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  • Create emails inside Gmail with our drag & drop editor
  • Build mailing lists to target your Google contacts
  • Track emails & content to measure performance

3 Ways Flashissue allows you to send mass email with Gmail

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Sending mass email with Gmail can be tough. Flashissue provides a way to ensure you can still send mass email with Gmail and avoid Gmail’s bulk sending limits.

Google imposes a maximum sending limit on emails of 500/day for regular @gmail users and 2,000 emails per day for Google apps users (this includes businesses and edu). In addition, there is a limit of 99 emails that can be sent in single mailing, which means if you try and send an email to 150 recipients using the To, CC or BCC fields your account will be flagged and you will not be able to send new messages (you can still access your account and receive incoming email).

#1 Mass email Gmail: Sending to small mailing lists

Once you sign up with Flashissue whenever you create an email with our tool we will automatically review the number of recipients you are trying to reach and route your email delivery accordingly.

If the mailing list you are using contains less than 25 email addresses the delivery will go through your normal Gmail account.

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If you look inside your Gmail Sent folder you will see the emails are all sent as individual emails.

There’s a big plus with regard how your recipients receive your emails when sending through Flashissue versus sending the same email manually through Gmail.

Each email we send is delivered to the recipient as its own individual email i.e. if you are sending to a list of 15 people then when Jane Doe receives her email from you she WILL NOT see the email addresses of the other 14 people.

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The benefits of sending mass email through Gmail in this way are:

  1. You look more professional because your recipients get a more personal feel that the email is being sent only to them
  2. You are not exposing the names and emails of all the people in your list to everyone.
  3. Sending individual emails means we can track opens and clicks so you get more detailed reporting.

 

#2 Mass email Gmail: Sending to larger mailing lists

Because Google is sensitive to mass email being delivered through Gmail, Flashissue will automatically route larger mailing through our email servers that are designed for bulk email.

For example, if you create a mailing list with 1,200 recipients then Flashissue will route the delivery of these emails away from Gmail and over to the Flashissue servers for delivery thereby avoiding Google’s limitations around mass email delivery.

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Our email technology is based on a platform that delivers millions of emails each day and is designed to optimize delivery rates so your email stands the best chance of getting delivered to the recipient’s Inbox.

#3 Mass email Gmail: Sending to people inside your organization

If your organization wants to just send mass email Gmail internally then Flashissue provides the optimum solution. Take for example, Ann a marketing marketing manager with a travel accompany that uses Google Apps. She wants to send a daily email newsletter to 5,000 employees containing useful market updates.

Again, sending mass email through Gmail is not going to work because of the bulk sending limits imposed by Google. One great option for her is to create an internal mailing list using Google Groups.

Google Groups permits unlimited sending to internal email addresses and has no mass email Gmail limit. Since Flashissue integrates seamlessly with Google Groups this provides an efficient alternative to sending directly through Google.

 

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How to use Google Hangouts as a free webinar service

If you’ve thought about offering your customers or prospects a webinar you might want to take a look at Google Hangouts.

Google Hangouts is not only a good solution for delivering product trainings with customers but it’s a great way to engage business prospects and move them closer to becoming a customer.

Hangouts is great (or I should say getting better) because it’s free unlike other webinar services that charge $50, $100 or more per month.

While Hangouts may be missing some of the bells and whistles of the true webinar services, like Goto Webinar,  I think the social aspect and delivery mechanism offers much more.

Probably the biggest value-add I like is that you can stream your Hangout live (and afterwards) via YouTube and it can be embed it in any website without requiring your audience to download and install any additional software

The fact that it’s also integrated into the Google+ community gives you an instance audience if you are up for doing some outreach.

Here’s an example of a Hangout I attended recently.

You don’t have to watch all of it but you’ll get the idea of what a Hangout / webinar can be.

While you may not have the know-how about doing a Hangout quite this polished you can do one that is equally effective for you in it’s own way.

I would suggest these steps:

  1. Decide on a subject matter, content to present and set a date to host the Hangout (make it about a month in the future so you have time to organize things and generate attendees).
  2. Set up your Hangout page. This is where people will view your webinar at the given time.
  3. Invite your audience (customers, prospects etc) via email to your Hangout page where they can “register” (Flashissue lets you create a nice looking invite and provides a way to send it out via Gmail to your Google contacts).
  4. Host your Hangout at the designated time
  5. Follow up with attendees via email after.
  6. Embed your recored Hangout in your website (good SEO) or use it as a marketing content in the future.

