When you send out an important email you want to know when it’s opened. Whether you’re applying for a job, sending out an email to a valued client, contacting your boss, or sending a email to a special someone, knowing when it’s opened can be critical information.
A new service can give you that knowledge. Sidekick gives you important information about when your email is read, where and on what device. You can peek behind the email curtain and see whether anyone is paying attention to your email.
Also know that someone may be checking on you to see when, where and how you’re opening an email and you’ll have no idea that you’re being monitored.
The Power of Sidekick
Sidekick is a powerful tool that can be used for and/or against you. By understanding Sidekick you can learn how to use it for your benefit to monitor the emails you send and learn more about the people who are sending you emails.
You should also know that Sidekick could be used against you. The next time you say, “I didn’t see that email,” when you actually have opened it, the sender may be have proof that your statement just isn’t true.
⇒ Also see, Gmail Undo Send – Saving You from Your Mistakes to learn how you can unsend emails.
Sidekick is available both as a Chrome extension and as an app for iPhone and Android.
Tracking Your Email
Sidekick is a tool from Hubspot that shows you:
- When your email is opened by the recipient
- What device the recipient used to read your email
- The geographic location where your email was opened
- How many times your email was opened
If you included a link in your email, Sidekick can show you when and whether that link was clicked on by the recipient.
Note that if you track a group email, Sidekick won’t tell you which recipient opened the email.
Get Contact Information In Your Sidebar
Sidekick can also show you information about people who send you email. Sidekick shows you information in the sidebar to your email. When you receive an email from someone, Sidekick can show you:
- Your history of emails
- Links to their social media accounts
- Information about their company (if the email was sent from a business account)
Sidekick Keeps You Honest
Know that others may be tracking you using Sidekick. Whether or not you’re using Sidekick, or one of the email services compatible with Sidekick, someone may be monitoring when you open that email.
Remember those times you opened an email, decided it needed more attention than you could spare at the time, then closed it, resolving to deal with that email later? You may not even remember that you opened the email, but the sender might know you opened it. Whether you’re forgetful or fibbing, you may get caught if you say you haven’t opened an email when you have.
Sidekick is free for unlimited tracking the first month you join. After that, you get 200 free tracks per month. If you find that you want unlimited tracks you can pay $10/month.
You can earn unlimited tracking by referring others to Sidekick. Each referral earns you a free month of unlimited tracking.
Sidekick is available as a Chrome extension from the Chrome web store. You can use my Sidekick referral link to give me a free month of unlimited service or you can use this link to the Chrome web store.
Sidekick works with email sent from these services:
- Apple Mail
Note that the email recipient doesn’t need to be using these services for Sidekick to give you notifications about when the email was opened.
From your computer:
After you download Sidekick as a Chrome extension, you’ll see the orange circle Sidekick logo in your toolbar in the upper right corner of your screen. You’ll also see that logo when you’re composing a message in your email account.
If you want an email message to be tracked, check the box next to the logo before hitting the Send button.
Look for an alert on the Sidekick icon in your toolbar to indicate that your message has been opened. Click on the icon to see the time, date and location of the opening of your email. You can also see whether the email was opened on a computer or mobile device.
If you’re away from your computer, you can monitor your emails by logging on to your account at the Sidekick website or by using the iPhone app.
From the app:
Open the Sidekick app and allow it to access your contacts. Compose a message in the app and send it. The app will notify you when your email has been opened. You can read your emails in your regular email app.
The Sidekick app will give you the same date, location and device information as the Chrome extension so you can check on your emails when you’re on the go. The app will also notify you about emails you’re tracking from the Sidekick Chrome extension and the Chrome extension will notify you about emails you’re tracking from the app.
Have you ever wanted to know when your email message was opened? Have you ever fibbed about opening an email? What types of emails would you use Sidekick for? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Email image (edited) courtesy of Sean MacEntee via Flickr and Creative Commons.