How To Find The Email Address Of Your Prospects Quickly

We have all faced the need to email a stranger at some point in our lives. Be it while reaching out for a job opening, or reaching out to a prospect customer for an appointment, cold-emailing is as ubiquitous as cold calls today. However, finding the right email to reach out is often a nightmarish process. For one, it is a tough job tracking down the emails one after the other. And even if you do, a couple of bounces could potentially ruin the credibility of your mail server. Which means, newer emails you send could potentially be going to the recipient’s spam box.

There are a number of ways to find the right email address of a recipient. One of the most popular ways is to use the Rapportive Chrome extension to try out various email combinations. An alternate process is to use a site like Verify-Email to try out IDs one at a time. These are however lengthy processes, and in the case of Verify Email, you can also exhaust your quote pretty quickly. So is there an easy way out?

FindThatID.com is an exciting tool that solves a problem in this niche. Using the service is simple – you simply enter the website URL and the full name of the person (without spaces) and the system will engage with the MX server to track down the right combination. Looking for bulk solutions? That is available too.

Here is how you do it.

Step 1 : Click here to visit the Find That ID website

Step 2 : Enter your own email address in the ‘Your Email’. This is the email where the processed emails will be sent to.

Step 3 : Depending on your email extraction request, you can pick the free or one of the paid options. Free option lets you check up to ten emails one by one.

Step 4 : If you have selected the free option, then you will find an input field below. Enter the domain name and full name one after another separated by space. For instance, if you want to check Bill Gates’ email, you would type: microsoft.com bill gates

Find Email of any person

Step 5 : Alternately, if you want to check multiple emails at one go, pick one of the paid options. You will now be shown an Excel form where you can simply copy-paste the domain name and full names from your local spreadsheet document.

Step 6 : Click ‘Proceed’ to continue.

Step 7 : If you have picked the free option, you are displayed the email in the following window. Otherwise, you are now taken to the Payment page. Once you complete the payment, the email request is queued and sent to you within the next few minutes.

FindThatID says the time to process an email list can take up to an hour or two. However, in all the tests I made, we got the output file in less than a couple of minutes.

As someone who writes to hundreds of prospects every week, FindThatID is a wonderful way to increase productivity and minimize your email track-down time. Check out the tool and let me know what you think.

5 Cloud Testing Tools That You Must Check Out

What started as a buzzword is today a primary infrastructural concept. Cloud computing has made business simpler and more efficient; not to mention the cost advantages that it provides over legacy systems. With the proliferation of cloud, there has been an increase in the number of SaaS based tools and services that cater to various industries and business functions. If you are part of your company’s IT quality control, then cloud based testing tools are definitely a part of your arsenal. Given the plethora of options, which one do you choose? Here is a brief rundown of the five best cloud testing tools that you must look into.

CloudTest : QC teams routinely perform multiple kinds of testing. These various techniques can be categorized broadly into performance testing and functional testing. SOASTA CloudTest is a reliable tool that provides a single integrated platform for both these testing requirements. One of the unique selling propositions of CloudTest is what they call ‘visual test creation environment’ that provides a simple interface to create complex test cases. With the availability of real-time analytics, scalable infrastructure and intelligence systems, CloudTest is our first choice for cloud based testing tools.

GCLoad : If your test case includes checking for the load handling capacity of your application, then look no further than GCLoad’s Proxy Sniffer. This is, by far, the best cloud tool for load testing applications. This is a service that is available in both cloud and legacy formats; depending on how you want to use it. For load testing web applications that reside on hosted servers, the cloud-based Proxy Sniffer is a great bet to ensure the server can handle sufficient load. The scale of load testing can be varied on demand – from 100 concurrent users to as many as several thousands. If you are the kind who would like to get a free trial before buying the license, there is a free version of the tool available for short duration tests.

PractiTest : Best suited for startups and emerging IT companies, PractiTest is a test management solution offered as a ‘SaaS’ service (that is, Software as a Service). The benefit of such a tool is that it combines the robustness that comes with the legacy QC software applications with the scalability and affordability of present-day SaaS tools. PractiTest is built keeping the typical testing team in mind – it not only offers a testing solution, but also includes planning tools to schedule and manage various testing tasks, manage the tasks at hand and delegate various responsibilities among team members. Also, since it’s SaaS based, you do not have the heartburn that licensing software brings.

