Everybody owns a smart phone but finding the best apps for productivity is tricky. From file sharing and digital signing to social media and customer support.
Everybody and their dog has a smart phone today and most own a tablet too. The mobile generation is in full swing and being a part of it means that you no longer have to be tied down to one place while working.
Here’s a list of 7 of the best apps in 2014 to get you working harder, faster and smarter:
EchoSign is a digital signature tool allowing you to sign contracts remotely through your mobile device. Before EchoSign, getting a document signed was a laborious process. You would have to send it out via traditional post or fax and wait for the client to receive the document. The client would then sign it and send it back. This process often took days, if not weeks. And added valuable time to the sales process. Now all you need to do with EchoSign is to send the link to your client. The document is sent, tracked, signed and returned all electronically and in a matter of minutes.
LinkedIn is the business social media network to use. Being able to view and add contacts while on the move is useful if at a networking conference. The app is pretty comprehensive and carries over many of the features from the website. Such as people who have viewed your profile, jobs you may be interested in and a news feed. When keeping up to date with your contacts is important to you then the LinkedIn app cannot be beaten.
Evernote is a multi-function app giving you the ability to take notes and sync with a desktop computer. The ability to add tags allows for quick searches of all your notes. You can embed images, tables and other files within notes and clip content from websites to make it easily accessible later on.
If This Then That is an app based on linking together different parts of the web. When you input certain criteria into IFTTT (called a recipe) you are telling IFTTT to link one thing to another. For example, if you wanted to get a text message every time you receive an email from a certain client, you can plug that into IFTTT. The app will tell your email client to send a notification to your phone. This is only one example of the power of IFTTT. You can search the library of recipes submitted by users or create your own.
Desk.com is a customer support app designed to make the whole process of customer service easier by keeping it all in one place. You are able to communicate with your customers via all the social networks and queue support tickets. Reply to and resolve customer requests and make internal notes that only colleagues are able to see. Using Desk.com means you will never miss a customer query again even if you are out of the office.
Dropbox is the go to app for file sharing. Using the app you are able to sync files between your phone, desktop and tablet and even use it offline. As cloud storage goes, it’s one of the easiest to use apps. The massive storage capacity of 1TB for $10 (around £6) per month is well worth the fee. Although you are still able get 2GB of storage without paying a penny.
With over one million apps in Apple’s App Store it can be difficult to find the best app to use for a certain task. You will have to try out a few different ones to find which ones work best for you. Hopefully the apps covered here will give you a head start and allow you to become more productive while on the move.