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Killer tools
To become the
jedi master
of your
startup
Team Communication Slack.
I have troubles imagining how teams coordinated team
communication in the pre-Slack era. If used...
Project Management Trello.
Trello is a great tool to keep your team right on top
of the work. Everything we’ve done , are ...
SEO AnswerThePublic.
Finding the right keywords to grow your
organic search words starts with knowing what
questions your ...
SEO Ahrefs.
Ahrefs shows you backlinks (plus its URL, domain
rating and more ) of every website, which makes it
great to d...
User Engagement Intercom.
Talk to your website’s visitors in real-time.
Intercom’s in-prompt personal messaging
allows you...
User Engagement SurveyAnyplace.
Surveys are a great way of getting a hold of your
customer’s feelings and thoughts. Too ba...
User Tracking Google Analytics.
Default analytics tool for your startup’s website
and web apps. There are some great, argu...
User Tracking Kissmetrics.
Whereas Google Analytics will assume each visit is
from a new person, Kissmetrics will assume e...
User Tracking CrazyEgg.
CrazyEgg is a lightweight but powerful heat-mapping
tool that can fill in those gaps. It will tell...
User Testing UXProbe.
UXProbe is a remote user testing tool that allows
you to have users remotely test your website or
ap...
Lead Generation Sales Navigator.
LinkedIn’s own sales solution is not likely to be the
cheapest tool you’ll come across, b...
Lead Generation Dux-Soup.
Use Dux-Soup to automate lead generation from
Sales Navigator. It’s a Chrome plugin that acts li...
Lead Generation Email Permutator.
Once you have names and domains, the way to get
their email addresses is to make reasona...
Lead Generation Hunter.
Hunter will help you find out e-mail addresses
based on company and domain — which you can
thus ea...
Lead Generation Elucify.
If guessing and Hunter don’t cut it, try Elucify. It’s a
crowdsourced and free database for busin...
Lead Generation Rapportive.
Rapportive is a Chrome plugin that shows you
social accounts like LinkedIn, Google and Twitter...
Lead Generation Datanyze.
Datanyze is another intelligent lead generation tool
you can use to fill up your sales pipeline....
Lead Generation Socedo.
Socedo is a tool to gather and activate leads from
social media channels and effectively add them ...
Email Outreach MailChimp.
MailChimp is the go-to tool for managing
newsletter-ey email campaigns. It allows for
effective ...
Email Outreach Mixmax.
Mixmax is ideal for cold emails because it sends
emails directly from Gmail, unlike MailChimp and
a...
CRM & Sales Funnel Salesflare.
Salesflare is built to automate most of your sales
funnel. It automatically fills out your ...
Online payments Stripe.
Stripe is the friend that takes care of your online
payments. No effort required from your side
wh...
Password Management LastPass.
With the gazillion tools and accounts you and your
team are using, you’ll have a lot of pass...
Video Hosting Wistia.
Wistia is a video hosting service that will give you
insightful analytics and heat maps on the views...
Content Creation Hemingway.
Must-have if you’re serious about creating great
content. Hemingway will analyse a piece of te...
Content Creation BuzzSumo.
BuzzSumo can give you insights on the most
popular content on any given topic or website. It
wo...
Graphics Free Stock Photos.
StockSnap.io
Pexels.com
UnSplash.com
Pixabay.com
Great pictures shouldn’t cost you any
money.
Graphics Free Icons & Vectors.
Flaticon.com
Freepik.com
The internet’s largest stocks of free icons
and vectors, in all po...
Graphics Canva.
Canva is where you make magic with the stuff you
found on free stock photo directories and Flaticon.
It’s ...
Affiliate Marketing GrowSumo.
Partner programs can be a great way for startups
to accelerate traction across channels and ...
Social Media Buffer.
For the sake of being fast and smart, Buffer is a
social media management tool that helps you to
shar...
Social Media CROWDFIRE.
You can think of Crowdfire as a little sidekick that
helps you to get things right and grow fast a...
Workflow Automation Zapier.
Zapier is pretty much the holy grail of all SaaS tools
for the quite simple reason it can make...
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to be a Jedi
at your startup?
Let us know in the comments
Tweet us @salesflare with #startuphustl...
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36 killer tools to become the Jedi Master of your Startup

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We asked Master Yoda to put together a list of the best apps to work smarter and faster at your startup. These 36 tools will help you to turbocharge productivity and hustle your way to become a true Jedi Master.

