The 5 Best Email Signature Generators to Make Your Mails Pop

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You must have seen some impressive email signatures by now, complete with the sender’s picture, company details, contact details, and little icons for social media. Want to make your own? It’s easier than you think, especially if you use these great email signature apps. An email signature is important. It makes your messages seem more professional and often saves you the trouble of back-and-forth emails. If someone you’ve emailed needs your office address or phone number, they can find it by checking past messages. There are a few basic things you need to create the perfect email signature. It helps…

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email-signatures

You must have seen some impressive email signatures by now, complete with the sender’s picture, company details, contact details, and little icons for social media. Want to make your own? It’s easier than you think, especially if you use these great email signature apps.

An email signature is important. It makes your messages seem more professional and often saves you the trouble of back-and-forth emails. If someone you’ve emailed needs your office address or phone number, they can find it by checking past messages.

There are a few basic things you need to create the perfect email signature. It helps to know HTML, or how to format in rich text. But you don’t need any of that if you use the right app. You can get minute customizations, plenty of templates, and even email tracking through these free websites and extensions to make your own email signature.

Signature Maker (Web): Simplest Way to Create Email Signatures

signature maker is easiest online app to create email signature for any client

Signature Maker is the easiest way to create an email signature that you can use in any email client of your choice. It looks quite basic, but if this is the first time you’re making a signature, it’s good for beginners.

The Basic tab has a few empty boxes to fill the details you need: name, job title, company name, company website, postal address, email address, phone number, and a link to your photo or avatar.

Switch to the Social tab to add links to your social profiles. You’ll need to put the full link, not just your handle. For example, I would write “https://twitter.com/mihirpatkar” (without the quotes) not just @mihirpatkar. To make it easier, go to your social profile, copy the link, and paste it in the appropriate field.

As you update Signature Maker, it will update details in the preview. Once you’re done, click “Highlight and Select” and paste it in your email app’s signature settings. If you don’t know how, check our guides for Gmail and Outlook:

Si.gnatu.re (Web): Add a Footnote, and Customize Colors, Fonts, and Layout

si.gnatu.re is easy app for signatures that customizes layout

Signature Maker is the basic level of making an email signature. The next step is to level up with Si.gnatu.re, which lets you customize several aspects of how the signature would look. And it lets you add a footnote.

You start with your contact details, most of which also have the option of adding an icon or a text label. Si.gnatu.re also adds a Google Maps link to your address. The social tab only needs your handle this time, not your full web link. You can also add a logo, a profile photo, and a banner image too.

Footnotes are generally functional to add disclaimers to your emails. But they are also a cool way to add more to your signature than contact details. You can throw in witty jokes, motivational quotes, or a simple message that changes from time to time.

Finally, you can customize how the signature looks. Si.gnatu.re gives you minute control over the width, placement of items, fonts, colors, and icons, so that you can get everything to match your company’s colors too.

Mail Signatures (Web): Lots of Free Email Signature Templates

Create a free customizable email signature with Mail Signatures

If you don’t have much design sense, you shouldn’t really be changing the layout you get in these apps. The better way is to use a template. Mail Signatures hosts a range of signature templates, so you can pick the one that’s best for your needs.

You can filter the signatures by columns (one, two, or three) as well as the content you need (banners, disclaimers, graphics, logos, photos, and social icons). Once you find something you like, click “Edit Signature” to start turning it into your own pro email signature.

Mail Signatures also lets you choose your favorite email platform in advance, so you know that it can customize each bit of the signature accordingly. Choices include Outlook, Outlook 365, Exchange Server, Exchange Online, Gmail, and Thunderbird.

It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s perhaps the best way for most people to create a professional signature without any HTML or design chops.

Email Signature Rescue’s Examples (Web): Inspirations for Custom Signatures

Beautiful email signature examples

We have apps that let you customize each part of your signature, and we have apps that come with templates. But if you want to stand out, you should create your own signature.

For a bit of inspiration as to what you can do with email signatures, turn to this page from Email Signature Rescue. It collects over 200 different examples of different types of beautiful signatures. Some have buttons with direct links to download an app, while others feature minimalistic design. There is something different for each type of job, much like how you can have business cards for every type of profession.

As for the app itself, Email Signature Rescue is excellent, but it’s better for companies and businesses with a large number of employees. This paid app has a few tricks to apply a signature to every employee’s email and keep it updated when the firm changes its address, web page, social links, or banners.

Mailcastr (Web, Chrome, Android): Signatures With Email Tracking

Mailcastr is more than a simple signature maker. Let’s say you’ve sent an important email. But how do you know when the person has actually opened and read it? Email tracking apps can tell you this information. And Mailcastr does that as part of the signature itself.

