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Mailshake

A simple and easy to use solution for cold emails

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Sujan Patel
Maker
@sujanpatel · Co-Founder of Mailshake
Thanks for hunting us @bramk ! @colnmathews @bobsenoff and I are all very excited to be Product Hunt today. Mailshake officially launched in Dec 2016 and over the last 7 months has grown to nearly 10k customers with 10.8 million emails sent.. but we started off as a marketing tool called ContentMarketer.io and in late 2015 we launched a simple tool to easily send cold emails called Connector. In the first 30 days, the usage of Connector passed our main product and within 90 days, revenue and daily usage passed our main product..that's when we knew we had something. We doubled down to build v2.0, ditched our other product and brought on @bobsenoff as a partner to help on the business side. While Colin was building v2.0, I went to town interviewing Connector customers and talking to our competitor's customers. Two things that always struck out to me during those chats. Sales professionals & marketers (or our ideal customers) wanted something simple and easy to use.. and everything people described seemed difficult or complicated. It was during an interview with a customer who ran a large sales organization that I had my "aha" moment. He told me that he loved Connector because he didn't have to train his employees. He gave them login and they figured it out on their own. That stuck with me and those two things are engrained in our company. Simple & easy to use. SIMPLE sounds easy but it's f'ing hard. "Easy to use" sound so simple but it's really complicated. I'd love any and all feedback :) P.S. the cold email that started it all Hugs & Kisses, Sujan Patel
Seth Louey@sethlouey · 🙌 2016 PH Maker of the Year Nominee
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel wow, this Mailshake looks amazingly simple to use! I'm going to try it with our BotList advertising strategies.
Jijo Sunny@jijosunny · Co-founder, WhatRuns.
@sujanpatel // He told me that he loved Connector because he didn't have to train his employees. He gave them login and they figured it out on their own. I can relate to this, 'cause that's exactly what I did. We've been using MailShake for outreach and we can't ask for a better tool. You've got a winner here!
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
@jijosunny Thank you 😁
Jeroen Corthout 🤖@jeroen_corthout · Co-Founder Salesflare
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel Awesome :-D Recommending Mailshake more and more often here btw to our customers at Salesflare. I even have a standard saved reply for it ;-)
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
@jeroen_corthout Oh sick!
Sujan Patel
Maker
@sujanpatel · Co-Founder of Mailshake
@sethlouey thanks! Let's chat more about this over lunch today
Sujan Patel
Maker
@sujanpatel · Co-Founder of Mailshake
@jeroen_corthout thanks! That mean's the world to us :)
Sam Sexton@samsexton · Email Specialist
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel how do you ensure that a) emails have an unsubscribe (as is neccesary under CAN-SPAM) and b) that users follow the law of the countries which their emailing?
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
@samsexton Mailshake will listen for replies to catch people who want to unsubscribe, but we also let you add an unsubscribe link to every email. We do this by default, but you can turn it off since you're the one in charge of how you manage your list. Ultimately obeying spam laws is the responsibility of each user and we require everyone to acknowledge this before each campaign can be turned on.
Raul Tiru@raultiru · Founder Global Owls (Social Enterprise)
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel Well done. Mailshake looks great. Simplicity is key in the over complicated email industry. I tip my hat!
Sam Sexton@samsexton · Email Specialist
@colinmathews So you're not managing the reputation of your IP addresses at all, so one bad sender could blacklist the reputation of everyone using the service?
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
@samsexton Great question -- but no because Mailshake doesn't actually send emails. All email sending is done through Google's servers, so we're totally out of the way when it comes to domain reputation, etc.
Alexandre Sartini@asatwork · Founder of Qui connaît un bon
@colinmathews @samsexton I was thinking about the same thing. It could be a problem at some point. This is why major emailing service can be very strict with how email were gathered and the whole can-spam requirements.
Sam Sexton@samsexton · Email Specialist
@colinmathews Makes sense, thanks!
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
@samsexton @asatwork Indeed - we are constantly improving our efforts on the policing of our system to warn and block abusers to ensure we don't become a haven for spammers. In addition to technical components like that, we also don't allow free trials which also helps keep spammers out.
joshua bradley@airjoshb · Celebrating people, making life better.
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel thanks for sharing more of your story here and congratulations on what looks like a winning solution to a significant pain point
Chad Fullerton@chad_fullerton · Founder, FullertonMedia
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel awesome work on Milkshake. I've been using it for a while and love it! So easy to use and has helped me close new clients.
Stephen@stephenalan · PM | USPTO
@bramk @colnmathews @bobsenoff @sujanpatel @jeroen_corthout Salesflare is dope. Props.
Daren Smith@darentsmith · Producer, Telekinesis Entertainment
@sethlouey what are BotList advertising strategies? I'm curious now. Never heard of it.
Seth Louey@sethlouey · 🙌 2016 PH Maker of the Year Nominee
@darentsmith going to use mailshake for researching advertising partners for BotList
Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
Hunter
@bramk · Creator of @startupstash
Together with @colinmathews and @bobsenoff, my buddy @sujanpatel has developed, what I think, is the easiest to use cold email tool I've ever seen. Lots of templates, using your Gmail, Zapier integration and much more. A must for anyone who sends out cold emails on a regular basis. 🖖
Colin Mathews
Maker
@colinmathews · Founder, Mailshake
Thanks @bramk for hunting us! Hey guys, Colin here, dev behind Mailshake. This is a really exciting day for us. Thanks in no small way to the PH community, we get to share the culmination of a very organic evolution of work. Last year we shared an app with you called Connector which was an experiment born out of feedback from an even earlier product. We got great feedback here on PH, and Connector took off right away as a super simple email outreach tool. We immediately started working on Mailshake as it successor so we could create something truly on point, beautiful, and easy to use. Mailshake is the easiest-to-use cold email outreach tool out there. Mailshake works with any Gmail/G Suite account (you can use other services if you have a Gmail alias) and you can integrate with us via Zapier. We’ll be around all day answering questions and listening to your feedback!
Bob Senoff
Maker
@bobsenoff
Thanks @bramk. We appreciate the recommendation and are glad to answer any questions.
Savvas Zortikis@savvaszortikis · Co-founder & CEO at Viral Loops
We use mailshake for our outbound strategy and works like charm! Keep up the great work guys 🙃