Web Tools for Productivity: The Shift to Business in the Cloud
Times have changed! The “cloud” has evolved for business technology users.
In particular, software has evolved, shifting from computer software to web software.
What we used to need to do with 5 CD’s to install on a computer is now available online, anytime, AND on our phones!
In this livecast recording, we dive into web tools for productivity including a load of the latest tools for small and medium-sized businesses. As well, we discuss how the shift to cloud software impacts business productivity.
I’m joined by Now Marketing Group President, Jessika Phillips, and MOS Training founder Donna Gilliland in this Halftime Mike episode discussing new tools and their uses. More than just social media tools, we dive into core business use apps and tools that we use online. Jessika is an early tech adopter and discusses the tools her business uses along with their core product for clients, HubSpot. And Donna is a tool trainer! From social media, to Microsoft, to mobile apps, Donna is hired by businesses and business units to deliver staff training on how to use the tools productively.
It’s a grand lineup of educated business folk and we each deliver tools and learn about new tools from each other!
Web Tools for Productivity:
Social Media Marketing Tools:
Nearly all social media tools started online, very few were computer-based software for managing your social. Here’s our “go to” list of tools for social media management. Listen in to the livecast for the details on how we use each!
Office Suite of Utilities
For use in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and Storage
- Gmail / Google Apps
- Google Drive
- Google Docs, Sheets, Slides
- Microsoft Office for Cloud
- Microsoft 365
Marketing and CRM Tools:
Design / Image Edit tools:
Accounting and Bookkeeping Tools:
Mobile App Tools for Productivity:
Advanced Custom Tools:
- Register Connect (like eventbrite except for financial advisors)
Project Management Tools:
Being able to access your information anywhere, anytime, is becoming critically important. Having your bookkeeping online, for example, is a powerful way to keep current with your invoicing and business expenses. When it is online, you can access at the office, at home, while traveling, and take advantage of other tools like the Quickbooks mobile app that the QB Online users have access to.
Moving to these web tools is increasing becoming important! What tools did we miss and what are your favorites from those mentioned? Tell us below!!
Next Doable Task:
It’s always about taking away learnings and applying them! What’s the key takeaway that you need to act on in the next 24 hours based on listening to this?
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Why the Halftime theme Mike?
I’m an Indiana Hoosier native where basketball is the top sport. Every team heads to the locker room at halftime to evaluate the first half and create a updated plan for the second half. That plan includes adjustments based on reviewing what worked and what didn’t. The “halftime” is a key review point where the game stops, the team pulls away to huddle in the locker room away from the fans, and they come out prepared and ready to succeed in the second half.
That’s what this podcast is all about, taking the time to pull away for a bit to evaluate, learn, and set some strategies for your business to succeed in the second half. Join me by subscribing and let me be your “business halftime” to help you find great success going forward!