Making the signature is actually simple and easy. Once you’re done, get the Chrome extension. When you send an email, Mailcastr will automatically track it. The free version of the app tracks up to five emails a day or 150 emails per month.

If you want more than that, go for the paid version that costs $3 per month. It has unlimited email tracking, and it lets you create multiple signatures. Before every email, you can choose which signature to add. This is terrific if you run multiple businesses, or want different signatures for personal and professional messages while using the same email address.

Mailcastr also has an Android app that can add signatures and track read receipts. You’ll need to send emails from that app though, you can’t use Gmail or Outlook on Android.

Download: Mailcastr for Chrome | Android (Free)

Aim to Get a Reply to Emails

With one of these tools, you’ll make a great email signature. But that is only one part of the puzzle when it comes to writing a professional email. If your goal is to get your email read and maybe seek further action, then you can’t stop at the signature, you need to do more.

It matters how you write your email. It matters how you format it. It matters whether you are too long or too short. And for all of these tips and tricks to compose messages, there are apps to get a reply on your email.

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The 6 Most Popular Email Providers Other Than Gmail and Yahoo

In 2012, Gmail overtook Hotmail to become the most popular email provider in the world. Since claiming the crown, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Today, the service boasts more than one billion users. The other go-to free email provider is Yahoo Mail. Sure, its user numbers pale into insignificance compared with Gmail (it had around 255 million at the start of 2018), but it’s still one of the most recognizable global email brands. But what other alternatives are out there? If you don’t want a Gmail or Yahoo account, what choices do you have? 1. Microsoft Outlook Outlook…

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In 2012, Gmail overtook Hotmail to become the most popular email provider in the world. Since claiming the crown, it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Today, the service boasts more than one billion users.

The other go-to free email provider is Yahoo Mail. Sure, its user numbers pale into insignificance compared with Gmail (it had around 255 million at the start of 2018), but it’s still one of the most recognizable global email brands.

But what other alternatives are out there? If you don’t want a Gmail or Yahoo account, what choices do you have?

1. Microsoft Outlook

Outlook web app homepage

Outlook terminology is confusing. Microsoft has done a poor job of differentiating between its free email accounts, its free modern Windows app, and its Office 365 app. Luckily, if you just want a free email account, you don’t need to get bogged down in the details; just head to outlook.com and sign up for an @outlook.com email address.

The service has surpassed Yahoo to become the second most popular free email provider in the world. In mid-2016, Microsoft reported it had more than 450 million active users.

Using an Outlook account comes with significant benefits. Because it’s operated by Microsoft, it’s heavily integrated into the Windows 10 operating system. It also works seamlessly with the Outlook Office 365 app.

If you decide to use either the web client or the desktop client, you’re in good company. 16 percent of all email sent is opened on one of the two apps.

2. GMX Mail

GMX mail features

GMX Mail is a subsidiary of United Internet, one of Germany’s largest internet service providers. The free mail service has been gaining in popularity over the last few years, but it’s been around since 1997.

Despite only having 11 million active monthly users, it still comfortably makes the top ten of free email providers in terms of user numbers. It’s a surprising statistic and one which reveals the almost unassailable popularity of services like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.

Feature-wise, you can expect 1 GB of file storage, a 50 MB attachment limit, and support for both IMAP and POP. Most interestingly, it offers unlimited email storage; you’ll never run out of space again. Unfortunately, it lacks an RSS reader and a conversation view.

3. Zoho Mail

Zoho Mail is one of the newest providers on the list. It’s only been in existence since October 2008.

In its short life, the service has quickly developed into one of the best free email providers outside the Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook troika. Driven by an ad-free web client (even for free users), it’s grown to more than 10 million active users in just nine years.

The app offers everything you’d expect from a free email provider, including multi-level folders, conversation views, drag-and-drop inbox organizing, and filters. One omission is an integrated video chat tool.

Zoho Mail is part of a larger office productivity suite. The service is tightly integrated with Zoho Docs—a Microsoft Office competitor that lets you create, edit, and collaborate on text, presentation, and spreadsheet documents.

4. iCloud

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iCloud represents Apple’s venture into free email. Most Mac, iPad, and iPhone users have an account. iCloud itself is a holistic cloud service. It underpins other Apple services such as Find My iPhone, Photo Stream, Keychain, and iCloud Drive. Mail is just one facet of the app.

The app boasts 720 million users, but it’s not clear how many of them are using an @iCloud.com email address.

Like Outlook.com and Microsoft, iCloud integrates seamlessly with the default Apple mail client on both Mac and iOS. On mobile, you can add any number of email providers to the app. On the web client, you can only access your @icloud.com address.

