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5 CRM Tools for Mac to Boost Sales Productivity

By Gitanjali Maria, 16 March 2018

Are your sales reps are disorganized when they meet with clients? Do they mix up with contacts or fumble to find the right data? A robust, easy-to-use customer relationship management (CRM) solution can help your sales reps stay on track. CRM software helps you track leads, manage contacts, send emails, and build reports. Being able to navigate a CRM app quickly when meeting potential clients is key to closing deals faster. (more…)

Solution Spotlight: Google’s most popular product roadmap software explained

By Ankita Singh, 13 March 2018

In GetApp's Solution Spotlight series, we explain which software is at the top of Google's search engine results and how it can meet your specific needs. To identify the systems featured here, we entered the term "product roadmap software" in Google during the week of January 2018 in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The first five solutions on the first page of Google's results are described here in alphabetical order. Product managers know all too well that mapping out a new product launch can feel like throwing darts in the dark—while juggling. With so many variables and stakeholders to consider, planning and communicating a product's journey from idea to delivery—without a dedicated tool—can feel next to impossible. You also run the risk of underestimating time and costs and failing to clearly communicate the vision to the team. (more…)

Solution Spotlight: Google’s most popular asset tracking software systems explained

By Deeksha Malik, 12 March 2018

In GetApp's Solution Spotlight series, we explain which software is at the top of Google's search engine results and how each can meet your specific needs. To identify the systems featured here, we entered the term "asset tracking software" in a Google search the week of December 12, 2017, in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The first five solutions on the first page of Google are described here in alphabetical order. Implementing asset tracking software is a logical step forward from using manual methods, such as spreadsheets, to keep track of your assets. Whether it's your IT hardware or another type of essential equipment, inefficient tracking methods will lead to lost items and confusion, and ultimately cost your small business in both wasted time and money. Dedicated software will help you avoid these issues. It can also extend the life of your assets with features such as predictive and preventive maintenance. (more…)

Solution Spotlight: Google’s most popular professional landscape software systems explained

By Abhishek Singh, 12 March 2018

In GetApp's Solution Spotlight series, we explain which software is at the top of Google's search engine results, and how each can meet your specific needs. To identify the solutions featured here, we entered the term "professional landscape software" in Google during the week of January 10, 2018, in an incognito window with the location set to the U.S. The first five solutions on the first page of Google's results are described here in alphabetical order. Professional landscape software can be a make-or-break tool for landscape contractors and designers. These tools allow you to create attractive visual representations of your customer's landscaping requests—whether it's adding a swimming pool or renovating a garden. But, searching for the right professional landscape software to bring your designs to life can be tough. Online research can make you feel like you're going in circles when all the different options start to blur together. (more…)

