What is a shared mailbox?
A shared mailbox, or shared email account, allows your team to work in a single inbox at the same time, sending and receiving emails from the same email address. This is great for companies that need to answer customer emails and want to publish email addresses like info@ or sales@ on their websites.
Why a shared email account might be good for your business
Shared email accounts are great for improving productivity in growing businesses. Here are a few of the top benefits:
You’ll vacation-proof your business
When all the email from firstname.lastname@example.org goes to one person, what happens when they’re out for a day or sitting on the beach for a week? With a shared email account, someone else can step in and your customers will never know.
Everyone’s on the same page
When email gets forwarded to individual people in your company, you don’t know who replied to what or what previous conversations with a customer looked like. If everyone’s working in a shared email account, everyone can see historical conversations – they aren’t trapped in individual mailboxes.
No more frustrating fwd’s and cc’s
When you need to get feedback on how to answer a customer, forwarding an email around your company just creates a frustrating thread of messages. It’s difficult to know who’s doing what and who’s going to end up replying. If you’re working in a single inbox, collaboration is definitely easier.
Why shared mailboxes don’t always work
Security can be an issue
If you’re just sharing your password to your Gmail account, you’re skimping on security. Also, Google might lock you out of your account if they see that too many people are logged into the account from different locations.
People can step on each other’s toes
If you’re sharing a Gmail inbox or are using an Outlook or Office 365 Shared Mailbox, you can’t see who’s doing what. You might reply to an email that another person in your company is also replying to at the same time.
It’s hard to distribute the workload
The typical shared email account doesn’t let you easily assign emails to different people. This can lead to confusion about who’s supposed to do what, and when.
Collaboration is tricky
Sometimes you need to discuss an email or leave a note to make sure someone who works on an email conversation in the future knows about past decisions. When you just have a standard shared mailbox, there aren’t many options to solve this problem.
You can’t see how well your team is performing
Having more people work on your shared email account can improve customer service. But you’ll probably want to know things like how long it takes your team to reply to emails. Basic shared email accounts can’t do that.
An alternative to a basic shared email account
The good news is that there are tools that can turbo-charge your shared email account and give your info@ email address superpowers.
Outpost solves the typical problems that a shared email account has and gives you the tools that boost your teams’ productivity by leaps and bounds. With Outpost, you get the tools to create shared email that grows your business.
- Work better together with assignments. Assign emails to the right people on your team so everyone knows who’s responsible for what.
- Collision alerts make sure there’s no “double work.” Everyone can easily see what everyone else is doing so you can prevent two people from working on the same email.
- Get everyone on the same page with internal notes and discussions. No more email about email. If you need to discuss an email with a team member, just send them a quick chat message in Outpost. No need to ever leave your email.
- Respond in seconds with saved replies. If you send the same email often, Outpost lets you save frequently used text as an email template so you can reply faster with a consistent message.
- Get the insights you need to increase productivity. Outpost gives you real-time analytics to see exactly how well your team is performing.