Dubsado is the ultimate platform for automating your back-end. It is THE MOST comprehensive CRM tool that I have ever encountered, and I don't see myself ever switching. It gets your prospects and clients from Point-A to Point-Z in an extremely high-touch yet automated way - wowing them at every single step. Scheduling, forms, proposals, invoices, workflows, reports - it seriously does it all.
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Ooh do I love a good project and task management system - ClickUp is what we use over here! I've tried SO many of these programs (see below) but ClickUp really changed the game by taking the best parts of each of their competitors and rolling it into one. There are so many integrations, capabilities, and fun tools within this program, it makes teamwork and goal tracking fun, and I discover new ways to utilize this virtual home-base every day!
If you just need a place to brain dump tasks that need to get done, Asana is by far the easiest to use program out there. Before switching to ClickUp, I used Asana for almost 10 years - and it is fabulous! No learning curve, just boxes to check and a great place to keep everything organized.
Monday.com is great if you have multiple people working on the same projects, and in a certain order. I like the priority markers, and it's simple to tag each other and ask questions or send updates.
Canva is my go-to for easy graphics and quick social media designs. There's an endless supply of templates, and if you have the Pro version, you can create your own templates, preload your branding, organize things into folders, and have teammates all be able to access your company's templates and previous designs whenever they might need them.
Kapwing is an awesome and easy program for video editing. My favorite feature is that allows you to upload a video and automatically generate subtitles, which you can then edit to make sure they are timed right and legible when layered over your video. I always use this for social media videos, as their subtitles are sometimes inaccurate, timed wrong, and don't look great. There's a ton of other tools they offer that I haven't tried yet - so, to be continued!
Otter is a phone app that has saved me hours upon hours! It is a voice recorder that automatically transcribes any recording into text. I've used this to transcribe voice memos, important meetings and discussions, and even an entire 6-week course which was hours and hours of voice recordings. The thing I love is that you can choose how you want to export - you can choose whether or not to include time stamps for different sections (great for Youtube tutorials), enter the names of different speakers (great for interviews), or just one whole fluid text (great for bloggers who speak better than they write, like me!)
Pixelmator is for you if you are a Mac person, and want to take your designs a lot further than what these free programs offer. It's like a super easy to use and cheaper version of Photoshop, and I've used it almost every day for about 10 years now! Love this program!
MailChimp is for anyone starting out with email marketing and prefers to get going with a free platform. It is tried and true, incredibly easy to use, and just works! As soon as you are ready to create automated email chains and really step up your email gain, I suggest switching to one of the below.
Flodesk is a new platform that I am absolutely obsessed with! If you are interested in pushing out visually striking, incredibly designed emails, their templates will blow you away! I had to check it out when I got an email in my inbox that definitely did not look like the rest. Automations, workflows, and opt-ins are a breeze, too!
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ConvertKit is definitely the leader in chain automation and audience predictability. The segmentation parameters and integration are unmatched! If you are serious about converting and making sure each subscriber sees exactly what they are most likely to buy, this is it!
Active Campaign is a great step-up from MailChimp, and allows you to easily create automated chains, and has a very straightforward design process.