5 Tips to Make Your Email Look Great

Tips to Make Email Look Great

Whether you are a blogger, a digital marketer, or just a person who enjoys online communication, the art of writing great emails is what you should never forget about. And with 269 billion emails sent every day, you should somehow ensure that yours stand out.

So let’s look below at 5 tips on making your emails both attention-grabbing and visually delightful.

Tips to Make Email Look Great

1. Pick a catchy & relevant subject

Make the subject concise, clear and to the point. Let it be relevant to the content of your email. Email marketers suggest keeping it short, roughly up to 40 characters. This way it won’t be cut off by mobile email clients.

You can also experiment with your subject line by adding emoji. It will most likely make your email more eye-catching and fun-promising. Still, you should think whether this would be appropriate with all your potential recipients.

2. Keep it human

As Dale Carnegie pointed out, the sweetest sound to a person is her own name. Make sure you know your recipient by name. If you don’t, you should research — or ask.

You can use anything that you know about the person to make the conversation more human, whether it’s their location, job position or a specific hobby. The general rule is to write to a single person, not to a list of people.

Not to forget the most important — be polite. It has always worked well in any kind of communication.

3. Enhance readability with fonts

Avoid non-standard fonts, as well as mixing them in a single email. On the contrary, standard serif-sans fonts like Verdana, Tahoma, Open Sans, Helvetica, or even Arial will make the text more readable.

Your font size should be big enough as well; make sure it is no less than 13 pixels. Bigger fonts might work even better. Of course, your headlines must look larger than the main text.

4. Use images

Make your emails both interesting to read and pleasant to look at. Liven up your content with images. There are plenty of what you can use: stock photos, branded images, gifs, or internet memes with a custom caption. There are lots of free resources for this, such as pixabay.com, picjumbo.com, giphy.com, Meme Generator, to name a few.

Make sure that your images are all color consistent. If you have a logo, consider it being the reference point of your color palette.

5. Customize your signature

Whether you are promoting your brand or yourself as a professional, a finely crafted signature can be a powerful instrument of both conversion and engagement. Adding your contact information in the signature invites recipients to stay in touch with you. Placing a link to your latest blog post, scientific article, app or design will raise awareness of your work. You can find great examples of email signatures here. By the way you can use NewOldStamp and get a customized one for free.

People cherish their time and won’t spend it on something either not useful or not interesting. That’s why you are fighting for a person’s attention with every email of yours.

So put an effort into it — with a great subject, catchy images, readable fonts, your human voice, and a nice signature. Make sure your emails are visual and personal — this will help you win over a potential client, partner, or a valuable connection.

How to Forward WhatsApp Videos Without Downloading

Forward Whatsapp Videos Without Downloading

Is it possible to forward WhatsApp videos without downloading? Yes, it’s possible. Before that let’s see why you need to know this WhatsApp trick.

Why Forward Whatsapp Videos Without Downloading?

Forward Whatsapp Videos Without Downloading

Reason #1:

You may have watched a WhatsApp video earlier, and the same video was forwarded to you by your friend. But now you know that this sent video is the same that you watched a few days earlier (you can know it by seeing the video thumbnail). Suppose now you want to send this received video (which you haven’t downloaded yet) to others. So it makes no sense in downloading the video and forwarding rather than just forward the video without downloading.

Reason #2:

Whenever you forward a video (or any file) to many friends or groups, the same video gets saved in your internal storage for that many times. Suppose you forwarded a video to 5 groups and 3 of your friends, then that video will be saved in your phone storage for eight times, and you don’t want this to happen. So you can utilize this trick to send WhatsApp videos without downloading.

How to Forward WhatsApp Videos Without Downloading:

So how exactly can we forward WhatsApp video without viewing it? For this, we will utilize WhatsApp Web. For forwarding videos, we can use a desktop or even mobile.

Forward WhatsApp video through desktop:

  • Open http://web.whatsapp.com from any browser.
  • Open WhatsApp on your phone, click on options menu at top right and choose WhatsApp Web.
  • Scan the QR code on the desktop, and you will get logged into WhatsApp web.
  • Now open any video in WhatsApp web. At the top, you will find a forward icon. Click on the icon and forward it to as many people as you want. The video will be forwarded.

