Are You Leveraging Apps at Your Business?

In the business world today, information and time have become the currency for success – but managing both is a challenge. Whether you’re considering custom solutions, seeking ready-made tools, or just looking for new ways to improve your workflow, mobile apps are worth considering. If you have a smartphone, why not use the power of this mini-computer you’re already carrying around?

We thank Ben Kilmer, co-founder of mobile technology developers GroMobi, for contributing this post to the Shenandoah Valley SBDC blog.

As a small business owner myself, I use a number of mobile apps to keep myself organized and effectively manage my work. Here are 11 smartphone apps that I use on a regular basis to help me operate efficiently and conveniently, with links so you can check them out for yourself.

1. Google Mail App

If you’re a fan of Gmail, this is the app for you.  It makes managing multiple email accounts, crafting quick messages, and staying on top of your email a breeze. For Apple users, the Apple Mail app is also effective.

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2. Google Drive

If collaborative or live documents are beneficial for your business, the newly rebranded Google Drive is a great tool to use. Drive allows multiple people to work on online documents, much  like Microsoft’s Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, in real time. The app is a nice extension of this web tool, enabling you to access Drive on the go.

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3. LinkedIn

Almost regardless of industry, LinkedIn is becoming a powerful tool for anyone and everyone looking to do business. This business social media platform acts as both an online resume and a great way to connect with people. The app version is a great way to catch up with business colleagues and to instantly connect with people you have just met. Do it all quickly and on the go.

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4. Perch

Photo Credit: ABW Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft

Photo Credit: ABW Leibniz Informationszentrum Wirtschaft

Perch is a great app for the business owner who wears many hats by enabling you to keep tabs on what competitors are doing on Twitter. The app provides insights that allow your business to remain competitive and can give direction for your own social media strategies.

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5. Box

Box, or comparable alternative Dropbox, are great apps for the power user of cloud storage. These are for people who have a large number of files that they need to access while away from the computer.  Box’ cloud storage also acts as a great backup in case a computer malfunctions. Just like the desktop experience, the mobile Box app is smooth and easy to use.

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6. Calendar by Readdle

If you use Google Calendar for your business scheduling, this is a great addition to your app arsenal. Readdle’s Calendar app allows you to quickly and easily view any events you have in the upcoming day, week or month, with intuitive, easy to master controls.

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Unavailable on Android

7. Dashboard

Another great tool for the busy executive, Dashboard allows you quick access to Google Analytics while on the go or when you have a few spare moments here or there. Keeping up with your SEO is important, but it doesn’t need to take your whole day.

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A Different Google Analytics App for Android

8. Facebook Pages

Facebook pages allows you to manage your company’s Facebook presence with ease, making it quicker and easier to access when you have time to do so. With Pages you can schedule posts, manage your analytics, share photos and more without using valuable hours at your desk.

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9. Twitter

Photo Credit: Kev Shrine

Photo Credit: Kev Shrine

Much like Facebook Pages, Twitter is a good app to have on your phone, allowing you to work on your personal or business social media presence while on the go with just a few taps. Customers want to see the human side of your business, and your social media presence is your outlet!

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10. Redbooth

If you oversee a team, project management software is a great investment to take a look at. This type of software allows you to give your team members tasks, give and receive feedback, and track hours and progress all in one place. GroMobi uses Redbooth software, which has a great mobile app that allows us to stay connected to the team even when we are away.

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11. Salesforce 1

If you use Salesforce software with your business, downloading their app is a great way to access that information on the go with ease.  Salesforce 1 is the best app Salesforce has put out to date, and it is effective in enabling you to quickly drill down on the information you need.

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Smartphone and Your Business

Smartphones and apps have taken the business world by storm, making once time consuming tasks like sending messages, scheduling, team management, organizing and more, quick and at the touch of a finger. While these are just a few apps I use on a daily to weekly basis to help my productivity, every business owner should take the time to experiment and see what apps are the most effective for their business. Get the most out of your phone and leverage apps for your business today!

Have an idea or need for an application that you can’t find in the app store? Considering a custom app for your business?  Get in touch with us here at GroMobi – we can discuss your needs, review the options, and make recommendations.  GroMobi creates mobile apps for all platforms.

Ben Kilmer
Partner | Founder
GroMobi