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20 Business Communication Apps to Boost Efficiency

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Business communication apps are indispensable because they can help companies become more efficient. The key is to identify the right mobile app for every instance and ensure that everyone on your team is using it.

To help you out we’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the apps your business will need and grouped them together based on their purpose.

For Financial Purposes

1. Mint

One of the best mobile apps you can use to track your finances and ensure that your small business is working properly. Mismanagement of funds is one of the leading reasons businesses collapse. You probably lack the time to sift through your credit card reports and bank statements to track your expenditures. Fortunately, Mint can do all the work for you. It creates a customised budget; tracks bank, credit card and mortgage payments; and advises you on how to save money.

You can download this app on both Android and iPhone for free.

2. Personal Capital

Another app that can boost business efficiency is Personal Capital. It takes into account everything from savings accounts and checking accounts to credit cards and loans. It also measures your investments and calculates a performance grade based on fees and asset allocation. There’s nothing better for spotting flaws in your financial strategy.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free

3. Betterment

A great app for small businesses who know nothing about investing is Betterment! Betterment will help you make tough financial decisions without spending hours studying market trends. It can determine your risk tolerance and how much you want to invest and then give you a comprehensive financial report using graphs and charts!

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

4. Future Advisor

Future Advisor does require a little investment from you, but in our opinion it’s worth it. If you can’t afford a financial advisor, Future Advisor is the next best thing. For just $9.00 a month, you can have your IRA, 401(k), and anything else, analysed and compared to a series of model portfolios held by FutureAdvisor.com.

Using specialised data, it recommends how you should store your money and what sort of portfolio diversification level you should look for. There’s also an additional $19/month option for tailor-made investment management.

You can only download this app on iPhone for free.

5. Budget

Full of bright colours and simple graphics, the Budgt app for the iPhone aims to simplify the process of keeping track of your money and expenses. By simply setting a budget on the main screen, it allows you to log expenditure and payments, and then uses a simple pie chart to give you an idea of how much you’ve spent and how much is left. With the ability to create and manage different categories, set reminders and view a month-end projection, the Budget app means you’ll never have to wonder where your money has disappeared to again.

You can download this app on iPhone for £1,99.

For Performance

6. Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a great mobile app for businesses although it’s not exactly an app for business communication. It allows you to check your advertisement and campaign performance. The more you can analyse and test data and understand your audience, the better you will be at communicating with you audience through your marketing campaigns.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

7. Flipboard

What are the current market trends? How is the forex market fairing? This is vital information for any business. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have enough time during the day to skim through several internet sources to get this information. This is where Flipboard comes in handy. This is a social network aggregation app that is currently available in 20 different languages. It collects content from social media and other websites and presents the information in a magazine format allowing you to flip through it and read what is relevant to you quickly.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

8. Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to monitor all the major social media platforms from one interface. It is easy to use and allows for scheduling of posts in advance and on the go. You can schedule posts, respond to mentions and check analytics, so it essentially offers you everything you need to engage with your fans and followers.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free. 

9. Surveys on the Go

Surveys on the Go is used by many Fortune 500 companies, major political campaigns and jury trials because it pays people to participate in surveys. It can be a great tool for marketers or businesses that are trying to launch a new product.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

For Admin Work

10. Dropbox

Manually saving files and creating backups every time can be a daunting task. But, Dropbox allows you to automatically sync items in the cloud as you edit them. It has both a free and a paid version. Luckily the free version offers many GB of storage space.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

11. Passpack

Your business probably uses numerous tools that are password-protected. Remembering 500 or even just 20 passwords sounds unrealistic and overwhelming. Passpack lets you tag, sort, search and manage multiple logins per site, eliminating the need for constantly remembering and typing different passwords. The app also allows you to access your sites from any location.

Passpack is getting ready to launch a new app so keep an eye on their website.

12. Camscanner

Camscanner allows you to scan documents like receipts, business cards, newspaper articles and images. It also has additional features to adjust scanned images, numerous export options and a lightning-fast scanning speed.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

13. Google Translate

Google translate is essential if you do business with clients abroad or have international partners. Although you shouldn’t rely on it for professional translation, you can use it to get a rough idea of what you’re reading if it’s in another language. It’s very simple to use, and you can just scan the word you’re trying to translate with your camera.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

14. LinkedIn

LinkedIn needs no introduction. At the moment, it’s probably the most essential app for businesses because it can help you promote the company you work for, increase visibility, boost employer brand and even headhunt potential candidates.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

15. ScannerPro

ScannerPro is similar to Camscanner in that it basically turns your phone or tablet in a portable scanner. You can use it snap photos of receipts, notes, whiteboards or anything else you need to store. It also adjusts and aligns pictures to make each scan perfect.

You can download this app on iPhone for $3,99. 

16. Freshbooks Classic

Freshbooks is a cloud-based mobile accounting app. It keeps track of clients, projects, manages invoices and time-tracking and be integrated with PayPal for collection.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free. 

17. Addapt

Addapt is a mobile address book that updates instantly when contacts change their contact information on their phone.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

For Teams

18. Trello

Trello is an easy-to-use app that tracks every detail of your project, eliminating the need for sticky notes, spreadsheets and emails. The application allows you to add people and boards.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

19. Hipchat

Managing a large workforce requires ample and efficient communication for a business to succeed. It is not humanly possible to keep all 20,000 employees in your office for a project up to date. HipChat, an internal communication app, allows you to effortlessly communicate with your staff and improve efficiency.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

20. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a social intranet that offers a unified work space for your company. It can enhance internal communication by offering group chat and video document management, as well as its own cloud and calendar for planning. It also has a CRM system and human resource capabilities.

You can download this app on Android and iPhone for free.

 

Using a mobile app can significantly boost efficiency in your team and deliver optimized results.

Which of these apps have you used and how have they helped you and your team?

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