Productivity Tools

5 Productivity Tools for all Startups

Transforming the idea to a new Business (Startup) requires great passion in what you are doing, devotion in every aspect, inspired group of people that will support your idea (even rising-up on a higher level) and the right productivity tools that will streamline the way to success.

The most challenging part of all Start-ups is the limited budget at the beginning, so people with brilliant ideas did not manage to swim in the ocean full of sharks. Most of the time their ideas are stolen from some big companies which invest significant funds in the same project, deliver the product/service earlier on the market and start harvesting. The question is, who can survive???

The answers is simple, here is the formula: Great leader + innovative idea + inspired people + combination of right productivity tools will lead to success. As for this, here is a list 5 Productivity Tools that all Start-up companies should invest in, in order to elevate on the market:

1. Nimble (nimble.com)

What you want is to know your contacts. Identify people in your network with whom you should communicate. Knowing them better and communicating with them in a genuine way builds trust. To that end, it helps to know how you’ve interacted over time, know when you last talked to them, when you’re next meeting them. It helps to be able to see what they’re talking about on their social networks, too, so you can pick the right times to step in and offer relevant, meaningful information or advice.

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Be aware of all activities on your network, using this smarter social CRM. You can find relevant details about where they work, where they went to school, where they’re from and how you’re connected.

2. iMindQ (imindq.com)

To visualize you brilliant ides and see the big picture, you need a mind mapping software that will inspire your creativity.

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This mind mapping tool lets you encourage your originality and accumulate innovative ideas that can be easily shared with others in a visually stimulating and understandable format. In iMindQ you can also record your thoughts and ideas in various types of formats, such as mind maps, concept maps and flowcharts. Inspire, innovate and continually improve in every aspect of your life, no matter whether you are an individual, professional, student or educator.

3. Mailchimp (mailchimp.com)

MailChimp is an email service provider (ESP), which helps marketers send bulk emails to customers and other interested parties. This application is based on the three main tasks of email marketing: manage subscriber lists, build email campaigns, and review campaign reports.

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MailChimp is a free email marketing platform that’s the favorite for businesses that are just starting out. The free package is called the “Entrepreneur” and that includes 40+ features, including designer templating, personalized forms, social sharing and a bunch of analytic tools. You can send up to 12,000 emails to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers.

4. DoSocial (dosocial.com)

DoSocial is a hot, new social marketing tool that helps you get more social media attention.  They have neat tools like Trending Content which allows you to choose the hottest content specific to your business, and have it automatically posted to your social channels.

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Or how about Sharesly, which is a powerful tool used to share either your own content, or anyone else’s (like an industry expert), with a beautiful Call-To-Action popover button that helps drive traffic to your blog posts, sales pages, squeeze pages…wherever you want. The shortened links can then be shared on social media sites, through email, instant messaging, text messages, etc.

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5. Shopify (shopify.com)

Having an extraordinary product doesn’t guarantee success. You need to find appropriate sales channels in order to reach you customers or to provide adequate customer care. Building an online store is must nowadays for business success.

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Have an e-commerce platform will lead to increase sales.  Shopify focuses on making commerce better for everyone, so businesses can focus on what they do best: building and selling their products. You need this service to manage every aspect of your business — from products to orders to customers, selling online, in retail stores, and on the go.

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