Are you over it yet?
We were all fired up about daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social and Bloomspot when they first got started. But with our inbox filling everyday with these offers – some of which aren’t great offers and some of which just aren’t a match for our tastes, calendar or are simply repetitive.
I mean, really – how many pilates studios can one take classes at?!
But there ARE good deals to be had – it’s sorting through all the emails that’s overwhelming and often feels like a waste of time if you come up empty handed.
3 Step Cure For Daily Deal Overload
Step 1: Filter Your Daily Deal Emails
Filtering the emails you get from daily deal sites is super simple in Gmail:
Just find a message from a daily deal site, like this one. Click the “More” dropdown menu and then click the “Filter messages like these” menu item.
You’ll be brought to a new screen:
Click the “Create filter with this search” link at the bottom of the search options box.
You’ll see several more settings for your new filter:
Check “Skip the Inbox (Archive It).” This will ensure that the daily deal emails are whisked out of your inbox so they don’t clutter it up.
Also check “Apply the label:” and click “New label” from the label selection menu. I created a new label called “Daily Deals.” Once you’ve created your label, ensure it’s selected in the filter.
Finally, choose to “Also apply filter to xx matching conversations” to take all the daily deal emails you’ve got and label them and remove them from your inbox.
Then you can click “Create Filter” and it’ll all happen. On the left side of your Gmail screen you’ll now have a “Daily Deals” label. Click it and you can see any of the daily deal emails you’ve filtered.
Step 2: Add Other Daily Deal Sites To Your Filter
But… I get more than just Groupons. I get a few others, like Living Social. I want to filter those also.
First, find an email from each of the other daily deal sites you subscribe to. Here’s a Living Social one:
Copy the “From” email address. You can see where it is on my message in the blue highlight.
Next, click “Settings” in the upper right corner of Gmail:
And then choose “Filters” from the tab menu:
Scroll down and find the filter you created for the first daily deal site. Click “Edit” to the right of it:
After the first daily deal email address, type in “OR email@example.com”.
In this example, I put “OR firstname.lastname@example.org” because that was the other daily deal site’s email address I wanted to filter.
Click “Continue” and all the settings will remain the same as before and you can then just click “Update Filter” to bring the new criteria into effect.
You can add a third, fourth, etc. “From” email address just by appending “OR email@example.com” to your criteria. I also get messages from Bloomspot, so my whole string reads “firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org”. That catches them all.
Sometimes a site will change the “From” address it uses – if that happens and you find their emails aren’t being filtered anymore, just grab the new “From” address and edit your filter to reflect it.
Now all your daily deal emails are out of your way. You can browse them when you have the time and if you don’t you’ll not be bothered by them cluttering up your inbox.
Step 3: Highlight Important Daily Deals
There are a few daily deals that I very much want to know about when they come through. I have the Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy done on my hair every few months (it’s amazeballs). It retails for about $350 at most salons but daily deals come through now and again for around $100. I need to know about those!
Other daily deals you might want alerts for:
- Nearby yoga or pilates studio you’d like to try
- Favorite restaurants
- Local kids attractions (i.e. the zoo)
- Vacation spots you’re eyeing (i.e. Mexico, Tahiti, etc.)
- Massage, facials, pedicures, Botox or other personal care services you receive (or want!)
How do you sift out these must-haves? A simple addition to your Gmail filter!
Go back to your Gmail “Settings” and then click “Filters.” Copy the “From” email addresses of all the daily deal sites you gathered in Step 1 and Step 2 above. Mine were “nore
At the bottom of the filters page, click “Create new Filter”:
Paste in the email addresses of the daily deal sites into the “From” field.
Then enter in the search keyphrases that will help you find your “must have”deals in the “Has the Words” field. I want to know about all the Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy treatments, so I put “keratin” in as a criteria.
You may want to mess around with various search phrases to find the right one to trigger the kind of deals you want.
You can add more then on search term by adding “OR” between keyphrase. So I could have “keratin OR brazilian” (the hair treatment!) and I’d see any daily deals offering a keratin or brazilian hair treatment.
Click “Create filter with this search” and you’ll be brought to the configuration screen:
Here you choose what happens to these messages. I’ve unchecked “Skip the Inbox (Archive it)” so that these important messages remain in my inbox.
But what makes them stand out even more for me are that I select the “Always mark it as important.”
When I check my email, these “important” messages will get a little yellow flag next to them. You can see very quickly which ones are of special interest to you:
Now your daily deals won’t bug you when you don’t want them (they’re hiding in your “Daily Deals” label and out of the way of your inbox) BUT you will know when there’s one you’re particurally interested in.
You’re cured! Now share this simple tip with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook!