About Eric Blackwell

For the last 10 years, Eric Blackwell has been actively helping REALTORS® master online marketing. He has been the Director of Technology for a large brokerage in Louisville Kentucky. He has been teaching, coaching and helping REALTORS®, teams and brokerages to succeed in the emerging online real estate marketplace.

Utilizing Outlook Social Connector

If you’re one of the thousands that use Microsoft Outlook as a way to stay in contact with friends, family, clients and personal contacts, you’ll want to keep reading. 

Here’s one of its best features, one that can help you maximize the quality of your follow up and communication:

OUTLOOK SOCIAL CONNECTOR…

If you haven’t tried using this feature, give it a spin and see how easy it is to match up an email message from a sender with their current Facebook profile photos and newsfeeds.  Now that’s an email on steroids!  You can also pull information from:

  • LinkedIn
  • MySpace
  • Viadeo
  • Xing
  • Windows Live Messenger

Not only will this help you associate a name to a face, but it can give you the opportunity to check out someone’s status updates, uploaded photos and wall posts before responding.   Knowing more about what’s going on in the lives of people with whom you’re communicating could turn a simple response into a real relationship builder.

Installing the software is easy and the integration of information is seamless! Follow these steps to get connected to real time data which will make the time you spend in Outlook more beneficial and productive.

  1. For Outlook 2010 32-bit, Outlook 2007, and Outlook 2003: Click on this link from your computer to go to the Microsoft Download Center.  For the 64-bit edition, click on this link
  2. Follow steps to download software
  3. From the Outlook toolbar, click on View, People Pane and Account Settings, once there, Click on the “View Social Network Providers Online” tab and choose the networks you are interested in connecting with.
  4. This will prompt you to download the needed software for Facebook. If it does not, you can click here to take you to the software page.  Make sure that you download the software that is compatible with your computer
  5. After installing the software for both applications, restart Outlook.
  6. Once you have done this, return to the View, People Pane and Account Settings area of Outlook and click on the social media sites which will prompt you to insert your username and password.  After you have done this for each site, click finish.
  7. To view your social media contacts, you will want to click View, People Pane and Normal and once you have done this, each e-mail contact you have will appear at the bottom of your Outlook inbox with an         option to add that person to one of your social media sites.
  8. You will also find tags to the right of their photo that allow you to view your e-mail, meetings and other data about your contact; as well as view status updates, newsfeeds and RSS updates for this person.

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It truly is a flawless process that won’t take more than 30 minutes to install.  You can begin using the feature as soon as possible which increases your ability to stay connected all in one place.  For more highlights, information and FAQ about the Outlook Social Connector, visit Microsoft Office Support.

About Eric Blackwell

For the last 10 years, Eric Blackwell has been actively helping REALTORS® master online marketing. He has been the Director of Technology for a large brokerage in Louisville Kentucky. He has been teaching, coaching and helping REALTORS®, teams and brokerages to succeed in the emerging online real estate marketplace.