If you're running a business or blog, there are so many things you have to think about and remember on a daily basis! From scheduling your social media posts to creating new content for your audience, the list is endless. I've put together this list of my top 6 best business apps and tools, to help you automate your workflow ad make your life a little easier! Ready? Let's go :)
Plann. I've been waiting for months for this app to come out, so it had to make the top of my "best business apps" list! Plann is hands down, THE best Instagram scheduling tool. Just like other apps it allows you to save and schedule future posts and captions and send you a push notification when it’s time to post. But what’s so great about Plann is that it’s a visual planner. What does that mean? Simply put, you can upload your images, preview what your feed would look like, and drag and drop your pictures to create the perfect feed. Instagram is all about curating a beautiful, consistent theme (learn more about this here) and with Plann it’s never been easier to achieve this. It costs $9 to initially download the app, but there are no monthly fees and you can schedule up to 120 posts ahead of time. Quite honestly, the best $9 I’ve recently spent!
Recurpost. Recurpost is a social media scheduling tool for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It offers a free plan which lets you connect up to 3 social profiles and schedule up to 100 monthly posts. The best thing about it, however, is that it automatically reuses your old content so you never have to worry about running out of posts, or having to constantly update your schedule! You can create different “libraries” and decide how to schedule the content of each category to your different social media platforms. Being able to choose whether to publish content on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis gives you full control over how much you post onto each network. You can choose specific times to publish your content or use Recurpost’s auto-scheduler which automatically chooses the best time to post for you. They even provide analytics tools so you can see what’s working and what isn’t.
Grammarly. Never worry about typos and wrong grammar again! Grammarly is an amazing online editor and proofreader tool that automatically checks your writing for any grammar, spelling or punctuation mistakes. You can use the app itself to check any of your texts and articles for errors, or you can install the Grammarly extension to your browser and it’ll automatically run in the background and will notify you of any mistakes you’re making. They offer a free plan (which is great!) as well as a premium plan with even more features. If you sign up through this link you'll get a free week of their premium plan! http://gram.ly/qcxr
Ifttt.com. Apart from it being completely free, this is one of my favorite automatization tools, and of course had to be included in my list of best business apps and tools. The name stands for “if this then that” and it enables you to create different “recipes” allowing you to automate your workflow. For example, I have set it up to automatically share my Instagram images on my Twitter account. Best part? It doesn’t just post a link, like other automatic forwarding tools, it even publishes the photo along with the caption. There are literally hundreds of different “recipes” you can set up, so definitely check it out for yourself.
CoSchedule Headline Analyser. We all know how important a powerful headline is if you want your content to stand out, and your readers to read on. Write a catchy headline and improve your chances of increasing views, traffic and shares on social media. Simple as that, right? But how do you know if your headline actually has what it takes? The CoSchedule Headline Analyzer is just the perfect tool to find out. All you have to do is head over to the site, type in your headline or subject line and it will analyze it for you, score it, and give you suggestions on how to improve it. You can play around, make changes and check again, and it will automatically save all of your trials and scores so in the end, you’ll easily pick the best one! Oh, and did I mention that it's completely free? Just another reason to add it to my list of best business apps...
Mail-tester.com. This is a great little tool you can use to test the “spamminess” of your emails to reduce the risk of them being caught by spam filters! Before you send out any important emails to your list, go to the mail-tester website, copy the email address it will give you and forward your email to it. You can then go back to the website and click “check your score”, which will show you any possible weaknesses or spam issues. It will also show you if you’ve been accidentally added to any blacklists, and you can then try and get yourself removed from those lists. Of course, even if you use this tool, there’s no guarantee that your emails will never get send to someone’s spam folder, but you can at least minimize the risk.
Do you have any other favorite business apps or tools you can't live without? Let me know in the comments below!