Rapportive – The World’s Gone Social, Isn’t It Time Your Email Did?
Technically speaking, Rapportive is a simple, social CRM (Client/Customer Relationship Manager) built into Gmail (for Firefox, Chrome Mac/PC) and also MailPlane & Safari (for Mac).
Don’t use Gmail? Be sure you keep reading to learn why you may not want to ignore this entirely anyways!
But enough about that wordy business… what Rapportive really is… is a cool way to bring some of the social media connectivity right into your Gmail account!
Let me show you!
Rapportive has the ability to integrate data from a large number of social networks!
How to install Rapportive Social Media CRM for Gmail?
You can install Rapportive as a add-on for free direct from Rapportive’s site here. (You may need to approve the pop-up installer.)
If you’re using Mac’s MailPlane, it’s already built in!
Why Should You Care About Rapportive If You Don’t Use Gmail?
Just like any other social media tool, we have to be aware about what information about ourselves is circulating where. It’s easy to forget which accounts are linked to which email pages with which profile pictures… until we get a sudden shocking reminder.
You may have one look at your information on Rapportive and discover that it is old, outdated or just plain wrong. Often this is caused by us leaving an important email address linked to a social site we no longer actively spend time on.
You may also find that your information is just simply incomplete and that if people you email are going to have your contact information this easily at hand – they should have more of it. As you can see from the list of social sites above, you have lots of options of what to link in.
What Settings Does Rapportive Need?
In the top of your Gmail bar you will see Rapportive listed (after installing it and restarting your browser). Here you have a drop-down menu for the most important settings.
Claiming all of your associated email addresses, ensures that you only have one cohesive Rapportive account and that all of your sub-email addresses are “attached” so that everyone sees the same profile. (This is important.)
Connecting the four key social sites is fast and easy and gives a really high quality deep-level integration. It’s not totally required but highly suggested. You can even follow people, add friends, and reply to tweets all from within the Rapportive sidebar! Powerful!
What’s the Fastest Way To Check Your Rapportive information?
Log into your gmail account and send yourself an email. Doesn’t matter what’s in it. You’ just want to see yourself as the sender.
What If Your Rapportive Information Is Incorrect?
Why is my information missing / wrong / outdated, and how do I fix this?
If you see data which is inaccurate in your own profile, hover over the entry and you will see a remove button show up. Hovering over the list of smaller icons will reveal a pop-out that at the bottom has a “add a social network” link that I suggest you use to be as updated as possible.
For Gmail and Social Media, I think it’s the hottest thing since sliced bread! It works with Google Apps (which means it can work with your domain based emails), and brings a level of integration that is just sexy! It also plays very nice with the large number of greasemonkey scripts that I use to customize gmail and provide for better integration of other Google tools. I’ve been running it for over a year now and absolutely love it! Check it out!
So what do you think? Think it’s time to upgrade you’re Gmail account to the social media age or like it the way it is? Like your email list members having more of your data and branding in front of them when they open your email or concerned by this? I hope you’ll share this post and then leave your thoughts below! Let’s chat!
PS: Check back soon for another post about how to “extend” Rapportive, using “Raplets” to allow deep-level integration into Aweber, Klout, MailChimp, PeerIndex, and more!