Boomerang for Gmail
Type of technology: Boomerang: Email add-on
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: Universal/Teachers/Secondary
Subject area: All
Description: Boomerang for Gmail lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages and track who has read your emails. First, you need to download Boomerang on your computer. Click the big red button that says: ADD THIS TO YOUR GMAIL and follow directions for installation.
Once you’ve downloaded Boomerang, you can do the following:
1) Send an email later
Boomerang’s popular “Send Later” feature makes it easy for you to schedule an email to be sent any day and time you choose. You can draft your email now, then schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time. Just write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button. Use the handy calendar picker or the text box that understands language like “next Monday” to tell Boomerang when to send your message.
2) Remind you if you don’t hear back
There are times you need to make sure you follow up within a specific time frame after sending a message. You can select to only be reminded if nobody replies, or regardless. This way you won’t let messages slip through the cracks and will never forget to follow up with people.
Always follow up on emails after no response
One of Boomerang’s most powerful features is tracking responses. When writing an email, you can set Boomerang to give you a reminder if you don’t get a reply after a certain amount of days. If the message comes back to your inbox without a response, you can then react by sending another email to follow up.
Also, you can now schedule your follow-up message as you’re writing the original email. If the person replies to your original email, Boomerang will detect the response, and will not send the second email. If they don’t reply, Boomerang will send the follow-up message automatically. You’ll never have to let another important email fall through the cracks.
3) Take messages out of your inbox temporarily
Use Boomerang to take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them. Boomerang will bring an email back to your inbox, marked unread, starred, or even at the top of your message list at the day and time that you choose.
While this function is certainly useful to remind ourselves about stuff that is weeks or months away, sometimes when those messages bounce back, we realize that we had no idea why we wanted them in the first place. You can now attach a note to the message as you schedule it with Boomerang. When the message returns to your inbox at the time you specify, your note will be appended to the email thread.
4) Request Read Receipts for sent emails
You’ve sent out an important email, and a couple days later, you still haven’t received a response. Was your message read and ignored, or forgotten; or was it buried in a full Inbox, never even opened? Wonder no more! You can now request read receipts in Gmail, thanks to Boomerang’s new Read Receipt and Click Tracking features.
Gmail with Read Receipts
Just click the Request Read Receipt and Track Clicks icon in the bottom right of the Gmail compose window. Boomerang will add a read receipt notification to the bottom of the message, and will also track clicks on any links you have included in the body of the message. Soon after the message is read, Boomerang will send you a notification that the recipient has read your message.
5) Manage Boomerang
You can easily view any information about your Messages to Send Later, Recurring Messages, and Tracked messages by going to your Boomerang Manage page. Click on the Boomerang icon next to the G Suite Tiles in the upper right hand corner of your inbox, then choose “Manage Scheduled Messages” from the drop down menu. There you will be able to manage all your Boomerang messages. Click on the different tabs to see more details.