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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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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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