Custom Signatures on Gmail for Business

Posted by David Chism | Thu, May 6, 2010

 Custom Signatures on Gmail for Business
Intro to Cloud Com­put­ing and Google Apps Many own­ers of paint com­pa­nies are spend­ing more time on the road and less time at the office dur­ing a down econ­o­my. The need for a mobile office is more need­ed now than even a year ago. So, I’ve been encour­ag­ing my clients to con­sid­er switch­ing to Cloud Com­put­ing.” Cloud Com­put­ing is basi­cal­ly com­put­er programs/​software on the web, not phys­i­cal­ly installed on your com­put­er. If you have an Inter­net con­nec­tion, you have all your office appli­ca­tions and files at your fin­ger­tips on the go. Oh…and with a good con­nec­tion, Cloud Com­put­ing is typ­i­cal­ly much faster to load and oper­ate than the typ­i­cal heavy pro­grams like Microsoft Out­look and oth­er CRM pro­grams. Any­ways, Google is becom­ing a leader in Cloud Com­put­ing by offer­ing Google Apps:” busi­ness appli­ca­tions in the clouds. They also have Google Mar­ket­place which allows 3rd par­ty com­pa­nies to offer their Cloud prod­ucts to be installed on the Google platform/​dashboard. What this means in a nut­shell is that by using Google Apps and the Mar­ket­place, you only login to one pro­gram: your google account. Once you are logged in, you have access to all oth­er pro­grams you’ve sub­scribed too or pur­chased and don’t need a sep­a­rate user­name and pass­word (i.e. Every­thing under one roof). Cus­tom Signatures If you decide to make the switch to the clouds and end up using Google Apps, you will prob­a­bly end up set­tling with Gmail as your email­ing pro­gram in most cas­es rather than MS Out­look. Gmail has a dif­fer­ent inter­face than Out­look. It takes some get­ting use too, but once you use all the cool plu­g­ins (called labs in Gmail) and get famil­iar with it, Gmail is pret­ty pow­er­ful! The one major down­side to Gmail is that you can only use plain text” for your cus­tom sig­na­tures. So, a com­pa­ny called Wis­eS­tamp cre­at­ed a plu­g­in that allows you to cre­ate cus­tom sig­na­tures, sim­i­lar to what you could do in Out­look. The lat­est ver­sion of Wis­eS­tampmakes cre­at­ing a cus­tom sig­na­ture easy and requires lit­tle or no HTML knowl­edge. Check out their web­site and down­load the plu­g­in for your brows­er: Fire­fox of Chrome (my two favorites). Need Help Set­ting up a Cloud Office, Mobile Devices, Google Apps, Cus­tomiz­ing Gmail into a Busi­ness Account, Set­ting up your Cal­en­dars, Sig­na­tures, Fil­ters etc. can be done with­out hir­ing a con­sul­tant or com­put­er wiz…but it can be quite time con­sum­ing. So, if you don’t have the time or get stuck in the process, I’m hap­py to help. Just ask!

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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