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How to Get Busy People to Take Action When You Send an Email

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We all get a lot of email. For important emails we hope for replies or action. If you do the math on the number of inbound emails you get multiplied by the time it would take to read them all and respond to those that expect a reply you would be astounded.

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Embarke Raises $1.25M For Email MarketingTools


The company develops a tool to optimize emails for better open rates, helping marketers to better segment and understand their users, optimize the time of delivery for each user, and more. embarke venture capital funding seed email marketing optimization San Diego-based Embarke has raised $1.25M in a funding round, which the company''s founder said came from a number of venture capitalists and angel investors.

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SaneBox Takes On Email Overload


A new startup focused on taming email overload has recently emerged, and looks to have some LA connections. SaneBox has recently launched an email plugin which works with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Microsoft Outlook, and other email programs, and helps users filter, set up reminders, unsubscribe to unwanted email lists, and much more. sanebox email overload gmail filter

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Effective Email Introductions or Why Blind Intros Suck


A well-intentioned colleague introduced me to a stranger via email, without first confirming with me that the intro was welcomed. When I am not complaining, I strive to be a mensch and I pride myself in helping as many people as my time and talents allow.

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Why You Should Think Twice Before You Send That Intro Email

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And in most cases I would heed Fred Wilson’s advice about the “double opt-in” email for intros – where you ask for permission before green-lighting an unsolicited introductions. At best “over introducers” are driven by a sincere desire to help other people.

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How ContractSafe Wants To Help You Get Your Legal Docs In Order, With Ken Button


To address that disaster, Ken Button and Randy Bishop�two veterans of the startup industry�created ContractSafe (, a new online service aimed at helping companies to tame that mess and manage and store their contracts in the cloud. At least once a week, and email would go around to the whole team, on who has the latest version of XYZ contract, or do we have an NDA with so and so.

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Helping Colleagues in Their Time of Need

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I felt excited to write because it’s a cathartic outlet for me and saves me from doing email. Don’t feel obligated but when a community acts to help a colleague in need it’s surprising what an impact can be made with a large amount of small contributions. I had a bunch of topics teed up now that I’m back in LA after 2 weeks of constant travel. But no words would come out this weekend.

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Tips to Help you Think About Sales at Your Startup

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should you email before you call? Sales. It’s the lifeblood of any organization and yet most startups don’t have any sales DNA on their teams. It’s important enough that I dedicate a tab on my blog to startup sales & marketing.

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Making the Internet Smarter at Helping Us

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Whenever I’m trying out new restaurants I always feel compelled to check Zagat & Yelp and then STILL email friends to ask their POV on my top 3-4 choices. Help me cut through the clutter. Recommendation Slicing. The Internet has a problem. It’s one you know well.

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Email Marketing | 5 Ways to Keep Them Coming Back

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One of the hardest parts of email marketing is building a subscriber base and getting them to open your emails but that’s only half the battle. The goal of email marketing is opening a conversation and turning that conversation into a relationship.

Help your employees to grow through their position.


Email readers, continue here…] The answer coming from the best of breed in corporate personnel management is to form a trusted bond with that openly-identified employee, helping that person to manage his or her career within and preparing to follow the company experience.

Fan Appz Launches Personal Marketing Platform To Help Brands Convert Fans Into Loyal Customers

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From email addresses and demographics to Likes, brand affinitiesand interests, it gives marketersthe insights they need to address consumers as individuals with relevant, meaningful messages that drive response. That’s how social can help build customer lifetime value.”. Helps Early Adopters Find The Latest

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Sign up with your email address, Facebook or Twitter account, and it allows you the early adopter, founder, designer, investor, or critic to join the site and track only what you find appealing. A static way to read what people were saying would be even more helpful ie a comment box.

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Why Mommy Bloggers Can Help Your Business

Eric Greenspan

We’ve included a link to their site, an email address (very hard to come by) and a social profile link. You can learn more about our Mommy Blogger list by simply dropping me an email to eric at zodiac805 dot com or contact me through my company at There are over 4,500 influential Mommy Bloggers covering topics from pregnancy to child raising to education. Some write about relationships and others about sex.

