Make Your Inbox Smarter

Keeping track of your daily email interactions can be a hassle. Prepping for a meeting with a prospect or a colleague often means time spent combing through your inbox for your latest conversation or searching for their latest activity. Sometimes you need very detailed information that only your well-kept CRM system can give you. However, for those times when you need just the latest conversation or social networks activity for your contact, Xobni (Inbox spelled backwards) might be a solution you’d want to check out. This nifty, free tool creates searchable profiles for all the people you’ve ever emailed (or called/texted if you have their mobile app).

Visually, Xobni displays a sidebar that slides in and out from the right, where you can search for any contact’s profile. The tool presents profiles with a photo, job title, company details, email history, as well as updates from your contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, if available. You'll likewise be able to get at the contact's network, and past conversations from here.

There is a pro premium version available for about $8/month (or $4/month if you commit to an annual plan). However, the free tool is plenty effective in helping you access the latest activity for your contact.

Xobni available for Gmail, Android, and iPhone under the Smartr brand, while a Xobni plug-in is available for Outlook and Blackberry. The company does a good job of explaining the different versions in their videos on Vimeo. It takes a few minutes to set up, and makes prepping for conversations instantaneous.