New technology is appearing everywhere all the time, so why not embrace it? There are all sorts of tools technology brings that can certainly help your business, so why not check them out?
All of this technology is simple, free, or inexpensive, and something that virtually every company or leader like a COO can use to help them run their business more efficiently. In order for your business to thrive, you must embrace the future!
Teamly.com is a great website for managing your TOP 5 priorities, and those of your team as well. It’s a useful piece of technology that sends you reminders and helps to ingrain the habit of setting your TOP 5 goals daily.
Outsourcing Things Done
Outsourcing Things Done is a company that hires and manages executive assistants based in Manila for people like COOs. They’ll interview and train them for you. You just have to assign weekly tasks to your new assistant and they’ll get right through them just like a normal assistant would.
You can communicate with them via their company Wiki & Task software as well as through video calls and email. They’re very well qualified and have business degrees from the top schools.
This piece of technology is absolutely amazing to help you outsource work.
Time Scroller is a great free app for iPhones and widget for MACs that allows you to see multiple cities’ time zones at the same time. All you need to do is scroll over with the mouse and it shows you when meetings can be set up at times that make sense for people in different time zones, countries, etc.
If you have a business outside of your time zone, which you likely do, a tool like this can be super useful, especially if you’re a COO and have to schedule all sorts of conference calls with people all over the map.
TweetDeck is a simple, yet vital piece of technology for any company that is on Twitter—which they probably should be. It allows you to schedule tweets so that you don’t have to worry about tweeting them yourself at a certain time. Just write them in there, choose your time, and your tweet will go up exactly when scheduled.
Tweetdeck is available for your iPhone, as well as your computer. It’s useful for anyone, be it a COO, a company, or anyone wanted to be present on Twitter!
Zoom is the go-to video call application right now. It’s a fantastic way to have face to face communication with clients or even employees that aren’t in the office. It makes communication way stronger than just a voice over the phone and especially better than just an email.
The best thing about Google Docs is that it’s free. There is no need to keep purchasing software applications like Word and Excel for you and your employees. Google Docs gives you their versions of these applications for free.
Google Docs makes it really easy to share documents and you never have to worry about losing unsaved work because it’s constantly being automatically saved in the cloud!
Basecamp is a fantastic project management software. It’s simple to use and easy to access. Not only that, but it’s way less cumbersome than any of the big project management tools some companies waste time using. Sometimes the simpler the technology, the better.
Crowdspring and 99 Designs
Crowdspring and 99 Designs are two great services that many companies utilize when they need to get something designed. You post your project along with what you’re willing to pay and people from around the world submit designs to you hoping to be chosen. If you choose them, they get paid, simple as that.
These pieces of technology are two great ways to use crowdsourcing to get marketing work done quickly and without breaking the bank when you don’t have your own graphic designer just yet.
HARO, short for Help A Reporter Out, is a free service that sends you emails daily with writers across North America who are looking for experts to include in stories they are writing. It’s a great and easy way to get your name out there and grow your brand, either as a company or a COO.
You can’t talk about technology without talking about social media. In 2020, it’s vital that your business is active on social media. It helps to grow your brand and connect you with new people. Along with that, it can help you in the hiring process, help people to get to know what your company is about, learn about your competitors, and hundreds of other things if you’re using it right.
If you’re a business or COO who wants to be successful and isn’t on social media, then stop what you’re doing right now and start signing up. There’s Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and tons of others, so do your research and sign up.
Technology is just one of many things discussed in COO Alliance events, so be sure to apply if you want to know more. We’re in a world that’s only going to keep advancing, so get ahead while you can! A successful company embraces the future and uses technology to build itself up! Technology is a good thing for you, so embrace it!
If you have questions or would like more information, I’d be happy to help. Please send an email, and my team will get in touch with you!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been edited for accuracy and comprehensiveness.