Google has recently made a push on Hangouts to make it a more business useful service. The guys at GoogleGuru explain this well:

While Hangouts may not be for everyone, I think it has a good value prop and in many ways makes the costly existing webinar service look very old school.

 

 

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How to find the link URL in a Facebook Post

Today I was asked by one of our customers how to find the link URL in a Facebook Post.

They wanted the URL so they could add the post to their email newsletter using the Flashissue curation feature.

What seemed a simple request turned out to be much more difficult since Facebook does not make it obvious where to find the URL for post.

  1. Go to your Facebook page e.g. https://www.facebook.com/FlashIssue
  2. Click the Date Stamp of the post you want to find the URL for
  3. The post will load as it’s own page and you can copy the URL e.g. https://www.facebook.com/FlashIssue/posts/928107223872038

 

Finding Facebook page URL

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Once you have the Facebook page URL you can plug it into Flashissue and drag it into your email.

 

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If you are using the Flashissue Chrome extension you can clip the Facebook page URL for a faster way to get it in your email:

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What’s more annoying is that there is no way to find an RSS feed for all your posts on a Facebook page. It looks like Facebook once offered this but withdrew it because it was being abused.

For the moment, you need to be satisfied with pulling individual posts as pages..

 

 

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Flashissue for Gmail: create emails, build lists and track performance

Here’s a great video:

Flashissue for Gmail: create emails, build lists and track performance

 

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How to use Craig’s List for free customer research

Getting people to give feedback on your idea or product can be daunting.

Look no further than the free classifieds. You can use Craig’s List for free customer research.

  1. Post an ad on Craig’s List asking for help to solve your issue*
  2. Funnel respondents into a survey – Use Google Form‘s as a free option.
  3. Gather and anlyze your responses. Tweak and repeat if necessary.

*In a decent sized city you’ll typically get 200 or so responses.

Using Craig’s List for free customer research was just one of the suggestions from the Google Entrepreneur Hang Out about “Lean Design Meets Design Thinking”.

Watch the discussion here:

Your customers can rarely  tell you what they want until they taste it i.e. they don’t really know what they want.

The Spaghetti Sauce story:

Another good read on the topic of researching ideas quickly and with minimum resource can found from @techrepublic on Can User Experience Designers Be Lean?

 

 

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Where am I going wrong in business?

Have you recently asked yourself “where am I going wrong?”.

Failure is a necessary part of business but are you failing unnecessarily?

I want to share with you a blog post I wrote for Marketingprofs.com. It gives a perspective as to why you might be driving a stake through the heart of your business and how to fix it.

Phil Hill – CEO & Founder.

Are You Unsuccessfully Copying Other Marketers’ Successes?

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You’re probably inflicting a slow painful death on your business with well-intentioned marketing initiatives—and not even knowing you’re doing so.

The root cause of the problem is something called “replication-remorse,” and it’s similar to buyer’s remorse. Those shoppers are regretful of their purchases in the cold light of day.

As business people, we suffer our own painful regret when we try and emulate the success of others by copying (“replicating”) what they did.

Most of us try to “replicate,” and most of us fail. Are you one of the addicted to replicating?

[Read Full Article]

 

 

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In case you haven’t noticed yet, Flashissue has officially launched its Gmail Template Gallery.

This new update comes with themed templates and a bunch of new features. You can preview templates, move columns, change links, insert texts and images, and save your own template design. These new features will help you get even more creative with your email designs.

Here’s how to get started:

 

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  1. From the Editor tab Click New Email

  2. Select your template from the Gmail Template Gallery

  3. Edit the template by clicking on any content block

  4. Add a new content block (bottom of edit screen)

  5. Add blog content from the gallery

  6. Rearrange blocks by dragging them

  7. Save your email as new template > click Design button > Save As > name template > Save

You can save your newly created template and use it in the future. Whenever you want to access it just click on “My Templates” in the Gmail Template Gallery and it should be there and ready for you to use.

The “Getting Started” video is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more you can do now with this new update. Here are some more instructional videos on how you can replace an image, a link, text, and  save or update your own customized template from the Gmail Template Gallery feature on Flashissue.

