What Apps do you use on a Daily Basis?

I’ve been reading a lot about different apps that my colleagues use to make their lives better and work load more manageable, so I thought I would make some additions and discuss some of the tools that I have in my tool kit. Lets go ahead and just follow through a typical day in my social media work world.
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The Rules of the Day

I feel I would be remiss if I did not mention the first tool in my tool kit, the “go to” tool that I rely the most on in my daily routine…my coffee maker…ha ha ha. Okay now that is out of the way, and I am still not sure if that was tongue in cheek or really a serious tool, lets look at the real work horses in my arsenal

First things First

I’m a huge fan of Google Chrome, it is far and away my browser. I click on it 4 times first thing, one for each monitor. If you are not using multiple monitors, you have no idea what you are missing. Nuff said

The Big Four

When I fire up the ole desktop I always start with the same set up. On my right hand screen I pull up IQTell, in the middle I pull up BundlePost, and to my left I place Hootsuite and Buffer. This is a routine that is rarely deviated from. IQTell I have spoken about before and really love this tool, it brings so much organization to my daily routine. They recently updated the display and it is even more efficient now. Lets test drive the other tools in my tool kit. BundlePost is by far one of my favorite apps/software tools. The way it integrates with Hootsuite is great. Managing multiple accounts, and keeping up to date with great relevant content is what Bundlepost does best. It is also useful in so many other ways. Robert, Julia, Rich the BP team provide a great useful tool that is utilized by many social media professionals. Thanks to the BundlePost team for all that you do.

Hootsuite just keeps getting better and better in my humble opinion. An absolute must for those that really want to keep your social media accounts organized. They continue to integrate additional social media platforms, including Google Plus, it is one of the few that connects nicely with G+. I spend a good amount of time each day on Hootsuite. If you are serious with social media, it is well worth the extra money to add the Hootsuite University to your account. A great way to learn how to really utilize Hootsuite to it fullest.

I continue to get a lot of use from Buffer, another great tool for scheduling and monitoring multiple accounts. I tend to use Buffer more for add-ons, and Facebook posts. Both Hootsuite and Buffer provide toolbar buttons which makes sharing great content a snap. When it’s 2:00 AM and you find some awesome content that fits perfectly with a client’s recent blog post, using Buffer is a snap to schedule that content for a  better time for your client’s audience.

Add a Little Spice to the Mix.

Now throughout the day I will work with Tweetsprout, ManageFlitter, Twitter, Linkedin and FB, definitely Pinterest,  and probably Mailchimp as well. Throughout the rest of my day I will normally visit, Triberr, Steamfeed, Listly, Stumbleupon, Scoopit, Google reader, Evernote of course, and that is all pretty much before my noon break. Depending on the day, I will most likely pull up one of my WP press blogs, as well as Tweetchat to engage in some great twitter chat action. I am sure that the apps being mentioned are being utilized by many other of my Social Media friends. If not the same apps, variations of them depending on personal taste, likes, and dislikes. With the speed and volume of content we deal with each day, it is just about a necessity to survive.

On the Road Again

I find myself writing more and more these days, and I love to hit the road and find a quiet place to sit and write, for that all I need is my Galaxy Note smartphone, and my Freedom Pro mini keyboard. Utilizing the blue tooth connection between these two tools,  I can create content any time of the day. The freedom to write from any place in a comfortable, efficient manner is a great perk to this career. The addition of the keyboard really makes all the difference between using thumbs and actually typing – being able to utilize a fully functioning keyboard is so much more efficient.

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There’s nothing holding us down, or keeping us back these days. Entire companies are being run from laptops, smartphones and the apps that keep us moving forward in an efficient, productive manner. The sky is the limit, and you are limited only by your imagination. Technology and social media are changing the way the world communicates, and does business.

So what tools do you utilize in the course of your day? I always love to learn about what my colleagues are utilizing, so share your the tools you have in your business tool kit.

