Three brainless installs.
Three programs that immediately multiply the amount of information you will instantly have about people interacting with you by email.
Social Media connections bring you engagement with your clients, peers, and prospects on those platforms, so you can’t afford to lose an edge by missing critical information about those people that freely available. These 3 programs give you that.
How they work: When you hilite an email in your list, these program automatically glean social media (and a lot more) information about that person, and display it in a panel off to the side of your screen. I use all three…sometimes in tandem, and each has its strengths. They all work in the background, and you’ll wonder how you ever did without ‘em.
GIST – RAPPORTIVE – XOBNI
Gist can be used with just about any browser, smartphone, Outlook, Gmail, Android, SalesForce…you name it. It’s a free download, and a quick/seamless install. It places a panel on the right side of your screen, and the info displays there. Here’s a screenshot from within Gmail:
Rapportive installs primarily on your Chrome Browser as an extension and works only with Gmail. It is also free…a quick install, and provides a box of information from within the email window you open from your list of Gmail. I really like Rapportive for its simplicity, and consistently usable information. Here’s a screenshot from Gmail (notice in this shot the Gist panel off to the right of the circle highlighting Rapportive):
Xobni (inbox backwards) also works from within most popular programs: Outlook, Gmail, iPhones, Blackberries, Android, Chrome, etc, and is free to a point, then it costs for extra features…but in my mind is certainly the most meaty of the three in the paid version. The screenshot below shows it running from within Outlook:
Honorable Mention: Outlook Social Connector from Microsoft works only with Outlook, but it’s pretty slick and free as well. It situates in the bottom center of your Outlook screen, and provides only social media information about the person whose email you’re reading:
Do yourself a favor and install one of these today. You’ll be amazed at the information you’ve been missing.