Some things in life we just take for granted until they are just not there. A large part of our work is based around Twitter. Not only do we post to Twitter, but we us it as a sign in tool for other services – so you can image our dismay when the entire internet went down. OK, maybe the entire Internet, but a pretty big chunk.
That got us thinking. What other tools do we use on a daily basis that make our life easier? This is a short list of free tools or apps we use every day that we just couldn’t live without.
Buffer – We use Buffer to schedule all of our social media posts. The free version allows you to schedule up to 10 posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t let you auto post.
Pablo – Need a quick tool to create graphics for Instagram and such? This is the answer.
Upflow – OK! We admit it, we have a few Twitter accounts that we set on autopilot. Upflow ensures they have relevant keyword driven content added on a regular basis.
Google Alerts – Need to track an industry or subject? Alert sends us a daily email letting us know that latest news tied to a specific keyword. This comes in handy went we a curating content for a specific niche.
CrowdFire – CrowdFire lets us build and purge our Twitter followers. You can copy followers on other related accounts you specify. The daily free limit is 25 new followers. it also let’s see who doesn’t follow back, so we can keep or follow/follower ratio reasonable to keep Twitter happy.
WordPress – the many posts touting the benefits of WordPress are well deserved, but the quick down and dirty is probably the most user-friendly dashboard driven CMS tool for creating websites. Nuff said.
Jetpack – I know here are a bunch of things that Jetpack does, but honestly, we use it for a quick check on traffic and it pings us when a site goes down.
SumoMe – SumoMe offers pop-ups and such to collect emails for your newsletter and integrates with most of the standard providers like MailChimp and Constant Contact. Are pop-ups a pain? Yup, but they do convert visitors into subscribers. You can set the frequency of the pop-up so as not to annoy regular visitors.
We never have enough hours in the day and these tools either automate or helps make our lives a bit easier. We are all about setting it and forgetting it – so that we can focus on content creation and keeping our customers happy.
Let us know in the comments below what works for you.