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Google Mail Smart Reply, Can it Be a Time Saver for Entrepreneurs?

By Garrett Spence   |    April 22, 2016   |    9:12 AM

Can Smart Reply Save You Time in Gmail?

Late last year Google began rolling out a feature dubbed Smart Reply in it’s Gmail mobile app, and now the change has been fully implemented in the desktop version of Gmail. The feature learns which of your emails generally require responses and then suggests up to three different responses for you to choose from.

Can this feature be a time saver for busy entrepreneurs? Keep reading to learn more about Smart Reply and how to use it in your daily email correspondence.

How Smart Reply works

Smart Reply uses technology to scan and analyze your incoming emails. With the power of artificial intelligence it even pays attention to language to create the most natural sounding text. You can select the option that fits best and send it off right away or continue customizing your emails.

Using the feature more often will help it “learn” what types of responses to suggest, so your choices should theoretically get better the more you use Smart Reply.

Should I be concerned about privacy with Smart Reply?

Some entrepreneurs and other users will find the Smart Reply feature a bit too intrusive for their tastes. Google assures users that computers are the only things analyzing your emails, not humans, and that the feature adheres to strict privacy standards.

Can Smart Reply save entrepreneurs time?

Like so many things in business there’s no one size fits all answer to this question. Whether or not you find Smart Reply useful will be based on your individual preferences and emailing style. If you regularly send short emails with similar answers then there’s a huge potential for Smart Reply to save you a lot of time. It could even be helpful for jumpstarting longer email responses.

However, if each of your emails is unique from the next with no true pattern, you may not find this feature to be as helpful. If you’d like to learn more about how to use Smart Reply, check out this quick and helpful guide.