10 Freemium Apps for Android to Track Employee Time

By Lauren Maffeo, 9 March 2018

If you've worked in professional services, I bet you still remember what a pain time tracking is - even if you've reached the upper echelons of management. Whether you worked in accounting or hospitality, anyone who earns an hourly wage knows that time sheets are the worst part of your job. Who can blame you? When you're forced to recall every hour that you worked, mistakes are bound to happen. This is especially true if hourly employees can't connect their time sheets to payroll and automate the time tracking process. If you're an entrepreneur, the threat of billing mistakes—and costs to your small business— should be enough to make you pause. Time is money with hourly work: If your employees record the wrong number of hours worked, your business is at risk of losing money. Freemium apps to track employee time Luckily, you don't have to manage your team's hours in your head. Time tracking software that automates the process is a godsend to small business owners. Tools that track time in the context of projects, invoices, billable hours, and shift switches help you connect hourly work to the business at large. They also cut down confusion on who's working when by letting employees chat in real time. Best of all, they don't have to cost a fortune: A large number of time tracking apps offer freemium plans. Whether you're an iOS devotee or an Android diehard, many apps track employee time from your phone. To help start your search, here are 10 of the best freemium apps for Android to track employee time. To earn a spot on this list, each app needed to provide a freemium plan. They also needed an average rating of at least four stars from reviewers on and the Google Play store at the time of writing. Avaza Avaza is worth a look if you need project management, invoicing, and time tracking in one tool. Several GetApp reviewers say that it's a feature-rich app at a low price point, with strong customer service to boot. The Android app offers six modules: project management, collaboration, time tracking, expenses, estimates, and invoice management— which you can use together or independently. Along with tracking time, Avaza lets you track cost-to-completion and billable/non-billable hours as well. You can invite anyone to track time, set rates per project and user, and connect it to billing and reporting. Pricing: Avaza's "Free" plan allows for unlimited project collaborators, five active projects and invoices per month, and up to 10 customers. Users with access to timesheets, expenses, invoices, and resource scheduling is limited to one person on this plan. Branch Messenger Branch Messenger supports hourly employees in service industries like retail, restaurants, fitness centers, and more. Users can track schedules, earnings, and time off from within Branch Messenger's native Android app. You can also communicate with colleagues. Users can switch shifts, send messages, track paychecks, and import work schedules within Branch Messenger's Android app. As a manager, you can also use the app to share open shifts, approve requests for shift swaps or time off, and message team members privately or in group chats. GetApp readers love that they have their work schedules at their fingertips, including notifications when a shift's about to start. Pricing: Branch Messenger's "Free" plan offers unlimited employees, managers, shift imports and swaps, messaging, and shift posts. It also provides regional workplace location access, store-level reporting, and 24/7 customer support. Connecteam Connecteam lets you track time by client and projects. Its digital clock auto-syncs with the app's mobile time clock. This allows you to update crucial details—like attachments and overtime hours—in real time. Once your invoices are done, you can run your timesheet to payroll from within the app. Managers can use Connecteam's Android app to handle management meetings, repeatable workflows, training options, and more. GetApp readers say that while they'd like more management-focused features, Connecteam has helped many of them streamline operations and communications. This is especially crucial for remote teams with colleagues who aren't always in the office when they clock in or out. Pricing: Connecteam's "Free Forever" plan supports up to five users. Harvest Harvest lets team members track time on projects the way they want to. They can log their hours in a timesheet all at once or use a timer to do it as they work. Once timesheets are done, users can turn them into graphs that show which tasks each team member worked on and which ones took up the most time. You can also track time directly from apps that Harvest integrates with, like Basecamp and Trello. The Android app lets you view and edit current and previous time entries. You can also