Category Archives: Email/Communications

Two Healthy Mindsets for Managing Email

All of this week Staffhacker contributor Brian Sun is going to tell you how to get your inbox in order, from developing healthy mindsets to reaching Inbox Zero and using the Trusted Trio system. One time, a campus minister showed me her email inbox that had like 1,863 unread emails. My jaw hit the floor….   Read more

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Ãœber Priority Inbox for Gmail

(Editor’s note: This post is about tweaking Gmail’s new “Priority Inbox” feature. If you haven’t used it yet, or if it’s confusing or new for you, Google has a great intro video to Priority Inbox that’s short and sweet.) Many times of the day I’m living out of Gmail. I’m always looking for ways to…   Read more

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Why You Shouldn’t Check Your Email First Thing In the Morning

Every conversation about technology and productivity–especially in ministry contexts–needs to consider the effects of technology and productivity mismanagement and addiction. If you’re anything like me, you can waste the best hours of your morning dealing with email and with requests and tasks that arrive via email–despite the fact that there are plenty of probably more…   Read more

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Designing Newsletters With Your Donor in Mind

I’m on the email list for an unnamed parachurch ministry who I never gave permission to send me updates in the first place. And their newsletters contain about 10-15 different articles, 25 prayer requests, and minimal pictures. Let’s just say I delete them after about two seconds of scanning. Even if I wanted to stay updated about their ministry, there is no way I’m going to read 10-15 different articles or pray through 25 prayer requests about things happening in their ministry that I know nothing about.

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How to Get Subscribers For Your Newsletter

When most campus ministers start fundraising, we send a really long mass Facebook message to all of our friends asking them if they want to donate and/or join our newsletter list. Then, 99% of the people on the list ignore us, knowing we’re not going to follow up. You, the wonderful Staffhacker reader, will not be like that. The system I’m about to share with you doubled the number of people reading my email newsletter. So, get ready.

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Why I use Mailchimp, and why you should too

I’m a campus minister with a secret love for really cool companies. When I was researching which email marketing company to use for my prayer letters I perused the first 10 pages of Google results for “email marketing” and checked out all of them. One stuck out from the rest.

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