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9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

9 Apps Unrelated to Black Friday That Are Helpful

When you are out shopping on Black Friday, you may feel pressured beforehand to download and try out all of these special applications specifically made for Black Friday. However, there are many individuals who don’t want to add more applications to their iPhone that they will only make use of for one time a year. Below, we have 10 applications unspecific to Black Friday that can help you on the special day.

Evernote

If this is your first Black Friday, you’d be surprised at how many lists you’ll create throughout your Black Friday experience. There are shopping lists, gift lists, store lists, and so much more. What better way to keep these lists better organized than with Evernote? This free note-taking application allows you to create audio, text, and photo notes. Plus, with it’s collaboration features, gift giving lists can be updated instantly.

    Alarm Clock 4

    Your best preparation for Black Friday is getting enough sleep beforehand. If you get sleep during the day of, it doesn’t hurt, unless you don’t wake up for that amazing sale. A good, stable alarm clock app is all you’ll need. Alarm Clock 4 (free) is an app that allows you to wake up to in-app sounds or your own iTunes music. With the application’s weather information, you’ll be prepared for the cold pre-dawn chill.

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      Decide Shopping & Price Predictor

      Not all sales occur on Black Friday. There are even times when the item you are getting a deal on Black Friday for may be due to the fact that it’s about to be updated. Decide’s iPhone app makes it easy to check and see if it’s a good idea to buy now or just hold it off until a later time. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to take it off the list. Many times, the deals can occur on Cyber Monday or a significant time before the holidays.

        Mint for iPhone

        When you are out shopping for the television or other electronic that is on your shopping list, having your payment methods in order is always wise. Some have said that it’s always a lot faster to pay with a debit card than cash. If you are following this tip, Mint allows you to get a detailed view of each account added to your application. You’ll then be able to see how much you’ve spent and from which account. Mint ensures that embarrassing situations are prevented on the most hectic shopping day of the year.

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          Repeat Timer Free

          Alarm Clock 4 is a great app for those who want to ensure that they awake on time. However, Repeat Timer Free allows you to have multiple alarms for all of the things you have to get done during Black Friday and Thanksgiving. If you are taking a nap between sales, Repeat Timer allows you to have alarms in intervals. If you want to ensure that you are alerted when cooking, Repeat Timer can come in handy when reminding yourself to wake up in intervals (every hour, every two hours, etc).

            eTodo

            The key to a successful Black Friday is having a plan of action. However, if you are using a ton of applications, it can become a bit tiresome to know which one holds what you need for getting things done. eTodo is a great, well designed to-do application that allows you to keep all of your Black Friday tasks all conveniently in one place. From knowing where to go when to making shopping to-do lists, eTodo is quite a Black Friday accessory.

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              Kindle for iPhone

              A book application may not be what you’d go to when you need help on Black Friday, but it can be a lot more helpful than you think. Kindle for iPhone is the perfect way to curve boredom while waiting in the lines for store openings or when purchasing in the checkout lines. Carrying a Kindle everywhere only adds to your haul, and many times they aren’t friendly in the dark or at night. Kindle for iPhone allows you to view all of your Kindle books on a bright screen – anywhere.

                Apple Maps

                Apple Maps has gotten a bad wrap since it’s birth in iOS 6. While it still has some kinks it must work out, the application does have a couple of features that can come in handy on Black Friday. First off, the navigation tools allow you to get to the stores you have to get to in a timely manner. Plus, the application makes it easy to find locations throughout the city that are nearby to you.

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                  Amazon Mobile

                  Amazon is a one-stop shop for Cyber Monday, however the application is still quite useful on Black Friday as well. Amazon Mobile comes in handy when you want to compare prices that are found in-store with what is found online. Yes, you won’t be able to get it instantly online like you do in store, but if you are able to save a significant amount of money, it may be worth it.

                     

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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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