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15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try

15 Awesome Things Google Does for You and Want You to Have a Try

Google continues to come up with new innovations and some very useful products and services that lots of us cannot do without using daily. They have created so much footprint on the entire web that almost all the clicks we make online are controlled by Google. Here is a look at the 15 awesome products and services Google have launched and want us to try.

1. Google Maps

Google map has got to be one of the best things that has happened to us. It has been around for quite a long while but it has become more rampant in our lives now that we have them on our phones, devices and even cars. Uber and Courier services too have google to thank for ease of service and delivery. Formerly, you had to write out the addresses on a paper and go about with it but now all you have to do is turn on google map on your phone, or car and navigate. Uber and Courier services are able to find locations and effectively deliver goods with the help of this amazing product.

2. Google News

Launched in 2002, this is a source of news for lots of people on a daily basis. Google news is not controlled by editors but by an aggregation algorithm and it is a joy to bloggers whose blogs are successfully syndicated on it as it helps to bring in more traffic and audience. If you intend to stay up to date with news from a wide range of topics and from several websites you should start using Google News. Also, if you are a blogger, you should fill out the application to see if you can get approved to have your blog on Google news.

3. Google Play Store

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    Google Play Store is a great platform for us all and lots of people are profiting from it. Everyone has something to profit from the play store – if you are business owner, a blogger or a developer, this is a great platform to build and promote your app making it easier for your consumers, audience and clients to reach your product and services quicker. Same for users who enjoy the variety of apps available on the play store. You should try it.

    4. Google Chat

    Google chat was the IM or chat choice of a lot of people before WhatsApp exploded. Recent features like video calling coupled with the fact that it is compatible with most google products makes it appealing. You should try it

    5. Google Alerts

    A lot of people especially business owners, bloggers, celebrities, publicists and others find this app extremely useful. They depend on it to keep them alert of news and mentions about their brands, themselves or their clients.

    6. Blogger

    Blogger is one of the biggest blogging platforms in the world; with WordPress as it’s only worthy competitor. I find the blogger platform quite simple and less complicated than other platforms and so does millions of bloggers all over the world who use the platform. You can either host your free blog(s) or power your own personal domain(s), you should try it.

    7. Picasa

    Google had lots of hopes for this photo sharing site but platforms like Instagram have pretty much put a halt to their dreams for Picasa. I always thought the name was clever, Picaso, picasa, pictures…hmmmm. However, you can still log into your account and post photos.

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    8. AdSense

    This is the golden price for most publishers, YouTube users and bloggers all over the world as it helps them gain revenue from their blogs and websites. If you are a website owner, YouTube publisher or blogger, you can register and apply to have AdSense ads enabled on you blog.

    9. AdWords

    This is Google’s cash cow, they are able to afford all these products and services from income from AdWords. AdWords is Google’s advertising platform and the money making machine of the company. It allows google to act as the middle men between advertisers and publishers.

    10. Google Reader

    This is like an RSS reader allowing you to read up on the latest blog posts and information.

    11. Google Analytics

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      Google Analytics is the way with which google keeps track of both their self-serving platforms – AdSense and AdWords. It helps everyone including Publishers, advertisers and even google keep accurate track of ads and web page. So, whichever you are, you need this, smart move google!

      12. Google Search

      Of course! Am sure you have been searching for this, and wondering why it isn’t at the top of the list. Well, Google Search Engine is not at the top because that’s too obvious and predictable and I don’t like that. Lol. This is google’s most popular service, giving users relevant information and results to their search queries. If you are not already using it, you really should.

      13. Webmaster Tools

      If you are a blogger, website owner, SEO expert or even a business owner, this is a useful tool to help you improve your site, analyse your keywords and ensure that you are visible and relevant on goggle’s search engine.

      14. Book Search

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        This controversial but really interesting feature involves Google’s dream to help you find any book on earth, on their platform. This is google trying to put the literary world on their backs. As an avid reader, I love it and plan to start using it once I figure out how exactly it works.

        15. Google Trends

        As a blogger, I love using google trends, it helps me stay on top of trends. Google trends allows you to know what everyone is searching or talking about and so you can get your opinion into the discussion too through your blog posts and articles.

        From the above, you can see that one way or the other, there are lots of google products we use daily. Although, google controls most of our internet clicks, we can’t really complain because they offer us really awesome products and services.

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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.

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