Indian businesses are rightly famous for their ‘jugaad’ capability, but there comes a time when you have to get the right tools to support streamlined business growth.
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Implementing a company-wide ERP may be hard for many businesses after demonetisation. But if you still want to go cashless, here’s a list of highly useful free productivity tools for Indian businesses.
The Lucep widget and mobile app combine to give your sales team members useful analytics and data to help you understand the behavior, needs and demographics of your visitors before you talk to them – all this in less than 60 seconds.
Lucep’s “lead notification” and “instant call back” feature, along with smarter lead allocation and lead specific analytics, will enable you to increase both lead generation and conversions from your website.
Bonus: Lucep also offers a very useful website performance grader tool that will analyze your site and instantly tell you everything from your Alexa traffic rank to your Google Insights Pagespeed Score.
2. LastPass is like a modern day miracle on the Internet community for people who struggle to remember their passwords and then have to reset it every time they log in.
One LastPass can be used across different devices, storing umpteen number of passwords to your vault and even auditing and giving you feedback in an effort to aid you create more efficient and secure passwords.
With a 5-star rating from PC Magazine and recommended by organizations like CNet, Lifehacker and others, it’s safe to say that LastPass keeps you safe. It uses a single master password secured through multi-factor authentication.
Hootsuite allows you to schedule and publish posts either collaboratively or individually to all your existing social media channels. A few of its most popular features include:
All of this combined enables you to monitor what people are saying about your brand and helps you respond within seconds.
HootSuite has also come up with a very user-friendly mobile app (for iOS and Android) that makes monitoring and instantly responding even more easier and faster than ever. Within the tabs, you can smoothly side-swipe between the streams for quick access.
The Google G Suite is a cloud-based set of productivity tools that helps you to ideate and collaborate effectively, and it costs next to nothing. G suite offers its customers a whole range of collaboration tools such docs, sheets, forms, slides and sites.
Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Presentations is now the most popular online productivity suite, fast replacing the dominance of MS-Office as the world’s most popular desktop productivity suite. With its very own app and and easily accessible on a wide range of devices, G Suite is easy to use and manage.
Oh, and the key selling point – it’s free! All you need is a web or mobile browser and Internet access. You can also scan documents, work offline, and see older versions of all your files that have been edited or accidentally deleted.
You can start by creating workspaces that include projects, and then tasks under each project. Inside tasks, customers can add notes, feedback, attachments, and comments. Users can follow projects and tasks and get updates in their inbox when changes are made to their tasks.
This collaboration tool manages workflow management beautifully, and also additionally handles the nitty-gritty of task management with aplomb. If you’re on a team, Asana will help you keep all projects and tasks in one spot, and help you assign jobs to different users, and track the progress of each one.
Asana is free to start with, but then you’ll have to pay $21 per month for upto 5 team members, with the costs increasing as you add more team members.
You can upload and share files just like text messages, and integrate Slack with apps such Skype for video calling. You can granularly control almost every setting, including custom emoji creation.
With pricing tiers ranging from free to PLUS ($12.50 per month), this messaging app is relatively affordable and also enables you to centralize all your notifications from each team into one place where everyone can view, discuss, search and take action.
Room.co can be integrated with a range of tools and platforms including IBM Verse, Slack, Upwork, Flowdock, Convo and more, all of which gives Room.co the trust and reach it needs to market itself as a great video conferencing tool.
You can now access Room from your SmartPhone, iPad and your Mac or PC with the latest Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browser.
It also looks peculiarly similar to a Pinterest board from the outside. Inside, however, it lets you do a bundle of things like adding lists, tags and tasks that you can drag and play with at your leisure. It’s just a relatively simple and handy way to stay organized.
The most popular and common way to use Trello is as a project and tasks manager, both for personal and team projects. It’s nothing revolutionary, but serves as a nice alternative to covering your screen in post-it notes.
Unlike most of the early accounting tools from companies that were already producing highly complex solutions for larger companies, FreshBooks converts complex financial management into an enjoyable experience for the small business owner.
With an extremely friendly user interface and attractive look and feel, Freshbooks even uses phrases and words that non-accountants can easily understand. Tracking expenses is essential to managing a business, and FreshBooks makes the process much more simple and fast, so that you can focus on growing your business.
This tool allows you to send personalized messages effectively and spread original content across your customers, without having to spend the time it takes to send that many individual emails.
Using Mailchimp’s drag and drop designer templates, trusted autoresponders, all-embracing mobile options, advanced analytics and integration with other popular productivity apps makes it way easier to craft out targeted messages across your customer list.
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