WiseStamp Review: Pros and Cons - Email Signature Service

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WiseStamp helps you maintain a professional email signature. WiseStamp

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The Bottom Line

WiseStamp helps you maintain a well-designed, professional and dynamic email signature with templates, modules and apps that can, for instance, insert your latest tweet.
WiseStamp's editor is a bit limited, though, and the most exciting features only work with certain email services and browsers.

Pros

  • WiseStamp helps you compose and design an appropriate and useful email signature
  • You can include dynamic content such as your latest tweet, sale or post
  • Browser add-ons make WiseStamp work with Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and other web-based email

Cons

  • WiseStamp, not through its fault entirely, does not offer a plain-text signature alternative
  • You cannot have the signature change automatically based on recipient or subject, for example
  • More formatting choices and design tools would be nice

Description

  • WiseStamp helps you maintain one or more email signatures.
  • Using one of many templates, you can create signatures just to your liking with the rich web-based editor.
  • WiseStamp has fields for all your contact details, including company and job title, phone number, web site and WhatsApp, for instance.
  • You can add a photo or company logo as well, and buttons connect to social media.
  • ”Apps” let you add further items such as banners, sales messages (from your online shop) or quotes.
  • Possibly most interesting are dynamic items that insert the latest tweet, Etsy store items, Facebook status updates, eBay items or photos from Instagram, for example.
  • You can also add custom HTML code to your WiseStamp signature.
  • Paying users get more templates and can set up more than one signature; for each address, they can specify a different default for replies and forwards.
  • WiseStamp offers plug-ins for Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox for automatic signature management in Gmail (including Google Apps and Inbox by Gmail), Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail.
  • Free accounts include a WiseStamp promotion at the end of each signature.

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Expert Review - WiseStamp

"WiseStamp says
online tools rush in
And they can help filling your signature."

All right, we got that out of the way. It is your signature we are talking about, after all, not your singnature. So, what are the tools, and how can they help?

Signature Templates

With life in general and email signatures as well, you need not invent the wheel to get a wheel. WiseStamp includes a myriad of templates that make your email signature look good—and appropriate for a signature.

Not all templates are perfect for all uses, mind you, and some lay it on a bit thickly. WiseStamp also reserves a good number of its designs for paying members.

Paying or free member, you are not limited to the templates WiseStamp includes, though the options for customizing your signature further might be more limited than you had expected: you can pick between three fonts, a number of font sizes and colors, and you can adapt the icons for links to social profiles.

The Information Is Not (Only) in Your Signature

WiseStamp's template system accomplishes another goal elegantly, though: all the essential information is bound to be in your signature.

With the editor and template system, you also have to type it but once to save and play with it permanently. If you try a template that does not include certain information, it is not lost.

Your trying different designs and playing with their formatting is not the only thing that is dynamic about WiseStamp signatures; possibly the most enticing tool WiseStamp offers are its “apps” for including more than the basic information in your signature.

Apps for Dynamic Signature Content

One way to use an email signature for more than just marking the end of a message (and possibly the most effective one) is including not a link to you website or blog or Twitter account—but the latest tweet itself, a link to a current blog post (with teaser) or the latest feature on YouTube.

Effective? How effective is changing your signature every few days, and in all the places and apps you use to send mail?

This is where WiseStamp can (or could) shine: in addition to the standard information and links to social profiles, WiseStamp also lets you add "apps" to your signature. These pull information from a blog, Twitter account or store on the web and include it in the signature dynamically. Recipients get a fresh—and effective—experience, and you have to include the app once, then not lift a finger.

Examples of dynamic signature modules also include Instagram photos, Medium articles, eBay offerings and, as a welcome throwback to the times of /usr/games/fortune, random quotations.

This is the theory.

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What about practice?

If you use WiseStamp with a supported web-based email account (such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Outlook.com) in a supported browser (such as Google Chrome), practice much follows theory: you compose your signature in the WiseStamp editor on the web, and the plug-ins take care of the rest, setting up and maintaining your sig including images, dynamic content and all.

With an email service or program not so well supported (Outlook, for instance), you have to jump through more hoops to get a result that is worse: to set up iOS Mail, for instance, you send yourself an email with the desired signature and then copy that to your settings—with images and dynamic apps lost and, perhaps, some of the formatting still intact.

This is not entirely WiseStamp's fault, of course, but worth keeping in mind.

It is also worth noting that, even with fully supported email setups, WiseStamp's free version will maintain only one signature; subscribers can create multiple signatures for their various email personas—and have WiseStamp pick one automatically based on the address used for sending.

(Updated April 2016, tested with Google Chrome)

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