Boomerang Respondable

Write perfect emails with Artificial Intelligence

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ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
Hi Product Hunters, this is Moah from Boomerang. We're so excited to get this out to you all. A bit of the back story on how and why we made Respondable. Last September, we brought our entire team to Maui for our fall workaway. One of our projects on the workaway was to explore natural language processing and machine learning, as they can be applied to email. We experimented with a bunch of technology, found that holiday support emails are the most positive, and then went back to the office to resume working on urgent things. And we posted a job listing for a data scientist. Then, around the holidays, Chris from our marketing team came up with an inspired idea - let’s send a useful, thoughtful year-in-review email to our customers. It took us a while to build it, but if you were already a Boomerang user back in February, you may remember getting an email from us that showed a set of data-backed principles for writing effective emails. We also published the data as a blog post and you can find it here. http://blog.boomerangapp.com/201... Several dozen of our users asked if we could build a real-time version of our blog post that would apply to emails as you write them. So we decided to see if we could bring the recommendations from the data to your fingertips. Hope to hear from you all on how we can improve Respondable.
Mitch Menghi@mitch_menghi · WordPress Designer / SEO
@ayemoah Boomerang is good but it's an expensive service offering compared to others out there now. I'm finding that many saas providers are really trying to milk users with high-priced subscriptions such as boomerang. You also need to keep in mind that other possible subscriptions people have, i personally have around 20 minimum so far and counting, for mear functionality as this, it really should cost 'a couple of bucks' not the price of a CRM.
Josh Muccio@joshmuccio · thepitch.fm
@ayemoah holy crap this is awesome!! 😮 Does it work with Inbox or just regular Gmail?
Daniel Taibleson@daniel_taibleson
@ayemoah video says it works on outlook? Not seeing that...
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@cichonship · Marketing at Baydin (Boomerang)
@daniel_taibleson Hey Daniel, you can download Boomerang for Outlook (with Respondable) here: http://www.boomerangoutlook.com/...
ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
@joshmuccio thank you! Just regular gmail for now. We're working on porting it over to Inbox.
ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
@mitch_menghi Thanks for sharing your opinion. We have a free plan for people who use Boomerang lightly, which sounds like may be a good option for you. Our paid subscriptions are for those who use Boomerang often enough to realize the value of the service. It’s difficult for freemium SAAS businesses to survive on a price point of a couple of bucks, there are a number of now dead startups who have come and gone before us that have tried. Our paying users not only enable us to keep the lights on and service running, but allow us to build awesome real-time AI products like Respondable.
alan leong@hello_alanleong · creative director
@ayemoah hi, does it comes with a word or sentences suggestion?
Jonathan Salomon@solojon · Technologist, Orange Silicon Valley
@cichonship @daniel_taibleson Hey Chris, does this work with Outlook on desktop or only 365?
Miriam Schwab@miriamschwab · Founder & CEO, illuminea & Strattic
@mitch_menghi @ayemoah Boomerang helps me make sure that important issues don't get forgotten once an email is sent. That can even translate into bottom line impact. And I think Boomerang's pricing is reasonable for such a useful, impactful feature. I'm a fan :)
Paresh Patel@abhisihelp · Co-Founder, Abhisi Help Desk
@ayemoah Very neat idea.
orliesaurus@orliesaurus · Lasers handler
I was using the original Boomerang for Gmail in college to send emails at 9AM while instead I would type those emails after coming back home at 3AM, recovering from a night partying, and didn't want to look shady.. Then I randomly met Alex, founder/CEO of Boomerang at a conference in Colorado and told him how his platform saved my a$$ a couple of times. And now this is released and I'm in love. Moral of the story: If you like cake, you might also like pancakes.
Alex Moore
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@awmoore1
@orliesaurus Hahaha, good to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This is a super interesting space. We'll see more AI and technology used to facilitate communication. Already, much of our conversation and the way we interact with people is digital (through our phones and computers) and as we begin to see the world through an augmented lens, we'll see a version of Boomerang Respondable in our IRL conversations, too. In some ways this is depressing but I'm an optimist. 😊
Hope Atina@the_onlyhope · BioBreaks.com
@rrhoover Boomerang questions whether the value of struggling to become good at writing emails is greater than the value of successful emails with ease and if we lose a portion of ourselves each time we over-edit.
Alex Moore
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@awmoore1
@rrhoover I'm a bit biased, but I'm fully in the camp that says communicating as well as possible is a desirable thing!
o(^^Q)@niket · Time Travel Researcher
@awmoore @rrhoover Humanity has spent significant time and effort developing communication protocols and platforms while advancing both. One could argue that a person that simply reads more often views the world in an augmented way. (And incidentally might become a better communicator for it). I think what the folks at Boomerang are doing is fast tracking everyone to this end. Optimist as well, and betting this helps :)
Alex Moore
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@awmoore1
@niket Niket! I wouldn't have ever thought to put it that way, but yeah. That!
Sai Yeluru@sai_yeluru · Student, University of Texas at Austin
Does this work for Google inbox as well?
ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
@sai_yeluru Sorry, not yet. We haven't ported Boomerang to Inbox.
Vinay Khosla@vinay123 · Co-founder Zenyx.com. Builder. Investor.
@ayemoah is that on the roadmap in the near future?
Sai Yeluru@sai_yeluru · Student, University of Texas at Austin
@ayemoah That's fine - looking forward to that though. Rarely use Gmail anymore because of inbox.
Vishu@vishu17 · UX at Booking.com
@ayemoah @sai_yeluru This is super exciting, however I'm in the same boat, I use inbox 100% of the time now, please port as fast you guys can, great work btw!
ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
@vinay123 @vishu17 @sai_yeluru @daniel_taibleson we've started work on porting to inbox already and yes we will try our best. :)
Jeremy Marques@jeremymarques · Back-end developer
@ayemoah awesome! Is there a waiting list somewhere for that feature? I just want to make sure I won't miss the Inbox version.
Hong@quan · Mechanic, Karmic Bikes
How could you not love using AI to write better emails?
Evan Kimbrell@evankimbrell · Founder, Sprintkick
@quan Lack of authenticity maybe. Just spitballing
Igor Scherer@igor_scherer · Content Creation Intern @ 30SecondsToFly
@evankimbrell How writing assistant AI could steal your creativity? @quan How could someone hate it? haha
Evan Kimbrell@evankimbrell · Founder, Sprintkick
@igor_scherer @quan People like getting messages from real people. Not robots. They're inauthentic
Igor Scherer@igor_scherer · Content Creation Intern @ 30SecondsToFly
@evankimbrell @quan It's just a tool, you know that you actually can erase, add and evaluate what you are writing, right?
ayemoah
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@ayemoah · Chief of Product, Boomerang
@igor_scherer @evankimbrell @quan Yup, we don't write the emails for you. You are still the ones writing whatever you send. We just give you real time analysis as you're writing.