Some people know how to ruin a good thing.
It was the first person to use a cell phone in the movie theatre, the first person to run over a pedestrian with their skateboard, and the first person to get too drunk at a work function. Now we have to watch annoying advertisements about how “silence is golden,” ride skateboards exclusively in the skate park, and pay cash at the once open office-party bar.
The problem is, all good things come to an end… and they usually come to an end quickly.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently,” Warren Buffett once said. In business, one failure, one event, or one person is all it takes to ruin a good thing.
Unfortunately, the same applies to the Internet.
Once considered the best thing to happen to business, the World Wide Web is opening a world wide can of worms. From Facebook browsing during office hours to computer viruses, the Internet has put workplace efficiency in jeopardy.
With marketers trolling for bits, cookies, and IP addresses, say goodbye to your privacy. With sites like Wikipedia, forget finding reliable information online. With the immediacy of email, proper etiquette has been replaced by emoticons.
“As our inboxes have become more demanding, we have all become less responsive — because we get so many messages it’s hard to keep up. But the harder it is to keep up, the more messages (‘I just thought I’d send another email asking if you got my first two emails’) we send,” writes Sarah Green for the Harvard business Review Blog.
“The problem with ‘responsiveness’ is that email then becomes like a hydra—cut off one head (answer one email) and you spawn nine more,” continues Ms. Green. “The more responsive you are, the more email you receive, and the more responsive you need to be.”
On a personal level, you can put an end this inefficient desire to be “responsive” by following some simple steps here.
Or, you can tap into new technology. Take, for example, Yesware.
Yesware is an ad-on to Google Mail that transforms what many have ruined in electronic communication—informal or inappropriate greetings, responsiveness, and excessive urgency—into a good thing once again.
Geared toward salesmen, Yesware is an ideal email productivity app for lawyers. With Yesware, law firm professionals can:
- Get alerts each time someone opens an email or clicks on a link
- Know exactly when to follow up with your clients and prospects
- Know where in the world your message is being viewed
- View the device that prospects are using to open your email
In addition, the Yesware app is customizable. Restore formal language in business communication with Yesware’s email templates:
- Choose your best templates by seeing which ones your customers reply tomost
- Incorporate links and rich text to send great looking messages at the click of a button—every time
- Use [brackets] to indicate custom fields to make your templates even faster and easier to use
Finally, seize business opportunities with Yesware’s analytics functions:
- Know exactly who is best to follow up with by using our personal tracking reports and gauge your email opens for the last 30 days
- See where in the world people open your emails from inside your inbox
- Find out if your message is reaching top decision makers
- Prioritize your email prospecting with subject filters and email activity sorting
Forbes says about the app, “If You Want To Be Awesome At Emails, Add Yesware To Your Gmail Today.”
According to Forbes, Yesware raised a Series A of $4M from IDG Ventures and Golden Venture Partners (alongside Google Ventures and Foundry Group that participated in their $1M seed round in 2011) exactly one year ago. So, it’s only a matter of time before somebody finds a way to ruin the efficiency of web-based business behavior that Yesware has finally restored.
Say “yes” to Yesware (or similar productivity solutions) and salvage efficiency from email.