All iCloud users get 5 GB of storage for free. In addition to documents, photos, and other data, any emails you receive count against the limit. As such, you might need to pay for more storage if iCloud is your provider of choice.

Note: There are plenty of other great cloud providers for Apple users.

5. AOL Mail

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AOL Mail is the granddad of free email services. It went live in March 1993, making it three years older than Hotmail, four years older than Yahoo Mail, and almost ten years older than Gmail.

Because of its age, it has a huge user base. Nevertheless, the numbers have been decreasing in recent years. In 2006, it had 50 million active monthly users, and as recently as 2010 it was the third-largest email provider in the world. Today, the number of active users is down to 25 million.

Just because AOL Mail is a recognizable brand name with millions of users, you shouldn’t necessarily rush to sign up. In recent years, several pieces of research have hinted at “email bias”. Potential employers are less likely to hire you if you have an AOL or Hotmail address; it suggests you’re stuck in 1996.

6. Elude

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We’re going to leave you with something a bit different. Rather than listing another popular mainstream email provider, you should give Elude a chance. Elude is rapidly becoming the most popular email provider on the darknet.

Despite only launching in mid-2017, it’s been hoovering up privacy-conscious users who are desperate to find another secure, anonymous, and simple email provider after the collapse of SIGAINT.

At its peak, SIGAINT had 400,000 users. It’s safe to assume Elude will ultimately have similar numbers.

Elude does not use JavaScript, does not require any phone numbers or other forms of ID at sign up, and encrypts all server traffic.

Because it has a .onion URL, you can only access Elude through the TOR browser.

Which Email Provider Do You Prefer?

We’ve introduced you to six of the most popular email providers other than Gmail and Yahoo. Each has different benefits, but they all have the common theme of being highly popular among certain subsets of users.

If you’d like to learn more about different email providers, check out our articles about the best email services for a clutter-free inbox and the best disposable email address providers.

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The 7 Best Gmail CRMs Compared: Which Inbox Manager Is Best?

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Do you send a lot of emails? Manage hundreds of contacts? Have a communication workflow? Then you know what it’s like to be totally overwhelmed by your inbox. CRM tools could be the simple fix you can try. Customer relationship management (CRM) software helps you keep track of your contacts, your interactions with them, and your workflows. Gmail CRMs integrate directly into your inbox and help you supercharge your Gmail experience by making the process easier. So what’s the best Gmail CRM? 1. Streak (Fully Integrated) Because it lives entirely within Gmail, using Streak means you don’t have to sign…

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Do you send a lot of emails? Manage hundreds of contacts? Have a communication workflow? Then you know what it’s like to be totally overwhelmed by your inbox. CRM tools could be the simple fix you can try.

Customer relationship management (CRM) software helps you keep track of your contacts, your interactions with them, and your workflows. Gmail CRMs integrate directly into your inbox and help you supercharge your Gmail experience by making the process easier.

So what’s the best Gmail CRM?

1. Streak (Fully Integrated)

Streak Gmail CRM

Because it lives entirely within Gmail, using Streak means you don’t have to sign up for and configure a new app. But it provides almost all the functionality of a standalone CRM system.

After you’ve created a Box—a container for a set of interactions—your related emails are automatically added. You can see when your last contact was. Add contacts at an organization or on a project. You can also create a custom workflow to track your contacts.

Streak tracks opens and views and has super-fast snippet system. You can add a pre-written snippet just by typing “#” and a keyword.

Best of all, there’s a great free plan:

  • Personal (Free): Access to nearly all features and 200 tracked emails per month.
  • Professional ($49/user): Unlimited email tracking, reports, and Zapier integrations.
  • Enterprise ($99/user): Custom permissions, data validation, backup, and premium support.

2. NetHunt (Fully Integrated)

NetHunt Gmail CRM

This Gmail CRM is built around Records, a collection of emails, tasks, and files. Records can be grouped into folders and displayed in custom views

NetHunt also lets you set follow-up dates and reminders. They’re color-coded and sorted into folders so you always know what you need to do next.

One big advantage of NetHunt is that the free plan allows for two users to access the workspace. Small companies can use the free plan until they expand and still take advantage of collaboration. Reporting is also included in the free plan.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free: 2 users, 2,500 records, 200 campaigns, 200 tracked emails, link tracking, reporting, and Zapier integration.
  • Professional ($24/user): Unlimited users, 25,000 records, 2,000 daily campaigns, unlimited tracking, and Google Drive and Calendar integration.
  • Enterprise ($48/user): 250,000 records, dedicated customer success manager, and custom development.

