Posts Tagged “apps”
Ah, the wonderful world of technology. In this day and age, as small business owners, it is crucial to use technology to both run and organize your business, as well as market yourself on social media. There are so many apps and tech trends out there that it can be hard to keep up, so we asked our tech savvy panel what some of their favorites are!
Almost everyone on our panel mentioned the most popular apps: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest. However, there were a few unique apps you may not have heard of that we’d love to share!
Shawn Michael Foley introduced us to one of his new favorite apps, TALNTS. TALNTS is a unique networking app intended to connect artists with other likeminded individuals. Shawn uses it to connect with photographers, models, and different industry professionals to possibly work or collaborate with. We all know how important networking is, especially as small business owners and independent professionals, and this app focuses specifically on that, down to your geo location. Sounds like a pretty cool and beneficial app to me – I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to check it out!
Two of our designers, Randi Eshelman & Carla Kayes, have both started using an app called HoneyBook. If you aren’t familiar, HoneyBook is a program designed for creative & event professionals to help streamline your wedding & event booking process. There are many awesome features to the app, including creating proposals, contracts and payment systems. You can customize the templates to your own specific branding, and connect the app to your website so everything comes through Honeybook.
Carla spoke very highly of the app: “I love HoneyBook. I signed up in December of last year and it has transformed my ‘office’ life and time spent on proposals & quotes… It looks beautiful & professional too! You can also link with other vendors on a particular job, and send referrals for jobs you are not available for. I highly recommend it!”
There are a number of these kind of programs out there, and it can be difficult to decide what will fit your needs best. So if you’re intrigued by HoneyBook but want to know all of your options before spending the money, we’ve done a little of our own research, and will be posting our findings in a more in depth blog comparing some of the apps in the next couple of weeks!
MileIQ is another one of Carla’s fave. It is used to record and make notes on any business-related drives, creating a log of those miles so that they can be claimed on your tax return. Chances are, many of you use your personal vehicle for work purposes, like driving to venues, meetings, and Mayesh, obviously 😉 But there is also a high chance that, as diligent as you try to be, not every last mile gets recorded. This app seems like such a convenient and helpful way to keep track of them, and make tax season just a little less of a headache!
Also suggested by Carla (you’re on roll, girl!) VSCO is a photo editing app for your phone. I, too, use it for all of the iPhone photos I post to Instagram, as it has a variety of clean, fresh filters and editing tools, and is super user-friendly. Carla says that it “really makes your phone pictures look like a professional took them with a great camera, and also lets your social media pages be cohesive in style & appearance. It’s so important these days to curate any image that you put on your business’s social media accounts!” I couldn’t agree more – keeping on brand is so important, as social media accounts really turn into your portfolio and a way for prospective clients to view your work and quickly decide if they want to pursue working with you or not.
While this is a nice little round-up of apps that are out on the market right now, we know there are more out there, and would love to hear what you’re using!
And a more specific tech question we’d love to ask you all – live video streaming, is anyone using it? Apps like Periscope & Snapchat have really gained momentum in the last year for professionals, and we want to know your thoughts on them, and if there is a place for them in the floral world!
If you are an event professional in 2013 then you should be familiar with apps and you should be utilizing them to help step-up your game and sometimes to make your life easier! No matter which end of the tech spectrum you are on, below are some apps that you should look into as suggested by the Julie Lyford of Fabulous Functions, Alice-Lynne Olson, a floral artist, and Elizabeth Hinke of Mintahoe Catering & Events from the Apps for Event Profs session at The Special Event 2013.
After you review these apps, I’m sure you have your own faves and I would love to hear about them in the comments below! Happy app-ing!
PhotoToaster – photo editing software
Sunrise Sunset – know when the lighting is best for events or photos
EasyRelease – track all of the people that you need a photo release from
Floral Fan Deck and Flowerwheel – I know, I know … we need to work on our Flower Library and make an app. I promise, we know and we will be doing so soon. But, if you need a flower app on your phone now, here are a couple to choose from:
Colorchooser – gives you Pantone colors based on your pictures
Carpenter – has a level and ruler feature
Point & Measure – there’s a video to explain how it works and is usueful for clients that want something tall.
Pandora – a great way to help set the mood, especially for a photo session
The Food Guide – your culinary advisor
PhotoSynth – to make panoramic pictures
DropBox – this is another app that is highly used by Mayesh’s Marketing Team. I don’t know what we would do without it as it allows us to easily upload/share/download large amount of files – like pictures and video after attending The Special Event.
Facebook – one of my personal favorite apps. Use this to find out more about your clients, but stay away from “friend-ing” them unless you guys really do become friends. Also, have you tried out Facebook’s Graph Search?
Check In Easy – use mobile devices to check-in guests fast & easy
PDF – sign, stamp, and annotate documents
Pinterest – event ideas and a great way to check on clients to find out what they like
Super Planner – this app provides a variety of planning tools, including calculators for venue capacity, staffing, catering, staging, projection and dance floor, etc.
Pro Party Planner – is similar to Super Planner, but you can share and sync
Intronex – hosted online, detailed spreadsheet, and contact relationship menu
Hours Tracker – keep track of the time you are spending on your events
Loveit.com – is like Pinterest
Pantone – has a few apps for different devices and uses:
Social Tables – a layout app