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10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

10 Google Map Tricks You’ll Never Know If You Miss This

Google Maps has replaced virtually all other navigation services as the best out there. It comes packed with features and many of them aren’t obvious or known to the average person. Here are some Google Map tricks that you may not have known about.

1. Multi-stop routes

Google Map tricks - multi stop routes

    Sometimes life isn’t as simple as going from point A to point B. Sometimes there are stops between those points that you also need directions to. Instead of re-doing directions for each stop you can actually plan for multi-stop routes. Just click on the plus sign below the directions to add another stop!

    2. Look at upcoming events

    Google Map tricks - upcoming events

      A lot of venues have events that are coming up that are way more interesting than events they have going right now. Concert halls, movie theaters, and pretty much any other place that hosts events can be searched by Google Maps. When you search for a venue, a list of upcoming events will appear. This makes it much easier than searching on Google Search half the time and you may find events you wanted to go to that you didn’t know were happening!

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      3. Save maps for offline use on mobile

      Google Map tricks - offline maps

        Of all the Google Map tricks on this list, we anticipate this one being the most popular. Thankfully it’s also among the easiest to do. Here’s how it works. You search for the directions you need. When they pop up, go into the search bar and type in “Okay Maps”. This will save the maps in your cache and you can access them without a web connection.

        4. Search for flights on long trips

        Google map tricks - flights

          Are you going on vacation? Google Maps can make it easier. Search for directions from your current location to your destination wherever it may be. In the directions there will be a link that will let you search for flights.

          5. Make your mark on Maps

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          Google Map tricks - mapmaker

            You can actually help organize and perfect Google Maps! All you need to do is head on over to Google Map Maker. Here you can make corrections to addresses, add more places on Google Maps, and otherwise help improve Google Maps for everyone. If you plan on goofing around on it then we recommend you don’t. Each thing you submit is approved or denied by a team of moderators and your joke will probably never make its way to Google Maps.

            6. Use the smart search

            Google Map tricks - smart search

              If you’re at a loss for what to then Google Maps can help. Using the search, you can search for general things like family fun, movie theaters, restaurants, and plenty of others. Google Maps will then show you everything in your area that fills that criteria. This is a great way to discover new places close to you or help give you an idea if you don’t know what to do.

              7. See everything in an area that Google Maps knows about

              Google Map tricks - asterisk

                If the intelligent search mentioned a moment ago isn’t good enough, then you can always just pop and asterisk (*) into the search. This will show you literally everything Google Maps knows about on the screen so you can see what is around. This is also a great way to discover new places or find something to do!

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                8. Alter your course

                Google Map tricks - change route

                  There are a hundred ways to get almost anywhere and Google Maps knows all about it. When you search for directions you can change which course you take. This can be handy for avoiding high traffic areas, construction areas, or routes you would otherwise prefer not to travel. It’s easy to do. Hover your mouse over the blue line in the route you wish to change. Click and drag the white dot to the road you’d rather travel. Google Maps will then create a new route based on that information.

                  9. Make Google+ useful!

                  Google Map tricks - Google+

                    Google+ is getting more and more popular but there are still a lot of people who can’t justify using it. Google Maps may help with that. When performing any search you can select to see what people in your Google+ circles think of places nearby. Of course this requires you have people in your Google+ circles that have reviewed nearby areas but aside from that it’s a useful feature. You can activate it by checking the “your circles” button when you run a search or you can type “by:circles” minus the quotes to get the same effect.

                    10. Use Waze

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                    Google Map tricks - waze

                      Even though it made headlines in the tech community, not a lot of people know that Google actually bought Waze last year. They’ve been slowly integrating the social-based navigation site into Google Maps. Until they’re done, you can always check out Waze for its unique range of social-based features and see what the future of Google Maps may look like!

                      Wrap up

                      With the near-constant slew of updates and added features, we assume Google Maps is going to remain a top contender for a long time. It’s best to learn the tricks now because they’re only going to get better and there are going to be more of them soon!

                      Featured photo credit: Google Blog via 2.bp.blogspot.com

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                      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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