Entreholic Addictive Tools – Dashlane

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How much time do you spend each week trying to remember your passwords?

If you’re like us, we had a growing spreadsheet of passwords – that was starting to grow out of control. Keeping track of lowercase, numbers, special characters is a job in and of itself, right?

That’s why we were doing our happy dance when we came across this next addictive tool…

Introducing…

Addictive Tool Name: Dashlane

Product Boosting Category: Business Productivity

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Website: www.dashlane.com

What’s the deal?

Dashlane is the password manager you’ve been dreaming of! You can automatically import passwords from any web browser – Mozilla, Safari, Chrome – you pick. All passwords are securely protected in an encrypted password vault and monitored around the clock. You’ll be the first to know if a website you have a password to has been hacked.

With Dashlane’s auto-login feature, you will never have to type in any password on ANY of your devices ever again! Even those complicated bank account logins that have multiple fields can be automatically populated for a seamless login, with Dashlane.

What’s the mobile story?

The Dashlane mobile app is available in the Google Play Store for Android devices and in iTunes for iOs devices.

How much does it cost?

Dashlane is free for one device. Or, sync Dashlane to all your devices to access your passwords at home, at work, or on the go for $39.99 a year.

Free up some brain space and try Dashlane – it’ll be a life (and password saver)! Let us know what you do with your extra free time. Comment on the blog below or inbox us on Facebook.

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Entreholic Addictive Tools – Startuplister

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If you’re anything like us, we were so excited to share our Entreholic story when we first started (and still to this day)!

We stumbled across this amazing addictive tool that is a MUST TRY marketing tool for startups. If you’re not a startup, you may have one again someday or know someone who is in the process of launching something great. So…perhaps you can forward this along!

Check it out…

Addictive Tool Name: Startuplister

Product Boosting Category: Start-Up Marketing

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Website: www.startuplister.com

What’s the deal?
Startuplister is a marketing platform designed for startups to get the word out there as quickly as possible. With a suite of products to help you submit your startup and tell your story, they can help with listing your company on major directories and spread the word of your work to key journalists.

It all starts with a simple startup survey and then the marketing geniuses at Startuplister get to work manually submitting your company’s information to 70+ startup directories, review sites, and communities. They’ll even help you create profiles for your startup, build backlinks, and rank better on search engine results pages.

Do you want to catch the attention of bloggers, journalists, or crucial media outlets? Startuplister can generate a custom “hit list” of 40+ journalists that cover your industry who you can pitch your startup to for some great marketing buzz.

With a money back guarantee, you have nothing to lose with Startuplister, but millions of customers and followers to gain!

How much does it cost?

Submit to directories for a one-time low payment of $89 once, or pitch to journalists for just $399. Even better, combine both options for a $39 savings.

Share your startup’s story with the world – give Startuplister a try. What do you have to lose?

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Entreholic Addictive Tools – Boomr

Entreholic Addictive Tool - Boomr

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Are you tired of spending countless hours (you don’t have) trying to log in employee hours or keep track of where your team is throughout the day?

We dug up this perfect addictive tool to make your time tracking and workflow management the easiest thing you’ll do all year!

Announcing…

Addictive Tool Name: Boomr

Product Boosting Category: Time Tracking

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Website: www.boomr.com

What’s the deal?

Boomr makes time tracking and payroll the easiest thing you’ll manage every week. Boomr is a cloud-based solution with no software or expensive hardware to install. Your staff can download the Android app and track their time spent at work. Add in an unlimited number of work sites and locations. To verify accuracy, the app enables GPS tracking and requires employees to physically be present at the work location in order to check in and log their work hours. Within minutes you will be able to visualize where your entire team is at any given moment throughout the work day and communicate about tasks and projects. With the Boomr app, managers can add employees and approve shifts at the push of a button. If employees share devices at work, multiple employees can check in from the same device using a secure PIN code.

What’s the Mobile Story: The Boomr mobile app is only for Android devices and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

What are the integrations? With Boomr you can send work hours directly to your preferred accounting, finance, and payroll platforms. Boomr integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks, Xero, and Gusto.

How much does it cost? Try Boomr for free for 30 days or take advantage of a free one-user account. Pay-as-you-go Multi-user accounts start at $19 a month.

Start simplifying your time tracking with Boomr – and check timekeeping off of your to-do list! Share a review of Boomr with us, when you give it a try, on our Facebook page. Keep track of how much time it saves you and let us know!

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Here at Entreholic, we can handle part or all of your needs with our Marketing Strategy & Execution Specialists!  Social media management, content writing, digital public relations, marketing automation and nurture emails, data scraping for lead generation, and brainstorming strategy sessions are just part of what we do! To learn more, check us out!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well for more tools and insights!

Entreholic Addictive Tools – ReadItFor.Me

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How many business-related books are you able to read each month?