set reminders to submit timesheets and track mileage for reimbursement. GetApp users say it excels at tracking time, projects, expenses, and billing, with an extensive reporting section. Pricing: Harvest's "Free" plan supports one person and two projects. Jibble Jibble's goal is to be a jack-of-all-trades time tracking tool for small businesses. The app tracks employee time and attendance to generate timesheets. You can also track team behavior and productivity from within these timesheet views and custom reports. Jibble's Android app lets you take a selfie when you want to clock in or out. Its time tracking features yield an audit trail that accurately tracks time for payroll, overtime, or general attendance. GetApp readers say that Jibble's integration with Slack is a standout feature: You can log in and out directly via Slack, without needing to open Jibble's app. Pricing: Jibble's "Free" plan offers an unlimited number of users and unlimited use of all standard power-ups. TMetric TMetric is a time tracking app designed for freelancers and remote teams. Its timer records hours in a workday timeline that is split into 10-minute increments. Users can assign time entries to projects, add time in hours or minutes, and build reports with specific time ranges. Then, you can filter those reports by team, project, billable status, and more. Among other features, TMetric's Android app lets you record time spent on a task in a to-do list. GetApp readers say that TMetric's time tracking saved them hours of doing it manually. They also say that they can easily give reports of their time histories to their bosses using the app's time log and tagging features. Pricing: TMetric's "Free" plan supports up to five users with time tracking, reporting, and web apps integrations. TSheets TSheets is a GPS-enabled app that lets users track time wherever they are. Managers can track employees, job codes, paid time off, holiday hours, and more. Then, you can run payroll, billing, and invoices against time tracked using TSheets' integration with QuickBooks Online. TSheets' Android app lets you track time and GPS points even without internet service; the data will sync when service resumes. The app also has a "Who's working" feature that lets you see where your colleagues are—and what they're working on— in real time. GetApp readers say that alongside saving them hours on timesheets, TSheets' customer service team responds within a day. Pricing: TSheets' free plan supports one user and unlimited projects. When I Work Scheduling When I Work Scheduling lets you share staff schedules via text, email, or web notifications from within the app. Managers can use two-way messaging to let employees take open shifts and request schedules. You can also punch in and out using the mobile time clock, which shows you on a map where your colleagues clock in from. When I Work Scheduling's Android app shares specific employees' timesheets and the entire business schedule. Its GPS feature directs staff to their work sites, and colleagues can accept available shifts within the app. GetApp users cite TSheets' timesheet integration with the scheduling app - and its link with payroll - as strong selling points. Pricing: When I Work Scheduling's full-featured version is free for up to 75 employees. Wrike Wrike is popular project management software that gets high marks for its time tracking features. You can manually add a timelog entry yourself or set the app's time tracker to do it for you. You can't track time for more than one task at once, but you can pause the timer for your first task to work on a separate request. Wrike's Android app offers time tracking among a range of project management features. You can view reports as tables or charts; assign and schedule tasks; access shared and personal dashboards; and track time spent on tasks. GetApp users say that Wrike is ideal for task-oriented teams that want to track time on projects. Pricing: Wrike's "Free" plan supports a shared task list for teams with five users or less. Zoho Invoice Zoho Invoice lets you log and track time from a dashboard that shows all of your projects. The "Log Time" button lets you log time or start the timer for a task. You can also log project-related expenses and invoices within the dashboard. The Zoho Invoice app for Android lets you track time per project and invoice accordingly. The app also sends you notifications when customers view invoices, make payments, and accept or decline estimates. GetApp reviewers love the combination of time tracking and accounting; one person estimates that Zoho Invoice's features save him more than 50 percent in monthly costs. Pricing: Zoho Invoice's "Free" plan lets you invoice up to five customers as the sole user. Want to see more Android apps to track employee time? Visit GetApp's catalog to find the full selection

