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There are two very important elements in nowadays business: Productivity and efficiency. Businesses often measure productivity by output during comparable time periods. Productivity is the quality, state, or fact of being able to generate, create, enhance, or bring forth goods and services.  Efficiency relates to the quality of your work, which might include creating output with less waste, using fewer resources or spending less money. In order to succeed businesses rely heavily on technology. Therefore, there are lots of google apps that are being used in corporate environment that enhance both productivity and efficiency. Below we are going to explain why  the main gmail productivity apps and plugins are useful in a corporate environment.

1. Banana Tag 

Banana tag is a simple way to track and schedule your daily email. That way you will know what happen to your email after you press send. Setting up your bananatag is easy this link shows you how to do it properly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9eDURatXmI . Basically, this app informs you of who opens your emails. The app  tells you as well whether or not someone has opened the links attached, and whether someone has read your email entirely. This could be very handy for manager and for employees as well. The following display shows how the banana tag user interface looks like.

2. Boomerang for Gmail

When overloaded with many  emails to send out, Boomerang facilitates the process.  You can set a specific time to send out certain emails, and the recipients as well.  This could also be helpful when sending important information overnight to all employees, so they see it the next day early in the morning. With Boomerang you will know as well who did respond to your email and who did not. The price is reasonable. If you want it just for your personal use you can just download the free version but with limited features. The display below shows the Boomerang user interface.

3. Rapportive  

Rapportive is a cool apps to have specially when you are dealing with many people from all over places. You need to verify that they are really who they said they are. You can not just rely on LinkedIn profile or Facebook to verify the true identity of someone. Rapportive provides a quick description of the person you are looking for, where he works and the city he lives in. This could be very handy for Hiring managers. It helps them verify the identity of their candidates before interview.

4. Snooze

Every new email is potentially a new task. But, when you’re very busy doing something you can’t pull yourself away to set things in motion. That’s where Snooze comes in. If you’ve opened an email, you’ll see a “Snooze” button — which you can set for any amount of time — and an hour, day, etc. Later, you’ll get what looks like a desktop notification that allows you to either open the email or re-snooze.   It’s handy if someone emails you with a question that you don’t have the answer for yet, but will be able to get back to them at a more opportune moment. The following screenshot shows the Snooze GUI.

5. KeyRocket 

Some people don’t know that Gmail has a wide repertoire of keyboard shortcuts. These handy shortcut are useful and make sense only if you know how to use them and who wants to spend a day memorizing keystrokes? KeyRocket is a somewhat annoying, but ultimately useful tool that provides a lower-right corner notification when you click on something you could have keyed. You’ll find yourself learning shortcuts just to get rid of the notification, and soon you’ll be a pro.

6. Taskforce

If you like  listing everything, you’ll love Taskforce. Instead of transferring information from an email over to a project management tool, you can just add the email as an entry on your task list, which lives inside Gmail. The task list is fairly non-intrusive and can be moved around. The buttons “Convert to new task” and “Add to existing task” appear right underneath the subject line on an opened incoming email. You can also add tasks independent of your emails, and share tasks with email contacts for use on a team. see the exhibit below to have an idea how the Taskforce GUI looks like:

7. Attachment.me 

Attachments me makes it very easy when you want to attach a document from the cloud (Dropbox, Google Drive)  to your Gmail account.Instead of uploading an attachment, you can insert a file from the cloud directly into the email, once you’ve connected your accounts. The plugin also allows you to automatically back up the files you send in your cloud account. If this feature is turned on, every attachment sent from your Gmail account will be saved to cloud storage in whatever folder you prefer.