Email may seem kind of archaic in a time when we can use our voices to get important things done, but it鈥檚 still necessary (unfortunately). There鈥檚 all the back and forth, wondering whether your email just got buried in someone鈥檚 inbox, whether it was sent to 鈥 gulp 鈥斅spam, etc.

Thankfully, people are finally implementing features that make our lives a lot easier. Here鈥檚 how you can use different email apps to make sure your voice is heard among all the spam in your recipients鈥 inboxes.


1.聽Send your email聽at the right time.聽While we can鈥檛 tell you when the exact best time is to send an email, we聽can tell you that it probably isn鈥檛 at 3am in your recipient鈥檚 time zone. By the time 9am rolls around for them, your email is probably going to be buried and they may never see it.

This is why you either want to send聽your emails at a time that鈥檚 going to ensure they鈥檒l sit nice and pretty at the top of someone鈥檚 inbox, or聽schedule them to do so. Luckily, there are apps like Polymail and Nylas Mail that allow you to do just that. Another popular one is Boomerang, a Gmail聽extension that allows you to schedule emails and also resend important emails BACK into your inbox.

The best time to ensure your emails are read are during聽work hours, since many people don鈥檛 like to read emails when they鈥檙e away from the office. If you live in different time zones, you can use a handy conversion tool to figure out when to send.

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2.聽Track email. Another great thing apps like聽Polymail and Nylas Mail聽let you do is track whether your email was opened or links within your email were clicked. This might sound kinda creepy, but it鈥檚 really just like read receipts on your iPhone. It鈥檚 just nice to know whether someone actually got your email. Chances are, they aren鈥檛 ignoring you, but if you see that they opened it and they聽don鈥檛 respond, that puts you on track for the next tip.

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3.聽Follow up.聽This is one of the most important things you can do when you need an answer on your email. You don鈥檛 want to be too pressing or needy, which is an easy line to cross in email etiquette.聽Shoot a simple note along the lines of 鈥渃hecking in to see what your thoughts were on X.鈥 This makes sure you stay top-of-mind and makes it much more likely you鈥檒l see a response. People forget to answer emails, get distracted or just need more information sometimes before they can give you an answer. Following up helps both of you and (hopefully) gets you the answers you need!

While nothing can guarantee a response, these steps will serve you well on your quest to get your emails seen and answered as much as possible. Try 鈥檈m out!

What do you do to make sure your emails are seen? Tell us @BritandCo!

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