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Mobile Marketing (Why 2016 will be year of mobile)

Mobile Marketing (Why 2016 will be year of mobile)

From vacuum tubes to transistor and from desktops to laptops, the world is evidently growing smaller. Computers, mostly desktops and laptops have dominated the world of web since the early 2000’s but it’s high time we might be witnessing the change in the hierarchy.

The computers are running the risk of being overrun by their small screened younger brothers: the mobile phones. The reasons are obvious – they fit in our pockets, they dissolve with our body weights while carrying, and they can seemingly do everything what their elder brother does.

Mobile marketing was building for many past years and is on the verge of exploding in the wholesome marketing scene. Below are 10 good reasons why mobile marketing is set to dominate the marketing universe.

1. Smart phones users are increasing.

According to the statistics collected by Dazeinfo, there were 1.13 billion smartphone users in 2012. The number of smartphone users increased by whopping 27.1% in 2013 to 1.43 billion and by 2017, it is expected that nearly half of the global mobile users are likely to own a smartphone.

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Smartphones are a great platform for mobile marketing as smartphones without internet access are as good as our nails. The meteoric rise in smart phones has suggested that the smart phones are the future of marketing.

2. Computers are getting professional.

If I spend long hours staring at my laptop screen, it’s likely that people will consider me as a professional doing “professional stuffs” on a computer. Smart phones have made it easy to carry out a wide range of tasks from mobile phones, thereby limiting only specific tasks to be done on laptops.

This has increased the accessibility to mobile phones and the time that users previously used to spend on laptops is now being replaced by mobiles. In marketing, time means money and since the computers are running out of favor among users, investors are starting to invest heavily on mobile targeted marketing.

3. Mobiles are more user friendly.

Scientifically speaking, touching a screen is surely easier than pressing keys of the keyboards. Though the older generation struggled in adjusting with the sensitivity of the mouse and track pads, the new generation is privileged with touch screens. Why drag the mouse on the floor if you can easily run your fingers on the screen?

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Mobile phones are certainly friendlier to users than laptops and since they can do their tasks with more or less similar dependability, mobile phones are starting to slowly replace computers.

4. Times spent on mobile is significantly greater than times spent on laptops.

Imagine sleeping with a laptop under your blanket, certainly seems awkward and tough, doesn’t it? But with mobile phones, you can sleep with them, use them while traveling or even play games on then while on the toilet.

Yes people still use laptops for their specific purposes but after the day has been saved, they spend their valuable time on mobile phones playing games or just drifting through their mobile applications.

5. Mobiles are cheaper to buy.

An average laptop which serves the needs of the user costs around $400, for half that price you can easily buy a good smartphone which can serve your purpose as well as aid you in many ways. This is one of the many reasons why smart phones are gaining such popularity among the working class as well.

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As a marketer, you have to increase your reach as far as possible and mobile phones have such diverse users that the marketers can target and increase the buzz about their product.

6. Mobiles have a variety of applications.

Mobile is fun to use and has a wide range of applications. For every similar Windows app, there are more than 10 Android and iOS apps and guess what? You can simply download them from the Apple or Android market and not be confused with 10 deceptive similar looking download links.

Downloading and installing the applications in computers is pretty tough but it is so easy in the smart phone market that people with a very limited knowledge of technology can just search for the application and download it. Sometimes, people download totally unrelated applications in mobile phones just for fun which enables marketers of different niches to widen their grip on public.

7. Not just browsers but the mobile apps can access the internet as well.

Except for few specific applications, the internet totally remains isolated from the computers if not for the browsers. Yes browsers are super easy to explore the internet with and marketers can build their marketing strategies in and around them.

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Mobile phones, however, take web based marketing to a whole different level.  A plethora of the downloaded apps can access the internet which provides the marketers with myriads of portals to employ their marketing tactics.

8. Power of messaging cannot be underestimated.

Through the evolution of internet, everything turning fancier, one thing has managed to keep its original integrity impact and it’s text messaging. Though a fading force in marketing, its impact can simply not be underestimated.

“The right strategy involves targeted text messages that allow you to engage with your audience with intimacy and immediacy more than any other channel”, says Ken Rhie, CEO of Trumpia.

Marketers’ still use message based marketing techniques and still it works like a charm. It’s obvious the computers do not have this service, in this regard too, though traditionally blatant, the mobile phones edge over computers.

The world of marketing has come through a riptide in the past half century and the marketing trends have changed like the colors of the chameleon. In this highly turbulent world of marketing, marketers have learnt to go with the flow and they know that mobile is the next “thing”. So the already growing mobile marketing platform is expected to only grow in stature until something cooler is invented.

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18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

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                                      • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                      • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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