By: Michelle Castillo, Social Media Coordinator and Brand Analyst
Everyone knows the obvious advantages that cloud applications bring. According to IBM, using the cloud helps reduce labor costs, simplifies capital expenses and lowers real estate and energy costs. Curious to explore the world of cloud applications at your fingertips? Read below to learn more about different apps that can help kick-start your digital adventure — and your business!
JustCloud stores all your files, from Illustrator projects to contracts to stock photos. If a fellow coworker or client requests a last minute change, you can access your files from your laptop or mobile device. You can also share files and unlike other cloud storage services, the app is compatible across PC, Mac, Linux, Android and more. JustCloud will also automatically back up your computer to a schedule of your choice, without you having to do a thing.
With Morpholio, you can turn your designs and finished presentations into a digital sketchbook. Its cloud-based apps organize all of your work in a format that is ready to present. The Exhibit app can be used to display high-resolution images in a gallery or kiosk format. Its Journal app lets you turn your photos into a contact sheet by writing on top of your work. These tools come in handy, if for example, you needed to send back feedback to a photographer on their shots.
Unlike spreadsheets, InsightSquared's visual, maintenance-free reports and dashboards provide a custom lens into real-time sales results. This way, you can see exactly what’s going on with your marketing, sales, financials and staffing. You get InsightsSquared emails for various dashboards with highly impactful metrics that can help you run your business better. For example a company’s marketing department is responsible for lead generation. Leads being a potential sales contact or an individual or organization that expresses an interest in your goods or services. Sales leaders know that not all leads are created equal. It’s not just the share amount of leads that matter but the quality of those leads. InsightsSquared helps you zoom out to a 10,000-foot-view where you can actually understand not only the absolute number of leads but easily get more granular insight into the channels and the sources that they’re coming from. The app essentially just offers more granular data into, for example, sales forecasting and conversion rates.
You can’t improve your business without knowing what your clients or consumers really think about your product or service. With GetFeedBack, you can design an online survey that can be displayed on smartphones, tablets and many other browsers. According to the app, 50 percent of surveys are opened on mobile devices. With this information, you need to make sure that you design something that is mobile compatible or you can lose credibility to your business.
Keep track of everything from project details, time tracking and all they way to invoicing. With this tool, you can avoid paperwork, messy spreadsheets, time-consuming admin tasks and many other hassles that you face every day. Its streamline invoicing tool is based on your hourly rate or a flat fee. Many project management tools can generate invoices, but WorkflowMax can also help you get a handle on cash flow with bulk invoicing capabilities. WorkflowMax has two methods of invoicing. You can invoice based on a quoted amount or on actual time and costs. You can also create new progress or final invoices, print client statements, and get a quick snapshot of how your cash flow is looking — all from the Invoice Manager. Designers can also use this tool to create branded and professional looking quotes to send to new clients.
Have you ever wanted to charge for premium areas on your site to download stock footage and graphics? Well, with an app like Stripe, you can charge for protected areas on your site. With Stripe’s subscription APIs and webhooks, storing customers’ cards on file or even implementing complex functionality like metered billing or annual plans is easy. Companies like Rackspace, Parse, and Squarespace use Stripe to manage subscriptions and recurring revenue. This tool allows for quick and easy credit card transactions at a low fee, with your customer never having to leave your website.
Cloud apps are kind of like the dashboard to your car. Sure, without them you can still drive your business and figure out what’s going on, but you won’t have the metrics and organization to really know how fast you’re going or how much gas you have in the tank. Now that you know so much about cloud applications, get started on making your business more efficient for the present and the future. Read More