Yes, when it comes to web based software programs, there are many for which I am thankful and I wanted to share that list with you today.
These are my anchors, the online small business software programs that I use almost every day.
These are my anchors, the online small business software programs that I use almost every day. These are the online solutions that make it easier to run my business and get my work done.
You guys make this all worthwhile! Thanks!
Enjoy the list and remember, I am deeply thankful for each and every person who reads my blog, subscribes to my newsletter or reaches out to connect with me via social media!
Web Based Software Programs for Which I am Thankful
Gmail – Gmail is far and away the best e-mail solution for someone like me. It allows me to combine 5 e-mail accounts into one mailbox and auto-labels each one for easy filtering. It has a huge storage capacity, handles SPAM well and best of all, is free!
Hootsuite – I use HootSuite for two primary business tasks:
Amazon S3 – essentially, this is just a huge file storage spot that I use for two reasons:
With data being so important, I copy my computer and website backups here so I have a backup of my backup in case something happens to the copy I keep in my office.
I store my larger videos, the ones that will not fit over at YouTube, here because, using a WordPress plugin, I am able to embed and play those videos in my site. Because they are stored and played from over at Amazon, many people can watch a video at the same time without experiencing any slowdown on the rest of my site.
AWeber – I use AWeber to send my weekly Matt About Business newsletters. I selected AWeber because of its ability to integrate with just about anything which allows me to add folks to lists not only when they sign up, but also when they do things such as buy one of my products.
Google Analytics – another free product from Goggle, Abalytics collects and reports on everything that happens on my website. Recently, Google released a new version which has made this tool even more useful by allowing it to integrate with more external data sources as well as by providing improved reporting functionality.
Connected – I use Connected’s customer relationship management (CRM) functionality to track my interactions with clients and peers.
In integrates very well with social media as well as Gmail so my contacts’ profiles are always up-to-date. Best of all, it send me a daily e-mail with my schedule as well as any opportunities for me to engage my network (e.g. birthdays, job changes, etc.).
Connected was recently purchased by LinkedIn, so I’m eager to see what they come up with when backed by some hard cash.
Crowdbooster – this tool allows me to track my social media performance in some interesting ways, even at the free level of membership. Besides handy facts such as changes in follower and fan counts and other metrics, I can learn other important things such as:
The best times of day to post updates based on past engagement stats, and
Influential folks in my network with whom I should connect.
Skype – I make all of my business calls using Skype simply because, for one low fee, I can call anywhere in the US without incurring any cell phone charges or minutes.
GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar – these are my two “goto” (get it? :)) solutions for online meetings and webinars. Why? Because the tools are straightforward to use and they are constantly working to improve the already solid solutions.
Evernote – I am always coming across online articles, posts and images which I want to file away. Evernote lets me capture those in one place, organize them with labels and then synch all of that across many devices so my clippings are easily available. Handy, eh?
FreshBooks – send an estimate, convert it into an invoice, send the invoice and then get paid online. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Weekly Link Roundup
Each week, I collect the 10 best posts that I’ve read and share them with you here.
These posts focus on web-based solutions, online resources and up-to-date news for small businesses.