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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An entrepreneur recently sent me an @ reply message on Twitter asking for some help with a decision coming up in his business. I get these frequently via Twitter, Facebook or email. I provided my email address and he sent me a 688 word email (e.g. Most of us want to help.

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SendGrid Rolls Out New Triggered Email Service


SendGrid , the email infrastructure and delivery provider which has a big development office in Orange County, said Thursday that it has launched a new service that helps marketers send out emails to their customers, based on their activities and actions. The new service, Threads by SendGrid , allows marketers to craft how emails are send to users, based on what websites they view, what features they are using, mobile app activity, and more.

Dealflicks Help Theaters Fill Their Seats Last Minute

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Launched in beta July last year in Oakland, San Francisco, Dealflicks is a price line for movie tickets and gives movie tickets and concessions for up to 60% off to help theaters get butts in their seats.

GoCoin Adds Email, SMS Billing


Santa Monica-based GoCoin , the Bitcoin payment software developer headed by Steve Beauregard, said last week that it has added a new feature which lets merchants bill customers via email and SMS. The new feature allows merchants to request BitCoin and other digital currency payments via either an email or text, directly from a dashboard or an API. gocoin bitcoin ecommerce software email billing

SaneBox Rolls Out New Email Follow Up Tool


Venice, California-based email software developer Sanebox , which develops software to help you prioritize and respond to emails, has just rolled out a new feature which might just help you keep on top of that email monster. The company aid its new SaneNoReplies software helps users track which emails they need to follow up with, flagging those emails where you were expecting a response, but never got one.

SendGrid Extends Into Email Marketing


Anaheim- and Boulder, Colorado-based SendGrid , which develops email delivery services and software, is making a big expansion today, into email marketing. SendGrid said it has launched a brand new, email marketing service which is aimed at marketers looking to reliably send high volumes of mail. SendGrid said the new service is aimed at displacing current, email marketing service providers, who the company said have been holding users "hostage" with their high prices.

SendGrid Sets Up Shop In Anaheim


Cloud-based, email infrastructure provider SendGrid , which develops cloud software to help businesses more easily deliver emails to customers, has set up shop in Anaheim, California, the firm said Wednesday. sendgrid anaheim engineering jobs employment email infrastructure cloud software saas

SaneBox's New Tool, SaneConnect, Finds Warmer Intros Using Email


Venice, California-based SaneBox , the developer of email tools to help users better manage the flood of emails in their inbox, has rolled out a new product it says can help better figure out who in your company can make a warm intro to potential customers and partners. The company said the new tool looks at email headers, how often and how many emails have been exchanged, and more based on the domain of a company you want an introduction into.

Contur Takes On Email Sorting, Organization


Are you overwhelmed with too many emails in your inbox? A new startup, Contur , launching out of the StartEngine accelerator program today, said that it has created a service which helps users organize their emails by task, projects, and more. The startup--which bills itself as a "virtual assistant for email"--said it will offer up its service to professional power users who receive more than 100 emails per day, via a Windows desktop application.

Two most powerful words: “Help me.”


There is a bit of the teacher in all of us, and a request for help is a natural trigger to bring this out. And there should be an equal – if not stronger – bit of a student in each of us as well, allowing us to drop our egos a notch and actually ask for help when we need it.

Contur Getting Set To Beta Automatic Email Organizer


Los Angeles-based Contur , the email organization software developer recently launched out of StartEngine, told its users that it's getting set to release its automatic email organizer. The firm said that its software is now able to sort emails automatically into inboxes 80 percent of the time, and is getting set for a closed beta of the new service. The company's software is aimed at helping users organize their emails by task, projects, and more.

Never Ask Two People to do One Person’s Job

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Over the year’s I’ve tried to offer some tangible, practical advice to help people communicate more effectively. I’ve weighed in on: Email 1 —  How to Get Busy People to Take Action Email 2 —  Etiquette to Email Introductions Email 3 —  Make it Easy for Me to Forward Your Email !

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j2 Global Buys Excel Micro For Email Security


Los Angeles-based j2 Global , the diversified Internet and online services firm led by Hemi Zucker, has gobbled up yet another Internet services company, saying it has acquired cloud email security and archiving provider Excel Micro. j2 Global said the acquisition will help expand its U.S. and Canadian email security customer base.

