What are the most useful business apps we’ve seen so far in 2015?
It can be hard to know which ones are best for staying productive. With so many to choose from, it’s easy to spend far too much time researching and testing them – and not enough time benefiting from them.
So we’ve done the work for you.
This article covers the top 15 of 2015, from productivity to travel to collaboration.
1. LinkedIn’s Mobile App
It should be no surprise that LinkedIn is in the top 15. After all, this is the fastest-growing professional network in the world.
The mobile app used to be difficult to use and unwieldy. But the company has made some major changes and the app has become one of the most-desirable business apps of the year.
It’s fast, useful, and integrates seamlessly with the site. If you’re an avid LinkedIn user, then it’s a must-have.
Trello is a collaboration tool allows anyone to collaborate with anyone else, anywhere, on anything.
The app is available for several devices and makes it easy to manage projects, created collaborative to-do lists, and more.
The simple interface makes it easy to pick up and start using right away.
Evernote isn’t new either.
But it’s a must-have for anyone who wants to take digital clippings from websites, keep a folder of organized notes, and collaborate with others on projects.
Evernote also incorporates presentation software. And premium services offer more features.
Expensify describes itself as “expense reports that don’t suck.”
So if you want a quick, painless way to input, track, and send expense reports, this is a great app to try.
It is available on a range of devices, from mobile to desktop. The trial version is free, and premium versions are available for a monthly subscription.
Asana is another project management tool.
This software is used by major companies such as Uber and CBS.
The company claims that “email is holding your team back” and offers a collaborative tool. The simple interface allows teams to communicate and track project progress with tasks, projects, comments, and an inbox.
Uber continues to reign supreme as the on-call driving service.
A few taps will bring a car to your location no matter where you are. And integration with payment services makes this app supremely convenient.
MobileDay is an app for those who spend lots of time in conference calls.
Once the app is downloaded, you can connect to virtual meetings without hassle. According to the company, 67% of employees say technical difficulties kill the productivity of meetings.
This app is designed to eliminate that.
Ideal for businesses that are heavy Pinterest or Instagram users, Wordswag allows you to quickly place creative typography and quotes over images.
Snapseed, likewise, is great for companies that are heavy photo marketers.
The app allows you to quickly edit photos before posting them to social networks, such as Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook.
This contact management software claims it allows people to earn more referrals, more repeat business, and more ROI.
Contactually is ideal for teams or individuals. And it is available for desktop and mobile devices.
This isn’t quite a contact management platform, but it’s close.
Refresh syncs your existing contact information from places like Gmail, Facebook, and LinkedIn, so you go into meetings prepared and informed about the participants.
Bad calendar apps can be more of a hindrance than anything else.
Sunrise syncs up major calendar services, such as Outlook and Google, and highlights important events, like RSVPs.
This automation service is one of the most flexible, useful automation tools on the market.
IFTTT is a web-based service that includes integration with mobile devices. It links several online channels together, using one as a trigger and one as an output. So if you need to be texted before meetings or receive push notifications at certain times of the week, you can create a recipe to take care of that in moments.
14. Google Maps
Tired of being late to meetings?
Google Maps can keep you on time by detecting traffic slowdowns and accidents. And you can use the route feature to discover alternate routes to your destination.
Localeur is an ideal app for the business traveler.
Not quite the same as Yelp, this app gives you local insight into a destination by crowd-sourcing suggestions. This app can help you find the best places to “eat, drink, and play.”
The app is available in many major cities throughout the United States, from Seattle to Miami.
The busy business person needs to stay productive, whether they’re in the office and on the road. And with so many business apps to choose from, it’s getting easier to stay on the ball, no matter where you are.