I get this question all the time! Truth be told, I love anything that helps me save time and resources, especially when it comes to productivity, social media management and graphic design.
If you like time-saving tools too, then check out my list of 16 tools and apps I don’t think I could live without:
Store your files in the cloud, and easily share a folder with clients, peers and friends. Make sure to download the version for your iPhone and use it as a way to archive your photos. No more sending large files through email!
#2: Google Drive
Store your documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more in the cloud, and you can easily retrieve them through your PC, tablet or smartphone.
Evernote is great for organizing what you find on the web. See an interesting article you want to quote from for a future blog post? Just add it to your Evernote, and you’ll always have access to it. Make sure to complete the descriptions and tags for each note for easy retrieval later.
Social Media Tools
Hootsuite is one of the best social media automation dashboards out there. You can easily manage Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and other social media accounts – right from one platform. Be sure to take advantage of the powerful analytics tools so you can measure your social media success.
TweetAdder is a licensed software tool to help you grow and manage your Twitter account. I use it to send direct messages to new followers, rotate daily tweets and find people to follow.
#6: Click To Tweet
Want to expand the reach of a blog post? Use Click To Tweet! You can make any part of your blog post a sendable tweet, just with the touch of a button. Make sure to include your Twitter handle and a hashtag in your tweet to expand your reach even more.
#7: Tweet Old Post
If you publish blog posts on WordPress, this plug-in is a great addition. Tweet Old Post tweets a link to your archived blog posts based on parameters you set. You can define your blog categories, hashtags and tweet frequency. It’s a great way to attract new readers to your blog!
#8: Twitter Counter
Want to know how many new Facebook fans you’re attracting over a period of time? Log into Twitter Counter and see your follow history. You can also have Twitter Counter send an email to you regularly with your follower growth history.
#9: Facebook Scheduled Posts
Did you know you can schedule posts right from your Facebook page? Just click on the little “clock” icon on the bottom left of the status box on your Facebook page. You can schedule your post up to six months in advance. It’s a great way to keep up with your Facebook page!
Graphic Design and Help
If you’re not a fantastic graphic designer, check out LiveLuvCreate.com for help in making graphics. You can choose images from their library, or use ones stored on your computer. Choose the design format you want; add up to three text fields; select borders, filters or effects; and then you can share your image through social media or download to your PC.
Paint.net is a free downloadable graphic design program that has many features offered through Photoshop. If you don’t want to invest in Photoshop but need a graphic design program, check out Paint.net.
PicFrame is an app that allows you to create collages from photos. They offer many different collage formats, and you can add labels and colors to spruce up your collage.
#13: Pic Collage
Pic Collage is another collaging tool, but it works a little differently than PicFrame. With Pic Collage, you can choose background colors and stickers to dress up your collage, and you create the collage by dragging photos on to your background.
Flipagram takes your Instagram photos, or photos stored on your device, and creates slide shows to share on social media. If you synch up your iTunes account, you can even add music to your slide show.
Splice is an iPhone app that allows you to edit videos. You can add music, designate beginning and end points for your video, and add still graphics. It’s a handy tool for video editing.
#16: Facebook Cover Image PowerPoint Design Template for Pages
Created by Tabsite, this handy template helps you make Facebook cover photos in PowerPoint. It has directions on how to use the template if you’re not well versed in PowerPoint. I use this template for all of my Facebook cover photos.
It’s important to find tools and apps to help make your personal branding efforts easier. I hope this list helps you! If you have a favorite tool or app, please let me know in the comments below so I can check it out.
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