If your team is anything like our team, you’re probably always on the go with a growing to-do list. Freeing up time to share business ideas, let alone taking time to read a book may seem almost impossible. That was until this addictive tool was born…

Without further adieu, we bring you a guaranteed time saver and idea booster.

Introducing…

Addictive Tool Name: ReadItFor.Me

Product Boosting Category: Business Book Reviews

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Website: www.readitfor.me

What’s the deal?

Readitfor.me is not your average book summary service. Instead, it is scientifically designed based on how we learn and is leading the movement to transform how businesses share information and generate new ideas. The world’s best business and personal development books, are instantly turned into dynamic 12-minute videos that leaders can use to train their teams in less than one hour a month. Plus, each book comes with a workshop package that can be used to guide discussion and spur idea generation. Even better, there is ZERO preparation needed – ReadItFor.Me does ALL of the prep and provides comprehensive training materials – on demand. With over 150 books and counting, entrepreneurs and small business owners will have plenty of material to use and learn from.

The Mobile Story: Currently, videos and webinars are streamed through their website. Audio files, PDFs, and workshop materials can be downloaded and viewed on your mobile device.

How Much Does it Cost? ReadItFor.Me offers several free and paid subscription options. Sign up using your LinkedIn account credentials for a free account. Refer three new users and you will receive access to their free+ account. Paid subscriptions begin at $29.99 a month.

This addictive tool is Entreholic approved – start doing your greatest work today! When you give ReadItFor.Me a try, we’d love to hear your review. Feel free to comment on this blog or leave a message on our Facebook page and let us know how it went.

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Why You Want a Report Card From Your Customers

Customers carry a great amount of “intel” about  your business, how you are doing, what you could be doing better, and even what new services you should offer. Having a good customer report card can keep you in the know about how your business is doing and what your customers’ preferences are.

Getting customer feedback comes in all shapes and sizes, including:

  • Short and long surveys (online and paper forms)
  • Focus groups
  • In-depth customer interviews
  • Comment or feedback cards
  • Online reviews

The information you gain from these outlets is invaluable (better than gold!) and can help your business:

  • Learn more about your customers’ likes and dislikes. Ask customers about specific products or services to get the inside scoop on what your business is doing well and what needs improvement. You can ask customers to complete a short survey after a purchase or follow-up a week or two after the purchase for their thoughts about the product. No one likes hour long surveys, so shorter is definitely better! Choose 4-5 questions and keep it under 10 minutes. A friendly follow-up phone call can also be effective to get more in-depth information and feedback – it gets them talking!
  • Show customers that their opinions are valued. We all like some love, and attention, right? Asking your customers for their opinions and ideas sends the message that you value their experiences and opinions. Customers are treasure troves of great ideas and can give exceptional insight into new services or products that your business can offer. Don’t forget your manners! Be sure to always thank customers for their time when completing a survey of any kind, or after providing feedback (both positive and negative).
  • Find creative ways to improve. No business is perfect – we all can improve. Naturally, customer preferences change, and you don’t want to get blindsided by this. Monitoring customer concerns/questions is a quick and affordable way to keep up-to-date with the current market. This includes reviewing online comments posted by customers – both positive and negative feedback. Keep in mind, that it is natural to have unhappy customers, but how their complaint is handled is what is key. If you dismiss unhappy customers, this can be detrimental to your business’ brand. Take a softer approach and listen to customer complaints. There’s great lessons to be learned this way! Use their complaint as a learning tool to find ways to prevent customer dissatisfaction in the future.

If you haven’t checked in with your customers recently, now is a good time to get a temperature check to see how your business is doing. Remember, customer feedback, of any kind, can be a valuable tool to grow and improve your business – plus it’s free!
When you reach out to your customers, let us know what you learn. And, of course, feel free to share any creative ways you have used to check in with your customers, by leaving a comment below. We’re all ears (and eyes!)

5 Tips to Get Started on Social Media

You may think that social media is not for the faint of heart – but don’t worry, you can do it too! Establishing a social media presence can seem like a daunting task, but it can be a great (and affordable) way to reach out to potential customers and reconnect with existing or past customers. So, we’ve come up with the top five tips that you can use to help you get started leveraging social media to drive sales, and establish an online business presence.

Here you go…

Tip #1: Pick your target audience

This is where the social media strategy begins. First things, first. You must define who your target market is, what social media platforms they are likely to use, and what messaging may be the most effective for your audience. This is just a general guide that may help you decide which social media platforms to go after. Be flexible! This list is not set in stone, but can be used to drive your initial social media research. It’s always best to cast a wide social media net and establish several social media accounts to get in front of your target audience as much as possible.

