Google Chrome extensions are helpful tools that are easy to install and simple to use. They’re usually versions of already functional web-apps, offering you a new type of functionality. You can use them without opening another tab, and some are offering a “power-up” for your other services you’re using.
Google Chrome is my favorite browser, and let’s be honest, we spend a lot of time together. A few years ago, the majority of our digital tasks was performed in different programs that you had to specifically install on your computer. Nowadays, you can do almost anything without leaving the comfort of your browser. You can send an email, edit documents, even edit photos and videos.
But with so many Google Chrome extensions to choose from, which ones are the best choice for digital marketers?
In this list, you’ll find 8 Google Chrome extensions our team at Udonis uses daily. We noticed that these extensions improve our productivity and help us with our everyday tasks.
But remember, Google Chrome extensions aren’t Pokémon’s, you don’t need to catch ‘em all! We’ve listed the most important features and you’ll probably find few that will be relevant to your job.
Grammarly Google Chrome Extension
This online grammar and spell checking platform will make sure all your emails are mistake-free. Apart from using it as a web application, Grammarly Google Chrome extension will check your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web.
Grammarly can also double up as a dictionary and thesaurus; just click on its icon in your browser toolbar and select the option to “Show Definitions and Synonyms via Double Clicks.”
Pricing: Basic version is completely free, Premium starts from $11.66per month if billed annually and business costs $15per month/member,
MailTrack Google Chrome Extension
Did you ever check your email, again and again, to see if did you get a reply? With MailTrack, you can easily know when your emails are opened. MailTrack will add double check marks next to your emails in Gmail. You’ll be easy to differentiate sent, but unopened and opened emails.
(✓) means that your email has been sent, but not opened.
(✓✓) mean that your email has been opened
There is a free version of MailTrack that gives you free and unlimited email tracking for your Gmail forever, and with MailTrack Pro you get some additional features like link tracking and real-time read receipts.
Pricing: free (PRO version starting at $4,99/month)
SimilarTech Google Chrome Extension
This extension will enable you to discover prospecting information on any website you’re visiting just by clicking on the extension icon. You’ll be able to see pieces of information about the estimate of the website traffic and sources of that traffic, information about the company and technologies they’re using.
According to SimilarTech, their proprietary technology scans more than 30 billion web pages per month. We monitor and analyze over 317 million domains to help companies get more data and make better decisions based on technology adoptions. SimilarTech was founded in 2014 as a spin-off of SimilarWeb.
TeamsID Google Chrome Extension
How often did you forget your password for some website or application? It happens to the best of us and with the growing amount of logins, there is simply too many passwords to remember. TeamsID is optimized for Google Apps for Work. You’ll be able to safely store your passwords, share the passwords with the teams and invite members to the teams. TeamsID will improve your organization’s security and productivity. You can use it as a web-app, but the extension will make your job even easier, entering the passwords directly as you surf the web or prompting you which passwords to remember and safely store in TeamsID. You’ll need to remember only one password!
Pricing: $3 per user/per month, but you can try it out with 14-day free trial
The Great Suspender Google Chrome Extension
If you’re anything like me, you often find yourself with multiple tabs opened, unable to track them all. It will make your computer run smoothly by suspending the tabs you aren’t using. A lightweight extension that reduces Chrome’s memory footprint. It will suspend the tabs you haven’t opened after a specified length of time, leaving you with more memory to perform your tasks. You can specify which URLs or domains are not to be suspended and it will also detect tabs that are playing audio so you don’t have to worry about music while you’re working.
Keep Google Chrome Extension
Free Google tool for keeping notes, lists and photos in one place. You can collaborate on lists and notes with who you choose with. With the Keep App, your notes and lists will be synced on the go, as well on the desktop or tablet. Widget for the home screen will remind you of the tasks you need to do. Organize your notes and lists by color coding and labels. You can create custom labels – it will make searches a lot easier. Reminders can be based on a specific date and time or a specific location. We’ve already mentioned Google Keep as one of the top 10 Google Tools you should start using today and if you’re already using Google Keep web application or mobile app, you need to start using the functionalities of the Keep Google Chrome extension. With the Google Keep extension, you’ll be able to save notes, links, and pictures in your Keep account without leaving the tab. All your notes will be synced across the devices.
Right Inbox Google Chrome Extension
I’ll be honest, I discovered Right Inbox as I was writing this article. I liked the idea of the app and had to install it right away. With Right Inbox, you can schedule emails in Gmail to be sent later, you can set reminders and follow up conversations. It will integrate seamlessly with your Gmail account. If you ever had a great idea in the middle of the night and you didn’t want to send an email that late, now you can simply schedule it to be sent in the morning. If you have to go through a lot of emails, you can set up email reminders so you don’t lose track of important conversations and get notifications when you need. The free version will work for you if you have an occasional need for a scheduled email (up to 10 emails/month), for more, you’ll have to upgrade to premium versions.
Pricing: Free version for up to 10 emails/month, Premium versions starting at $7.95/month
Momentum Google Chrome Extension
This tool doesn’t offer some magical functionality, but it will make your day more productive. It’s also very sleek and beautiful. This simple extension replaces a new tab with a personal dashboard featuring to-do, weather, and inspiration. You can get inspired by a daily photo and quote, set a daily focus, and track your to-do’s. The free version is great for trying out, but if you need more from it, you can upgrade to the premium version that will allow you to integrate your Momentum dash with other apps.
Pricing: Free and Premium version ($3.33/month)
To sum up:
If Chrome is your favorite web browser, why haven’t you tried to spice it up a bit with one of the thousands available Google Chrome extensions? Most of these tools are completely free and they’re fairly simple to install. You can check your grammar or see what technologies some website is using, without even needing to open a new tab.
Some of the mentioned extensions will power-up your everyday emails, allowing you to know when an email was opened or scheduling your emails to be sent at a specific time you choose.
Start “shopping” in the Chrome web store to make the most of your online presence!
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