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    Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    Hello,

    I am preparing to send out several groups of e-mails to folks in my Outlook XP contacts folder. In doing so, can anyone recommend any useful tools to help me organize and manage my mini marketing campaign (less than 500 contacts). Any tools that would help with reporting, organizing, or tracking would be very helpful. Also, any add-ins that can help me add a little sizzle to my e-mails would also be helpful.

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    Re: Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    I'm glad you realize up front that Outlook has major limitations as a contact/list manager. Saves major disapointment and frustration later. I'd suggest your first stop be a visit to www.slipstick.com/mail.htm where you'll find a host of add-in and/or replacements for Outlook.

    You might also take a look at a few of the list servers such as lyris.com . If nothing else, lyris has a tool for analyzing email content and rating it on how well it will do against spam filters. Just one or two "magic" words can be enough to bounce your missive into the dust bin. Lyris, and most of the others, also provide opt in/out functionality for the recipients. These services are probably overkill for 500 contacts, but they could give you some ideas.

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    Re: Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    Thanks, I checked out slipstick and it seems like that is a great Outlook site. They have several utilities that might help me with my task. Does anyone have any specific recomendations?

    To be more specific, I am looking for contract work and want to e-mail a bunch of folks that I have worked with over the years to let them know that I am available and to also track and follow up with my little campaign.

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    Re: Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    For the tasks you mention here and in your responses in the thread, let me recommend MS ACCESS. That application, part of Office XP, will let you set up mailing lists, keep track of contacts, all that. You won't outgrow it and I think it will work in conjunction with Outlook to build e-mail groups but I'm not certain of that.
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    Re: Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    To depart from MS Office for a moment, you might explore a desktop "customer relationship management" program such as Act!, which is tailored to tracking client communications and will integrate with Outlook. (This used to be called "sales force automation" software, but CRM is more trendy than SFA nowadays.)

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    Re: Best Outlook XP Tools (Outlook XP sp2)

    Huh. For what you describe, I would just use Outlook - check out Journaling. I started with an Access system, but it was overkill for tracking my contacts and interactions. I would choose Access for multi-user, need corporate reports, type of requirements.

    In terms of adding some sizzle to your emails, I got some neat HTML graphics (you know, icons that do things) from an Outlook competitor called IncrediMail - http://www.incredimail.com/?lang=9&addon=IncrediMail.

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