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10 Tools to Become a More Productive Marketer

10 Tools to Become a More Productive Marketer

As marketers, there’s never enough time–time to do our jobs, to learn new things, to enjoy our personal lives or to do things for ourselves. Our over-connected existence makes us hyperactive. All day long we have to be alert, and we have to answer every request from social media, emails, phones, blogs and so on. Sometimes we have a hard time staying creative and productive because of this lack of time. And what would a marketer be without creativity? The tools listed below help you organize your marketing project and save time, so you keep your marketing mojo flowing. These tools are easy to use, useful and time savers.

1. Get Pocket Save articles for later

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    Get Pocket is the best application for capturing inspirations and ideas. This well-designed application lets you save articles and read them later. During your day, you find lots of interesting articles, but you don’t always have time to read them right away. Thanks to the Get Pocket Web clipper, you can save those articles in your dashboard and read them when you have time. Get Pocket is available online and offline, so you can access your content anytime and anywhere.

    2. Feedly Aggregate your favorite sites

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      Perhaps you are a marketer who used Google Reader to aggregate and browse the content of your favorite sites. The truth is, once you understand them, RSS feed aggregators are impossible to work without. The best alternative to Google reader (now closed) is Feedly. This is because it is well-designed, intuitive and really easy to use. But it also has a lot of side-features that are really useful. With Feedly, you can organize your content by category and stay up to date on everything.

      3. Evernote Manage your content

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        Evernote is a note-taking application that can also manage your content. For example, you can use it to write articles, list marketing ideas, save articles and plan a budget. With Skich, an Evernote extension, you can even capture Web content and annotate it with shapes, arrows and text, and then share it with your team. It’s the best way to share your inspiration annotated with your ideas. Besides that, Evernote is integrated with a lot of other applications that empower your productivity skills.

        4. Mention Monitor your visibility

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          Mention is a media monitoring application that lets you monitor any keyword in real-time and receive filtered, organized and prioritized information. This application also gives you the ability to monitor keywords on all social media pages. Thanks to this application you can easily watch and analyze your visibility on the Web. With a premium account, you can even share your alerts with your team and add statistical analysis.

          5. Kiss Metrics Track your customers

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            Kiss Metrics is a customer intelligence application. It’s like Google Analytics but goes far beyond it. This application is very useful for marketers who are working with SaaS products or e-commerce. In fact, Kiss Metrics tracks your customers so you can understand where your customers come from, what they do and who makes purchases. Kiss Metrics is a very powerful tool. The only down side is that it’s a bit expensive, and you have to integrate its cost into your marketing plans.

            6. Azendoo Sync your team

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              Azendoo is the best application to manage your projects and synchronize your team. When you’re working on marketing campaigns, you need to share information, delegate tasks and communicate in real time with your team. Azendoo lets you accomplish all of this and track your project’s progress. You can also organize all of your documents in subjects, so you’ll find them easily, and track your teammates’ advancement. It’s really easy to use, and it’s a great alternative to email exchanges. You definitely save time with this application.

              7. Uservoice Manage your customer service

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                Uservoice is the application that helps you manage virtual relationships with your customers. This service is really powerful, because you can respond to your customers in real time. The Internet made business-to-customer relationships more complicated, but as marketers it’s still very important to listen to what customers have to say and answer their questions quickly. Uservoice is the app for that!

                8. Hootsuite Manage your social media accounts

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                  If you have to manage your company’s social media accounts, you definitely need Hootsuite. With this Web app, also available on mobile devices, you can monitor your social media accounts, schedule posts, and track keywords all in one single interface. It’s the tool made for community managers. And even if you’re not in charge of your company community management, Hootsuite can be useful for following social media.

                  9. Mailchimp Handle your emailing campaigns

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                    If you do emailing campaigns, you know how time consuming it is. Mailchimp makes it easy to create templates and manage different mailing lists. Other than the tracking part of this application, which is really useful, you can also do A/B testing on different email subject titles to see which is most appealing. Mailchimp is a very powerful app, and it’s very easy to use.

                    10. Creative Market Create designed content

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                      The Creative Market is not really a tool but more of a service. Marketers often create quick-design content. The Creative Market facilitates the design creation. It’s a collection of fonts, logos, icons and themes that you can buy and use for graphic content. There are tons of new ideas, so you can create content in no time.

                      Now you don’t have any excuses not to be an efficient marketer. You can start using these applications by yourself, and then invite your teammates to use them with you. As a final piece of advice: Even if you don’t see the immediate value of an application, stick to it for at least two weeks, and then make your decision. Trying a new application to improve your organization is a long process, so give it some time.

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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