36 killer tools to become the Jedi Master of your Startup

  1. 1. Killer tools To become the jedi master of your startup
  2. 2. Team Communication Slack. I have troubles imagining how teams coordinated team communication in the pre-Slack era. If used to its full power, Slack acts like a central hub where everything comes together. You can set up an army of bots to keep you notified of everything happening throughout your startup, or to just keep fun levels high with the occasional meme and GIF. It’s an ever-changing blackboard filled with output of your team’s efforts, from every possible corner of your endeavors and a must-have for every team. There’s no going around Slack these days.
  3. 3. Project Management Trello. Trello is a great tool to keep your team right on top of the work. Everything we’ve done , are doing and are planning on doing over at our startup is on Trello. Every meeting starts with looking at the Trello board and ends with putting down ideas in actionable tasks on that board. Simple and minimalist interface, yet highly configurable. Double the fun with the Slack plugin. Everything we do, starts and ends with Trello.
  4. 4. SEO AnswerThePublic. Finding the right keywords to grow your organic search words starts with knowing what questions your target audience is looking answers to. Answer The Public will give you beautiful visual insights in the questions most frequently asked about your topic. Everybody is searching for something, right?
  5. 5. SEO Ahrefs. Ahrefs shows you backlinks (plus its URL, domain rating and more ) of every website, which makes it great to dig into the SEO strategy of competitors. There’s a keyword explorer, which can be of great help to choose keywords to target. You can use it day-to-day to keep track of how you rank in search engines, in different locations, for different keywords etc. I’ve written a more in-depth guide on how to effectively use Ahrefs for keyword research on Quora. About the best thing around for organic traffic research and SEO.
  6. 6. User Engagement Intercom. Talk to your website’s visitors in real-time. Intercom’s in-prompt personal messaging allows you to activate leads in the early stages of the sales cycle and is a great way to provide support for customers. Moreover, it’s great for tracking frequency of use and behavior inside your app. Hands-on, low-threshold solution to get and stay on top of your users, whether they’re still in your sales funnel or already locked in. Put a face to your anonymous website visitors, in real-time.
  7. 7. User Engagement SurveyAnyplace. Surveys are a great way of getting a hold of your customer’s feelings and thoughts. Too bad surveys are among the most boring things in the world and nobody really likes to take them. SurveyAnyplace is changing that with beautifully designed, interactive surveys that are easy to make for you and fun to take for your target audience. They play with ingenious ways and the newest technologies to engage your users and get you the insights you’re looking for. How about a survey that is entertaining?
  8. 8. User Tracking Google Analytics. Default analytics tool for your startup’s website and web apps. There are some great, arguably more powerful alternatives out there, but this is still solid as a rock and just very convenient to use with your Google apps and accounts. Solid as a rock solution for your website’s analytics.
  9. 9. User Tracking Kissmetrics. Whereas Google Analytics will assume each visit is from a new person, Kissmetrics will assume each visit from a particular device is from the same person, making it arguably more powerful. In case of a sign-in option, Kissmetrics will also learn about the various devices a particular user is using and assign sessions from those devices to the same ID. This makes Kissmetrics more effective in filtering out potential leads from your website into your sales funnel. More user-centred, more powerful than Google Analytics.
  10. 10. User Tracking CrazyEgg. CrazyEgg is a lightweight but powerful heat-mapping tool that can fill in those gaps. It will tell you exactly where users have clicked, scrolled and which parts of the pages they’ve spent the most time on. You can segment clicks on your website by variables such as referrer and search keyword and visualise the results on a confetti map. Crazy Egg is not the most powerful heat-mapping tool around but does stand out for simplicity and affordability. It does one thing and it does it well. What are your visitors doing and clicking on your website?
  11. 11. User Testing UXProbe. UXProbe is a remote user testing tool that allows you to have users remotely test your website or app. Set different tasks you want the user to carry out and see his on-screen and off-screen behavior. UXProbe frees you of having to go through all the trouble of inviting people, setting up the session and providing all the gear. After the session, the app provides you with insightful metrics, giving you a full-fledged idea of how your website ranks in terms of user experience so you know where and what to improve. Remote and easy user testing of the UX at your website and apps.
  12. 12. Lead Generation Sales Navigator. LinkedIn’s own sales solution is not likely to be the cheapest tool you’ll come across, but nor are you likely to find something a lot better for prospecting. It’s a great place to kickstart your sales pipeline for the simple reason that it allows you to fish from the biggest pool of business professionals there is to be found. Its wide range of filters allow you to search for very specific customer profiles. Sales Navigator comes with powerful analytics, insights and recommendations so you can stay updated and focus on the right people. Fish from the biggest pool of business professionals to be found.
