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Email to Log: How To

May 10th, 2011
Part 1: This is Part 1

Part 2: Email to Log Entry Just Got BETTER!! (June 2011)

Part 3: How To: Create a New User from an Email (!!!!) (Jan 2012)

I created a 10 minute video on how to set this up… you can watch the video at the end of this post, but I wanted to share what has to happen before you can use this feature:

  1. You must be premium. This can be during your 14 day trial, or you’ll have to upgrade.  The best discount on an upgrade is here.
  2. You must have the private, ultra-secretive email address setup right.  It is setup when the link is bold green, not bold red. (My Account, Email Address Tab)
  3. You must have the From Emails (addresses) entered correctly. I have FROM email addresses in mine, separated by commas.  NOTE: You can have as many FROM addresses as you want… helpful if you are a virtual admin helping your client.
  4. The email address you are sending to must be in your JJ account, as a contact. You can test it by putting YOURSELF as a contact in JibberJobber.  Then, send yourself an email, and put your ultra-secretive email address that you just setup in the bcc field, and then see if it goes in as a log entry within 5 minutes.

If you have problems, and all of that is setup right, we’ll work with you from there.  But those four things have to be in place for this to work.

Want a visual?  Watch this video:

Other Email2Log blog posts:

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Job Seeker Success: Simply ASK!

May 9th, 2011

A few weeks ago I was presenting to a bunch of job seekers and, as usual, had some books to hand out.  I don’t have a polished way of handing them out (yet), and sometimes I forget to get rid of them all.

At the end of the presentation I was standing at the front of the room, talking to people, enjoying the networking environment, and I looked down to see the last, lone book on the desk.  It stuck out since it was bright blue.  It was just sitting there.  My thought was:

If someone would just ask for this book, I’d give it to them!

All they had to do was let me know they wanted it… I didn’t want to give it to someone who wouldn’t be interested in it… just ask, I thought!

A few days later I saw a Group Discussion on my LinkedIn Group titled Six year old scores his dream job, posted by Adam Lewis.

I read the article thinking it had to be a hoax, and that some papers got gamed… perhaps that is the case, but it seems to be quite real.

What happened? You can read the awesome story at The Telegraph, and BBC News… in summary, a six year old kid (Sam Pointon) applied, via letter, for a job to replace the retiring director at the National Railway Museum in York (UK).  The letter is adorable… check it out:

You know what this six year old did?  HE ASKED!  He simply asked! (go here to clearly see the content of the letter)

The person who would have asked for that book would have gotten it, because the timing was PERFECT! I didn’t want to bring it back home!  I wanted to give it to someone, but I missed my chances, and I was about to have to … ugh, take it back home!

Are you ASKING for time to discuss industry issues with peers (aka, asking for informational interviews/meetings)?

Are you ASKING for introductions to key people?

Are you ASKING “who do you know who works in my industry?”

Are you ASKING friends and family for help, or advice?

Are you ASKING for _________? (you know what THE THING is to fill the blank in with)

ASK!  ASK!  ASK!

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Favorite Friday: The Power of your LinkedIn Status

May 6th, 2011

The Power of your LinkedIn Status: December 20, 2008 on my LinkedIn blog.

This is a really powerful story about someone who was laid off, started a job search, and changed his status to what he thought would be helpful but instead was not helpful.

Lesson learned.  Check out the post here (and the link to the whole story).

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Setting up an email signature in Gmail (or Google Apps/mail)

May 5th, 2011

I talk a lot about using your email signature as a branding tool.  My brother asked me how to save it in his new email address, which uses Google Apps (basically, he’s using Gmail but he gets to keep his domain/branding).

Here are the steps:

1. Click on the settings icon on the top right, and choose Mail settings.

2. You’ll be on the default tab (General).  Just scroll down until you see the section for your email signature.  Fill it in, like this:

3. Make sure you click SAVE CHANGES at the bottom of the screen… you’ll have to scroll down to see it.  Don’t forget this part :p

If you want tips on how to create your signature, or other email training, check out one of my latest trainings: Effective Email Communication.  In this series I have the following modules/trainings (minutes:seconds):

  • Introduction to Better Emails (1:43)
  • Your email address and “From” name (4:12)
  • Set the tone: How to start an email (4:46)
  • Compelling Subject Lines: Want your email to be read? (7:21)
  • How to Make and Respond to Virtual Introduction (8:43)
  • How to email someone who isn’t expecting your email (10:11)
  • Strategic Email Signatures (4:59)
  • When to use To, CC and BCC fields (5:47)
  • When to use Reply All (4:49)
  • Formats and colors: Do’s and Don’t’s (3:45)
  • Tip: Highlighting Your Response (4:54)
  • Conclusion – are you a better emailer? (4:01)

Total viewing time is 65 minutes. Watch only the sections you need, when you want.  Your emails should be significantly better, more effective, and well-branded!

If you want the series on Effective Email Communication, pay $50 here and include a note to let us know that’s what you are buying (we’ll automate this later, but bigger fish to fry for now).

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Email Signature Pop Quiz: My Answer

May 4th, 2011

Okay, yesterday I sprung a pop quiz on you… asking for the MOST important part of my email signature. As you think about mine (and see my explanations below), you should be able to figure out the why’s of your own email signature.

