Email signatures have always been there, along with problems connected with using them. Ensuring that all users have the same signature and disclaimer template requires some effort. Fortunately, Exchange 2010 enables central management of signatures and disclaimers. This option makes the task of unifying signatures much easier. However, you have to keep in mind that you cannot do everything using native tools only. Here is the list of drawbacks that Exchange 2010 centrally managed signatures have:
No WYSIWYG HTML editor. Graphic designers do not have to be skilled HTML code users. Therefore, it requires a highly skilled and versatile person to make genuine graphics and ensure that they display in a neat, appealing way. The email signature editor looks like that:
Most people think that emoticons are a necessity in everyday mail communication, whereas some purely treat them as a mean to undermine their professional credibility. And consequently, attempt to sustain their inbound mail communication in more formal style. Unfortunately, Exchange Server platform does not provide sufficient tools to filter out or replace unwanted strings of signs, and establishing new rules in mail flow does not really solve the issue. The only way through is to use a third party solution.
CodeTwo Exchange Rules Pro is a centrally managed tool that tackles email flow control on Exchange. Its main service is directly deployed on a server communication pipeline and requires only a few touches from an administrator to be configured and start working. This fully packed toolbox allows users to swiftly modify incoming and outgoing messages by simply setting up appropriate rules. Creating a rule to eliminate emoticons from your Exchange mail is a piece of cake. Just check this out:
Have you ever wondered how to make your email signature more attractive? Here’s an idea: add a video! It is as easy and quick as adding a link to your social media page and will help you boost your company’s brand identity, while simultaneously promoting the video itself. Furthermore, it doesn’t cost a thing and can be measured with Google Analytics (learn how to track campaigns in email signatures). Unfortunately, you can’t embed a video directly in your email signature. But what you can do is insert a suitable image and use it as a thumbnail linking to the video. Remember that the video that you will use must be hosted somewhere online in order to get a URL.
In this article I explain how to set up a company-wide email signature using Exchange 2010 Transport Rules in 7 steps. Note that this method has its limitations, such as not displaying the signature in users’ Sent Items folders and no way to add the signature under latest messages in email chains (learn more…).