  • All ages (13 years old and up): Facebook
  • Professionals, business leaders: LinkedIn
  • Bloggers and influencers: Tumblr and Twitter
  • Expectant couples, newlyweds, do-it-yourselfers: Pinterest
  • Teens and young adults: Snapchat, YouTube, Tumblr, and Instagram

Tip #2: Choose your social media platform(s)

Once you have reviewed the social media networks that work best to reach your target audience, now, you’re ready for action! Take note though, choosing the right social media network is a happy marriage between where your target audience is and what content your business can provide to attract customers.

When you first start, aim to establish one or two social media accounts and grow these over time before adding more to your social media resume. Slow and steady does win the race! Consider this info when selecting the right social media platform for your business.

  • Instagram and Pinterest are ideal for businesses that have lots of visual content to share. These sites are a great match for photography, event planning, construction, or interior design businesses, just to name a few.
  • Facebook and Twitter are the go-to for businesses that have unique and shareable content. This can include links to blog articles (just like this one!), videos, or event photos. Facebook is also great for capturing customer testimonials as well!
  • Snapchat, YouTube and Vine are must have social media accounts for businesses that have video or digital content to share with customers. This content can also be shared and linked to using Twitter or Facebook.

Tip #3: Select your social media handle – it’s all in the name!

Whatever social media network you choose to use for your business, you will need a “handle” or username. Take some time to think of a good, marketable username. Keep in mind that this will be visible to customers and your “handle” will be how customers locate your business’ social media pages. Consistency is key, so make sure the “handle” you choose is available across all social media networks. You don’t want customers to be lost in cyberspace looking for your business’ social media pages. It’s always a good idea to make your social media “handle” your business’ name – as close as you can get it!

Tip #4: Create a content calendar and stick to it

You’re almost ready for showtime! With a social media account, you’ll need to share and post content. Believe it or not, you may have more content to share than you think. First, think about what type of content you want to create and share and how frequently you want to share it. For most social media sites, you’re able to repost or link to existing content like newspaper articles, YouTube videos, or other users’ posts. If you don’t have time to create original content, check out great online outsourcing sites like Upwork or Fiverr to score some affordable content creation help! Stay organized during this process by creating a content calendar. It’ll keep you on track with uploading and sharing new content. You don’t want to disappoint your growing following 🙂

Tip #5: Share a good mix of content

Variety is the spice of life, right? So for the best results, you should strive to have a good mix of content on all social media pages, including creative self-promotion, customer testimonials, and original content that is valuable to your customers. Self-promotion can be direct links (like this) to your website, information about sales promotions, or general news about your company. The key is to be creative and find ways to present information so that it is interesting and engaging for your target audience. No one likes fake or false content, so be sure that any testimonials you use are authentic. In fact, encourage your customers to post testimonials directly on your social media pages. To keep it fresh, try to rotate testimonials every few months, so the world can see the evidence of your business’ good works. Always tie your original content to your business, in some way, and all posts should be of value or interest to your target audience. Hint: This is where a seasoned and creative freelance copywriter can come in handy!

Use this as a guide…

Keep in mind that this is a bare minimum recommendation – the more sharing, the better!

  • Blog posts to website, at least once per week and shared across all social media accounts
  • New posts on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn at least two times per week
  • New tweets at least ten times per week
  • Pinterest pinning at least ten times per week

Abandoned houses and social media pages are scary! Plus, an abandoned social media page can be more detrimental than no social media page at all. Remember, establishing a social media presence is about building relationships with your target audience, prospective customers, and loyal customers – so keep it current, not stale!

Check out our social media channels and stay up-to-date with the latest in social media best practices. Come connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Entreholic Addictive Tools – Fiverr

What can $5 buy you these days?

This morning we just bought a 2 minute voice over recording, a professionally designed brochure for our mailing, and 30 seconds of whiteboard animation – all for $5 each.

Hard to believe, right? Not with our next addictive tool!

Drum roll please…introducing…

Addictive Tool Name: Fiverr

Product Boosting Category: Outsourcing & Freelance Resources

Website: www.fiverr.com

What’s the deal?

Fiverr is the holy grail of outsourcing sites! Whether you need a new brochure designed, a killer website, or Facebook likes – fiverr has it all! Top talent from across the globe have accounts on fiverr, ready and willing to provide amazing work at a fraction of the cost.

For $5 you have access to top quality services in media, graphic design, marketing, IT services, writing, and much more. The $5 offerings are called “gigs” and each vendor specifies what you’ll get for $5. For example, $5 may score you a custom logo, or 100 likes on your business’ Facebook page.

What’s the mobile story?

Their mobile app is available for free download in the Apple App Store or through GooglePlay. Now, you can snag great deals on much needed work on the go!

How much?

1 gig = $5.00. Larger work orders or custom requests will cost more, but the price is set by the vendor.

