Etacts recently announced some great news – they’ve been acquired by Salesforce. Unfortunately, that means that both Etacts and EmailOracle will shut down service today, January 31st. If you depended on their integrated, social CRM service for Gmail, you’re probably finding a replacement service to migrate to and here’s our guide to help you with making your selection.
Etacts has three primary functionalities as follows:
- Social profiles
- Relationship maintenance
- Email reminders
Much like Etacts, Gist provides social profiles, conversation statistics, notes, and extracted contact info in a side panel alongside the email you’re reading. Gist currently supports more platforms than any of the other social profile providers. In addition to their web interface, Gist has a plug in for Outlook, Lotus Notes, Gmail (Firefox and Chrome plugins), the Google Apps Marketplace, and Salesforce. You can also use Gist on your mobile with their iPhone or Android apps.
I am not sure if most Etacts users actively managed their contact network to the full extent of features built into Gist. However, if you use multiple platforms or a lot of CRM-type features, you will enjoy Gist. Overall, Gist is a solid alternative to Etacts.
Cons: Browser plugin for Gmail is less mature than Google Apps Marketplace versionRapportive
Rapportive adds social profiles inside Gmail and Google Apps through a Firefox, Chrome, or Safari plugin. It’s a great lightweight replacement for Etacts if your primary use of Etacts is to see people’s social profile info alongside their emails.
In addition to the the major services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, Rapportive provides integration with a ton of different web services like TripIt, Plancast, and Tungle.me. However, don’t expect the full CRM functionalities like a dashboard, notes, or reminders to keep in touch with your contacts.
Cons: Subset of what Etacts used to provide.Xobni
If you spend your day inside Outlook and your Blackberry, Xobni can bring most of the Etacts experience to your platforms. Xobni and Etacts have very similar functionality, like having their social profile info inside your email and quickly accessing your communication history. Since Xobni is designed for Outlook, it includes a lot of features that Gmail users had out-of-the-box, like better search and autosuggest.
In past months, Xobni has moved toward creating one social CRM platform across all your devices. With Xobni Mobile and Xobni One, you can get contact sync and management between your Blackberry and Outlook contacts.
Cons: No support for Gmail, Android, or iPhone. Contact sync features are a separate product. Xobni Plus (better search and autosuggest features) and mobile apps are paid products.
Like Etacts’ relationship management features, Sensobi helps you to keep in touch with people at the intervals you specified. Sensobi’s interface makes it easy to find out who you’re losing touch with and who is most important for you to keep in contact with. Sensobi also lets you set reminders for followup and take notes on a conversation right after you make a phone call. Sensobi is a great option for people who use a Blackberry and use phone calls to keep up with their contacts.
If you primarily used Etacts or EmailOracle to remind yourself to follow up if you don’t get a reply to your email, Boomerang can fill that gap.
We had dozens of requests from Boomerang users to add this feature, and after the Etacts announcement, we rolled up our sleeves and built it. In the latest version of Boomerang, you can send a message and schedule it to be brought back to your inbox (if nobody replies, or regardless) all in one step.
Cons: Only available for Gmail.