CRM with our BCC email feature.

Note: You’ll need to know your CRM’s BCC email address or unique dropbox address.

Click on the Yesware menu in the top left corner of your Gmail inbox and select Preferences.


  1. Select the Compose Options tab.
  2. Toggle BCC to CRM to ON.
  3. Enter your unique CRM Email Address and click the Save and Reload Gmail button.

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