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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 9:18

Best Business Apps for Optimizing Time and Enhancing Team Communication

By - Michael Rader

To be successful in today’s business environment, you must be equally adept in the digital world as in the physical world. Whereas the business model of the past existed from 9 to 5 in an office, today’s model knows no such boundaries. A successful business today operates 24/7, spending much of that time in a virtual world that can often feel overwhelming.

Per E-Commerce Times, the Apple App Store listed 2.2 million apps in 2016, up 20% from 2015. Those apps generated over $20 billion in sales in 2016, up a whopping 40% from 2015. How can one possibly navigate the plethora of apps and utilize the ones that will make their business perform at a higher level? Where would one possibly start?

“Best of” lists are objective and sometimes skewed by the preconceptions of the author. However, they can still be very beneficial. PC Mag and Connecticut Post recently compiled their own “Best of” lists in terms of business-related apps. While you are encouraged to read the entire lists at your leisure, some of the most interesting and ultra-functional are listed below.

Citrix ShareFile Business

If you are looking for a data and file storage/management service, Citrix ShareFile may be the place to start. The app provides secure storage in the cloud or at the customer’s location and allows files to be safely shared between mobile or other devices. Citrix can be easily integrated with other apps.

For more information, visit Citrix ShareFile Business.

SurveyMonkey

With the ability to create and send surveys quickly and easily, you can easily stay on top of your business. SurveyMonkey’s helps you create surveys that can be disseminated via mobile devices, social media, or the web and is easily integrated with partner apps like MailChimp or Eventbrite. Best of all, you will receive real-time results as well as text analysis, custom reporting, cross-tabbing, SPSS integration, and much more.

For more information, visit SurveyMonkey.

HappyFox

Nothing keeps a business churning like happy customers. HappyFox helps you quickly and easily manager customer requests and help desk tickets from email, web, social media, chat forums, and phone. The app is cloud based, mobile ready, customizable, safe, secure, and multi-lingual with over 35 languages supported.

For more information, visit HappyFox.

Zoho Docs Standard

One of the top-rated document management systems, Zoho lets you share, track, and edit documents quickly and easily. The program’s collaboration tools set it apart by taking the guess work out of working and creating in teams.

For more information, visit Zoho.

MailChimp

One of the best email marketing platforms in the world, MailChimp integrates with all major e-commerce providers to enable you to maximize your email communication and grow your business. Pre-built marketing automation workflows allow you to spend your time and energy focusing on the parts of your business that really matters. The app also provides you with information that can help you discover how well you are connecting with your customers and the financial results of your efforts. MailChimp also has a mobile dashboard that allows you to stay connected regardless of where you are working.

For more information, visit MailChimp.

Templafy

Templafy integrates with office suites to give you access to necessary company content at any time through device compatibility and cloud technology. Improve collaboration abilities by allowing your team timely and secure access to business files and company assets.

For more information, visit Templafy.

Square

For small businesses without substantial accounting departments, Square may be just what you need to process credit cards, track customer information, and obtain real-time financial data. Make more informed business decisions with the Square Dashboard and take advantage of software programs that include appointment scheduling, setting up a customer directory, obtaining customer feedback and engaging customers with targeted marketing.

For more information, visit Square.

Nimble

Manage relationships without using even one key stroke. Nimble automatically updates itself with relevant customer information from a plethora of data sources. Establish team/customer interactions easily and have all the information you need at disposal. Gather your team’s contacts, calendars, emails, and customer interactions with a program that keeps them organized and up-to-date.

For more information, visit Nimble.

Fuze

An app designed for the way people work, Fuze powers business communication “through a secure and reliable global platform that unifies voice, video, and messaging into a single application.” Allow your employees to engage with each other and with your customer base in a manner that maximizes productivity and reduces wasted time. The Fuze platform also unlocks data from a variety of sources to provide business leaders with valuable insight.

For more information, visit Fuze.

TripIt

Combine all your travel plans into one place. Create a master inventory, forward confirmation emails, and collect hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant information so it is accessible at your fingertips on any device, even when you’re offline.

For more information, visit TripIt.

For those with a propensity for wasting a little too much time on Facebook or Twitter, some of the best time management apps are listed below, courtesy of Nerd Wallet.

RescueTime

Imagine how productive you could be with a detailed description of your daily habits. RescueTime tracks the time spent on applications and websites and provides you with detailed reports on your activity. You can also block distracting websites by asking the app to block the sites after a certain amount of time. It’s not all negative, however. You can also log your accomplishments for the day.

For more information, visit RescueTime.

My Minutes

Similarly, My Minutes can help you maximize your time by reducing distractions. The app allows you to budget your time, determine how often tasks are repeated, and adjust your efforts accordingly. Set goals and My Minutes will allow you to build up success streaks, thereby motivating you to keep your streaks alive.

For more information, visit My Minutes.

Last modified on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 10:29

Michael Rader

With over ten years in web development and design, Michael Rader has expertise and technical know-how. But more than a skilled technician, he is an entrepreneur and innovator who helps startup’s and new businesses identify and define their future with a unique, brandable business name. Michael Rader is the founder and CEO of Brandroot®, a leading .com domain name marketplace. He currently lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii where he operates the business and authors a blog dedicated to naming and brand name establishment.