Forward WhatsApp video using mobile:

Here you require two mobile phones. Suppose you have your WhatsApp account in phone-1.

  • Open Google Chrome in phone-2 and go to http://web.whatsapp.com.
  • Now click on options menu at the top and click on Request Desktop Site. You will see a page asking you to scan QR Code.
  • Open WhatsApp in phone-1, click on options menu at top right and choose WhatsApp Web. The phone camera will open.
  • Now scan the QR Code of phone-2 using phone-1. You will automatically get logged into your WhatsApp account in phone-2.
  • Rest is the same procedure as described in Sending WhatsApp Video Through Desktop above.

Any issues? Please comment below. You may also like to read on how to use multiple Whatsapp accounts in any android phone. Not just two, but really multiple accounts.

SBI OTP Not Received – Internet Banking

SBI OTP Not Received

SBI OTP not received through SMS? If you have used the SB Secure OTP app (or State Bank Secure OTP app), then you might have come across the problem of not receiving the OTP on your mobile phone while doing Internet banking transactions. Wondering how to solve this issue? Let’s find why this problem arose and how to fix it so that we receive the OTP as earlier.

SBI OTP Not Received

SBI OTP Not Received – The Cause:

You aren’t receiving the State Bank Internet Banking password because of misconfiguration of your State Bank Secure OTP app. Well, I’m talking about a particular case here, there may be other reasons for not receiving OTP. If you think, this may be the cause in your case, then let’s see how this OTP problem arose.

The SB Secure OTP app was made available to the Internet Banking customers, so that can generate OTP (One Time Password) on their own in a secure and comfortable way. This application made them not depend on SMS for One Time Password which sometimes was time-consuming. When you first login into this app through your Internet Banking credentials, your Internet Banking settings are automatically changed to receive OTP through SB Secure OTP app instead of getting the same through SMS. From then on, if you want to do any transaction through Internet Banking, you have to generate it through the app only.

Till here it’s fine. But, when you delete the app from your phone or clear the data of the app, the problem arises -not receiving OTP for SBI Internet Banking. As you signed in into the app, you had to generate OTP inside the app and not by SMS. Now, no app, so no OTP and no Internet Banking transactions. You are fully struck.

SBI OTP Not Received – The Solution:

There are two solutions to this OTP problem.

Solution 1: Again install the SB Secure OTP app and login. 🙂

Solution 2: Change Internet Banking settings to receive OTP through SMS.

How to do this?

  1. Login to SBI Internet Banking.
  2. Go to Profile tab.
  3. Under that find High Security Options.
  4. Then you will be asked for the Profile Password. Type it and submit.
  5. Now you find all the OTP settings here. Change the last option named Mode of Authentication through OTP from State Bank Secure OTP (Mobile App) to SMS.
  6. Proceed by clicking OK on the pop-up and then click on submit
  7. From then on, you will receive the OTP through SMS. But remember, if you again logged in into SB Secure OTP app then again above settings will be automatically changed, and you will not receive OTP through SMS.

Found it useful? Share this with your friends, so that they can save time handling this OTP problem. Also, you can share your experience on OTP not receiving problem. 🙂

How to Organize Google Drive

Organize Google Drive

If you have used Google Drive, then you know how difficult it is to manage the drive (at least for beginners) because of lack of various organizing features. Few similar services like Evernote have a huge range of options to organize any content. Hope Google too adds such features in near future! Now, let’s know how to organize google drive with these limited available options.

Organize Google Drive

Organize Google Drive Using Folders

This is the first thing which comes in mind while organizing google drive. You can categorize all your content into different folders. All know this, nothing to speak more. Just click on “New” option at the top left of Google Drive’s homepage and create folders.

Naming Convention for Files and Folders

Naming Convention can be very useful in the long run. As the number of files increases in the drive, it becomes harder to recognize and differentiate files. Using thoughtful names for files and folder can help a lot in such situations. This can be a short name of the content in the file, sorted numbers, alphabets, etc.

