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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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                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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