How would like to have up to date client information accessible and in view everytime you send them an email, or they send an email to you?
Rapportive is an information aggregation tool that gathers information about your contacts directly from inside your Gmail account. Not everybody uses Gmail for their daily communication, but most everybody HAS a Gmail account simply because they use so many of Google’s tools that require a Gmail account for log-in.
Rapportive is a free extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari web browsers. Once installed, the information Rapportive gathers will display inside Gmail whenever you are reading or composing a message. It doesn’t take up any additional screen space as it replaces the AdWords that normally appear on the right-side of the window (you weren’t looking at those ads anyway!)
Once you open an email Rapportive begins combing the web for information and links related to the sender’s email address and displaying it to the right of the message. If you’re composing a message, the search begins when you enter the email of your intended recipient. There is even a technique you can use within Rapportive to effectively guess the email of someone you’re trying to connect with (perfect for finding that prospect’s email you haven’t been able to uncover!)
Rapportive gathers the information from public profile sources like Facebook, Flickr, Google Profiles, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. and then displays the data within the email window. You’ll usually see their social network links and latest updates along with a profile photo.
Your entire sales team should be using this!
Right now Rapportive only works inside of Gmail, but even if you simply use it to find info on your clients and then flip back to your preferred email service to send the actual message, I think you’ll find Rapportive a powerful research tool.