How to replace an image:

  1. Open template

  2. Double click the image to replace and record the image dimensions (on a piece of paper)

  3. Close the dialog box

  4. Delete the image using Backspace on your keyboard

  5. Click the Images button to add a new image

  6. Use one of the image options to find you image

  7. Click the Crop button

  8. Enter the image dimensions you noted down from step 2

  9. Reposition the frame on the image (do not alter it’s size)

  10. Click Apply

  11. Click Save

  12. Your new image will appear in the email.

How to change a link:

  1. Click the Edit button for the content block containing the link

  2. Double click the link

  3. Enter your URL for the link

  4. Click OK

  5. Click Save

How to change texts:

  1. Click Edit on the Content Block containing the text.

  2. Click on the text and enter you own new text

  3. Click Save

How to save and update your template:

  1. Create your email – start with one of our templates from the gallery as base or use one of your Drafts.

  2. Click the Design button on the top bar of the editor

  3. Select Save As New or Save (to update an existing template)

  4. Name your template and Save

  5. Access your templates from the gallery

Gmail Template Gallery brings new features to the Flashissue product giving it more variety and options for you to enjoy. Customize what images, texts, and links you use to better fit the audience of your newsletters. Get more creative with your emails and start using the Gmail Template Gallery today.

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Create A Business Email for Gmail

Creating an email address for your business is a great way to make yourself look more professional when sending an email.

Example:

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Despite this it can be tedious to figure out how to do it on you own. Luckily Google makes it a lot more simpler than you think. Here are 10 steps that will guide you to your own personalized business email address with Gmail.

1. Start Creating a Google Apps for Business Account
Go to the Google Apps for Business homepage and click “Get Started”.

2. Enter Your Domain Name
After creating an account you will be asked for a domain name. You can either use a
domain you already have or you can purchase one with Google.

3. Create Your Login
Create your username and password. Then accept the Terms and Conditions to finish
creating your account.

4. Verify the Domain Name
Click “Start Setup” and then click “ Verify Domain”. A popup will ask you to contact
a domain host.  Click “no”. DO NOT CLICK THE “X” BUTTON. It will close the verification
process and you will have to start over.

5. Select Your Domain Host
You will then be asked to select your domain host to verify the name.Select “Other” from
the drop down box and click “Begin Verification”. Then choose “Alternative Methods” and
select “HTML file upload”. Follow the steps given by Google. The first step is to download
generated verification file.  DO NOT CLICK “VERIFY”.

6. Open a New Tab
Login into your DNS provider’s domain management dashboard.

7. Edit DNS Record for Your Domain
Upload the downloaded verification file to your DNS records. Follow the steps given
by your domain host.

8. Confirm and Verify
Go back to the Google tab you were previously on and confirm the upload by clicking on
the link Google provides in their third step. Then click “Verify”. You have now verified your
domain.

9. Add Gmail MX Files to Your Domain
Go to the Google Apps’ dashboard and choose the option to use Google’s servers and
copy the MX Records. Copy these records into your domain’s MX records.

10. You’re Finished.
You should now have your own Google business email address with Gmail.

 

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The Ultimate World Cup Game for your office & friends (download)

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It’s World Cup time so it’s time to have some fun.

Download this spreadsheet and to start playing.

We recommend posting it to your Google Drive and then sharing it with the people you want in the game. Players can open the spreadsheet, click on one of the Player tabs and enter their name and game predictions (avoid the tabs already in use by other players).

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It’s also suggested that you change the name of the tab in the sheet to match you name so people know to select another tab.

As admin you will enter the scores of the real games as they happen on the Actual scores tab.

All tables and standing will automatically update to show the leaders.

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3 steps to write a 3 line sales email that closes business

Here’s 3 simple steps to write a 3 line sales email that closes business.

  1. Keep it brief (1 line intro / 1 line purpose / 1 line call to action)
  2. Keep it “unfancy”. Making it look like a regular email from Gmail.
  3. Add some subtle  branding to create an impact even if the recipient does not respond.

Yesterday, I attended an online webinar from MarketingProfs called 10 Steps on Planning a Webinar (learn what a webinar is here) and afterwards I received a good 3 line sales email from the host.

best 3-line sales email.

This email has all the elements of a good sales email. The Subject line had a good context for me because i remembered attending the webinar the day before. It’s also good to note that this follow up sales email was not sent immediately after the webinar, it arrived 12 hours later which gave me time to digest the webinar content.

Even though the email came from an email marketing platform – I can see by looking at the email ‘from’ address – it had the appearance that it was a personal email sent by this guy Gregg from his Gmail account.

Email sales tip: even if you have a fancy email platform you do not need to dress up the email too much.

You can download a template of a 3 line sales email here and use Flashissue to send and track it through your Gmail account.

 

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