If you’re not on the Google Chrome extension bandwagon yet, you will be once you start using some (or all) of these tools. The Chrome Web Store is perfect for people who love new tools, toys, and productivity hacks. To help you get started, we've gathered the must-have Google Chrome extensions to boost your public relations workflow and help you be one step ahead of digital overload.
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you concentrate on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
It's highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc).
Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
When your tabs are on the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome. When working in PR, you are no stranger to having a multitude of tabs open and this extension will help you eliminate your digital clutter.
Goodbye, bookmarks. Hello, Web Clipper!
The Evernote Clipper extension helps you clip the web pages you want to keep. It’s great for research as you can clip any article or web page. Think of it as the “save” button for the web. Features also include the ability to highlight key text from any website or article and use text and visual callouts to draw attention.
The golden rule of Communications is that you have your grammar game on point. Everyone needs a helping hand when writing. That’s why the world has editors, copywriters, grammar coaches, millions of books on writing, and most importantly, browser extensions that can help you improve your skills, like Grammarly.
Grammarly’s free Chrome extension has been downloaded over 10 million times, and the company has millions of daily active users. The extension highlights any major spelling mistakes you make when you type anywhere on the web. Upgrading to their paid plan gives you access to their deeper feature sets, including grammar and plagiarism checks, as well as contextual advice to improve your writing.
Definitely, a must-have when working with PR!
Hunter is the easiest way to find email addresses for anyone, from anywhere on the web with just one click. When you click on the Hunter icon, you get a list of people with:
- Professional email addresses
- Social networks
- Job titles
- The public sources where this data has been collected
All the email addresses are returned with a quality score that evaluates the confidence that they are accurate.
The features also include the ability to add a name in their search input to find the email address of someone. You can also synchronize your leads to your favourite CRM or applications such as Salesforce, Hubspot or Pipedrive and hundreds of other applications.
This is a great tool for PR professionals looking for contact details for journalists, influencers or other professionals.