Smak’s value is the ability to sort information easily and automatically, making your communication easier to read and manage.
Our unique intelligence platform is what we call LifeModesTM. The idea is based simply on the fact that we all have different conversations going on in our life. Some personal, some professional, and others just interesting news or information we want to stay on top of. Our communication is not based on our interests, rather we have channels of communication that puts all of these conversations into single buckets.
For example, think about the communication you try to manage.
Facebook – Family, friends, hobbies, news, for some more and more it’s business colleagues.
Email – We get news letters, emails from friends, work emails on our personal accounts, news in our business accounts.
Add your other 4 email accounts, LinkedIn, Twitter, ugh!!! Somebody Smak me.
This is where LifeModesTM come in. LifeModesTMare your high-level buckets. Think of them as inbox’s for your interests and focuses. We provide 5 for you when you first sign up for Smak.
Work – Business related communication
Home – Personal related communication
Hidden – Communication you don’t want to see unless you search for it.
Unassigned – This will show all the communication that you have not assigned.
All – This shows all communication, no matter what LifeModeTM it is in.
As you assign your contacts into LifeModesTM, Smak will become smarter, and start to recognize patterns and automatically sort information for you.
You setup LifeModesTM based on your own personal lifestyle. However, to get you started here are a few best practices we have learned from our Beta Users
News - Assign the twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts you follow for news to this LifeMode. You can also send all the newsletters you follow here as well.
Personally I have 3 Sub-LifeModesTM setup under my news: Smak News; Startup News; Tech News. Just so I can scan through them quicker.
Coupons - Assign all the advertising and brands you follow to Coupons.
Events - I love this one. Assign all your Eventbrite, Meetup, and other automated program alerts so you can see events in one place.
Network – Great place to dump people you meet at event or networking, but you are really not sure where the relationship is going yet. (remember it’s super easy to re-assign later)
Purchases & Registrations – Dump receipts from Amazon, BestBuy, Staples, even your Smak registration here. You don’t need to be bugged by these updates, but you don’t want to unsubscribe either.
Social Updates - Another great one. Bulk all those crazy updates into a bucket. No need to look at them, but keep them around for searching and analytics. (facebook, twitter, klout, empire avenue, google+, branch out, plaxo, LinkedIn, Quora, pinterest, yelp, foursquare, gowalla, getglue…. I’m sure I’m missing a few here.) My current unread 700+ That is a lot of stuff I didn’t have to read and a lot of time saved.
Have some more ideas? Please share them with us, we’d love to crowd-source some of these practices.