Using Description for Files and Folders

A step ahead of the naming convention. You can add a description to your files and folders which can be longer than the traditional naming convention. This can help in recognizing the content of a particular file without actually opening it. To add a description, select the file or the folder, click on the “i” icon at top right and then click on “Add a Description” option.

Sort Files by Size in Google Drive

There is no direct option to sort files in Google drive. Sorting files are useful especially while deleting files to save space in Google Drive. To organize Google Drive, this is the minimal option required, but it is not readily visible to first-time users. To sort files by size, hover over “Upgrade Storage” at the bottom left and then select “Drive” option. Then you can click on “Quota used” option to sort the files in ascending or descending order based on size.

Add Files Without Increasing Size of Google Drive

This is the most interesting option in Google drive, though not readily visible. Using this option, you can make the presence of the same file at multiple locations without increasing the storage space of the drive. It is like hard linking in Unix based operating systems. In the back-end, drive stores only one copy of the file but has multiple links to open the same file. This is applicable for both files and folders. To add a file at other location, select and highlight the file, and then press Shift+z on your keyboard (hold down shift and then press z). “Add here” options box will appear. Select the destination location and add the file there.

Few important thinks to note while using this option:

  • After you have created multiple links of same files, deleting any one of them will delete all the links.\
  • If you want to delete only a specific link and keep all other links as it is, select and highlight the link file, then click on “i” icon at top right and watch out for the location option in the sidebar. If multiple links are associated with the file, then all those locations will be shown. To remove a particular link, click on the cross mark beside the link’s location.

Add Star to Files to Organize Drive

This is same as the starred emails option inside Google mail. Adding a star to important files or folders will make it available under the Starred option in the left sidebar. Click on the three vertical dots at the top right and select the “Add Star” option.

Using Search and Filters to Locate Files

The Search option in Google Drive is somewhat more powerful than other options to locate files with ease. This search can be filtered based on different criteria like type of file (pdf, word, ppt, text, audio, video, etc.), modification date, file name, words of the file name, owner of the file, location of the file, etc. Just click on the downward arrow next to the search bar in Google drive to view all the available filters.

Using Different Colors for Folders

By default, the color of a folder icon in Google Drive is gray. You can change it into something else to quickly recognize the folder without even looking at folder name. This can be more useful when used in combination with the naming convention of folders. Select and highlight any folder, click on three vertical dots at the top right and then select the change color option. There is no option for custom color, and you have to choose from one of the existing colors.

Manage Versions of the Same File

This is a good option for organizing Google drive. You can upload multiple revisions of same files, and all of them will be available under one file name. This prevents cluttering of Google drive with various versions of the same file. Most of the times these changes are minute and naming each version is time-consuming and unnecessary. Select any file, right-click on it and choose the option “Manage Versions“. You will be able to upload a new revision of the same file. One thing to note is that Google drive stores the older version only for 30 days. To keep it forever, click on the options menu beside the older version and select “Keep it Forever” option.

How to Charge Phone Using Another Phone

Charge Phone Using Another Phone

Many people do not know that you can charge your phone using another phone when it runs out of battery. It is a phone to phone charging. You can always have a power bank (travel charger) with you to charge your phone. But what if your power bank battery also drains out? This small technique may help you then.

Charge Phone Using Another Phone

To make it simple, let’s suppose you want to charge your phone using your friend’s phone. For this to happen, you require three things:

  • An OTG cable
  • A USB cable for your phone
  • Your friend’s phone should have OTG support.

A USB OTG (USB On-The-Go) cable is used to access and transfer data to USB devices like pendrives through mobile phones. You can buy it from any online store or at the retail, pricing around 50 INR. Here is a preview of OTG cables at amazon.

You may already have a USB cable for your phone provided by your phone manufacturer. Many phones use it as charging cable. It has USB at one end and a small pin at other end. Now the third thing. Your friend’s phone should have OTG support. You can check the phone specifications online or in the phone manual to see if your friend’s phone support OTG.

If you have all these things, then you can proceed further to charge your phone. Connect all these things as shown- first your friend’s phone connected to OTG cable, then your USB cable, and then your phone. As soon as you connect, your phone will start charging. So next time you go out, keep ready a list of your friends who have OTG supported phones so that you can drain out their battery 😛