August 31st, 2011
by Kelly Kohen
I always say we LOVE google and that we are self-professed google gals. That is true-I LOVE almost everything about google. Some of my favorites are free branded email, google analytics and blogger. I have to admit that there is one area that google falls short in and that is Gmail. I miss my days of outlook where I could set up emails to send at whatever day/time I want them to send. Gmail hasn’t offered a comparable service yet.
Since I work in a virtual office (ahhhh, love pajama PR!), I often find myself working at all hours of the day and night-it’s sometimes hard to find the balance when you can easily hop online and work “just for a second!” BUT, I don’t necessarily want my emails sent at 3 am or on the weekends-and this is where Boomerang comes in!
I have to admit that I was not expecting much initially. My installation of the app wasn’t seamless, BUT I emailed the “help” address and what do you know…I actually got a LIVE person replying to my email and offering support. Ok, at this point, I was curious to see this new program would live up to my expectations. After a few more tries, I was up and running. After a week, I was hooked! It’s been a month now and I can confidently say that this is a MUST have for folks using Gmail for business or personal use!
A quick rundown on WHAT boomerang can do for you:
- It allows you to send an email later – you get to pick the day and time OR you can allow boomerang to pick a time for you ( it typically defaults to 9:37 am for me)
- It sets up follow-up reminders – you can select “boomerang” for each message and it will bring it back to the top of your inbox at the time you select
- It sends reminders if you don’t hear back from people – if you don’t get a reply for a message you send, it will bring it back to the top of your inbox at a future date that you select
This is a GREAT tool for so many reasons, but I think the best way to explain what it does is watch their video:
Thanks Alex at Boomerang for getting me up and running. Also, what other company can boast that they closed their first investor by picking him up and driving him to his auto mechanic. Really!