Originally I was going to call this, “what is wrong with gMail for Salespeople” but knowing my forward-thinking nature and making lemonade out of lemons, I thought I’d mention a big issue I’ve faced since I stopped using Microsoft Outlook and switched 100% to gMail. I write this not as an expert (far from it) – but as someone who lives and dies by my communications skills. I imagine many of you reading this do, too. If you are a sales professional or if you are a business owner wearing the sales hat – you need to follow up with folks and you can’t afford to forget about an old email that you didn’t reply to.
For one thing, you can’t see much on the gMail screen. If you don’t always check email and are sometimes on the road, you can receive 50-100 or more emails at a time. Once those are downloaded, unless you go back screen by screen to earlier days – you will only find emails by searchable words.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love the searchable words, assuming I remember someone’s name – or the right words in an email that will bring it to my attention. Sometimes things slip through the cracks when I am on the road. Here is what happens:
I see an email from someone while on my iPhone but for whatever reason I’m not able to reply just then. Later I am on my laptop and the email will be lightened – so I can see that I already saw it on the mobile device. That is when I must take action – or otherwise it goes into that big email abyss that most people seem to be swimming in.
Are there better ways to manage a super active gMail account? Any add-on program or utility or tricks you use?
Oh, so getting back to WHAT IS GREAT about gMail – or Outlook for that matter? You can call a prospective client and honestly not know if they have seen your email – that is a good thing in my book – keeps a real, true reason to connect.
Tell me your best tips for handling your gMail email box – from a time management standpoint or just technically in organizing how you archive — and you may win a 1lb. Belgian chocolate bar from Totally Chocolate. Your suggestions must be in by
Tuesday, March 30th. 2nd and 3rd place winners (based on how much they help me to get re-organized with my gMail) will receive several standard-sized chocolate bars. You can reference others’ published tips, because at this point I have not found anything that is very helpful – so I need you to point it out to me. Be sure to give attribution for tips you find elsewhere.
(because of shipping, the grand price winner must reside in North America.) Reply to me here or at Score More Sales.
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