These 5 apps are changing the way small businesses do accounting

By Abhishek Singh, 8 March 2018

Still using spreadsheets to manage your finances? If so, your small business is missing out on the all the benefits that come with automating accounting tasks from cash flow management to invoicing. Making the shift to a dedicated cloud or desktop-based accounting tool will eliminate tedious manual tasks and increase your financial management efficiency—helping you gain a competitive advantage. (more…)

5 of the best collaboration apps for remote teams

By Ankita Singh, 7 March 2018

Do you struggle with getting your remote team members on the same page? Are you missing important deadlines due to a lack of effective communication? Introducing a good collaboration tool will help you address the inevitable challenges that arise when you have a global team. (more…)

MailChimp vs. Infusionsoft for email templates

By Deeksha Malik, 14 February 2018

In 2017, it was popular in marketing circles to ask the question: "Is email marketing dead?" This spurred many responses filled with facts and figures that proved email marketing is not dead. As a small business owner, you likely already know—at least instinctively—that email is an effective way to reach your audience in a more targeted and measurable way. The question now is: Which tool should you use? MailChimp and Infusionsoft both offer functionalities to support small businesses, including email templates to get you started. However, it may not be immediately clear to you which option would benefit your business more. (more…)

The benefits of AB testing: 5 Tools for eCommerce merchants

By Rhiân Davies, 5 February 2018

A: This article will show you how—for as little as seventeen dollars per month—you can drive thousands more customers on your eCommerce website to convert using AB testing. B: Don't know the benefits of AB testing yet? Read this article to discover five awesome AB testing apps that will help you ramp up conversions in your eCommerce store! Now, which of the sentences above appealed to you more? Which description of this article would make you more likely to click the link and read on (or rather, convert)? One of the benefits of AB testing is that it allows you to test multiple ideas out at once—maybe your product recommendations aren't bringing in as many customers as they once did, and you'd like to see what the result would be if you removed it completely. AB testing allows you to try variations of several areas of your site for a set amount of time, meaning that you don't need to overhaul your eCommerce store as a whole—the results will show you exactly what is, what isn't, and what could drive conversions. Want to know more about how AB testing can help your eCommerce store drive conversions? Stay with me as I go through five AB testing apps* below, including functionality and pricing information. *The apps selected in this piece have been selected based on the level of their AB testing functionality that is suitable for eCommerce stores. The tools listed also represent several pricing levels. Optimizely Optimizely is a dedicated optimization and experimentation platform that specializes in A/B and multivariate testing for websites. Optimizely is a great option for those who want to grow their eCommerce conversions, but lack skills in the coding department. To this end, users can create duplicate test pages as well as track customer clicks, time on page, and conversions. Sites that want to delve deeper can target their campaigns to track visitors from certain geographical locations, visitors who are using certain devices, or visitors who came to the site from an AdWords campaign. The customer profiling feature also allows you to collect customer data such as demographic and behavioral to inform your campaign efforts. Pricing: Optimizely offer a free trial, and a free 'starter' plan (the free starter plan will no longer be available after 28 February, 2018). Plans with customizable functionality start from $17 per month. Visual Website Optimizer Visual Website Optimizer (VWO) is an AB testing and conversion optimization platform that boasts an easy to use interface and a heap of smart eCommerce integrations such as Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and many more. VWO is a great option for those who want to combine AB testing with other tests such as multivariate testing, split URL testing, and usability tests. Advanced testing options also include free trial lengths, delivery options, and promotions. VWO's 'idea-generation' tool also provides testing suggestions for users who are a little unsure as to how to get the ball rolling. Pricing: Prices start from $49 per month for testing up to 10,000 visitors, and a free trial is available. All plans include the following features: Integrated heatmaps and clickmaps Geotargeting and behavioral targeting Integrations with Google Analytics, Kissmetrics, Mixpanel, comScore Ability to run AB, split URL and multivariate tests with revenue tracking. Convertize Convertize is a conversion optimization and AB testing tool that uses psychology-based persuasion tactics to drive conversions. Providing a checklist before tests go live, Convertize helps organize testing information for users by listing how many scenarios are being tested and how long they're expected to last. Convertize is a good option for those who want to AB test across multiple devices such as desktop, mobile, and tablet, and for those who want to go granular with their testing, with the ability to test languages, countries, times of day, and returning visitors. By analyzing conversion, event, and cross-domain tracking, Convertize is able to define what your website is missing to drive conversions. Pricing: A free plan is available for websites with up to 30,000 visitors per month. Other pricing plans include: The 'Starter' plan, which costs $29 per month for 50,000 visitors and 100 'Persuasion Tactics' The 'Team' and 'Enterprise' plans, which cost $79 and $219 per month respectively, and include 250 'Persuasion Tactics'. A fourteen day free trial is also available. Omniconvert Omniconvert is a website optimization tool which houses AB testing, surveys, and personalization experiments together under one system. Omniconvert's stack testing feature allows users to use a previous AB test as the 'control' for future tests, which accelerates the optimization process. Omniconvert has a particularly easy to use WYSIWYG editor for AB testing, test scheduling, and the ability to segment your traffic based on over forty criteria. Split testing also allows you to split your website's traffic between a control page and the variations you're testing. Pricing: Pricing is based on the number of views tested—Omniconvert offer a 'forever free' plan for websites testing 5,000 views or less. 10,000 tested views cost $59 per month, rising to $439 for 200,000 tested views. Freshmarketer Freshmarketer is a conversion rate optimization tool that assists with funnel analysis, which helps to determine which pages are experiencing a high bounce rate and therefore which pages to target with AB testing. Freshmarketer also uses heatmaps to pinpoint areas within pages that users are (and aren't!) engaging with, and their AB testing feature allows users to create multiple versions of pages within a visual editor, in order to identify which option provides more conversions. AB testing can also be performed through Freshmarketer's Google chrome app. Pricing: Freshmarketer offers an automatic thirty day free trial with access to its full feature set. Prices start at $44 per month for up to 20,000 visitors. Ready to start reaping the benefits of AB testing software? Check out our full catalog of eCommerce software that incorporates AB testing functionality, or Take a look at our catalog of AB testing software. 

5 CRM apps for Android that will help you close the deal

By Deeksha Malik, 2 February 2018

It's a fact: The people who are most critical to your business—your customers and your employees—spend a lot of time on their smartphones. Smartphones and mobile devices are especially crucial for sales staff who travel. Coming into the office to gather critical client data before every meeting is a major productivity killer. It makes more sense to let these key players work from wherever they happen to be with the most up-to-date information. (more…)