I posted about branding on Monday and I realized there is another interesting way to brand yourself and your blog.
Have you ever received an e-mail from me? If not, then you haven’t seen my mail signature. It is a cool one… So this time, I will show you how you can make your own cool mail signature and get more exposure for your blog and social media profiles.
The tools you will need are Thunderbird e-mail client and WiseStamp add-on for it. But don’t worry, all the links and instructions are here!
After learning about Thunderbird as a great e-mail client I decided to give it a try, because with all the website e-mails and personal accounts I spent too much time checking my e-mails.
The client works great and I am loving it. I won’t get much into it because all you need to do is download it for free here, install and set up your e-mails (this works almost by itself, just enter the username and password).
Then I saw Ana’s post about Wise Stamp and I wanted to sign my e-mails the same way. I installed the add-on on my Firefox browser, all happy, just to realize that I don’t use browser for e-mails anymore – I am using Thunderbird!
So I did a little digging, found that there is WiseStamp for Thunderbird, downloaded it and installed it as an add-on. All the instructions are on this download page.
Now you have two great tools all set up!
How am I using it
Here is a screenshot of my current signature:
What can you see in my signature:
- name and surname
- link to my blog
- link to my newsletter sign up form
- my Skype user name
- link to Facebook profile
- link to Twitter profile
- link to YouTube channel
- and even my last post on the blog
Here is an important note and a great feature. You can set different signatures for your business and personal e-mails. My personal signature has only my name and phone number, nothing else.
How can you make this rock for you
You need to give people opportunity to connect with you. Maybe someone is using only Facebook and nothing else. That guy/gal won’t know what to do with your Twitter username cause they are not using it.
So make sure you have more than one option for people to connect and contact you. Still, you don’t want your signature cluttered.
Add a few services, not every social site under the sun. Choose three or four you are using the most, or where you need followers, and stop there.
But choosing what you want in your signature is totally up to you. I am just going to show you HOW to do it in few simple steps.
Detailed tutorial I made for this can be downloaded here.
There are two icons at the top of the WiseStamp window. One is General and the other one is Settings. In the image below you can see how the signature edit window looks like:
When you go to Settings you can choose whether you want your signature to be included in all of your e-mails and replies.
General icon will open the signature editing interface.
- Choose the signature you want to edit (business or personal)
- In the white box, type in the text you want in your signature
- If you want to add an image to your signature, click “Add an image” button
- To make a part of your signature clickable, select the text you want to turn into a link, click “Add a link” button and enter the destination URL.
Or, you can create the whole signature using HTML. Click on the HTML button to toggle the editing screen.
Time to add some social sites…
- In the Social tab choose what services you want to link to and enter the URLs
- You can add more profiles by clicking the “Add new profile” link
- You can edit the title for your social links by clicking “Edit settings…”
Instant messaging setup:
- Choose the services you want to use
- Enter your usernames
- To add more than 3 IM services click “Add new IM” and to edit the title click “Edit settings…”
- Add the title for your feed in the first line, something like “My last blog post”
- Enter your RSS feed URL in the second line
- Validate and you are done
While you are setting up your RSS feed you will see a link saying “Get more ideas”. When you click it, you will get a list of different ideas you can add to your signature.
You can add daily quotes, last posts from your favorite blogs, news, your team’s sport results, and so on.
One more time, here is the download link for the detailed tutorial on how to set up your signature.
And that would be all :)
Share this if you like it, don’t share if you hate it but make sure I get some e-mails from you, demonstrating that you at least tried it!