E-mail signatures are an easy way to promote yourself and your projects in your everyday correspondence. They’re fairly un-intrusive (if you keep them short and simple), but they let your peers know what you’re working on and how they can contact you via social media. I use WiseStamp for my e-mail signatures and I’ve had several people ask me how they can get the same type of signature. So today I’ll show you how to set up and use WiseStamp for your own elegant e-mail signature.
I like WiseStamp because it allows me to customize my signature with a few links, but it also uses icons for popular social media sites that I belong to. This is what my signature looks like:
The signature is short, informative, and, best of all, easy to set up! To set up your own signature, just follow the steps below.
- Go to http://www.wisestamp.com/
- Click the Download Now button. This will download the software to your computer (it’s safe) so you can customize it an use it. (You may have to re-start your browser in order for it to recognize you’ve installed new software.)
- Find the WiseStamp icon in the bottom right corner of your browser (it looks like the old-fashioned ink stamp with a handle that they in their logo).
- Click on the WiseStamp icon and choose Edit Signature. A new dialog box will come up with information you can customize. At the top of the dialog box are two tabs: General and Settings
The General Tab
This is where you’ll be able to see what your signature looks like as you build it. You can even build different signatures to appear on business or personal e-mails.
To start building your signature, choose whether this is your personal or business signature, then start typing your information into the text box. This is the info I included (but you can use whatever is relevant to you):
You can use the dashboard to add formatting to your signature. Just highlight whatever you’d like to format and choose the related button from the dashboard. For example, if I wanted to bold my name, I’d highlight Melanie Nelson, then click the B button on the dashboard. To add a link, highlight the URL or word(s) you’d like to make into a link and click the link button (looks like the earth with a chain link). Then type in the URL or permalink you’d like to include. In my own signature, I linked all of the URLs to their respective web sites and the title of the book to Amazon.
Once your text signature is complete, look underneath the text box and start filling in the relevant social media accounts, IM, and RSS information. I like to include my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. I also included links to the BB101 Tumblr blog and the BB101 Amazon store. If you look at my signature above, you’ll see the social media icons for each item.
The settings tab gives you even more options relating to how your signature will display. I won’t go into each of the options because that would take too long. However, you can try things and tweak or change them as necessary until your signature looks exactly as you’d like it to appear.
A version of this article was posted at BlogHer.com.