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‘Tis the season … for instant replies from your business colleagues that turn out to not be the personal replies you were hoping for. The Christmas season is second only perhaps to the summer for the amount of out-of-office replies you’ll see showing up in your inbox.

Out-of-office replies can be nice in one way, since they let you know that the recipient likely won’t see the email for a while and you’d better contact someone else if the issue is urgent. On the other hand, it can sure get frustrating to send emails only to get a ton of out-of-office replies back.

Do you use out-of-office replies on your email accounts? Do you use them on all of your accounts, or just your business accounts? Do out-of-office replies frustrate you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

About two months ago, I started the process to hire some new personnel at my day job, and I needed a way to keep track of who had applied and where they stood in the hiring process. After some research into basic CRMs, I found Streak.

According to the development team, Streak is CRM in your [Gmail] inbox. And boy, is it ever. Let’s find out how Streak integrates with Gmail and how it will make your life easier. (more…)

For the last fifteen years that we’ve been using email clients — webmail or desktop — the basic concepts and features remained the same. Anyone may have its own workflow to deal with emails and get things done, but almost everyone has to struggle with the same old, rigid logic provided by almost all clients on the market. However, we’re doing more and more with email these days than we did in the nineties. Something, it seems, needs to change.

The Kickstarter-funded Mail Pilot web app, still in beta, aims at redefining the way of dealing with emails. Let’s see how it might help you actually get things done.


When I think of AOL, I cannot help but also think about the “You’ve Got Mail” tone that they made famous. As you take a look back on email, AOL was a pioneer in the field as they were one of the first companies to offer it to the masses, way back in the late 90’s. But outside of that and Instant Messenger, they have been very quiet now for quite some time.

Well, that all has changed recently, with their newly, upgraded email client called Alto. Yes, email has come a long way since AOL last came out with a client, and some would even say it is an already crowded space. When I got into the beta for this, the main thing that I wanted to see was whether or not this could replace the apps I currently use for email. I tried to use it by itself for the last couple of weeks and I came away with some interesting thoughts about it.


With my current job position, I have a lot of moving parts in my schedule and am constantly scheduling a lot of meetings throughout each week. Inevitably, they get cancelled or postponed to a later date, and there are times when I can’t keep up with who I am meeting and when. Anyone else have this problem?

With the technology and smartphones that we have, I know it is a lot easier to take control of your calendar and see when things are happening. Sometimes I just want to know what is coming up for the current day. That is where comes into play. It is a simple way to take a look at your daily schedule without all of the clutter and it is so easy to use. Let’s take a look.


Social networks and business collaboration apps have tried their best to reduce our dependence on email, but email seems to be with us to stay. And for good reason: it works good, for the most part, and you can email someone even if they’re on a different email service than your own. You sure can’t say that for social networks.

Sending bulk emails is a big part of digital marketing. Many have found that email newsletters help you sell new products and keep customers coming back better than almost any other form of marketing. With great email newsletter apps like MailChimp, TinyLetter, Campaign Monitor, Sendy, and more, it’s easier than ever to start sending your own email newsletter.

So, do you use a bulk email app, or do you never need to send out emails in bulk? What’s your favorite way to email tons of people at once? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Email newsletters can still be one of the most effective marketing strategies. When you send out an email campaign, you’re sending a message directly to people who are already interested in your products and services: current customers, fans of your brand, and people who are considering buying your products. The only problem is, email newsletters can get pricey to send. With most email services, you’d spend over $100 to send out email newsletters if you’re contacting more than 10,000 subscribers.

How about sending out 10,000 emails for just $1? Does that sound better to your ears? How about getting the same features, with even more flexibility, and still saving that much money? Sounds like Sendy might be what your business needs.


Email is the oldest form of communication on the internet, and the one that’ll likely stick around forever (or for a very long time to come). It’s great for sending quick messages that can be read at anytime later, unlike chat that needs both people online at the same time. It may not be the very best collaboration system, but it’s one of the few ways you can guarantee you can communicate from any device or browser, anywhere.

Nowadays, though, it seems like we’re getting more automated emails than real emails from people. Marketing emails and tips on using apps we’ve registered get overwhelming enough, but if you’re a heavy user of Facebook, Twitter, Basecamp, and countless dozens of other web apps, you likely get more emails from apps than from people or marketers. Sure, you can sort through your preferences and trim down the emails you get, but that can be time consuming. You could even use apps to clean up your email subscriptions, but that can be a lot of trouble, too.

Then, some people prefer to manage their web apps through email, so they can reply to comments and see new info without touching their browser. Where do you stand? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Our weekly sponsor this week is Sendy, a new self-hosted web app that makes it simpler and much cheaper to send email newsletters, using Amazon’s AWS simple email service.

If you’re wanting to send out email newsletters to thousands of customers, most email services will work out quite expensive. You’ll spend $200 at MailChimp or $105 at Campaign Monitor to send out 10,000 emails. With Amazon SES, you could send that many emails for just $1. The problem is, Amazon SES is a backend service for bulk-sending emails, not something you could just start sending emails with quickly.

That’s where Sendy comes in. It’s a self-hosted web app that you run on your own server or hosting service that lets you manage email lists and send rich emails through Amazon SES. You’ll be able to manage multiple newsletters, keep up with subscribers, and see detailed reports about every part of your email campaign. It’s got everything you could want from a full-featured email newsletter web app, one that you control 100%.

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If you’d like to get started sending email newsletters your way for less money than ever, you just might want to get a copy of Sendy today. It’ll cost $59, but is currently available for just $40. That’s a one-time payment, and after you own a copy, all you’ll have to do is pay Amazon SES’ low rates to send emails.

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If you’re a frequent Evernote user, then you’ll know that it’s not really big on notification features. In fact, making To-Do’s and lists in Evernote is easy – but the hard part is getting them done. Often times, you need to open the app once or twice a day just to be reminded of things you need to do.

With a web app like Evernotify, you can now receive e-mail notifications of tasks you have saved in Evernote. Here’s how:


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