There’s an App for That!

Apps can serve a variety of purposes – entertainment, productivity and even find your phone when you lose it! It seems like you can get lost in the app store trying to find the best fit for your needs. From accounting software to video conferencing and marketing apps, there are tons of options available in your app store to help you with productivity, efficiency, and communication.

As business owners, we are always thinking about ways to streamline, process and track activities in everyday business. With tablets and cell phones, business is on the go now more than ever. The digital age has offered up a myriad of tools to enhance creativity and productivity. Technology continues to evolve at the speed of light and new apps are being developed every day. The flexibility and reliability of moving from desktop to your mobile devices allow business owners to manage tasks on the go.

Mobile apps are powerful and can help your business run more smoothly. They can help improve daily operations, organize ideas, manage travel expenses, automate tasks, to name a few. If you can think of ways to run your business more easily, there’s probably an app to help you do so.

In a recent blog on Productivity, Constant Contact shared the 17 Productivity apps that can make an impact in both business and your personal lives.

How many do you use?

Once you’ve established an app that you feel works, evaluate the product with staff and share with them the vision you have and how it will improve their jobs. Get feedback for their buy-in and/or allow them to offer up alternative apps they may know that you haven’t discovered.

Habits are hard to break, but many apps have trial periods or basic users in order for you to determine if the fit is right for you and your business. The key is once you land on an app, that you incorporate its usage into your everyday business for it to be effective and you to reap the benefit of efficiency. Create procedures and processes as necessary to implement the app and evaluate its effectiveness.

Don’t settle for “we’ve always done it this way” when there can be a better way through the use of technology. I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and find an app that will streamline your business, improve productivity, and increase profits.

About the author: Autumn Edmiston is the CEO and owner of the Edmiston Group. The Edmiston Group is a multifaceted Pittsburgh based marketing consulting firm providing senior-level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. Core areas of service are business development strategies, website creation and management, social media management, marketing, strategic planning, and public relations. The Edmiston Group has consistently delivered and implemented real-world, proven business marketing ideas and strategies for business.

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