Free Tools For Online And Social Media Management: Organization

The new year is approaching and with that comes new year resolutions. Perhaps your resolution is to try to take your business to the next level. In the past you may not have had the time and you may think that it is going to be expensive. One of the easiest ways to take your business to the next level and to make it more efficient is to make your online and social media organization more efficient. There are some tools that can make this easier for you and they come cheaper than you might think.

Last week we profiled some free social media management tools, so check that out too!

Organization is not everyone’s strong suit but the ability to do this can be a make or break skill for many business owners. When it comes to running a business proper organization can seem daunting, whether you are a company of one or a Fortune 500 company. Of course technology can make your life easier as numerous programs help to make project organization and team management easier. 

Trello

Trello specializes in organization, whether it is your team at work or with your family planning a vacation. Tasks can be assigned, comments can be added, due dates set making collaboration easy. It is flexible and customized to meet any team’s style. It works on all devices and always stays in sync, so as long as a person is connected to the Internet they can stay up to date. A free version is available with basic features and paid versions are also available with upgraded features. 

Slack

Slack advertises itself as “Where Work Happens”. It gives your team the power and alignment needed to get work done and puts collaboration at your fingertips. It makes it easy to organize conversations, share files, search archives and integrate tools. Teams of all size use Slack and it is one of the most popular collaboration programs on the planet. A free version is available for usage with small teams with premium versions with added features available.

Station

Station is the first smart browser for busy people and one app to rule them all (and in the darkness bind them, oh wait…). The workstation groups pages by applications making for a clean interface and centralization makes multitasking a breeze. It also incorporates Focus Mode to help prevent distractions while work is getting done and several other features. Station is free to use with paid and free apps available through its own app store. 

Asana

Asana helps you make more time for the work that matters most. It is a work management platform that helps teams to stay focused on the goals, projects and daily tasks  that come with a project. It helps to get organized, to keep focused and to meet deadlines to streamline and automate processes. A basic version is available for free with premium versions available for a price.  

Dropbox

Dropbox is the world’s first smart workspace where teams content can be brought together to cut through the clutter that comes with a project. It helps teams get organized, stay focused and get in sync. It is most famous for file storage and sharing but it also makes finding commonly used files easy to find and coordinating with your team easy. Individual plans are available for starting at $9.99 per month (OK, this one isn’t free but hard disk storage can be pricey) and business plans are available for differing prices offering potentially as much space as needed. All plans offer free trials as well.

Evernote

Note taking is something that everyone should do. It is the easiest way that you can record important information when you meet with a client or when you meet with your team. With all of the notes that you might be taking it can make for a messy situation. That is where Evernote comes in. This program lets you take notes anywhere, find information faster and share information with anyone so nothing falls through the cracks. Notes can be captured though voice, in a picture or by actual note taking and reminders can be set. It helps to stay organized and to collaborate with your team. A free version is available as a basic plan with premium plans available at a cost.

Cyfe

Cyfe is an all-in-one business dashboard that allows for monitoring for social media, web analytics, marketing, sales, support and much more. Prebuilt widgets allow for customization and to generate real time reports. A free version is available with full functionality but only for one user with paid versions available with increased options. 

Team management and organization is key to completing projects on time and on budget. It goes a long way towards a business surviving. It may not be the strong suit of everyone but technology can help. If you struggle with this or feel that your team can do better, consider giving one of these a try

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