Always Keep On Top Of Your To Due List with DueToDos [Invites]

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At its release, email was heralded as the best thing since the facsimile aka the fax machine. Well email may be the savior of the Western world’s time, but like all great inventions of the last century, it could use a little help.

Interview with Lars Helgeson, GreenRope


How did an email marketing provider turn into a provider of software which mashes up a combination of email marketing, wiki, customer service management, event and meeting management tool, project management software, and much more? lars helgeson greenrope email marketing software

Dwolla Integrates With To Help Users Easily Track Their Expenses

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They help users create goals and set up budgets for everything they spend on. per transaction, or free for transactions $10 or less and say they are big on safety because users only their email address, phone number or unique Dwolla ID and no personal information is shared.

LiveOffice Connects Into


Torrance-based LiveOffice , the developer of cloud-based email archiving and compliance services, reported today that it has connected its product with LiveOffice said it has announced a new, LiveOffice Outlook Email Connector, which allows users to view email, attachments, and Chatter posts within liveoffice salesforce email archiving compliance saas software

Velocify Rolls Out New Sales Prospecting Tool


According to Velocify, the new tool uses social and professional networks to help its users discover and convert potential buyers. MailCaddy provides personalized emails to reach out to prospects, using email templates. Los Angeles-based Velocify , the developer of leads management and sales software, has rolled out a new tool call SalesCaddy. Velocify said the tool includes two features--implemented as browser plugins--SocialCaddy and MailCaddy.

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Help your associates advance their careers.


We cannot legally stand in the way of an employee resigning to pursue a dream, but we can leave a bad taste with that person and chip away at our corporate culture by not cooperating or even helping the employee move on. . Email readers continue here.] Five years later, I received an email from Tom. In one of the most understated several word paragraphs in history, I responded by email, “Gee, Tom.

LiveOffice In Migration Effort With Microsoft


Torrance-based LiveOffice , the provider on cloud-based email archiving services which is headed by Nick Mehta, reported today that it has announced a special email migration program for users of Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive. LiveOffice said its new EHA Fast Pass migration program was developed in collaboration with Microsoft, to help transition select Microsoft Exchange Hosted Archive (EHA) customers to LiveOffice. liveoffice migration email microsoft hosted exchange

Liveoffice Ports To New Language: Klingon


Torrance-based LiveOffice , the cloud-based email archiving and compliance service, has ported its user interface into an interesting language--the fictional Klingon language from Star Trek. According to LiveOffice today, users of the software can now view its interface in Klingon when they want to access their email archives. and said the new support will help communicate with "150 member planets and thousands of colonies across 8,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy."

BLOGGER ALERT: How to Start a Blog and Make Money Blogging

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This means more people sign up for your email list when you have the pop up box than when you don’t. An email list is exactly how it sounds, a collection of people’s emails who have visited your site. Have an email capture. Hope this helps!

Nimble Offers Software For Free To Startups


Nimble is led by Jon Ferrara, and offers up a service that helps users better track their contacts, customers, sales prospects, and more, and communicate with them via email, social networks, and more. nimble startup accelerator customer relationship email sales management goldmine launchpadla muckerlabNimble , the developer of customer relationship management software, said today that it has launched a program for startups, which will offer up a free year of its service.

The Director of the CIA’s Email was Hacked By a Teenager: Here’s How

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election cycle well and truly heating up, it’s hard to go a day without hearing about Hillary Clinton’s secret basement email gaffe. There he gathered every credential he needed to break into John Brennan’s private email account, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Turn Yourself Into a Hologram with HOLLAGRAM


About a year ago we introduced you to VNTANA , an Los Angeles, CA-based startup that wanted to leverage hologram technology to help celebrities and brands use holograms to entertain and engage their followers and fans. They have introduced their technology to venues all over the world and have helped performers add that element of surprise to their shows. Technology is moving towards extreme personalization that will help consumers and brands improve future experiences.”.

The Toxic Nature of Email

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But what has really killed me is email. I live in email hell. And for the last few evenings I decided to get through email rather than blog. I’m always so completely behind on email. I have a love / hate relationship with email. Email is a chore.