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10 Quick Tips on Leading a Remote Team

Posted by Christin on August 25, 2019

Merely interacting with your group of remote employees isn’t enough! It’s very important to make sure you build a working relationship with them. These 10 awesome tips lay the groundwork for properly leading a remote team. 1. Use the right tools Video meetings, IMing, and emailing are all effective ways to keep in contact. Decide which ones work best, and how often you’d like to see these communications. Maintaining a group calendar is extremely helpful, so nobody is left out of group-wide announcements. Do some research to find the best tools, based on your team’s needs. Here is a list of tools that we would and already have recommended in our blog post series “The Challenges of Remote Working”: Task Management Asana Wunderlist Moo.do Todoist Notes and Documents Evernote Google Drive Time Management Time Doctor Rescue Time Email Management Mailbird (Windows) Unibox (Mac) Unroll.Me FollowUpCC Video Meetings Skype Hangouts Veeting Rooms AppearIn Time Zone Scheduling Easy Clock ScheduleOnce Google Calendar Doodle Calendly Calendars Google Calendar Kin Calendar Human Resource Management People HR Podio Messaging/Chat Slack Skype HipChat WhatsApp File Storage Degoo Dropbox For any other tools you might need Product Hunt 2. Get the team on board with those tools Find the right tools for your team, and stick with them. Once you’ve found the most effective programs, make sure you hold a training session–don’t just assume people will pick them up right away. Keeping an open line of communication during the implementation of these tools is key to their…

7 Reasons to Have More Than One Email Account in 2019

Posted by Christin on August 18, 2019

Why have multiple email accounts you might ask? When setting up an email account, your first instinct might be to create one email address for all of your email needs. This way you’ll only need to sign into one location to access your emails, and your logins across the web will all use the same address. For simplicity’s sake, this might seem like a good idea. In reality, the opposite is true. Considering the number of emails people receive on a daily basis, keeping all your emails in one account will actually make email management more complicated, not less. You’ll have a harder time getting to the most important emails as your inbox becomes overloaded with spam and promotional emails. If you’re emailing for personal and professional out of the same account, you run the risk of sending a personal email to a professional contact. Yikes!   Instead, you should have multiple email addresses for different purposes. And if signing into multiple accounts seems troublesome, there’s a simple solution. Using something like the Unified Inbox feature with Mailbird allows you to keep multiple accounts organized in one location. Problem solved! If you’re still not convinced that having multiple email addresses is a good practice, here are 7 reasons you should have more than one email address. 1. To separate business from personal. First and foremost, it’s never a good idea to mix your business and personal inboxes, especially if your personal email address is something goofy from the early days…

How Freelancers’ Use of Technology Disrupts The Workplace

Posted by Christin on July 20, 2019

Millennials are embracing freelancing and remote work more than any other generation. Whether it’s because of the lack of steady jobs available or the perks of setting your own working hours, it’s attracting Millennials in droves. Now that we make up the majority of the workforce, the way we want to work is changing the workplace for everyone else. From technology to employee benefits and even company structures, Millennials have unabashedly ushered in the future of work. Millennials Are More Likely to Have Flexible Location Benefits and Freelance Roles According to the 2017 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 64% of Millennials around the world have flexible location benefits – up by 21% from 2016.  And in a 2017 survey conducted by Upwork, almost half of working Millennials freelance (47%), more than any other generation. But without technology, Millennials would still be chained to a desk in a brick and mortar office like everyone else. But without technology, Millennials would still be chained to a desk in a brick and mortar office like everyone else. There is hardly a millennial today who does not have their own personal website or blog on platforms like WordPress. Thanks to apps like Slack, communication with remote team workers is seamless. With millennials and freelancers relying more on email than ever before, inbox management systems like Mailbird are crucial to staying productive. Google Docs allows for seamless collaboration, and you can find clients and build a business with just a social media account. Mailbird is the best email…

