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If I were limited to one app, Contactually would be the best because I would still have access to all of the information about my contacts from all over the Web. Furthermore, it makes it easy for me to follow up and sell new clients on my company's offerings. It's like having the ultimate social network at your fingertips focused on building relationships and making sales.
My team operates across an eight-hour time difference, so apps that keep us all on the same page are essential! iDoneThis tracks everyone's daily tasks and then emails out a daily digest of what everyone has done. It ensures that there are no crossed wires, and nothing falls through the cracks -- everyone on the team knows what everyone else is up to.
3. 37signals Launchpad
37signals Launchpad gives me access to my business development platform (Highrise) and project platform (Basecamp). Driving more revenue and delivering great client work are the most important parts of our business!
Last year I was preparing for the Tough Mudder. My lead developer heard me complaining about how boring running was. He said, "Have you tried audiobooks?" I downloaded the first "Game of Thrones" from Audible and started running. Now, I listen to one to two biographies, business books or classics each week while I work out, travel and do chores. I've never been so well read (or fit) in my life!
When you travel for work as much as I do, keeping track of everything can be a nightmare. TripItstreamlines the process and has told me about flight delays or gate changes before the airline has on numerous occasions!
I use HootSuite to manage all of my social accounts. That's how I stay connected with what's going on in the world. I couldn't live a day without it.
For taking notes in the many meetings and conference calls I attend during my regular workdays,Notability is a true life-saver. The native notes app on iOS is rather limited in functionality, and Notability allows me to input handwriting, photos, and charts. It also has handy PDF conversion and email functions, which allow me to share content with colleagues.
Asana is a project management tool that allows our team to have complete visibility into what everyone else is doing and keep track of their own priorities. You can also attach files and comments to eliminate the need for project-related emails.
Evernote is my electronic brain. Obviously it's great for keeping notes of meetings, but through shared notebooks, we're also able to distribute best practices documentation to our team, keep a log of client relationships, etc. It's also great for storing receipts from business travel or for snapping pictures of whiteboards since it has character recognition. It's a simple, wonderful tool.
10. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is hands down the number one app for analyzing and looking for opportunities for our business.
Whenever I need to concentrate, I put on my "Do Work" playlist on Spotify and just go. Without that playlist, I swear I'd get nothing done.
The one thing that keeps me going is fresh ideas that help me solve challenges in my business life. Ideas come to you at just about any time — and sometimes at the most odd hours. Clear is a sprightly app that helps me capture those ideas quickly and in the most efficient and easy manner. This is one app that is the epitome of usability and just gets things done!