  13. 13. Lead Generation Dux-Soup. Use Dux-Soup to automate lead generation from Sales Navigator. It’s a Chrome plugin that acts like a tiny robot you can send out to visit LinkedIn- profiles from a given list and collect their data on its way. Just set the filters of Sales Navigator to target a certain person and tell Dux-Soup to go and visit the search results. Not only will all these people be notified of you visiting them, you’ll also have their names, industries, roles, company domains and more. Data you can extract as a .CSV and use for several other purposes later on. A robot duck to automate lead- sourcing from LinkedIn.
  14. 14. Lead Generation Email Permutator. Once you have names and domains, the way to get their email addresses is to make reasonable guesses and confirm their existence. Common formats are firstname.lastname@domain, firstnameinitial.lastname@domain and firstname@domain.com. Trying all possible combinations however is pretty time-consuming. You can automate this process with Email Permutator+. Permutator+ generates possible email addresses from firstname, lastname and domain. Need any help guessing email addresses?
  15. 15. Lead Generation Hunter. Hunter will help you find out e-mail addresses based on company and domain — which you can thus easily get from the magical Sales Navigator + Dux-Soup combo. Just bulk upload email addresses in a .CSV and Hunter will tell you which ones are ‘deliverable’. Hunter is not perfect though, we’ve had confirmed email addresses that turned out bad anyway. A wolf to help you hunt down your leads’ email addresses.
  16. 16. Lead Generation Elucify. If guessing and Hunter don’t cut it, try Elucify. It’s a crowdsourced and free database for business contact information. Just enter what company you want email addresses from and see what it has in store for you. Not airtight, but it’s really free so no reason to complain. Find contact info of your prospects at any company, for free.
  17. 17. Lead Generation Rapportive. Rapportive is a Chrome plugin that shows you social accounts like LinkedIn, Google and Twitter for any given e-mail address, from within your Gmail inbox. Use it to guess e-mail addresses you didn’t find with Hunter or Elucify. Try typing possible email addresses following common formats + and see the magic happen while Rapportive digs up linked accounts. If you haven’t found email addresses with company domains at this point, try gmail.com. A lot of people have a Gmail account next to their company email. See social accounts for any given email address.
  18. 18. Lead Generation Datanyze. Datanyze is another intelligent lead generation tool you can use to fill up your sales pipeline. It does tells you the exact software stack of a given company. You can even find out exact dates of when a certain technology was dropped by the company you’re investigating. Datanyze can also be useful to help you find email address and other contact information, per website. In fact, Datanyze offers a free Chrome plugin you can use to request technology reports, company information and contact data on websites you visit. Find out the software stack of any given company.
  19. 19. Lead Generation Socedo. Socedo is a tool to gather and activate leads from social media channels and effectively add them to your sales funnel. It works by scanning social networks based on keywords, twitter handles, location tags and stuff like that and digging up leads that match these criteria. You can then trigger their engagement via automated outreach tools. Socedo will automatically create a database with social data you can export and use in your CRM, email outreach campaigns or other marketing and sales strategies. The power of social media to load up your sales funnel.
  20. 20. Email Outreach MailChimp. MailChimp is the go-to tool for managing newsletter-ey email campaigns. It allows for effective email campaigns that won’t end up in your recipient’s spam box. Other than that: low learning curve, powerful analytics, email tracking, great resources on email templates and easy to integrate with other tools. Just wonderfully easy to use. The monkey you trust with your most precious email campaigns.
  21. 21. Email Outreach Mixmax. Mixmax is ideal for cold emails because it sends emails directly from Gmail, unlike MailChimp and alternatives. This will make sure your email doesn’t end up in the ‘Promotions’ tab of your lead’s inbox. Mixmax gives you more power in setting up email sequences; you can for example break off a sequence when a recipient responds to your first email. It’s filled with cool features to spice up your email game: slash commands, email templates, email and click tracking, embedded surveys and more. Turbocharge your Gmail, own your cold email campaigns.
  22. 22. CRM & Sales Funnel Salesflare. Salesflare is built to automate most of your sales funnel. It automatically fills out your address book and tracks and logs all interactions of leads towards you (phone, email, calendar, website). Find everything you need in an automated timeline at every stage of the sales cycle. Salesflare will also tell and remind you what to do about leads so no deal can fall through the cracks anymore. Basically all you have to do is write emails, do meetings and have coffee. It’s not a robot yet, but it does do most of the working and thinking for you. Our very own intelligent sales CRM that thinks and works for you.
