If you love Gmail like I do…Check out these ‘Best Gmail, Tips, Tools, Tricks, and Labs ” features to make your Gmail experience even more satisfying!
To enable “Google Labs” in your Gmail account, follow these instructions: ENABLE GOOGLE LABS
If you have the URL to a favorite gadget that you like to use… you can add it into your Gmail with this lab. I really like the ‘Remember the Milk’ and the ‘Remember the Milk’ gadget… great organizational system.
Auto responders get a ‘bad rap’ in my opinion! Use this lab to create a ‘quality’ auto responder message that you can use along with the Gmail filters. The ‘canned message’ can be programmed by the filter to be sent automatically to the people, email addresses, etc. that you designate when you create the filter. Automation is key to consistent communication for busy real estate professionals! Gmail’s ‘Canned Responses’ is a great way to let people know that you received their message and that you’re actively addressing their inquiries/ requests. It also lets you automatically share useful information, links, etc. and suggest actions that they can take… like visiting your blog or website or signing up for ‘Market Reports’ etc…. until you get back with them.
A wealth of mini graphics to ‘jazz’ up your communications… a picture REALLY does say a thousand words sometimes!
A very simple but sophisticated ‘filing system’ for your email. Does your inbox overwhelm you when you check your email? Gmail ‘Nested Labels’ will take care of that mess!
How important is YOUR calendar to you? If you’re not using a Gmail Calendar Gadget…you should be! You can program your Gmail calendar for all of your important dates and send yourself a reminder message a day, 2 days, 3 hours before the event… you decide! You can also share your calendar with other people.
Gmail labs ‘Google search’ lets you surf the ‘Google web’ … without having to leave your email! Nuff said!
Gmail didn’t use to allow images… but now you can either upload images from your computer to insert into messages… or use a URL to an image on the web.
Gmail’s ‘Multiple inboxes’ lab might be my favorite Gmail Lab! This lab creates separate ‘inboxes’ for your designated ‘lists of message types.’ Do you use stars to rate the importance of your messages? You can have a separate ‘inbox’ just for your starred messages! Do you want to see all of your FACEBOOK updates in one box… you can do it with Gmail Multiple Inboxes. The possibility for organization with this ‘sweet little lab’ is endless!!
My next favorite Gmail lab is probably ‘Quick Links.’ With this lab you can bookmark messages that you want to access quickly… like important account information for different vendors, urls or rss feeds that you use for marketing, research data that you need to refer back to frequently… again… endless uses!
A short cut for creating ‘quotes’ or for responding to questions sent to you in an email.
Gmail ‘Send and Archive’ lets you automatically file a message as you send it… 2 actions with one click! Multi -taskers… you’ll love this feature.
The practice of ‘starring’ or using an image to prioritize your messages really helps you target what needs to go on your ‘to do list’ for the day!
OK… guys! I know that you’ve all hit the ‘send’ button on your email and wished that you could take it back for a multitude of reasons! Maybe you forgot to add an attachment… maybe you needed to add another email address to the ‘cc’ or ‘bcc’ field… or maybe you were mad and wrote something that your ‘better self’ told you that you shouldn’t have a second after hitting ‘send!’ For all of these scenarios… Gmail’s ‘Undo Send’ lab is awesome. You have about 10 seconds to change your mind and retrieve that message!
Do you have emails that would make great blog posts?? Gmail’s ‘Create a Document’ lab can create a Google document out of them… in seconds!
If you use ‘Google Docs’ this handy Gmail ‘ Google Docs Gadget’ lab creates a box with a list of your documents for easy access.
Gmail Lab’s ‘Sneak Peek’ lets you preview a message without opening it… saves time when sorting or reading your email.
If you’re a multilingual real estate professional… Gmail’s ‘Message Translation’ lab might be a great asset to you.
‘Move Icon Column’ allows you to adjust how you see your attachments in Gmail… you can move them from the end of the email subject to the left of the ‘Sender’ making the attachments easier to detect.
Hopefully, I’ve opened up a ‘World of Creative Ideas’ for you to either enhance your Gmail experience… of if you don’t have Gmail yet… to jump onto the Gmail bandwagon! I think it’s clear why so many people DO love Gmail… and with Gmail Labs… there are even more reasons to fall in love with Gmail all over again! Experiment… Become a crazy Gmail Labs ‘Mad Scientist!’
In addition to all the “fancy labs” above… there are some really useful ways to use …
Here’s a fantastic post that has helped me capitalize on the FILTER function in Gmail. I have a Gmail ‘QUICK LINK’ to it to refer back when
I need to… quickly!
Post authored by
REALTOR/ Marketing Specialist
THE SERENA GROUP
Keller Williams Realty