Addictive Tools

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?

Help Us Spread the Word! If you enjoy this series help us share it around!! We’ve made it easy just click the following text links to share this tool on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest! Or just forward it along by email to a friend or colleague!

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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!

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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!

Help Us Spread the Word! If you enjoy this series help us share it around! We’ve made it easy just click the following text links to share this tool on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest!  Or just forward it along by email to a friend or colleague!

Not a regular Entreholic Addictive Tools Subscriber? Once a week. One really cool addictive marketing or productivity tool. Click here to sign up.

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.

Help Us Spread the Word! If you enjoy this series help us spread the word! We’ve made it easy just click the following text links to share this tool on: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Pinterest! Or just forward it along by email to a friend or colleague!

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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 – 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.

Addictive Tools Series – Hello Bond

What do handwriting and robots have in common?

Yeah, who knows? But, we found this addictive tool that is bringing handwriting and robots together to make customer communication personal and affordable.

Ready, here ya go…

Production Boosting Category: Customer Relationship Management

Website: www.hellobond.com

What’s the deal?

Don’t have time to send a personal, hand-written note to customers? Now you don’t have to! Bond offers completely custom solutions from branded notes and inserts to your personal handwriting. With over 16 different handwriting styles, your company postcards, thank you notes, and just saying “hey” letters will touch your customers – and may lead to more sales. Hello Bond is revolutionizing how companies are connecting on a personal level with their most loyal customers, to keep them coming back for more!

The mobile story

No, sorry…but you can check out their trendy website. They like handwriting and robots…

Integrations

You bet! Bond can seamless integrate with any CRM such as Salesforce, Zoho, Sugar, Workbook, and Microsoft Dynamics – just to name a few.

How much?

It all depends on what you need. Each written piece runs between $2.99-$5.00 – they have some cool customization options too.

What’s the word on the street?

Not much buzz, just yet. But I’m sure it’s coming! Try it out and let me know what you think. Looks like they are gaining traction with over 3,000 likes on Facebook and check out their feature on Good Morning America here.

When you try out these handwriting robots, let us know – we’d love to hear how your notes turned out!

Important Lessons Learned from Building a Team

Whether you are a one-man band or have a business partner, there may come that point in your business’s life where you’ll consider bringing on additional part or full-time team members. Then there are the sorts of team members that are purely outsourced but still play a vital role in the success of your business.

In today’s post we take a look at some of the lessons we’ve learned from building teams – internal and external – and how you can avoid some of the mistakes many business owners make when building their team.

When to Hire a New Full or Part-timer

Many small business owners begin to consider hiring a new employee when they get so busy they don’t have enough time in their day to do the things they need. Just because you are really busy – most entrepreneurs are – doesn’t mean this merits the hiring and training of a new employee.

However, if you are turning down work because you can’t handle it or you know you could get more clients if your new employee helped with some of the smaller stuff then you probably have some indication that a new hire is a good idea. This does of course imply that you want to grow your business.  You’ll also have to weigh the potential income you’ll make with the new hire versus how much you’ll need to pay your new employee.

Lessons Learned from Outsourcing

Two of the most common issues entrepreneurs have when building an external team are reliability and communication. It’s funny how cost is one of the least common issues as sometimes the case with outsourcing, and especially through websites like www.elance.com, www.odesk.com or www.fiverr.com, is you get what you pay for.

The expectation of a $5 piece of content, the $300 website or instant response to your email for that logo design you needed three days ago should be on par with where you are finding your outsource team. One of the primary reasons small business owners outsource is to save money but if delays or incomplete projects hinder business growth they can sometimes outweigh the cost savings.

When outsourcing here in the US or overseas, do your due diligence and vet your external team before trusting them for solid work. Take a look at their portfolio, ask them about their turn-around times, view their reviews or talk to their previous clients if possible to get a better understanding of what you can expect from them. Manage your outsourced team as you would an internal team in your office by touching base with them every day, monitoring their progress and clearly communicating expectations from day one.

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