Here’s a cool way to use email sender names

Here’s something I saw among the political emails that flooded by inbox last week: Personalized sender names. That is, my name was worked into the sender’s identification that shows in the inbox.

Here’s one, with my full name “via” a specialized sender:

Sendername1

And here’s another that paired me up with President Obama, as if we were buddies:

Sendername2

We’ve known for a long time that the sender name matters, and that if you’re using a system-generated name life like emailbot@organization.org you’re not optimizing your email.

The logic of getting the recipient’s name into the sender address escapes me. But I bet it works!

Let us know in the comments if you have any experience with this!


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