Hey – we’re signage experts, not technology wizards. But like you, we are always looking for the latest technology to make us more productive and less stressed. That’s why today we’ve gathered the latest news on the hottest new apps from the real experts.
Don’t have time to read them all? Skip to the bottom to see our top 5 picks. Enjoy!
Online Lists of Top Business Apps
- 25 Best Small Business Apps for 2012 – PCMag.com
- 10 Brilliant Apps Small Businesses Should Use – Forbes
- 13 Apps for the New Year – Business Insider
- The Best Smartphone Apps for Business – Inc
- 25 Essential Business Apps for iPhone 5 – InfoWorld
- The 50 Best Free iPhone Apps of 2013 – PCMag.com
Our Top 5 Picks
- Brainshark. At first glance, Brainshark is simply an easy way to view PowerPoints on your iPhone or iPad. Dig deeper, though, and it offers tools to create, share, and track mobile presentations. The app also helps you transform static content, such as text-heavy PowerPoints, into voice-enriched video presentations that can be accessed on demand. The app also delivers analytics to measure the effectiveness and reach of your content. Cost: Free
- RingMindMe. How many times have you decided to be polite in a meeting and turned off your ringer? Later, you’re shocked to discover that you’ve been missing important calls and texts for hours on end. RingMindMe will remind you to turn your ringer back on when your meeting or event is over. It also has a snooze feature — they call it an “Extend” button — so you can deal with those meetings that run long. Cost: $1.99
- TextPLUS. Conference via text message with TextPLUS, which enables users to text up to 20 people at once. It’s a fast and cheap way to communicate with employees and colleagues. Cost: Free
- Square. Square is transforming the way we transact by empowering anyone with a smartphone or tablet to easily accept credit card payments. The wildly popular app was founded by the creator of Twitter in 2010. A key app for small businesses that lowers barriers of entry to accept payments. Cost: 2.75% per transaction OR $275/month with no transaction fees.
- Evernote. Evernote helps you stay organized across your various devices, from desktops to smartphones. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, and record voice reminders, and it makes all of these things completely searchable. The Web Clipper add-on lets you save anything you see online, including links, text, and video, into Evernote with one click. Cost: Free for basic version; $5/month for the premium version.
As a business owner, it’s hard to stop talking about your business. You want to tell everyone what you do, how you do it differently, and how much you enjoy it. That passion for your business is what motivated you to open it in the first place right?
Sometimes though, you can say so much that no one hears a word of it! One of those times can be when you decide is use custom vehicle graphics to advertise your business. Vehicle graphics, wraps and lettering are a cost effective method of garnering plenty of advertising impressions for your business but only are effective when they are used properly.
By Jason Pinto of interlinkONE
Did you think that QR Codes were everywhere in 2011? If so, you should expect to see more of the same in 2012 – on every piece of custom signage possible, from vinyl window graphics to vehicle wraps. Sure, there are absolutely going to be other mobile technologies (such as NFC, perhaps) that will push their way a bit further into the mainstream, but with QR Codes, the momentum of creating awareness has been in full swing for quite a while now.
What does this mean? Well, even my grandmother knows how to scan a QR Code! Thus, advertisers, marketers, educators, etc. should find ways to incorporate QR Codes into their printed materials to reach the growing mobile audience. Here are a few tips to help them incorporate QR Codes that their audience will scan: