Have you heard?
Gmail just launched a MAJOR UPDATE. They will now be automatically sorting incoming messages into different folders–Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. (You may or may not be seeing this already, as it’s being rolled out gradually.)
What this means to you if you use Gmail (or Google Apps for your business email address)…
Going forward, by detault, Gmail will sort all of the email I send to you into your Promotions tab…right along with ads for Viagra and credit card offers…
I assume that you are a part of my community because you value the marketing, productivity and business-building tips I share—and I want to make sure you don’t miss any of my information because you may forget to check this random folder!
But not to worry…Gmail actually gives you options to change its settings into a format that works for you.
Here’s what you need to do if you have (or whenever you get) the filters…
Option 1: Move messages one-by-one back into your primary tab
To ensure you get the messages from people you WANT to hear from (like ME!):
1. Drag those individual messages into the Primary Tab.
2. Say YES to the pop up message that asks you if you want Gmail to put all future messages from that person into the Primary Tab.
(I’d also recommend checking your Promotions tab every now and then to make sure this worked…)
Option 2: Remove the filters altogether
Personally, this new functionality was driving me crazy, so I removed all the filters. (Yes, I admit to being a borderline control freak about things like this and like to have full command over how my emails are sorted…)
Here’s how you can do it, too…
1. Click on the gear button on the top right corner
2. Go into Settings
3. Click on the Inbox Tab
4. Next to Inbox, uncheck all the boxes except Primary, and then all your emails will go into your Primary feed…just like always..and everything will be back to normal! (Sigh of relief!)
Either of these changes should take less than a minute to make—so what are you waiting for?!?!
Here’s hoping I find my way back into your Primary tab…
P.S. Even if you don’t use Gmail personally, this will impact you if you communicate with customers, clients or subscribers who do…So be sure you write up an email or blog post like this one (just go ahead and swipe mine–I give you full permission) and send it to your peeps!