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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…

What Resources Are Available Now That Qmail.org Is Gone?

Posted by Viola Eva on August 5, 2019

For many people, sending an email involves a few simple steps. In most cases, all you need is to have your email address, the email address of the person to whom you’re sending the message, a subject and the message itself. As long as you know how to click the send button, your email is as good as sent. However, in the background, the action is a little more complicated. This is where a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) plays an integral part in ensuring that a message successfully moves from a sender to the receiver. Qmail is one of the popular MTAs that have dominated the internet over the last two or so decades. One of the most popular reference sites for Qmail users was Qmail.org. However, try to access the site today, and you’ll discover that it is gone. We took some time to research what happened to Qmail.org. Then, we identify resources that people who relied on Qmail.org can resort to now that it is no longer available.   What Is Qmail? Dale Sill, the writer of the Qmail Handbook entitled Introducing Qmail, describes Qmail as “an Internet MTA for Unix and Unix-like operating systems.” Sill goes on to explain that the function of an MTA is twofold. The first is to accept new messages coming from a user’s computer and deliver them to the network of the recipient. The second is to accept emails coming from other systems, which are usually directed at local users. Many people…

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…

How To Supercharge Microsoft Exchange [2019 Guide]

Posted by Alexis Dollé on May 28, 2019

Are you a Microsoft Exchange user? Or thinking of using it? Smart choice! Microsoft Exchange is a core component of Office 365 that’s constantly improving. With features like OWA and Exchange Activesync for your Android and iOS mobile device, Exchange 2019 is a great email service. But what if there was a way to make it even more powerful? By connecting your Exchange account with Mailbird, you can supercharge your email productivity! You get valuable features like: Unsend Emails. Integration with multiple tools like Skype, Dropbox, Google Docs, Slack, Whatsapp and more. Snooze Emails and declutter your inbox. View emails from Gmail, Yahoo and any other email account of your choice in the same unified inbox as your MS Exchange emails. And much more! Contents In this article, we’ll show you why you should add your Exchange account to Mailbird. We’ll also show you how convenient the Exchange setup is in Mailbird! Here’s what we’ll cover. Click on the links below to jump to each section. What Is Mailbird? Why You Should Connect Microsoft Exchange With Mailbird Desktop Access Unified Space For All Your Accounts Loads of Features Multiple Integrations Tons of Customizability How To Set Up Microsoft Exchange In Mailbird Let’s get started. What Is Mailbird? Mailbird is a desktop email client. It allows you to access emails from multiple email accounts on your desktop. As Mailbird can support all POP3 and IMAP accounts, you won’t have any trouble adding a Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange email account…

Inky Mail Review and 3 Great Alternatives (2019)

Posted by Alexis Dollé on May 28, 2019

Is Inky Mail the right email client for you? In this article, we’ll give you a detailed review of it to help you determine whether it suits your needs or not. We’ll also give you three great Inky Mail alternatives to try out in case Inky Mail isn’t the perfect fit for your needs. Here’s what this article covers. You can click on the links below to jump to a particular section. An Inky Mail review covering: What is Inky Mail? What Does It Do? It’s features It’s drawbacks Three Great Inky Mail Alternatives (including pros, cons and G2Crowd and Capterra ratings) Mailbird Claws Mail eM Client What Is Inky Mail? Inky Mail is a desktop email app for Windows and Mac. Inky’s main calling card is its state-of-the-art security features to handle your emails. It’s got in-built encryption and anti-spam filters to make it one of the safest desktop email clients out there. What Does Inky Mail Do? Inky Mail allows you to access emails from multiple email accounts in one unified space. With Inky, you won’t be juggling between Gmail Yahoo Mail and Outlook anymore! You can integrate all your email accounts into Inky and access every account in a unified inbox. Also, as Inky works as a desktop email client, you’ll be able to access these emails from your desktop itself. You won’t be juggling multiple email tabs on web applications like Chrome either! The Key Features Of Inky Mail Inky Mail is one of the best…

Opera Mail Review and 3 Great Alternatives (2019)

Posted by Alexis Dollé on May 28, 2019

Is Opera Mail the right email client for you? We’ll try and help you answer that question in this article. You’ll get an in-depth review of Opera Mail. Additionally, we will also share three great alternatives that you could explore instead. Here’s what’s in store. You can click on the links below to jump to a particular section. An Opera Mail Review Covering: What Is Opera Mail? What Does It Do? It’s Features It’s Drawbacks Three Great Opera Mail Alternatives  (including pros, cons and G2Crowd and Capterra ratings) Mailbird eM Client Claws Mail Let’s get rolling. What Is Opera Mail? Opera Mail is a free email client developed by the team behind the well-known Opera web browser. It’s similar to what Thunderbird is to Mozilla Firefox. In fact, Opera Mail was initially offered as an integrated component of the Opera browser until 2013. From 2013 onwards, it’s no longer integrated with the web browser and functions as a stand-alone Opera software tool. What Does Opera Mail Do? Opera Mail has come a long way since it was associated with the Opera Internet browser. Like many other email clients, Opera Mail tries to give you a common space for all your email accounts. You’ll be able to access emails from multiple email accounts and mailing lists in a single inbox- without having to log into each account individually. This can save you a lot of time and effort when you’re dealing with a lot of emails on a daily basis! The…

Claws Mail Review and 3 Great Alternatives (2019)

Posted by Alexis Dollé on May 24, 2019

Thinking about downloading Claws Mail? In this article, we’ll give you a review of Claws Mail to help you decide if its the right solution for you. We’ll also give you three great Claws Mail alternatives to ensure that you find one that suits your needs perfectly! Here’s what to expect. You can click on the links below to jump to a particular section. A Claws Mail Review covering: What Is Claws Mail? What Does It Do? It’s Features It’s Drawbacks Three Great Claws Mail Alternatives (including pros, cons and G2Crowd and Capterra ratings) Mailbird eM Client Inky Mail Let’s get started. What Is Claws Mail? Claws Mail is a free and open-source desktop email client. It was first released back in 2001 – over 18 years ago! However, unlike some other email clients, it undergoes regular updates to keep up with modern needs. As it’s one of the few open-source based email clients out there, it gives users a lot of flexibility when it comes to adding custom integrations and tweaking with the software. In addition to supporting Windows, Claws Mail can also run on Unix-like systems such as Linux distros and Solaris. What Does Claws Mail Do? Claws Mail gives you a unified space to access all your emails from all your accounts. With it, you’ll be able to send and receive emails from multiple accounts without having to log onto each one separately! Additionally, as its desktop-based, you can access all these emails without having to log…

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…

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