  23. 23. Online payments Stripe. Stripe is the friend that takes care of your online payments. No effort required from your side whatsoever. Very easy to work with and great in handling different subscription plans. Highly flexible in its integrations and a friendly API. Hook it up to Salesflare to automatically mark an opportunity as ‘won’ when the customer starts paying in Stripe. Then have it tell in real-time you when your money is flowing in by linking it to Slack. Awesome, right? You’re gonna need Zapier for this though, read on. The friend that takes care of your online payments and subscriptions.
  24. 24. Password Management LastPass. With the gazillion tools and accounts you and your team are using, you’ll have a lot of passwords laying around. LastPass allows you to have everything safely stored and easily accessible at all times so you don’t have to waste time anymore getting headaches trying to remember that one password of that one website. All of your team’s passwords, safe and in one place.
  25. 25. Video Hosting Wistia. Wistia is a video hosting service that will give you insightful analytics and heat maps on the views and viewers of your videos. You can completely customise the video player to fit your brand and control the pre — and post-roll behaviour of the video. It has an API so you can make adaptations to videos, accounts and statistics in the back-end. Perfect for tutorials, how-to videos and a lot more. Host it like it’s hot with this friendly neighborhood video platform.
  26. 26. Content Creation Hemingway. Must-have if you’re serious about creating great content. Hemingway will analyse a piece of text and grade it on readability. It does so by taking into account stuff like complex sentences, use of adverbs, use of passive voice and common spelling errors. We use it to make sure our content is easy on the eye and suited for publication. The app to make your writing bold and clear.
  27. 27. Content Creation BuzzSumo. BuzzSumo can give you insights on the most popular content on any given topic or website. It works as a search tool that tracks content on social media and ranks them according to the number of shares on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest. You can monitor content by topic or user and get insights on average shares, shares by network, type of content, publication date, content length and shared domains. All of this makes it great for SEO, competitor analysis and hunting down the key influencers in your space. Great content begins with understanding what kind of content your users want.
  28. 28. Graphics Free Stock Photos. StockSnap.io Pexels.com UnSplash.com Pixabay.com Great pictures shouldn’t cost you any money.
  29. 29. Graphics Free Icons & Vectors. Flaticon.com Freepik.com The internet’s largest stocks of free icons and vectors, in all possible formats.
  30. 30. Graphics Canva. Canva is where you make magic with the stuff you found on free stock photo directories and Flaticon. It’s the most user-friendly graphic design tool you’ll find, and it’s free. Canva gives you the power to create practically anything — social media graphics, banners, invitations, infographics, flyers, business cards — by just dragging and dropping. It’s filled with great resources and templates you can easily combine with your own images. Plus: it’s stacked with tutorials, inspiration, tools and templates. Your graphics will have never looked better.
  31. 31. Affiliate Marketing GrowSumo. Partner programs can be a great way for startups to accelerate traction across channels and get your sales pipeline going fast. Partners bring in leads, set up advertising for you and put backlinks all over the internet, which is great for SEO. You only pay for actual results, which makes it very cost-effective as well. All you have to do is set up the partner program and find your partners. GrowSumo makes this process wonderfully easy, by providing a platform where you can quickly find partners to promote your startup and vice-versa. Have someone else bring in leads, do marketing and boost SEO.
  32. 32. Social Media Buffer. For the sake of being fast and smart, Buffer is a social media management tool that helps you to share content effectively to your social media channels from one single hub. You can schedule posts to spread and have Buffer pick the most appropriate times for you to post. Spend less time on better social media management.
  33. 33. Social Media CROWDFIRE. You can think of Crowdfire as a little sidekick that helps you to get things right and grow fast across social media channels. It works as a little bot that assists you in finding great content to share and the right audiences to share it with. Using Crowdfire takes about 1 to 2 minutes a day, which makes it really easy to keep on using it on a day-to- day basis. A bot that finds you great content and the right audience to share it with.
  34. 34. Workflow Automation Zapier. Zapier is pretty much the holy grail of all SaaS tools for the quite simple reason it can make them all work together. You can just pick out your favourite tool for every job of your sales cycle and tell Zapier to streamline them into an effective app flow that is perfectly aligned to your startup. For us, Zapier is like an engine in which every single app of our toolset works together. Workflow automation done right. If you don’t know about Zapier yet, you’re missing out.
  35. 35. What tools are you using to be a Jedi at your startup? Let us know in the comments Tweet us @salesflare with #startuphustletools
  36. 36. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn You made it to the end! Did you think the Force was strong in this SlideShare? Read the original article at the Salesflare blog
  37. 37. May the Flare be with you. salesflare.com

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