Ever since the debut of the iPhone (and possibly even before) the trend for smartphone email clients is to append an email signature that advertises the hardware or app you’re using to send that message. Here’s just a few examples of smartphone email signatures I found in my inbox.
- Sent from my iPhone
- Sent from my iPad
- Sent with Sparrow
- Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
- Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
- Sent from my Windows Phone
When it comes to app settings I’m pretty picky. In this case I asked myself, “Is this the best use of my smartphone email signature?” I concluded that I could communicate so much more with just a few quick changes.
Below is a screenshot of what I use in the stock iPhone email app.
Add your name
Alright, this one is obvious. Tack on your name to your email signature. I chose to insert my full name but perhaps you’ll want to use only your first name.
Add your website or favorite social media profile
Your email signature is a great opportunity to promote where your recipient can find you on the web. I chose to include my landing page URL. You might have a blog or Twitter profile you’d like to add. If you’re on the hunt for a new job maybe adding your LinkedIn profile link is the best option.
A word of advice: don’t go crazy with links. I’ve seen email signatures that include a link to a personal blog, a professional website, a Facebook profile, and a Twitter profile. It’s overwhelming. I don’t really know where to click and, with rare exception, I don’t really want to check out all of those links. Keep things simple.
Remove the phone model and/or app name
Do we really need to be sectarian in our email signatures? I don’t mind communicating that I’m writing from a mobile device. As you’ll see in the next section I think that it’s really important people know that fact. But are we so desperate to find a sense of identity that we need to alert the world of our technology persuasion? You and I are better than that. My signature states, “Sent from my mobile.”
Add a courtesy statement
Your smartphone email signature is nearly complete. I now recommend that you add a quick statement that will work hand in hand with the fact that your message is being sent from a mobile device. The fact is most of us type longer messages and more accurately on a traditional computer keyboard than we do on our phones. Furthermore, if we’re not careful autocorrect will decide to insert something totally wrong (sometimes to hilarious effect). I’ve found it to be good policy to ask in advance for a little grace for these flubs. My signature states, “Please excuse the brevity, as well as any typos.”
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