In the native Mail app in MacOS, the default is to make sure you receive new message messages from VIPs, enter the Preferences Preferences and select VIPs in the drop-down menu. New message alerts list.
It's good and good to set up VIP alerts this way, but it prevents you from receiving notifications for all other messages coming into your inbox.
A better solution would be to set up a rule in Mail that plays a particular sound or pops the Dock icon when a message is received and the sender is in your VIP list. How to do it
How to get a unique alert for VIP emails
- Start Mail app on your Mac.
- Select Preferences … from the Mail menu.
- Select the Rules tab.
Click Add rule .
- Give the rule a name in the field Description .
- For If select .
- For the first condition, select Sender is VIP from the first drop-down list.
- Under Perform the following actions: select Play audio from the first drop-down list. (Another option available here is Bounce Icon in the Dock .)
- Under Perform the following actions: Select a sound to be played from the second drop-down list.
- Click on OK .
- Click Use .
With the rule set up, you get a unique notification for every VIP email you receive. I can distinguish from regular new messaging messages as they come through.