About a year ago I used Google Docs to create a custom signature for my emails. I had become frustrated with the lack of options provided natively through gmail, and didn’t want to pay for one of the many services that allowed you to customize your signature information. This method allowed me to insert an image, and in a separate column include my information, link to my social media channels, and even a link to schedule a quick phone meeting with me. You can see what mine looks like below (although the links are non-functional in this example) –
In my opinion, this creates a better user experience for people on the receiving end of your emails. Not only can they see your face (and your cute dog?) as well as quickly be reminded of your business, title, and office hours, but it also gives them one-click access to your website, social media, and meeting scheduling tool. Below is a short video that shows you how to set this up in Google Docs, and then paste it into your Gmail settings so that it automatically populates whenever you compose a new email.