One of the best places to promote our blogs and other projects is our email signature. Everyone who receives an email from you sees it, and most of us use email daily. But, as simple as that sounds, it’s not always as easy as it seems. For example, Thunderbird, an email platform developed by Mozilla that I used to use, requires you to create a graphic and attach it with sent emails if you want a specialized signature.
And then there are those who all but abuse the email signature promotion tactic. ‘ve received emails from friends with up to a dozen lines of advertising following their names, which are often displayed in huge, script-style font. That’s kind of overkill in the signature department. On the other hand, some email platforms, such as Gmail (the one I use), only provide plain-text signatures, which underplays the point of placing information below your name.
Thanks to On Blogging Well reader Aggie Villanueva for introducing me to WiseStamp. WiseStamp allows you to customize your email signature, even adding hyperlinks, graphics, and RSS feeds, without looking obtrusive or annoying. Plus, it’s free and easy. Pretty cool, huh?
WiseStamp is supported by Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo! mail, and AOL. It is a FireFox browser add-on, which means you need to be running your email platform from FireFox in order to use it, but FireFox is fast becoming the browser of choice for many Internet users, and it’s also free to download, so this is a simple request. WiseStamp took me literally about 7 minutes to install and implement. Here’s the process:
- Open a FireFox browser window. (Here’s the link to download FireFox if you don’t already have it. It’s a great browser.)
- Go to WiseStamp.com and download your free WiseStamp add-on. (WiseMap provides a handy installation guide if you need help.)
- Relaunch your FireFox browser. (You’ll be instructed when to do this.)
- Next, read the First Steps with WiseStamp instructions. (This page also has an informative video.)
- Find the WiseStamp icon (located in the lower right corner of your browser window) and click it. Select “Edit Signature” from the popup list of choices.
- The WiseStamp Edit screen will appear (see image below). In the edit box, type in your signature as you would like it to appear in your emails. You can change the font color, size, bold or italicize it, and even add a hyperlink.
- Select whether you want to save this as your personal or business address. (You can have both and click on the WiseStamp icon in your browser window while typing an email to choose which one you want. Otherwise, whichever one you have designated as the default will be used.)
- Add links to your social media, RSS, and/or instant messaging profiles. Make sure you use the public profile link. The window opens with four link options — LinkedIn, Twitter, FaceBook, and Flickr. You can add more by clicking on the Add New Profile link or you can change the options by clicking on the down arrow next to the profile icon. A popup list will appear to display a number of social media sites. Click on the icon you wish to add/change.
- Once you’ve got your signature the way you want it to appear, preview it.
I want to thank Aggie again for letting us know about the WiesStamp email signature tool to help market our blogs.
Until next time,