3. Zoho CRM (Integration)

Zoho CRM Gmail extension

Zoho’s suite doesn’t just include one of the best Microsoft Office alternatives, but also a great CRM. While it’s not as tightly integrated as some of the extensions above, it does let you manage much of your workflow from within Gmail.

You can create new leads and contacts, add tasks and calls to a customer entry, create deals, and see contact information. You could conceivably do just about everything from within Gmail. But to get an overview, you’ll need to head to the CRM.

We’ll give you the simple version of Zoho’s CRM pricing here. For more details, check out their pricing page (annual pricing is also available):

  • Free: 3 users, leads, contacts, tasks, 25,000 entries, team collaboration features, and limited SalesForce automation.
  • Standard ($18/user): Improved support, reminders, schedule reports, more reporting options, mass email, and campaigns.
  • Professional ($40/user): Process management, more reporting options, improved social integration, inventory management, and a whole lot more.

4. Propeller (Integration)

Propeller CRM Gmail extension

It’s easy to start using the simple interface of Propeller’s Gmail CRM extension. New messages show buttons for templates, tracking, and follow-ups. Contacts are managed directly from Gmail. Pipelines are displayed in-window.

It’s worth noting, however, that you’ll need to access Propeller’s web app to see all of your information.

Propeller’s biggest draw is its seamless integration. It feels like it’s already part of Gmail. Learning to use the CRM and getting up and running will be lightning-fast. The fact that every subscription comes with a one-hour onboarding session only makes it easier.

The simplicity of the app extends to their pricing, as well:

  • One plan ($35/user): You get everything. You also lock in the price forever, so you don’t have to worry about price changes. If you pay annually, you’ll pay $29/month/user.

5. Insightly (Integration)

Insightly is a professional-level CRM that includes features like custom Kanban sales pipelines, custom reports, and relationship maps.

This is an app built for enterprise-level selling and relationship management. But the fact that it has a free plan for up to two users makes it small-business-friendly.

You have quite a few pricing options:

  • Free: 2 users, 2,500 records, task management, project management, lead tracking, and standard dashboards (no scheduling or templates).
  • Plus ($29/user): 100,000 records, custom reports, contacts and calendar sync, custom branding, and more integrations.
  • Professional ($49/user): 250,000 records, workflow automation, and custom dashboards.
  • Enterprise ($99/user): Unlimited records, and a dedicated support specialist.

6. ProsperWorks (Integration)

ProsperWorks CRM Gmail extension

It’s clear that ProsperWorks was designed with Google Apps in mind. In addition to CRM for Gmail, you can also connect Drive, Calendar, and even Hangouts. Their chatbot will notify you when changes are made to entries in the CRM. It’s pretty cool.

The CRM app is sleek and easy to use, much like a Google product. Although the cheapest plan misses out on features that you’ll get for free elsewhere, you get a lot of great reporting options. And alerts when your sales process breaks down, which is useful for teams.

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Basic ($19/user): 30,000 records, three templates, one bulk send, and Calendar and Hangouts integration.
  • Professional ($49/user): 100,000 records, 10 templates, 10 bulk sends, task automation, and marketing integrations.
  • Business ($119/user): 500,000 records, unlimited templates, unlimited bulk sends, goal tracking, leaderboards, and premium support.

7. Arcade CRM (Integration)

Arcade CRM Gmail extension

Arcade CRM includes a contact database, task management, calendar integration, document management, sales pipeline visualization, and more.

The Gmail CRM extension lets you create templates, set reminders, and track email opens. Although the Gmail integration doesn’t have as many features as Streak or NetHunt, its close integration with the CRM suite does make it very useful.

Pricing for Arcade is dead simple:

  • One plan ($15/user): All features. You get everything. If you pay annually, it’s $12/month.

The Best Gmail CRM: The Winner Is…

After seeing the options, two Gmail CRMs stand out from the rest.

Streak CRM logo

Streak is definitely the best choice if you want a CRM completely integrated into Gmail. There’s no switching back and forth between apps, and the interface has just about everything you could need.

Not only that, but the free plan is totally functional. It’s definitely the best free CRM for Gmail—and one of the best overall, as well.

Zoho CRM logo

If you’re looking for a standalone CRM that integrates with Gmail, Zoho CRM will give you the most options. The CRM is professional-level, contains a huge amount of features, and is easily scalable.

Zoho’s free plan gives you access to the features you need and includes collaboration among three team members.

(I have to say, though, that the simplicity of Prosperworks’ Gmail integration makes it a solid contender as well.)

If you don’t need this much power, you can always step up your Google Contacts game and use that to manage your contacts.

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