If you love productivity, then you probably already know all about Boomerang for Gmail . It helps you follow up, schedule emails, keep relevant info at your fingertips, and generally stay on top of your inbox . Anyone who knows me could tell you that I’m a huge fan.
Well, now my favorite tool has added a nifty new feature: “Boomerang Respondable.” At the bottom of your Gmail compose screen, there’s a little green bar indicating how likely your email is to get a response.
If it’s low, you can click in and get detail on which of the four dimensions needs improvement: Subject Length, Word Count, Question Count, and Reading Level.
Based on insights from over 5 million emails , the plugin offers more specific recommendation for each of those dimensions. For example, asking no questions reduces reply rates, because there’s no answer being requested. On the other hand, asking a ton of questions is overwhelming and can make the recipient want to crawl in a hole and ignore your message. Fact: Boomerang recommends one to three questions for the best chance of getting a response.
After a few tweaks to my initial email, I’ve gone from very unlikely to receive a response, to likely. Without too much effort!
With everything you have to think about at work, it’s nice to have a tool that thinks about email respondability for you. So, take one this one thing off your plate and get Boomerang here . Just make sure you’re ready for all those replies to flood in.
TopicsTools & Skills , Email , Syndication , Productivity , Communication , No Seriously—Do This Now By Alex Cavoulacos
Alex is a Founder of The Muse, where she focuses on the product, engineering, and operations of the fast-growing business. Her book The New Rules of Work, written with her co-founder Kathryn, comes out in April 2017. Outside the office, Alex can be found on her road bike or deep in a book. She also loves productivity hacks more than candy.More from this Author