Email Validation: Why It Matters and How to Pick the Right Service

Posted by Christin on July 12, 2019

Are you on the market for an email validation service? Great! Taking care of your email list is the best thing you can do to help your email marketing thrive. But, with so many fish in the pond, making the right choice can be challenging. What’s an email validation system supposed to do? You have to know what you need before you even consider taking out your credit card.  Read on to learn what makes a great email validator and how to spot one when you see it. Why email validation matters According to HubSpot, email marketing generates a return on investment (ROI) of $38 for every $1 spent. Not all businesses get to tap into that potential, and their (lack of) data quality has a lot to do with it.  Email validation helps you prevent this loss and, also, get more out of your email marketing. By removing bad signups and obsolete email addresses, an email validator improves your sender reputation and gives your delivery rates a boost. As a result, you’ll be able to: reach all of the people on your list: isn’t that where email marketing begins? get more accurate metrics: once you remove invalid and dormant addresses, you’ll have a clear idea of how your emails perform. create better content for your audience and adjust it based on your open and click-through rates. increase your conversions without having to resort to any tricks. Chanteuse Marie, experienced launch copywriter and funnel strategist, explains for Mailbird: “It’s crucial…

The Top 6 ways to Increase Productivity in your Business

Posted by Christin on April 10, 2019

When you talk to people all over the world about how they stay productive, the number 1 culprit of productivity issues is with their email. That is why Mailbird is building the most productive email client ever! I have had the pleasure of meeting many inspiring entrepreneurs who are so kind to willingly share their productivity hacks. A good friend of ours Tobias Schelle, Founder of 24slides shares a post about his toolbox for optimal productivity, read the post on Medium. Elaine Heney, CEO of Chocolate Lab Apps is another power house on productivity. She is also the best kind of work-a-holic you’ll ever meet. Below, Elaine shares with us her take on email and productivity. I’ve spent the last month in Bali, co-working with an inspiring group of 25 successful entrepreneurs at Project Getaway. Our businesses are diverse – from cloud hosting solutions, to industrial manufacturing and mobile apps. Regardless of the business type, working in Bali focused our collective minds on one major challenge – how to become more productive while having more free time to enjoy this beautiful island. Here are the top 6 ways I’ve increased my productivity as CEO of my mobile games company. Rescue time Install StayFocusd on your web browser and block the top three non-work related websites you spend the most time. My biggest time waster was facebook. While I was on some work related groups there, it was just eating into my time. Installing the StayFocusd plugin on my PC means that Facebook automatically closes after I…

Best Gmail App For Windows 10: Top 5 Tools Reviewed (2019)

Posted by Christin on February 10, 2019

Looking for a Gmail App for Windows 10, or for other Windows versions? Would you prefer checking your emails from a Gmail Desktop App – rather than log onto a browser like Chrome? Enter desktop email clients for Windows 10 and other versions of Windows. Email clients like Mailbird, Foxmail, Opera Mail, etc. sync with your mail account and allow you to access your Gmail (and other email accounts) straight from your desktop. Forget about logging onto a web browser to open gmail every time. Or typing www.gmail.com Just open the Windows start menu, click on the app and access your mail! Simple, right? Gmail Desktop Apps Covered in this Article There’s more than just one Gmail Windows app for you to try. In this post, I’ll cover these top 5 Gmail apps: Mailbird Foxmail Opera Mail Inky Claws Mail I’ll also cover these aspects for each email client: Key Features of each tool Advantages Limitations Integration with other tools Customer Reviews on G2Crowd and Capterra Pricing So which of them is the “Gmail client to rule them all?” Gmail Apps for Windows 10: Top 5 Tools Let’s check out the top 5 desktop email clients for your Gmail account in 2019. Ready? Let’s get rolling. 1. Mailbird Mailbird isn’t just another ordinary Gmail desktop app! We’re more than just another good mail client. We also unify all your communication channels. You’ll be able to breeze through your gmail inbox and do much more. Here are a few ways how:…

Windows Alternatives To The Best Mac Email Client in 2019

Posted by Christin on January 25, 2019

The power of email is undeniable. Whether we are sending the latest viral Youtube video to our friends, setting up an interview for our future job, or communicating with potential clients. Last year, the Radicati group estimated an over 4.3 billion increase in email accounts worldwide. Pew Research told us that over 92% of adults use email regularly. It’s vital to our lives even in this technologically modern world that offers so many alternatives to email. Reality is, email is far from dead (it’s true – there’s even a site called emailisnotdead.com!). If you are anything like the rest of the world’s email users, you have probably found an amazing email client that can handle anything you throw at it. And once you found your perfect email partner in crime making the move to a new email client can be very difficult and is avoided by many users. Sometimes you may be forced to look for a new client due to different circumstances. It may be that your current client is not being updated by its developers anymore, or it is not compatible with the OS of your new Notebook or Computer.  Moving from Mac to Windows Many Mac users are facing with this exact situation. They have to (for whatever reason) switch from Mac to Windows or Linux. You may be able to install the Windows compatible version of your current email client on to your new OS. Some clients are Mac specific though and you will need to…

