Below are tools that I use in my business (mostly everyday) that allow everything to run smoothly.
Would love to hear your thoughts as well as some tools you use that you'd like to share...
I'm sure I missed something but for the most part this is what I got...
Aweber.com- Aweber is the autoresponder of choice. There are definitely other options out there, but when it comes to deliverability/bounce rate.. nothing has compared to Aweber in my mind. You don't want to have to worry about a business owner receiving your email!
Hostgator.com- Hostgator is the best web hosting company that I've come across. I've gone through many, and when it comes to quality/being user friendly... nothing compares. Plus, when working with contractors (outsourcers).. you want a platform that they are comfortable with and I've never once received a complaint or question about how to use it!
GotoWebinar.com- They are the most reliable when it comes to hosting webinars! They aren't necessarily the cheapest but when it comes to quality, they're the best. They make it easy to record/host your webinar. IF you AREN'T using webinars in your business for client acquistion, YOU MUST! Webinars are EXTREMELY effective and with ONE presentation you can reach up to 1,000 business owners. Do you know how much time it would take/gas money to go out on 1,000 meetings? About 3 a day for 7days a week for an entire YEAR! A NO Brainer in my mind! Webinars also allow you to be the obvious choice/expert when your prospect is ready to move forward... how many of your competitors do you think are taking the time to educate their prospect first? I'd bet less than 1%! Definitely something to consider....
Spypig.com - This is a free tool that allows you to spy on your prospect. NOT Literally, but if you've ever sent out a proposal and wondered if your prospect received it.. this tool is great. You simply attach a small (white/blank) image that the recipient can't see, into the email, and you will receive a notification when the email is opened! Pretty cool, and you don't have to wonder if the intended recipient received it. If you noticed they haven't opened it for a couple days, you can go ahead and follow up with them... WITHOUT coming off desperate!
Google Analytics - I use this for my own sites and also for my clients sites... It's important to know where the majority of your traffic is coming. If you aren't tracking, you can't scale up accordingly!
Odesk.com- This may be the most important aspect of my Rolodex. You can only do so much by yourself. The majority of your time should be spent focusing on acquiring clients... all fulfillment should be outsourced to trusted Contractors. If you want to learn how to hire a trusted Contractor.. watch the video HERE.
Screen-O-Matic.com- Have you ever wondered how some people can record what's on their screen? This is a great cheap/free tool to use. All you need is a cheap headset that you can get at your local radioshack and you'll be good to go!
Fiverr.com- Need something done quickly and real cheap? Fiverr has plenty of talented contractors that will do work for $5! Just make sure that you are working with someone that has numerous positive reviews!
EasyPLR.com- If you want to give out a solid Report about any given topic, this is the place to go! You can use this to entice signups into your autoresponder or you can give out these reports to your prospects!
Paypal.com- This is generally the route I go for "recurring" billing. If I have a client that is set to pay me monthly for a given service, I DON'T/REFUSE to chase them down for the check. I'll accept checks for one time payments but not for Monthly Retainers.
Voices.com- Creating a video and you need a professional voice over? Voices .com is the industry leader for voice talent.
Dropbox- One of the easiest ways to store, sync, and share files online. A lot of my clients share their files with me via Dropbox and it's super convenient.
Evernote- This is one of my personal favorites when it comes to productivity. Allows you to take notes, save url's, web clips, files, images and entire webpages.
KeywordSpy- Find out what keywords your competitors are using! I use this for my own sites as well as clients sites.
WhosMailingWhat.com - Want to run a successful Direct Mail Campaign? This is a library of direct mail data that you can learn from... AWESOME Resource!
XERO.com- Great online accounting software!
Freshbooks.com - want to send professional invoices? Freshbooks is great, and allows you to "test" them out.
Echosign.com- Sometimes you won't have to meet with a client to have a contract signed. They'll be ready to go right away but you need an easy way to have a contract signed... Echosign.com is easy to use and it eliminates having to scan, send, then have your client sign, then scan, then send back the contract.. make sense?
Skype.com- This is a must in my business to make sure my contractors are staying on task!
Fireshot- This is a firefox plugin that allows you to take a screenshot of the entire screen.
AmazonS3- This is for making sure you don't run into any bandwith problems.
Thoughts?... and let me know what tools are ESSENTIAL in your business!