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How to Make the Most Out of Email Tracking

How to Make the Most Out of Email Tracking

It suddenly hit me that my emailing outreach campaigns was not efficient. I sent out tons of personalized emails, but had no real way to keep track of who actually responded and who I still need to followup with. Basically, I was crossing my fingers, and hoping for success. I was also making a ton of assumptions.

Did my email get read? Are they going to respond later? Did my link get clicked?

Luckily, there are programs out there that allow you to track when your emails are opened, your links clicked, and whether or not you have received a response from the recipient. This last option will be important later.

First of all, you’re going to need a program called ToutApp. It’s free for two weeks, but then you’ll have to spend some money on a monthly basis for a paid plan. There are other alternatives out there, such as Yesware and Bananatag, but I personally use ToutApp and like it the best.

It’s easy to setup. You can integrate ToutApp into Gmail, Outlook, or CRM software. Alternatively, you can just use the web app.

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Here are some things that ToutApp makes easier.

Taking advantage of templates

If you often have to send similar emails out but don’t want to constantly copy and paste, you will love ToutApp’s templates.

You can create templates and place them into the appropriate categories. The cool thing is that it accepts shortcuts, such as {{first_name}}, which pulls the name of the contact that you have saved. It will not magically guess their names–you must save the contact’s name yourself.

The bulk of the emails I send are personalized so I can’t always rely on a template. Even though the emails are different, I still hit the template button to fill out the window and then I make small changes to each individual.

Here are some screenshots below to show you what I mean:

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The first screenshot shows a template that I will send out occasionally to more than one person.

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    This second screenshot shows me editing a specific email for one individual. ToutApps’ template feature makes emailing groups of people easier without sacrificing personalization.

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      Setting reminders

      One of the most important parts about email outreach is the followup. People are busy, which means they may not always see your email. In fact, they may have seen your email, but forgot to respond.
      Luckily, you can set reminders.

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        Maybe you’re the one who is really busy, but you know you need to email someone at a future date. Set yourself a reminder and move on.

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        Tracking email opens, clicks, and reply status

        In my opinion, these are the most important features of ToutApp.

        ToutApp’s official Twitter page states that they “…use pixel tracking to determine email opens, which is the standard for any marketing newsletters as well.” What this means is that the program automatically inserts a 1×1 pixel into the email which then alerts you that your sent email has been opened. As a side note, it only works when the images are enabled in the recipient’s email program, and the pixel is displayed.

        Right now, I’m in the process of contacting website buyers and sellers for my company. This is dependent on the people actually opening the email, so I know what steps to take next.

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          As you can see from my screenshot, everyone viewed the email and one replied, but no one clicked the link to our website marketplace that was in the email. If there aren’t any clicks after about 30 emails, I can assume that I need to clean up my email copy, and make it more tempting to click.

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          The beauty of email tracking is that you’re able to gauge the success of your emails. Combined with the template feature, I have two different versions of the first email outreach, a short and long copy, which I compare against one another to see which gets the most clicks.

          Also, knowing who clicked lets me determine who’s more interested in what I have to say, giving me a list of people I need to follow-up with in a week.

          If you’re not tracking your email’s success rate, you are blindly firing without an optimal plan for when it doesn’t engage your recipient completely.

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          5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

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          Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

          Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

          Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

          1. 750words

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          750 words

            750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

            750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

            750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

            2. Ohlife

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            ohlife

              Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

              Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

              3. Oneword

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                4. Penzu

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                  With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                  5. Evernote

                  Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

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