A mobile app is a computer program designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices.
Apps are usually available through application distribution platforms, which began appearing in 2008 and which are typically operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry App World. Some apps are free, while others must be bought. Usually, they are downloaded from the platform to a target device, such as an iPhone, BlackBerry, Android phone or Windows Phone, but sometimes they can be downloaded to laptops or desktop computers.
More and more, the world is becoming mobile. In school My colleagues and i recently discussed the increased prevalence of doing business on our smartphones or tablets.
These devices have transformed our daily lives. While much attention is given to the coolest consumer apps, mobile apps that help you do your job better are arguably even more important.With every day and 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. Tina Courtney-Brown a business editor for sitepronews explained that 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.
15 Best Mobile Apps For Businesses
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.
10) Evernote – note-taking app
Evernote is a must-have note-taking app chock full of features and third-party add-on apps. You can take notes, clip web pages, store images, take audio notes, and then share them across devices and among coworkers. it is absolutely free to get….
Once you start using it, you can’t live without it.
11) Campfire is a simple, no frills group chat.
If you work with a bunch of other people (and who doesn’t?) and you aren’t always in the same room (and who is?) Campfire is a free and easy private group-chat app that you can use with your browser. It lets you share photos and files, keep a transcript, and doesn’t constantly spam you with emails.
For Android users, several third-party Campfire apps are available on Google Play.
12) CardMunch turns business cards into LinkedIn connections.
In this age of smartphones, it seems crazy that people still exchange paper business cards. But we do.
By using this business card reader for LinkedIn, created by LinkedIn, you can convert business cards to address book contacts, and add them as LinkedIn connections.
13) HootSuite -a dashboard for all your social network accounts.
If you use social media for your job, and these days, most of us do, HootSuite is your one-stop shop to manage all of your accounts. It can handle multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and others.
Teams can use it to manage corporate social media accounts, too.
14) Mileage Tracker automatically tracks your reimbursable mileage.
A smartphone is the perfect device to keep track of your mileage and this app does it all. it cost just $2.99.. It can track mileage automatically by using GPS, too. It then calculates the expense. It can even track your itinerary.
15) Checkmark keeps you organized and productive.
Checkmark is a to-do-list app on steroids. It can set up reminders based on time, based on contacts, or, our personal favorite, even based on your location. it cost just $4.99.. So if your meeting takes you near the dry cleaner, it can remind you to stop in and pick up your stuff.
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So there you have it – 15 amazing business apps that absolutely will make your business life easier.
What other apps have increased your productivity?
AWS launches Amazon Honeycode, a no-code mobile and web app builder
AWS today announced the beta launch of Amazon Honeycode, a new, fully managed low-code/no-code development tool that aims to make it easy for anybody in a company to build their own applications. All of this, of course, is backed by a database in AWS and a web-based, drag-and-drop interface builder.
Developers can build applications for up to 20 users for free. After that, they pay per user and for the storage their applications take up.
“Customers have told us that the need for custom applications far outstrips the capacity of developers to create them,” said AWS VP Larry Augustin in the announcement. “Now with Amazon Honeycode, almost anyone can create powerful custom mobile and web applications without the need to write code.”
Like similar tools, Honeycode provides users with a set of templates for common use cases like to-do list applications, customer trackers, surveys, schedules and inventory management. Traditionally, AWS argues, a lot of businesses have relied on shared spreadsheets to do these things.
“Customers try to solve for the static nature of spreadsheets by emailing them back and forth, but all of the emailing just compounds the inefficiency because email is slow, doesn’t scale, and introduces versioning and data syncing errors,” the company notes in today’s announcement. “As a result, people often prefer having custom applications built, but the demand for custom programming often outstrips developer capacity, creating a situation where teams either need to wait for developers to free up or have to hire expensive consultants to build applications.”
It’s no surprise then that Honeycode uses a spreadsheet view as its core data interface, which makes sense, given how familiar virtually every potential user is with this concept. To manipulate data, users can work with standard spreadsheet-style formulas, which seems to be about the closest the service gets to actual programming. ‘Builders,” as AWS calls Honeycode users, can also set up notifications, reminders and approval workflows within the service.
AWS says these databases can easily scale up to 100,000 rows per workbook. With this, AWS argues, users can then focus on building their applications without having to worry about the underlying infrastructure.
As of now, it doesn’t look like users will be able to bring in any outside data sources, though that may still be on the company’s roadmap. On the other hand, these kinds of integrations would also complicate the process of building an app and it looks like AWS is trying to keep things simple for now.
