Have you ever wanted to know whether an email you sent from Gmail was read and/or if a link inside of an email you sent was ever clicked? The Bananatag application helps to track Gmail messages to get these answers.
With Bananatag you can track Gmail messages from within Gmail to see when those emails have been opened, as well as when a link in the email has been clicked. Email clients other than Gmail work just as well. Bananatag is easy to set up and even easier to use.
1. Install the appropriate Bananatag extension for your browser. If you happen to install from their website, you’ll need to create an account first and will then be directed to the appropriate download link.
Bananatag is available for both Google Chrome and Firefox; it works with Outlook, Gmail, and more. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Bananatag for Gmail in Google Chrome.
Sending and Tracking Email Messages
2. Head on over to your email and you should see two shiny new buttons in your Gmail account: Bananatag and Tag. The Bananatag button takes you to your Dashboard, and the Tag button sends and tracks your email.
3. You’ll want to be sure to add your time zone in the settings (under the Account menu from the Dashboard).
4. Now you can send emails as you normally would, except you’re going to use the “Tag” button when sending your messages (instead of “Send”). It’s recommended that you use this method to test emails that are opened as opposed to sending an email to yourself for testing purposes.
You’ll get email notifications when your emails have been opened and links have been clicked.
Note: With a free Bananatag account you’re limited; you can only track five emails per day. Since you get to choose which emails to track, you’ll want to choose wisely.
Check Your Analytics
5. You can check your email analytics (aka bananalytics) from the dashboard to see how well your emails are performing. You can see unopened vs. opened, unique vs. repeat, unclicked vs. clicked, desktop vs. mobile, and more.
Using Bananatag to track Gmail and other email is extremely easy: just click on the Tag button instead of the Send – it’s a piece of cake!
You can even use Bananatag to track Gmail in more than one account; you’ll just need to create a separate login for each account.
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