June 12, 2014 / in Business Recommendations, General Information, Information Technology / by Jason Terry
Hey there…it’s Jason with this week’s Blue Gurus blog post!
Every once in a while I find a tool or service that blows my mind. Evercontact wins that prize for June! Thanks to Tony and Joe at Umzuzu for recommending it to me.
How often do you find yourself pulling up a contact record in your phone and realize you don’t have the business address listed as you’re trying to drive to their office? Okay, maybe I could plan a little better, but that really does happen to me more often than I’d like. What about when you are trying to call someone and all you have is their email address and no phone number? I am happy to tell you that this rarely happens to me now because of Evercontact.
Evercontact is this magical service that goes through your email inbox every night. It looks for email signatures from all the people that are sending you email. When it finds an email signature, it grabs all the information it can… street address, main business phone, mobile phone, email address, website address and more. It then looks in your Google Contacts or Outlook Contacts to find a match.
When a match is found, Evercontact updates your contact record automatically with the new information. If you don’t want to trust it right away, you can choose to have Evercontact send you an email that shows you the new information it found, and you can update your contact record by clicking a single confirmation link.
So let’s say that I have Mic Johnson in my contacts with just his name and email address. And then Mic sends me an email that has a signature at the bottom with his mailing address and cell phone number listed. Evercontact finds the match and adds the mailing address and cell phone number to my contact record in Google Apps, and I don’t have to do ANYTHING for that to happen. And then, because I have my mobile phone connected to my contacts, Mic’s record on my phone will be updated automatically with the new information as well. Can you see the value in that???
TECH TIP: If your company or organization uses Google Apps, you can install Evercontact for everyone in your Google Apps account at one time, as long as you are an administrator.
I have email conversations with a lot of people every week. Evercontact is always there looking for updated contact information for me. It is worth every penny of the $59/year that I pay for the service. I highly recommend you check it out and save yourself the time of manually updating your contact records!