Honeycode currently only runs in the AWS US West region in Oregon but is coming to other regions soon.
Among Honeycode’s first customers are SmugMug and Slack.
“We’re excited about the opportunity that Amazon Honeycode creates for teams to build apps to drive and adapt to today’s ever-changing business landscape,” said Brad Armstrong, VP of Business and Corporate Development at Slack in today’s release. “We see Amazon Honeycode as a great complement and extension to Slack and are excited about the opportunity to work together to create ways for our joint customers to work more efficiently and to do more with their data than ever before.”
Olaotan Richard Ceo Aims Digital Network Speaks On 5 Powerful Tips To Digital Marketing Success
Digital marketing is unarguably one of the most effective and strategic marketing tools that the internet has brought to our doorstep. Businesses all over the world are churning in millions and even billions in returns each year. Digital Expert Richard Olaotan, the CEO of Aims Digital Network, gives some powerful and winning business tips for digital marketing.
1. Visual Elements
Everyone is attracted first by what they see. Having visual elements in business is key because people can only buy what they see. And on the average, a prospective client has got to see your product or service ad about seven times before they make a purchase. Whether it is your business logo, mascot, color theme or font you are choosing, the whole idea is to catch the attention of the audience, while also maintaining that attention enough for them to remember your brand. When advertising on social media, visual creativity is key. You must, at all times, ensure that whatever it is you are putting out there is as relevant as it is eye-catching. Your digital ads must appeal to the aesthetics of viewers and will be remembered. Using images that have consistent aesthetic and gives your campaign that familiarity every time it pops up is key.
2. Invest wisely
Truth is there are several digital marketing tools and services out there, but not all of them will create the same level of impact you desire for your kind of business. So, take time to analyze your business and the service or product you wish to put out there, the age demographic you are targeting, and the location too. Afterward, you can go through the various digital marketing platforms available and select the ones that will most effectively achieve what you desire.
3. Understand the buyer process
If you can understand the journey of a buyer, you will know what marketing strategy to present at each stage. Through buyer analytics, you can deduce the actions a visitor takes throughout your website, and use this information garnered to make the buying process easier for them. For instance, Google analytics gives user history that can help you better understand where they are in their buying phase.
4. Understand your target audience
Before delving into employing digital marketing tools, it is highly advised that you have a clear understanding of who you are targeting to make your bulk purchasing audience. Everyone is a potential buyer of your product or service; however, an age range or designated people of certain classes are the best benefactors of your product or service. Those are your target audience, and in digital marketing, you engage marketing tools strategically to send unique ads to this audience.
5. Analyze your social media metrics
To see the digital marketing tool that is most effective for your product or service, Olaotan Richard advises that you analyze your data and tie it back to the direct result it produces. The best SEO company in Chicago or anywhere else would first help you find what promotes engagements for your business niche. With their finding, they can easily suggest which tool or ad style is most effective for you.
Social media giants, Facebook urges publishers to leverage creative content for improved revenue
Social media giants, Facebook, has called on publishers to leverage on creative content for better revenue generation.
Facebook’s Strategic Media Partnerships Manager for Sub Sahara Africa, Jocelyn Muhutu-Remy, made the call while speaking at a session tagged ‘Art of monetizing good storytelling through the social media’ hosted by The Guardian during the Social Media Week at Victoria Island, Lagos.
“Propose what is different and unique to you. It is not about the followers you have but the uniqueness of your content. I advise starting by promoting your page using your location to reduce pay.”
Muhutu-Remy cited an example of a publisher on Instagram whose main contents were on natural hair care and maintenance for women and urged social media publishers to follow suit.
She added that brands would only be attracted and convinced to partner and invest in a publisher whose contents is specific and specialized.
Storytelling is about engaging your audience and ensuring they can relate with your content subject,” Mutuhuru-Remy said.
Other speakers at the session moderated by Guardian Life editor, Chidera Muoka, were Instagram publishers, Sisi Yemmie, a food blogger and Comedian Wofai Fada.
Wofai Fada, a comedian, said passion is key for any publisher that wants to thrive in the digital publishing space.
“It comes easy because it’s something I love doing. Passion is necessary to push one further.”
She advised publishers to be consistent and continually renew strategies to communicate with their audience.
Sisi Yemmie, a food blogger, said specialization in Instagram publishing has given her an edge in digital publishing.
She urged other publishers to harness Google analytics tool to examine the interests of their audience, as well as means to grow their platforms.
“Your social media analytics helps you decide what types of contents you should post and what time of the day you should post. You need to be aware of what type of content is to be promoted, but be creative and dynamic too,” Sisi Yemmie said.