Today’s tech-obsessed work environment means that everyone has a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet, as well as a laptop or desk top computer. While “apps” are a popular buzzword, it can be difficult to find the most useful applications that can help you work smarter and more efficiently in amongst the huge number of available apps. Seartec has listed some top picks when it comes to awesome apps that can simplify your workday.
The to-do list takeover
An easy-to-use to-do list app, Wunderlist’s appeal lies in its simplicity. Create personal and professional to-do lists, set due dates and reminders and share across multiple devices for a quick and easy way to ensure that missed deadlines are a thing of the past. Wunderlist is free and supported by all major devices.
The smart way to manage projects
Project manage like a pro with Asana. List tasks and arrange into projects, which can be sectioned to match workflows. You can add documents as attachments and set deadlines and reminders. The app is designed to share this information across a project team, and allows members to discuss project progress and communicate about tasks. The app also has a dashboard for an at-a-glance view of all projects and will integrate with other apps like Google Drive and Dropbox.
The marketing tool in a league of its own
MailChimp is a powerful marketing tool that lets users email the right people at the right time. Create newsletters, announcements, sign-up forms and other marketing emails with your own custom design or one of MailChimp’s pre-loaded templates and send to targeted mailing lists. There are a number of features that allow you to segment your contact lists, optimise your send time and receive analytics on your sends and subscribers. It can integrate with a number of other apps and such as Salesforce, Eventbrite, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Shopify, and SurveyMonkey. There is also a mobile version for mailing on the go.
The best way to stay on top of business trips
Keeping track of arrangements for multiple business trips can be tricky, and this goes double for trying to keep track of expense slips. TripIt is a simple app that creates a master itinerary from your various travel confirmations – simply forward confirmation emails and the app will do the rest. Once you are out and about use Expensify to capture all billable expenses electronically for a consolidated expense report that can import card transactions, capture mileage for travel logs and eliminates labour-intensive entries for expense claims.
The cost-cutting print manager
Don’t waste time or compromise productivity by trying to manually manage your office printers. Seartec’s Fleet Manager software is the perfect alternative. It will track your toner levels and notifies Seartec directly if you need replacements, logs service needs so that they are attended to rapidly and do not become costly mechanical problems. It will also analyse printer usage, allowing you to identify under-or over-utilised machines. Seartec will install Fleet Manager for you free of charge – simply contact them on 0800 474 277.
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