As with any outsourcing site, due diligence goes a long way! Fiverr has an awesome customer service team should an issue arise. Reading through client reviews and checking out their online portfolio are great ways to make your $5 gig a success.

If you can’t do it, don’t have the time to do it, or just want to see what freelance talent is available, then Fiverr is your go-to! Share your experiences with Fiverr, when you try it out, by commenting on this blog.

Entreholic Addictive Tools – StealthSeminar

Do you feel like a broken record sometimes? Saying the same thing over and over again?

We got tired of that too and went to work to find a new way to do our presentations. We came across this gem and had to share it.

Here’s the deal…

Addictive Tool Name: StealthSeminar

Product Boosting Category: Education & Training

Website: http://www.stealthseminar.com/

What’s the deal?

StealthSeminar is an automated webinar system and was designed by business owners like you to save you time and money. You can set up your webinars once using their system, and they will run as often as you desire for as long as you want. You can charge participants to view the webinar and collect funds through their secure site.

Whether you have pre-recorded webinars/presentations or are looking to record new ones, StealthSeminar can handle either. For new recordings, StealthSeminar integrates with Google Hangouts on Air. Or, upload your existing recordings to their server and manage the webinar’s viewing schedule.

Even set up live or hybrid (part live and part recorded) webinars. This way you don’t have to spend time repeating the same information, but can add a personal and interactive feel with a live broadcast portion. StealthSeminar will start each presentation automated, but will email you if someone is viewing the webinar so you can be there if needed, for live Q&A.

What are the integrations?

This is the master of integration! StealthSeminar integrates with all CRMs and autoresponder services including Facebook, MailChimp, InfusionSoft, Constant Contact, WordPress, and even Google Hangout.

How much?

The 1st month’s registration and subscription is $197.00, then $69.95 per month. That’s for 100 webinars a month with up to 150 attendees per webinar.

The best part…they run promotions often, so look out for discounts on the first month’s registration.

What’s the word on the street?

Check out the buzz around StealthSeminar and see what their Facebook Fans have to say here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about StealthSeminar or other addictive tools you use by commenting on this blog. Knowledge is power!

Addictive Tools Series – 15Five

Still going a thousand miles a minute? At least that’s a little slower than yesterday, right? We found this huge time saver – check it out and see if it could help you too!

Here’s the info…

Production Boosting Category: Employee Engagement

Website: http://www.15five.com/

What’s the deal?

15Five is all about making communication between employees and managers as seamless as possible. Team members take 15 minutes a week to respond to simple questions like “What workplace challenges are you being faced with right now?”. Managers and supervisors spend 5 minutes each week responding to the employees’ answers and engaging in a virtual conversation. Not only does this open the lines of communication, it could lead to lower turnover, higher employee productivity, and saves tons of time because managers now have a pulse on what is really going on in the workplace.

The mobile story

As of now, there is no mobile app just yet, but you can access your account from any mobile device. So, there’s no excuse to do your 15 or 5 minutes a week!

How much?

$49/month for 10 users then $5 per additional user per month. But, they offer 14 day free trials!

What’s the word on the street?

5 stars – and counting. Read more here about how 15Five is taking communication to the next level.

Tap into the power of employee feedback with 15Five. Comment on this blog after you try it out – we’d love to hear about your experience with 15Five.

Addictive Tools Series – MileIQ

A lot of times we forget that many of the miles we drive for client meetings or other special business trips are tax deductible. And at 57.5 cents a mile it can add up quickly for some tax free funds in our pocket!  However isn’t tracking it such a pain?

So we started researching all the mobile apps out there and found this one to be the winner.  If tracking mileage is a big part of your day-to-day work, then we have  found just what you need.

Here’s the scoop…

Production Boosting Category: Expense Tracking

Website: www.mileiq.com

What’s the deal?

MileIQ is an automatic mileage tracker that tracks the miles you drive for business. It uses smart drive-detection technology, to automatically log your drives. Plus it instantly calculates the value of each drive and creates a mileage log that is in accordance with the IRS’ guidelines. Who needs paper mileage logs? It’s really easy, just swipe right after a drive to classify it for business. Even better, MileIQ can:

  • Auto-sync all of your drive data to the cloud securely
  • Add parking fees, toll amounts, and vehicle information to each drive record
  • Record business drives in kilometers or miles – you pick!
  • Store your complete drive history and send you regular drive reports each week

The mobile story

Yes, check out GooglePlay or iTunes to snag the latest version. Oh, and it’s free to download.

Integrations

It works nicely with Freshbooks, Concur, and can export data into CSV files or PDF formats.

How much?

Free for your first 40 drives every month – indefinitely. Unlimited drives are available for $5.99/month or $59.99/year.

Have you tried out MileIQ? If so, we’d love to hear how it went and if it is saving you tons of time and money. If you haven’t tried it, take it for a spin, and let us know how it goes.