Besides the three cloud testing tools discussed above, we have several other tools like Parasoft, CloudTesting, LoadStorm and BlazeMeter. All these tools are built keeping specific requirements of the tester in mind. What tools do you use? What has your experience been with the tools? Tell us in the comments below.

 

 

 

What Canada Telecom Needs To Grow

The Canadian Telecom Summit 2014 was held at the Toronto Congress Centre earlier this month. In one of his speeches during the course of the event, Rogers CEO Guy Laurence, made a bold statement – as an industry, telecom was resorting to complex pricing plans and methods that was not helping their customers get productive. One example of productivity that Guy mentioned was with respect to resolving issues through a call centre. Guy said that a lot of people do not want to talk to a call center person regarding these complexities because that inevitably stretches the discussion to 30 minutes or more. People want to go online and fix their problem in 3 minutes, not 30.

What Guy mentioned illustrates the growing need for telecom operators to make their after-sales support and service seamless and frictionless. With telecom operators today offering a wide range of services from landline, wireless, broadband, business networking, broadband TV, etc., customers find it cumbersome simply juggling through the various options thrown at them by the IVRS before they can talk to a customer service representative.

The good news is that the telecom operators are already looking at ways to streamline the operations. Guy Laurence is only six months into his job and has announced plans to streamline operations within the company to increase customer productivity. Rogers is not alone. One of the other companies that is seen to taking up rapid strides in this area is Manitoba based AllStream. Last month, AllStream became the first major telecom network in Canada to be MEF CE 2.0 certified. In a press release, AllStream noted that this certification is an acknowledgement of process innovation in their E-Line and E-Access line of carrier ethernet network services. These services in the company’s portfolio are aimed at simplifying the network infrastructure for organizations in multiple locations.

The announcement of simplification of processes is a great step for better telecom infrastructure in Canada. A study published by The School Of Public Policy last year noted that while the pricing policies of Canadian telecom providers was not out of the ordinary and compared well with similar markets worldwide, one of the main reasons that is ailing the sector is ‘political interference’ which in turn has been the reason for the general lack of innovation within the industry.

Various studies have shown that Canada is witnessing robust growth in modern telecom services including wireless technology. The subscriptions and consequently the revenue growth have been multi-fold over the past decade or two. The rapid growth could often make old restrictive practices redundant. The need of the hour is then for the government to take a re-look at all the policies and amend them in order to ensure telecom carriers can grow freely and widely in future. This, and the competition that will ensue will be the primary driver for simplification and process improvements that this industry so desperately needs.

Guide To Downgrade From iTunes 10 To iTunes 9.2.1

A lot of loyal Apple users have of late been complaining about the new look iTunes software. Some call it hideous and others are simply not appreciative about Apple’s new software. Eitherway, if you are one of those, this simple guide will help you downgrade your iTunes from the latest version 10 to the older version 9.2.1.

For Windows Users

1. Navigate to C:\My Documents\My Music. Copy and back up the complete iTunes folder to another location. You will need it later.

2. Now from the Start panel, navigate to Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs. Click and uninstall each of these applications

  • Apple Application Support
  • iPhone Configuration
  • iTunes 10
  • Apple Mobile Device Support
  • Apple Software Update
  • QuickTime

3. Reboot your computer

4. Navigate to C:\My Documents\My Music\iTunes. Here, rename the iTunes Library.itl file to iTunes Library Backup.itl.

5. In the same folder, open Previous iTunes Libraries and right-click to copy the iTunes Library 2010-09-1.itl file. If there are more files, copy the most recent file.

6. Navigate back to the iTunes folder and paste this file. Rename it to iTunes Library.itl

7. Click on these links to download the appropriate iTunes 9.2.1 software : 32 bit | 64 bit

8. You are almost done. Click here for steps to recreate your iTunes library.

For Mac Users

The process is simpler for Mac users.

1. Navigate to /Applications and delete the iTunes application

2. Go to ~/Library/Preferences and delete the com.apple.iTunes.plist file

3. In the /Library/Receipts folder, delete the iTunes.pkg and iTunesX.pkg files

4. Click here to download the iTunes 9.2.1 software for Mac

5. Click here for instructions to recreate your iTunes library

[via Apple Toolbox]