Smartphones have revolutionised the world – with an app available for just about everything, it’s no wonder that there are now thousands of apps that can supposedly make a difference to your working day.
But with so many different features and functionalities available, how can you possibly know which apps will have a real, positive impact for your business?
We believe that the right apps, used correctly can make a big difference to you and your team.
So as a business we recommend to our clients that they take advantage of low-cost, and often free ways to speed processes,, cut wasted time, and ensure team efficiencies.
In our time, we’ve recommended a number of apps to create smoother workflows within organisations – and to help you achieve the same, we’ve created a run-down list of some of our favourite apps to get you started.
Creating to-do lists?
We’ve all fallen into the trap of spending so long on creating a list of tasks to complete, that we’ve exhausted ourselves from actually getting the job done. Well, Wunderlist makes a huge difference if you’re a checklist kind of person.
Not only does Wunderlist manage different lists for different projects at any time, but it’s really simple, easy-to-use and will remind you of deadlines to help manage your time.
Unlike other apps, Wunderlist gives you the opportunity to share your lists with anyone – streamlining team projects and tasks, or sharing with actions with Board Members as well as making it even easier to create a weekly shopping list!
We say – “Straight forward, efficient list making and sharing”
Real-time Team Work
Highly visual as well as incredibly flexible, Trello goes beyond basic lists to create highly appealing and functional pin-boards. Integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox and other such platforms, Trello uses a ‘card’ function to track project progress, exchange comments, add checklists, labels – the list goes on.
Trello’s engaging user-interface and multi-platform use across all devices means that working in teams (even on a global scale) becomes far simpler – not to mention, a whole lot more fun. The style, combined with the drag-and-drop functionality makes Trello really easy to use and work with.
Trello updates in real-time, so virtual working becomes much more engaging, exciting AND efficient.
We say – “visual impact will help embed this as a team tool of choice”
Have you considered an online platform which improves on the function of internal company emails? Well, that is what Slack does. Creating a network which allows public, private and direct messages as well as the ability to share files at the touch of a button takes the best elements of email – and makes them even better.
Integrating with other file sharing platforms, Slack gives users the ability to receive notifications from other apps within their interface – avoiding the constant back and forth between apps.
Not only this, but Slack indexes and archives everything shared within the app. Why is this significant? Slack integrates a search tool which is not just restricted to email content, but documents and files too; helping you find that needle-in-a-haystack file or email that much quicker!
We say – “all your communications on one platform”
Do all visitors to your website get the attention they deserve? Can they interact with one of your staff with questions and queries?
With a simple website plug in, Live Chat allows you and your team to be on stand-by to talk to your potential or actual customers who are browsing your website. Interface via pc, but also iOS or Android, Live Chat gives your team the opportunity to engage with customers at the touch of a button in the office or on the move.
Additionally, reporting and feedback options make it easier to review the level of support and customer service your employees are providing – improving your processes as well as interacting with your customer-base in a familiar way.
We say – “Make sure you are ready to help web visitors at all times”
More complex than the other apps feature here, Aircall is an App accessed, cloud based phone system.
Allowing you to adapt your telephony solution to your specific needs in a way that traditional phone systems aren’t able, Aircall allows you to set up numbers locally to your clients across the world, all within the same online structure and then manage the calls and their distribution to your team via one portal.
Other functionality associated with hosted communications solutions including call recording, and message to inbox (voicemail to email) are also available.
With 27 features and counting, the app is designed to be flexible – allowing teams to make unlimited concurrent calls, openly share contacts and call inboxes, assign working hours to define availability, and well, the list goes on.
So with no additional hardware requirements, easy set-up and super flexibility, if you’re in the market for a simple and fast solution to manage company calls Aircall might be right for you.
We say – “Hosted communications for the smaller business with multiple locations including home offices”
An App for every occasion
You’ll find thousands of apps available with a quick search on your phone or PC. There are many that perform similar functions to those listed here – perhaps slightly more suited to your needs, and other categories that we haven’t covered here.
Please leave a comment below if you have a favourite app not listed here, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions
Introducing Cohesion Communications ……
Cohesion Communications are based in Solihull and specialise in providing businesses with communication platforms that moves with the times.
For more information on working with business applications, or other communications requirements including business mobiles, Machine to Machine technology or cloud based telephony solutions, then please call us on 0121 794 9297