Boomerang: Email Productivity

Thoughts on productivity from the makers of Boomerang, the world's most-used email extension


The average email user receives 147 emails every day and spends over 2 ½ hours a day on email. Unfortunately, most of us have a hard time keeping up. In a recent episode of his new podcast StartUp, Alex Blumberg, producer for This American Life and co-founder of Planet Money, admitted to having over 78,934 unread emails in his inbox! And he’s not alone. Most people have piles of emails in their inbox (including, but not limited to,...

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Alexandra Franzen wants to live in a world where emails are short, love letters are brave and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand. Her refreshingly simple tips on writing, productivity + creativity (and everyday woes — like inbox-clearing) have been featured on Fast Company, Forbes, The Daily Love, The Huffington Post — and on radio programs from coast to coast. Get free workbooks + scripts to unlock your inner wordsmith...

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Don’t you wish there was a class in high school or college called “Life 101”? In an ideal world, the curriculum would include topics such as: The Technical Terminology of BS-ing About Wine and Cheese How to Watch an Entire Season of a TV Show in Two Hours Creating the Perfect Instagram Hashtag for Every Social Outing When Am I Allowed to Whine?: A Guide to Asking Your Parents for Help After You’ve Declared That You’re An Adult Who Can...

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Hello, again! Wow, how is it already summer here in California? Since we last saw you on the blog, we have been working hard to develop the exciting new features you’ve been asking for. In case you missed it, we recently added keyboard shortcuts for all Boomerang users and introduced the Premium plan. Thanks to Lifehacker and The Next Web for the love! To the users that have been eye-ing the “Coming Soon” notice for CRM integration...

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When we started Baydin, we wanted to build a company that included charitable contributions as part of its DNA. Four years ago, we decided that we would donate a portion of our profits (if we ever generated any) to advance education in Myanmar. One of our company’s founders is Burmese, and the name of the company, Baydin, is a Burmese word that means foretelling the future through magic. So it felt right to plan to someday help people...

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tl;dr – Here’s how to manage scheduled messages inside of Gmail: Click on the Boomerang icon in the top right of your Gmail inbox Choose “Manage Scheduled Messages” from the menu On the left side of the screen, choose “Messages to Send Later” Select the message that you want to edit Choose Edit, Reschedule, Send Now, or Don’t Send Way back in the summer of 2010, when we first released...

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Gmail (and Google Apps) now has a new way for handling loading images in email. Google provides more detail on the Gmail Blog, but here’s a quick overview: Images are now displayed by default in email Google downloads the images to their servers, screens them for any malware, and then sends them to you from their own servers This policy applies to messages loaded through Gmail’s web interface, the Gmail app on Android or...

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Good news, fans of government! The political stalemate that closed the country’s national park system, caused a dangerous shortage in adorable panda-cam footage and spawned this heartbreaking image, ended last Thursday with a temporary budget deal that funds federal agencies into January of next year. But with an estimated 800,000 “non-essential” federal employees furloughed during the 16 day shutdown, things are still getting back up...

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Our inboxes are to-do lists dictated by other people: Ping! “Schedule me!” Ping! “Respond to my question!”  Ping!  Ping!  PING! “Make a choice about these twenty things in the next two minutes!!!” Every time you email your contacts, you do the same by adding another task to their lists. Out of consideration for their sanity (and karma points), email etiquette means putting effort into composing messages that are easy to process and...

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Chris Hicken, COO at UserTesting.com and Co-Founder and CEO at LottoJar, shares tricks of the customer support trade and how he uses Boomerang to provide the best communication possible What’s UserTesting.com? Let me give you the quick one-liner: Analytics tells you what your visitors are doing on your webiste, UserTesting.com tells you why they left without buying. If you’re responsible for the conversion rate or customer experience...

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