I wrote about my first experience with Zentact a few months ago.  I thought it was very useful for keeping in contact and (as their tag line goes) “Network(ing) Better.”  I must admit, my usage of it since March was spotty, but I always had positive feelings whenever I put it to use.

A few weeks ago, I started to use Gmail as my primary email client, just to see if I would miss Eudora (don’t laugh).  Boy, did the Zentact Firefox plug-in go into overdrive.

Whenever I composed or replied to someone, Zentact started adding them to their database and prompting me to type in tags associated with this particular colleague.  Not a problem.

I think one of the things that I didn’t like about Zentact before was the prospect of assigning tags to each person on my list.  I guess I had visions of spending an hour or two after hours adding this info to each contact until I got to the end of the list.  No.  Don’t look at the entire list as the big task. Since you are probably emailing select people you need to stay in contact with on a regular basis, these are the people that you should be concerned with first and foremost.  And by doing it each time you send an email, it seems less formidable.  If you send 50 emails a day, you will take care of a nice chunk of contacts with little effort.

And let’s not forget Zentact’s real power.  Whenever you visit a blog, site, or social media hotspot and a person’s name, industry, company, or whatever other keyword you assigned them can be found at said site, their name will pop up in a little Zentact box asking if you would like to send them a link of the page, tweet, email…some form of contact.  At the bottom of the page, near the plug-in icon you will also see how many of your Zentacts were found on this site. This is a great way to stay “front of mind” with the many folks we all know.  Any method that makes it easier to never lose touch with the 3,000 people on your list, is a tool that we can all use.

And it’s free.