5 Time Saving Business Tools You Love – And Now I Do Too!
Sometimes it’s hard writing blogs. What will you like to read? What will bore you senseless?
Well, I know you liked the last one: 3 Brilliant Business Building Tools I Discovered This Week.
- I looked at the website stats supplied by Quill Engage (read my last blog and you’ll know what I’m taking about)
- Your comments and suggestions for the time saving business tools you use
So, as a thanks to those who commented and shared, as well as an acknowledgement that I now have more time saving business tools of my own, I thought it was only fair to let you all know about these five brilliant tools.
Lindsay Cornelissen from Wines with Attitude suggested:
SerpLab is a handy, easy to use tool that tells you how your website ranks on Google over a range of different keywords. This is great for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), and it allows you to keep an eye on what your competition is up to.
Buffer is a smashing tool for managing your social media posts. Over time it learns to share your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often.
It’s fair to say, I got very, very excited when I saw this! Klock.Work describes itself as infographic ideas generator, but it’s so much more than that.
- ideas for your blog content
- ideas for blog titles
- ideas for infographics – so, tie this in with Piktochart and you will be able to create masses of stunning, eye-catching content.
Any time you are not feeling creative, I would suggest you head off to Klock.Work
Can you tell how excited I am about this one?!
Neil Infield from The British Library Business and IP Centre suggested:
Like Neil, I am a big fan of Hootsuite and have used it for years. It’s a very easy to use, time saving business tool that works off a single dashboard where you can manage your social media platforms in one place.
Also, and this is the icing on the cake, it’s the place you can schedule your social media posts. So, rather than scrabbling around every day trying to think of something to say, you can take an hour out each week to schedule all your posts for the following week. This means your social media output will be consistent and you can spend your time engaging with your community and your fans.
Gabrielle Vickery from Storm Design and Print Suggested:
URL shorteners are useful in three ways:
- They shorten a URL so that, for example, if you are posting on Twitter the URL doesn’t take up too many of your 140 characters
- They are a way of creating a short, catchy URL for a webpage you want to direct people too – perhaps a landing page for your latest offer?
- They provide you with analytics on how many times the URL is clicked, shared etc.
I use a shortener called bit.ly, but as Gabrielle says she prefers the Google option – and i just have to share her comment, as it’s priceless
I like to use the Google URL Shortener to shorten my links, so that I’m making social media posts on behalf of my clients, the string isn’t so painful. And yes. I’m aware that I just made the internet sound like a thong. ;-).