I’ve struggled with this for a while… I really want my signature to be shorter… but I can’t figure out what to take out.  There are two things going on with each line, even each character, in my email signature.  Here’s the signature… we’ll break it down line by line below.

Jason Alba

I like how clean this is. I have an MBA and at least one certification I can think of, but none of that helps you think/know/perceive what I want you to think/know/perceive.

::  http://JibberJobber.com – Organize your Job Search

This is where I want people to go.  I want them to know about it. I want them to recommend it.  And I especially want them to be able to describe it – perhaps the most important thing in my email signature is the last four words, describing what JibberJobber is/does.  It is all about organizing your job search… something like “career management 2.0” would be too cliche/confusing.

::  http://LinkedInForJobSeekers.com – DVD

This is an important product for me, and I want you to have an idea of what it is and how it can help you.  Because this product is so easy to monetize (easier than getting a JibberJobber upgrade), this might be the most important part of my email signature…

::  DVD bundle: http://JibberJobber.com/specials

I want people to know that if they are on the fence on an upgrade, they should check out the sales page.  I am a sales guy… I always opt for a discounted price, which is what you get here.  And I refer to this link in my email signature all the time in regular email correspondence…. therefore, it might be the most important part of my email signature…

::  http://twitter.com/JasonAlba

This is an EASY way to follow me, learn more about me, evangelize me, etc. I’m fairly active on Twitter, and it seems to be a good way to share stuff… so I want to make it easy for you to communicate with and to me there. For marketing purposes, this just might be the most important line on my email signature…

::  JJ on the mobile: m.JibberJobber.com (AWESOME!)

We just launched this feature but I can see keeping it on my email signature for a long time, since everyone asks for it.  Why not proactively let people know it’s available? For product development purposes, this just might be the most important line on my email signature…

Okay, so it was a trick question… I’m not sure what is THE MOST important… they all have their purposes, they are all important, and they all contribute to my branding message.

Thoughts?

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Email Signature Pop Quiz

May 3rd, 2011

Okay, I’ve talked about email signatures plenty… tell me, part of my email signature do YOU think is the MOST IMPORTANT?

I think I know what it is, or what they are, but I want to see what you think :)  Leave a comment and share your thoughts (and why)… my post tomorrow shares MY MOST IMPORTANT… :)

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NEWS: Welcome Dave Alba to the JibberJobber team!

May 2nd, 2011

Five years and five months ago I got laid off.  I wasn’t too worried about my pending job search because I had “done all the right things.”  I knew I was hot stuff (with my MBA, Spanish almost-fluency, IT systems background, etc.), and knew companies would be falling all over themselves to hire ME.

In a call to my dad (Dave Alba) he said “I’ll expect you to be out of work for at least six months,” as he was thinking about how to help me through this ordeal.

SIX MONTHS?  NO WAY, NOT ME,” I thought.

He was right… I wasn’t hot stuff, and no one was anxious to bring me on board, much less return phone calls or emails.

My dad was my first investor in JibberJobber.  I remember a conversation where he said “okay, I don’t understand what JibberJobber is, or how it works.  Just tell me, how much money do you want, and where do you want it sent?”  (NOTE: He’s not wealthy, and “how much” didn’t mean “how many millions.”  I realize how blessed I was to have a dad who could say that… I’m not bragging but I want to show his faith in me, and my vision, from the beginning.)

Fast forward five years later… today my dad joins the JibberJobber team!

He’ll focus on a few things:

  • Sales of a new product we launched last summer,
  • Account management with this product
  • Some other stuff

(how come I don’t tell all here?  Because my competition reads my blog… and shortly after I announce stuff I see them emulating what I’m doing… so I have to keep some things under wraps)

Here’s a little about my dad:

Dave Alba had an amazing, successful career with the FBI.  After rising to senior executive management at the FBI, he retired and worked for a security guard company for the last ten years.  He has very strong work ethic that was instilled in him as a young boy growing up on a farm in Pecos, Texas (thank you abuela and abuelo for NOT naming him Bill!  Otherwise, my dad would have been Pecos Bill :s).

If you would have asked me ten, even five, years ago if my dad could work with me, the answer would have been NO WAY.  He was, as far as I understood, a government worker.  There is a different mindset in private industry, especially in a small startup.

But the last 10 years have proved to be a rich opportunity for him to learn all-things P&L.  He was responsible for a sizable region spanning Houston to Corpus Christi, and became intimately familiar with sales, account management, operations, managing budgets, etc.

He’s been trained to work for me.

I’m more excited, though, about his work ethic and all the things the stereotypical baby boomer would bring to the table.  I’ve watched him deal with his prior employers with a high level of integrity.  He is the quintessential company-man… he gives an honest effort to do his job right, and strives to take care of his company and those he works with.

He told me he was getting ready for his successor in his next company.  He said something like “I’ve been in situations where I was the new guy and given a big mess to sort out – I’m working in getting everything ready for the new guy so he doesn’t have a big mess to deal with.”  I loved that… he didn’t have to, but he worked very, very hard for someone else.

That’s my dad.

Aside from all that stuff above, I’m most excited because this is, for me, a fairy tale.  The chance to work with my own dad? I never could have that before (you can’t take your son to work like his dad took him to work on the farm :p).

Now, though, our professional worlds meet in a cool, fun place.

He’s joining me on my journey to change the world, one mind, and one career, at a time.

Please welcome with me, Dave Alba, newest member of the JibberJobber team!

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