In the words of the classic sung by ‘Ella Fitz Gerald‘: It’s summertime and the living’ is easy.”
Thankfully with the latest new technology, its bound to be even easier. It’s no secret that this year startups, technology trends and game changing apps are launching almost daily to solve the World’s biggest problems, offer unique solutions and act as a method of change from the way we’ve been doing things for the past 100 years.
This Summer while you’re attending events, relaxing, catching up with friends and family, or even working we’ve narrowed down a five great apps that you’ll love this Summer!Advertising
If you’re still stuck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, you’ve been living under a rock if you’re not on Snapchat yet. Once you get the hang of it (especially, trying the various fun filters), you’ll be hooked. The platform is catching on rapidly, and is in a lane of its own when it comes to social media – since messages and stories disappear within a matter of seconds (or 24 hours) compared to other apps and social media platforms.
According to the Wall Street Journal, for a while the app was dominated by younger users, and now it’s finally catching on to older users, too.
You’ll love this app if you’re both: living in a busy city and a foodie. For example: living in a city such as New York or San Francisco, we’ve all had to go through waiting in a long line to grab our lunch, finding it difficult to find something good to eat or just not wanting to spend $15 on lunch.Advertising
The newest app, Meal Pass, is hoping to change these experiences for just under $6 per/day. Other awesome Meal Pass perks includes: a variety of the best restaurants to choose from in various major cities, skipping the line and more! Get on the list now.
Have you ever been to a music festival or crowded event and lost track of your friends? Or possibly, you’d like to know when you’re friends arrive home safely from a night out on town? If this sounds like a common dilemma the GeoZilla app is the solution. Never lose your friends at a crowded event with this free app which allows you to find the members of your circle at the exact location at any moment – without draining your battery.
In addition, it has a variety of other helpful features, including group chat and a check-in feature. Have a squad of more than 12 people? Luckily, GeoZilla Pro can support users of more than 12.Advertising
4. Heat App
Have you and your friends ever went to an event and it was completely dead? Or, are you seeking new hot spots to hang out at this Summer? Or possibly, you’ve been out in the town when the night is still young, trying to figure out what to do or where to go next?
The Heat App will prevent you from wasting time this Summer trying to locate a fun party or worthwhile event. Know before you go with the Heat App, since this crowd sourced mobile app identifies trending locations in realtime. Thankfully, the app is already available in various cities around the World.
If you’re like many, you habitually use emojis, gifs or images via social media, texts, etc. The app, Dango, combines artificial intelligence to find you the perfect emojis, GIFs and stickers while messaging in any app. Apparently, you can trust Dango to come up with the best responses (quickly) to your texts. Currently, the app is only available for Android users – the app is available and can be downloaded in the Google Play store, here.Advertising
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Last Updated on October 16, 2019
11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity
Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.
Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.
Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.
In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.
ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.
ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.
ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.
Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.
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Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.
You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.
For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.
From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.
While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.
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Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.
It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.
Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.
At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.
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For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.
This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.
Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.
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is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.
They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.
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Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.
It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.
You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.
While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.
WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.
Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.
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Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.
Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.
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Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.
NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.
While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.
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Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers
In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.
To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”
Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.
A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.
Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.
If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.
Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.
With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.
The Bottom Line
Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.
Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.
Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.
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