Gerry Michaels
Gerry Michaels (Gettysburg Gerry) is Principal at Studmuffin Media, Radio host The Social Studmuffin on Blogtalkradio, Featured Author for Steamfeed.com, Social Media Columnist for the Gettysburg Times, Social Media strategist and community builder and explorer. I am no different than you, no better/worse. I'm an astronaut exploring this social media space. Fully engulfed in the world that is Social Media, I awake every day anxiously anticipating what the days new technology will bring. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Pinterest. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Comments

  1. Cheri says:

    Hi Gerry,
    I'll add Drop Box, Google Docs, Firefox add-on: Awesome Screen Shot, Coda (code editor and ftp software), Jing and off course my magic bullet blender (app here stands for appliance.)
    Cheri

    • GettysburgGerry says:

      Dropbox I could not live without either,,,thanks for bringing that one up Cheri, I use Docs as well. That is exactly why I enjoy writing these type posts, now I have some new ones to check out. Thanks for adding…

  2. rayhiltz says:

    Gerry, you had my attention with "Apps".
    Who doesn't love new things to play with?
    You've listed many that I use on a daily basis; Hootsuite, Buffer and the many Chrome apps.
    I'm just getting started with Bundlepost.
    I'm a big DropBox, GoogleDrive and Evernote fan for syncing between workstations and backing up data.
    I'm sure there's some replication there so maybe someone should come up with a productivity app to manage productivity apps. :-)

    • GettysburgGerry says:

      Agreed Ray, and I love your comment, "someone should come up with a productivity app to manage productivity apps. :-) " So true, the list and uses are just endless, I also love IFTTT, another versatile tool. Thanks so much for stopping by and adding to the convo

  3. Carolyn Nicander Mohr says:

    Great list. I use Dropbox, Buffer, Boomerange, Rapportive, Evernote, AdBlock Plus, Google Translate and Invisible Hand. I hadn't really thought about how many tools I used till you brought it up. Interesting article!

    • GettysburgGerry says:

      The list keeps piling up doesn't it Carolyn…I just got Rapportive going, and I am also enjoying unroll.me for email. Gonna have to do another post about that one, they come at us fast don't they. Thanks so much joining in and bringing along some new ones to check out.

  4. Ileane says:

    I'm a big fan of Google Chrome and way too many extensions to mention. But Scoopit, Hootlet and Buffer are on the list as well as Lightshot – which is great for taking screenshots of YouTube vidoes. I use Screencast-o-matic for recording YouTube vids and podcasts and get my edits done with Audacity. Google drive is plays a big role in my daily workflow as well. Google plus is imperative along with Facebook and Twitter. I stopped using StumbleUpon when the revamped the site at the beginning of the year. I rarely use Google Reader because I don't subscribe to blogs via RSS and I'm not over the moon about Evernote – most likely because I don't have a smartphone.
    Thanks for the post!

  5. GettysburgGerry says:

    Great list Ileane, just used audacity this morning, and yes gonna have to try Lightshot, and Screencast o matic, always love trying new things, and especially when they are recommendations for colleagues. We are gonna have to hook you up with a smart phone, maybe we should make a smartphone review blog. Actually, I am almost done with my Galaxy Note Smartphone review piece. Stay tuned…thanks so much for stopping by and adding some new tools to our kits. Greatly appreciated.

  6. LisaInspire says:

    I've heard wonderful things about Bundle Post, may be something I use in the future. I love the new Pinterest app for Android and I use the buffer daily and scoopit more too. I've yet to try dropbox. I also love Instagram and try to visit it daily on my Droid. Amazon Kindle is great for reading eBooks too. What would we do without our apps?

    • GettysburgGerry says:

      Isn't it funny how when you stop and think about it, you realize how many apps we rely on. Love dropbox, scoopit, and Pinterest. If you need any info on Bundlepost contact @fondalo, he is an author here on Steamfeed as well. I love Bundlepost, you should really give it a try….
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Always appreciated

  7. Jeff Howell says:

    I have to keep up on marketing industry trends PLUS staffing news PLUS other employment news that will affect how we do business so I use Flipboard to aggregate all of that for me in one place on my iPad.

  8. I think I found even more to try out after looking through the comments! I love the SocialBa! app in Chrome – it allows me to share some posts between multiple networks, including Google+ – and I love that!

    I've been playing with speech to text, or dictation of sorts to cut down on typing, and that seems to work in some places but I'm still playing with different apps to try. I love my Dragon Naturally Speaking but it doesn't translate quite as well to the web for me yet. Great post!

  9. I love and blog about productivity apps so I have got lots of them on my list. My favourites are Soundgecko, Pocket, and Wunderlist. Of late I have been working on making running a habit using Lift and Yog. I also find Google Alerts to be indispensable when it comes to keeping tabs on what's hot in the apps world.

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