5 Favorite Business Tools That Increase Productivity | Podcast Episode 09

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Could you use an increase in productivity? If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or thought leader looking to get more done in record time, having the right resources can make or break how much you can get done. Inside episode 9 of Amplify Your Success podcast, I delve into five of my favorite time-saving automation tools that boost my productivity and helps my team be more efficient. After 15 years of running my own business, I’ve come to treasure when a friend or colleague recommends a power tool that’s changed their life.

Inside the episode I unpack a few operational tools that I’ve used for over five years and why we picked them to make the business run smoother. Plus I don’t always use the tools that all the influencers use — so I’ll share my favorite task management software and why it might just be the best tool you implement this year in your business.

Key Takeaways:

[2:25] Melanie starts with her most favorite time-saving, productivity boosting tool that helps her manage her team and stay focused on time sensitive project deadlines.

[4:39] A good task management system helps an entrepreneur eliminate foggy thinking or feeling lost with what to do next. Melanie gives some examples of how this kind of online software works with routine tasks as well as tracking project deliverables.

[7:29] A sanity-saver for Melanie – having a task management system that emails reminders to the team and business owner so that you know if something is falling behind.

[9:23] Melanie’s 2nd favorite tool is a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) system that allows us to integrate automatic follow up with email management and online sales.

[13:21] This tool offers a lot of integrated online forms, surveys and segmenting options for advanced marketing analytics and documentation.

[15:36] One of the simplest tools to increase productivity (and its FREE) is Google Calendar. We use it with an online scheduler to allow our clients, partners and other parties to schedule easily.

[18:00] This tool can actually save you money by freeing up your assistant’s time from chasing down appointments and having automated appointment reminders.

[19:38] There’s now a cool plugin that links our CRM with our online scheduler Acuity to automate our follow up steps after an appointment is confirmed.

[21:24] Another productivity tool, especially if you collaborate, is Google Drive (and its free!)

[25:30] A newer tool that Melanie and her team are transitioning to is Zoom for live video teleconferencing (and she uses it to record for guest podcast sessions too!)

[30:58] This tool is not normally a productivity too, but this one is a time (and cost) saver for anyone who creates a lot of online websites and landing pages.

[33:06] A favorite app that saves a ton of time – and has helped boosted Melanie’s creativity is Canva for Work. Most people know the online tool but the iPhone app is amazing!

Mentioned in This Episode:

TeamWork Task Manager Software

InfusionSoft Demo

Google Calendar (Free)

Acuity Online Appointment Scheduler (Free 30 Day Trial Available)

Google Drive (Free)

Dropbox

Zoom Video

Facebook Live

Optimize Press

WordPress

Canva Graphics (Free 30 Day Trial Available)

 

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4 Comments

  • Bob

    February 20, 2017

    My number one tip is not listening to half-hour podcasts which could be summarised in text to be read in about 2 minutes.

    Oh and PLEASE stop writing in the third person. You wrote this article, Melanie (according to your title at least) and yet apparently “she is sharing” and I can hear about “her favorite…”

    Come on.

    • Melanie Benson

      February 23, 2017

      Great feedback @Bob, always appreciate kind critiques that add value. Since I have support from my team to pull the show notes, perhaps it would feel more aligned to see the notes from the 1st person. I hope if you are sharing such valuable comments you’d be authentic enough to post your real email so I could thank you. MB

  • Maryl Petreccia

    February 21, 2017

    Super podcast! I can absolutely the see difference incorporating certain of these from the get go can make.

    • Melanie Benson

      February 23, 2017

      Maryl, so glad you got some great tools, is there a particular tool you’ll put into action? MB