These are some of the things I highly recommend and use personally.
I treasure these gems in my online marketing toolbox.
I use Aweber. It’s the gold standard for email deliver ability, and more important, is really the crux of your whole business. never skimp on your autoresponder. Your list IS your business. Your allegiance should ALWAYS be to your list rather than a particular MLM company. Period.
I also use iContact as a secondary autoresponder, which I use to import leads from GoToWebinar registrations. iContact allows you to import lists (which Aweber does not) – and you can get a fully free trial. If I were starting over, I would look into icontact. (Note: Since icontact I’ve found Sendpepper which is waaaaay better. Read more below.)
Here is a quick video overview I recorded on icontact:
This is following up with autoresponders, SMS and direct mail simultaneously.
You can integrate SMS Text messaging and voice broadcasts with Aweber using Call Loop.
You can get 50 free messages using the link above.
I also am a big fan of Ontraport. It is like Aweber on steroids – which would be overkill for some people but as you become full-time integrating all these things together become more important.
A baby brother to Office AutoPilot is Sendpepper. If I had to start all over again, I would start with SendPepper instead of Aweber. Not that Aweber is bad, but I really like the more CRM setup of Sendpepper and the way emails are organized from the perspective of on online marketer. Plus you can start doing direct mail and postcards – all integrated into Sendpepper.
Sendpepper and Ontraport have an iphone app that tracks leads.
UPDATE: I am now using Office Autopilot, which is more robust and multi-featured. It blows Oprius away. If I were starting out, I would start building my list on SendPepper – because you can actually TRACK your leads and literally see which pages they have seen on your site and how long they have been on your site. Totally Ninja! Basically one you are ready for more features, you can just upgrade to Office AutoPilot without any issues or downtime.
Streaming Audio and Testimonial Management:
For recording conference calls, collecting testimonials, putting audio on your websites and blogs, putting videos on your websites and blogs, and now sizzle calls and hotlines.
Byoaudio. Simple. Easy. Effective. Theyalso have a cool iphone app now.
Tax & Receipt Management
Shoeboxed is awesome. Even better with an iPhone as you can just take a picture of a receipt then throw it away and shoeboxed enters the data manually and even categorizes it for you! IRS-approved! Click on the banner to get a free account.
Seriously, if you are not keeping track of your receipts, you are losing money.
Here’s my super-simple book-keeping system.
I have 2 bins I use. All year, I throw business purchases from my business debit card or from my business credit cards into 1 bin. I file this into a large envelope at the end of the year. Since by bookkeeper does my books from my statements I keep these for 7 years just in case.
In the other bin, I collect my cash receipts and gas receipts. These I mail to Shoeboxed about every month or so. I am on the annual plan, and the amount of time it would take me to scan and then type all the details on the receipt out is a waste of time. So I just shove these in an envelope and send it off to Shoeboxed and give this to my bookkeeper as an export at the end of every quarter.
Optimizepress WP Theme
Optimizepress is a WordPress theme that creates high converting squeeze pages, sales pages and product funnel pages. Personally, I think it’s one of the grossly under-priced products I’ve ever seen. it is my de-facto theme to install on nearly every new site.
QuoteRoller is the fastest way to deliver and electronically agree (legally) on quotes.
When I do custom quotes, like I did recently for the NDP campaign in Nova Scotia, I use quoteroller to price jobs, invoice and allow clients to pay me quickly.
(They can pay via Paypal or check).
The best part is setting up custom templates, which you can re-use, and the coup-de-gras is the abiltiy to send a video proposal.
For example, if I’m re-working somebody’s blog, I can screen-record and explain what needs to change and how I intend to change it.
Great charts, graphs and UI, which makes doing a quote at least a little fun.
Maxemail gives me a dedicated virtual fax machine for $14.95/yr. I get a dedicated fax phone number, and all faxes go directly to my email as a PDF attachment.
Rapportive can no longer do what I liked since Linkedin purchased it.
I use google apps for documents, so I can use GMAIL with my email accounts registered on my own domain (like firstname.lastname@example.org).
This gives your business a better professionalism – which prospects are looking for.
Free to start, until you fill up your email like I just did
I use phonetag to automatically transcribe my voicemail messages.
Phonetag is checked by real humans, so it’s very accurate. For $29/mo it’s like having a virtual secretary. It saves my SOOOO much time. Plus, it acts as a searchable record for voicemail messages in my Google Apps (Gmail) account.
Phonetag requires conditional call forwarding. This is available on cell phones, all business phone systems, and some personal phone lines. I have to transfer my phone number from the residual side of my phone carrier to the business side to make it work. But it is a lifesaver. The time you save is unbelievable! Checking phone messages the old way is a low-value activity and you’ll never be on top of all your calls.
Want to keep your number private? Want to set up your company to have multiple extensions? Or if you live in Canada, like I do, certain cell phone won’t allow a direct call to a Canadian number. So I have a dedicated US number that forwards wherever I want it to.
Use Grasshopper. I do!
Vcita – Scheduler and Lead Generator
Here’s a video explaining how and why I use vcita:
Dropbox is an essential tool if you have more than 1 computer. And it’s free. For both PC and MAC.
Read my post on how I use dropbox.
I used to clip ideas and code and all kinds of stuff in text files. What a mess. Now I just use Evernote. It also can hold PDFs, photos, videos – anything. Plus it’s accessible online from anywhere in the world. Supports both MAC and PC from desktop.
Dropbox is my collection of everything notes and pictures.
I use Screenflow to record on my MAC and Camtasia Studio 8 to record on my PC.
For short recordings I often use the cross-platform free JingPro (which has a limit of 5 minutes) or Snagit, (MAC and PC) which is reasonably priced and is also captures images. If you want to do longer screen recordings on a PC, you can use the opensource CamStudio.
It’s always great to keep backups in the cloud. Local backups are not enough. I will do a video on my new backup system.
Custom Lead Capture Pages:
We now do custom lead capture pages for network marketers. We also do SEO for hire. And if you need a whole marketing funnel built, or a replicated system for your team or company? You know who to call.
No, not Ghostbusters, call me, bro!
Hit me up on my contact page if you are interested in this or have a question about any other service listed here or not.