Why Mailbird Is The Best Email Client For Windows 10 (Top 11 Reasons)

Posted by Christin on January 24, 2019

Looking for the best email client? There are dozens of open source, free or premium email clients for Windows available in the market – Microsoft Outlook, eM client, Claws mail, Opera Mail, Nylas mail, Inky and so on.  So why do millions of people use Mailbird instead – for personal as well as professional purposes? That’s because Mailbird is way more than just another free email client. It has several unique features that you won’t find on any other desktop email client or web-based email client. In addition to email, Mailbird acts as a command center for your business by integrating with several other communication and task-management tools. Mailbird also has the advantage of being highly customizable. You can play around with several features, inbox settings, and other integrations until it’s just perfect for your unique needs.   What Makes Mailbird the Best Email Client for Windows 10 users? Unlike default Windows clients such as Microsoft Outlook and the Mail app, Mailbird is designed to be easy to set up, use and customize.  You can be up and running with your existing email accounts in just minutes. Mailbird even detects server settings automatically so that you don’t have to tinker with any IMAP settings even when you connect multiple email providers or multiple email accounts.  Better yet, you will enjoy going through your email inbox even more with Mailbird because it allows you to change everything about it to match your needs and style.  With dozens of features and integrations, Mailbird is the best email client for…

Best Alternative to Newton Mail for Windows and Mac in 2019

Posted by Christin on January 23, 2019

Newton Mail is a formidable piece of software. It’s long been considered one of the benchmark standards for email server platforms, packed as it is with a wide range of cool features and sporting an interface that’s simple to navigate and easy to hit the ground running with. Unfortunately, it’s not much longer for this world. Newton has been discontinued on September 18, 2018, meaning that anyone who was using the app or eyeing it for purchase will need to seek out an alternative. But you don’t have to worry about being left out in the cold if you’re looking for an alternative to Newton Mail Mac or Windows. There are a number of sophisticated pieces of software that replicate the main features of Newton Mail while also carving out their own identity in the market. Here are a few of the best. Alternative to Newton Mail for Windows 1. Mailbird Perhaps the best alternative to Newton Mail Windows is Mailbird. Ranked the Best Email Client by Windows Report for 2017, this platform finds the perfect balance between intuitive design and customization. This is the type of software that’s ready to give back as much as you’re willing to put in. In addition to its sleek mouse-and-touch enabled interface, Mailbird comes standard with both its own keyboard shortcuts and compatibility with traditional Gmail shortcuts. Particularly impressive is how expandable the interface is. A number of different features and integrations allow you to turn your email inbox into a hub for…

Why is Mailbird the best Alternative to Thunderbird in 2019?

Posted by Christin on January 20, 2019

Change is good, even for your Email. Now that Mozilla has abandoned Thunderbird, it’s time to move on to the best alternative for you to stay on top of your emails. Let’s look at why Mailbird is the best Alternative to Thunderbird for Thousands of users already. Mailbird vs Thunderbird Having a clean interface in front of you coupled with an interaction that makes managing your online communication easier is a sweet deal. Mailbird is super easy to use and promises you will be able to master it within 5 minutes. A great email experience is what you should strive for and Mailbird gives you exactly that. “I’ve purchased Mailbird for my old mother as well, as it’s easy to use. She’s not in anyway computer savvy, but last weekend I actually got an email from her – the first ever, imagine my (very pleasant) surprise! 🙂 For me Mailbird is a keeper – easy to use and most importantly easy to configure!! My 80 year old mom is a testament to that.” Lars – May 12, 2015 We will be looking at the following areas to see if Mailbird is the best alternative to Thunderbird for you too: Layout and UI Most Popular Features Cost 1. Layout  and User Experience Thunderbird is not being updated anymore and it is known for its cluttered and bloated layout and UI, making it rather complicated for new and even existing user to handle the software. Sure, if you use a software on a daily basis…