October 16, 2014
More and more, the world is becoming mobile. My colleagues and I have all recently discussed the increased prevalence of doing business on our smartphones or tablets. With every month that passes, more of us are turning to smaller screens to get the work done. While some tools are ubiquitous across desktops and mobile devices, many aren’t so adaptable. The result is a serious need for effective, inexpensive (or free!) mobile apps that help businesses achieve the results they are after. If you need help sorting the gems from the sea of clutter, this must-have list will do the trick.
1) Contactually – Maximizing Relationship ROI
For many of us, relationship building and word of mouth are the most powerful tools in growing our businesses. Contactually is a stellar app because it cultivates a deeper connection with key players in a seamless and effective manner. As you utilize the system, it will remind you to connect with important contacts, while providing recent social signals and conversations to give relevant and current context. Contactually also helps you identify business opportunities in your network that you might otherwise overlook. It’s an extremely powerful and useful app that some report has increased their referrals by up to 40%.
2) Workshare – Mobile Syncing and Security
With the increasingly mobile nature of our worlds, file security has become a very big issue. Using tools like Dropbox or USB sticks are convenient, but not necessary safe and secure. Enter Workshare. This app lets you easily sync sensitive files from mobile devices to desktops, giving you complete freedom to work whenever and wherever you need to, and peace of mind that your files are never in a place where they might be compromised.
3) Meeting Mapper from Point in Time
Meetings are a necessary task in nearly every organization, but making them productive and valuable is often an uphill battle. The crafty app Meeting Mapper from Point in Time helps to solve this prevalent dilemma. Meeting Mapper lets you chart the actual success and productivity of your meetings by tracking roles and opinions of all attendees, as well as enabling leaders to create action items and next steps for highlighted topics. For those using SalesForce as their CRM, Meeting Mapper Fierce integrates with the tool to greatly assist with closing new deals. Each product is highly affordable too, and made especially for iPads.
4) Asana – Teamwork on Turbo
For any company that needs to cultivate a team spirit, Asana is a truly transformative tool. This app helps to connect teams and team members in meaningful and efficient ways, emphasizing accountability through easy to manage task assignments and making prioritization a breeze. Asana is accessible via the web or through the app, and it’s aces at keeping teams small and large in a true space of collaboration and communication.
5) SignNow – The Easiest Electronic Signature Ever
Executives and business owners have to sign a heck of a lot of documents; sometimes on a daily basis. SignNow is a simple but profoundly helpful concept; it is by far the craftiest way to execute an electronic signature in a quick and secure manner. SignNow will let you sign documents while you’re on the go, or empower team members to get your signature in an instant, wherever you may be.
6) Yammer – A Social Network Just for Your Team
Teams need to collaborate, and many of them use social networks to stay connected. The problem with using tools like Google Chat and Facebook are the nearly endless stream of interruptions from the outside world. Yammer provides all the essential and convenient tools from any social network, but in a private space only accessible by your team. Whether you’re a team of 2 or 2,000, having a space to communicate and share information is priceless, and even more so when you don’t have to risk any interruptions.
7) Speaktoit – The Ideal Virtual Assistant
Mobile devices are always with you when you’re on the go, and if you download the incredible app Speaktoit so is your fabulous virtual assistant. Speaktoit will perform all kinds of handy tasks, answer questions about all manner of issues, keep you posted on upcoming events, and has loads of customization available too. Speaktoit is one of those apps that truly reminds you the future is now.
8) Shoeboxed – Simplify Expense Tracking
Keeping tabs on all your expensed receipts can be a full-on nightmare. When it comes time to tally up expenses, receipts seem to disappear into thin air. Shoeboxed is the ideal app to help keep you organized with any and all receipts. By simply snapping a photo of the receipt, you can add a note in the app and it is forever captured. This simplifies tax time and expense reporting in truly profound ways.
9) HipChat – Team Chat for Businesses
Teams are becoming increasingly virtual, and the need to communicate quickly and easily across the globe is essential. While tools like Skype and Google Hangouts have their benefits, apps like HipChat up the ante. HipChat is an instant messenger made specifically for work teams to stay in touch, so features match the needs of your employees much more coherently than a one-size-fits-all option. In my virtual world, it’s become a godsend – by far my favorite chat app.
So there you have it – 9 stellar business apps that absolutely will make your business life easier.
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Conscious online marketer, web executive, and multi-faceted writer Tina Courtney has been creating and fostering online innovations since 1996. Tina has assisted many clients in maximizing online production and marketing efforts, and is a staff writer for SiteProNews, one of the Web’s foremost webmaster and tech news blogs. She’s produced and marketed innovative content for major players like Disney and JDate, as well as boutique startups galore, with fortes including social media, SEO, influencer marketing, community management, lead generation, and project management. Tina is also a certified Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and accomplished life coach. Learn more on LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+. Visit My Google+ Profile