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Top 3 Dropbox Alternatives You Should Try

Top 3 Dropbox Alternatives You Should Try

Nowadays everyone spends a lot of time acquiring data on computer and then try to find number of ways to store it. Finding enough storage space to store a large number of bytes can be challenging though. People invest in hard drives and some others external storage devices such as compact discs or thumb drives. And some delete entire folders of old files so as to make space.

The new trend of cloud storage allows you to save data to an off-site storage system which is maintained by third party. Thus instead of storing data on to your computer’s local storage or hard drive, data is saved to remote database and with an Internet connection you will be able to access data from any location. Thus you don’t need to use the same device to save and retrieve data or carry a physical storage device around. The cloud service also provides file back up so that they are never lost, even if your computer crashes or phone breaks. The number of services available in the market can make it difficult to pick one based on storage, paid plans, operating system, etc., so below are descriptions of some of the most popular:

#1. pCloud

pCloud is a personal cloud space where one can store all folders and files. It offers a user-friendly interface where everything can be located easily and clearly. pCloud servers are based in Switzerland, so is great cloud service for business users concerned about privacy as the NSA cannot go through the data. If you choose the premium option, pCloud also provides you with private encryption which is known by you only. It works for almost all platforms and devices including Linux, Windows, Mac and Android and iOS devices.

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You can install pCloud on computer through pCloud Drive, which creates a secure virtual drive that expands local storage space. All devices are synchronized, so any change you make in pCloud can be seen immediately on your tablet, computer or phone. pCloud offers 20GB of storage space for free which is an excellent alternative for personal users. The files are searchable and can be filtered on the basis of file formats.

There are quick search icons for documents, audio, and images and clicking on them opens the specific files. Any files deleted from pCloud account will be in the Trash folder for a specific number of days, depending on which plan you choose. You can then share your content with multiple users whether they are on pCloud or not by giving them permissions. With the shareable Upload and Download Link features, anyone you choose can upload and download files to and from your pCloud account directly.

By turning on the Automatic Upload feature then any mobile media will be automatically uploaded to your pCloud account. You can instantly synchronize files between multiple devices and your cloud storage platform with one click. It uses TLS/SSL encryption when data is transferred from a device to servers, ensuring that your data stays protected.

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#2. Google Drive

Formerly known as Google Docs, Google Drive lets you store, edit, collaborate and create documents on a cloud-based server. It offers free storage up to 15GB. It requires little setup if one have a Google account. It comprises of Slides (an online version of Microsoft Office’s Powerpoint), Google Docs (a version of Word) and Sheets (a version of Excel). Drive has apps for Android and iOS for managing and viewing files from phone.

While you can access any file from Drive web site, you can also download the Drive desktop app for PC and Mac to manage files on your system. You can even choose to access them when offline so you don’t have to worry about having a constant Internet connection. You can organize all your files in the desktop app, and they will sync with the cloud so you can get to them from anywhere. It also offers large number of extras like third-party apps which can sign documents or send faxes. In addition, Google Drive has the feature of dragging and dropping of files into the Drive website to automatically upload it. You can also preview the attachments from Gmail (Google’s mail service) in Drive, and can save those files in the cloud also.

Google Drive also introduced Google Photos, which is an online photo locker in which you can organize your photos into albums. You can find it in Drive as separate tab. One neat feature of the app is that you are not required to download Google Photos app on your tablet or phone to back up the pictures you take. The Google Drive app will take care of that automatically for you.

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#3. OneDrive

OneDrive was formerly known as SkyDrive. It comes with Microsoft Office’s Online Tools and Outlook email to integrate your apps as well as synchronize your data. OneDrive will synchronize all your files in single folder on a system which gives you access to all your important files from any location on an unlimited number of devices.

OneDrive comes as a free addition to any Microsoft account including MSN, Hotmail, Live, Outlook and Xbox Live. Microsoft gives you 15GB of free storage though it can be increased to 18GB by installing OneDrive on a portable device. It also enables you to automatically upload your camera roll.

If you’ve got the social bug, you can increase your storage to a maximum of 25GB storage by inviting ten friends as you will get 0.5GB for each successful referral. The service has also recently increased the maximum file size from 2GB to 10GB, which means even the largest videos and photos don’t need to be split up into smaller files before uploading them. In a final distinguishing feature, the files stored in OneDrive can be embedded into a web page, making it easy to place tables or images onto a website.

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Either of the above three cloud storage systems can be a great tool for  accessing your business or personal data from wherever you need. Try out any of these services to increase your storage and to back up all of your data!!

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

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.

1. ScheduleOnce

    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.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      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.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        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.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          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.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            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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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              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.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                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.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  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.

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                  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.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    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.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      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.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        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.

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                        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.

                        Available on Web

                        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.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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