First, a little background information. Your web site address (www.yourcompany.com) is registered through a company like Network Solutions, GoDaddy, or Dotster. There are tons of other companies out there that do the same thing, but these are probably the top 3. You then need a hosting server to make the web address functional. Once you have the Web site up and running, use some or all of these tactics to maximize productivity, improve communications, and reduce stress:
- Domain Forwarders
You can redirect yourcompany.com to yourothercompany.com, which means that if you've got a direct mail piece that you want to track, register another domain name and monitor how many people arrive at your site using the new address. This is also helpful if you're changing the name of your company, purchasing & consolidating other companies, or the like.
Also consider purchasing domain names for strategic purposes - your competitors might register a domain name like yourcompanysucks.com, so if you might want to register it ahead of time, before they do.
- Email Forwarders
- Using Gmail as an Archive
- What about Email my PDA or Smart Phone?
No problem. If you're using an email program like Outlook, Thunderbird, or Eudora, you will see a setting in your account properties that says something to the effect of, "Leave a copy of messages on the server for XX days." By default, these programs will delete the message from the server once your computer downloads it. By changing the setting, you can check your email from your computer and your PDA / Smart Phone without tripping over your own feet.
Also, there is often another setting that says something like, "Delete messages from server once I empty my deleted items folder." This way, if you get 10 spam emails in one day, you don't have to delete each one twice.