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6 Ways To Learn About An App’s Performance Before You Download It

6 Ways To Learn About An App’s Performance Before You Download It

Smartphone and tablet users understand the frustration of paying for a bad app.

There are over one million apps currently in Apple’s store with Google Play hot on its heels.There are a wide range of options to choose from no matter what kind of app you’re looking to purchase. Some of them will be perfect for your needs. Some of them will be bogus, difficult to use, or completely incompatible with your device.

Purchasing an app that doesn’t meet your satisfaction is the source of much frustration. Thankfully, there are quick steps that smartphone and tablet users can take to find out about an app’s performance before downloading it. These simple but effective tips mean you will never waste any of those hard-earned bucks again.

Read the Reviews

    There are many great third-party websites that are dedicated to checking out the hottest new additions to the app store so you don’t have to. The writers for these websites are not only highly knowledgeable about what makes a good app, they have tried plenty of competitors to understand which is the best in a particular category.

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    Find one of these trusted websites, which you can usually identify based on their social media followers or how thriving their commenting communities are, and search for the name of an app you may potentially download. They will be able to give you an informative break-down of the app’s performance, the pros and cons, and what it does better or worse than others on the market.

    Check the Rating

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      If you have been trawling the internet for reviews to no success, there is another simple method that will provide you with information about an app’s performance: customer ratings.

      The ratings left by users aren’t always as trustworthy, informative, or unbiased as those of critics. They will sometimes be faked by PR agencies to boost an app’s popularity. Furthermore, even the greatest apps ever made have their share of one-star reviews complaining about insignificant grievances. However, if there is an overload of low scores on an app, all of which point towards the same handful of flaws, you should steer clear. There’s obviously something wrong.

      See an App’s Performance in Action

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        There’s one thing that ratings and reviews cannot provide though: a glimpse at what the app is like in action. An article can tell you that it’s the most user-friendly financial app available. A user can say it’s the best weight loss app on the market. But how do you know? For moments like this, you need a video demonstration.

        Video demonstrations are commonplace on YouTube. Users will film their experiences with an app and narrate their thoughts and feelings about what makes it good or bad. If you are in doubt about an app, these video demonstrations provide you with a valuable glimpse at exactly what it does. Think about checking if there’s one available before you make a purchase you might later regret.

        Look for a ‘Lite’ Version

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          You have seen an app featured when you open up the store on your device. It sounds incredibly promising. Your finger is hovering over the ‘buy’ button, unsure whether or not to take a risk and try it out. But hold on one moment, because there might be a free version on the app store.

          Great developers, such as Namco Bandai and their Pac Man games as shown above, tend to release free versions of their app. These come on a try-before-you-buy basis, providing limited access and locking you out after a certain point. These are known as ‘lite’ versions.

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          A lite version symbolizes that the developers have nothing to hide. It shows that they are more than happy for you to try a handful of their features and see just how good the app’s performance is. It also means you can find out whether it’s correct for you before you hand over your card details and purchase the package in full.

          Find Out Who Made It

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            It’s very easy to spot the difference between a developer who makes good quality apps and a developer who is just looking for a quick buck. Therefore, the best way to discover whether an app is genuine or fake, top quality or a shoddy knock-off, is to trace it right back to its source.

            When you find an app, it will tell you the name of the individual or company responsible for making it. From there, you can have a look at their website and see what other apps they have made. If they have a long history of creating apps that are well received, you know it’s probably worth downloading. If not, it’s a good bet that something fishy is going on.

            Find When it Was Last Updated

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              One of the concerns you may have regarding an app’s performance is whether it will perform at all. There are a number of apps online that have been abandoned by their developers. As a result, they might not run on the latest operating systems or devices. One quick way to find out if this has happened is to look at when the app was last updated.

              If it hasn’t been updated for the last two or three years (like the game demonstrated above) it is a sign that you should look for a more up-to-date solution. You should, at the very least, do a little more digging and look at the most recent reviews before you install it.

              Featured photo credit: William Hook via flickr.com

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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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