Free Live Chat For Your Website

There are plenty of “live chat” solutions you can add to your websites. However, I came across Firehose Chat recently and fell in love with it.

It features a familiar looking on-site chat paired with an SMS-like app that makes it super convenient to respond to visitors on your site from anywhere. When someone is on your site and “chats” you a question, you’ll get it as a push notification.

You can set “do not disturb” hours, and with the paid version add multiple team members and save chat histories.

Currently, Firehose Chat offers a native Mac app, an iPhone app and an Android app in beta.

Cost: Free version with limited functionality; paid upgrade for $3.99-$6.99 per month (depending on whether you pay monthly, quarterly, biannually or annually)

Find Mutual Social Connections On LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

Use Discoverly to see any mutual Facebook friends you have with your LinkedIn connections (or potential connections).

After you connect Discoverly with your LinkedIn account and install a Chrome extension, you will see a little icon next to a connection’s photo. Hover over that graphic to view any mutual Facebook friends. This can be a great thing to mention when you first reach out to someone on LinkedIn, or better yet see if someone you both know from Facebook might be willing to make a personal introduction.

It also works with Twitter (look for the icon next to the person’s name when you are on their page on the main Twitter site).

Cost: Free

Download And Store Important Documents with FileThis


FileThis a service that goes out and grabs documents from your various online accounts and stores them in one place. For example, it can automatically retrieve your online statements, bills and other documents from companies like American Express, Chase, Amazon, and many more, saving you time from logging into the sites individually or hunting down email receipts. Choose whether you want to store these securely at FileThis, send them to your PC or to another preferred cloud storage provider such as Evernote, Box, Dropbox or Google Drive.

This is a great idea, especially for bookkeeping purposes for small businesses.

Cost: Free (up to six connections); premium versions for $2 or $5/month.

Validate Your Business Idea with QuickMVP

Do you have an incredible idea for a new product or service? A “game changer?” Really? How do you know anyone will actually buy that?

Quick MVP will put your idea to the test. It let’s you to create a quick landing page, with no coding involved. The landing page comes with built-in tracking and goal setting to help validate your idea with potential customers.

But it’s more than just a landing page; it also integrates directly with Google AdWords. This allows you to start testing ads with keywords related to your concept. In other words, you can drive traffic to your landing page and use it to gauge interest.

You do not even need a Google AdWords account—you can use QuickMVP’s “house” account behind the scenes.

Cost: $30/month (with an initial 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied); in addition, you pay whatever your budget allows for the Google AdWords spend

Collaborative Online Whiteboards

Plain old physical whiteboards are OK…but the information captured on them during a meetings is fleeting. Even if you take a picture of the board, it’s not terribly useful later.

What if you could create a collaborative online whiteboard instead? That’s the premise of Murally. It’s a cloud-based, interactive board. Murally allows people to create and share “murals” that can include virtual sticky notes, images, YouTube videos, documents and links. With the free version, up to 50 people can collaborate on two murals.

Cost: Free/$29/$149/month (discounts available for students and teachers)

An App To Store Your Warranties

Who likes sending in warranty cards with new purchases? I never do! But I always think it would be nice to know about critical product updates or recalls, without feeling like I have to “give up” my personal information to get it.

Bawte (pronounced “bought”) solves this dilemma. It’s a way to take a personal inventory of your stuff and get important notifications. And you can do this for items you already own, not just new purchases.

Some of the neat features of Bawte, available as an app for iPhone and Android, include:

  • Find instructions for your TV and other devices
  • Get links to videos on how to install or clean items
  • Get push notifications for recalls, specific to products you own
  • If you do know your warranty date, you can register it and be notified before it expires
  • Store digital receipts of your purchases

Bawte also offers free support to help find answers about products or point you to the right resources.

Cost: Free

Track Online Statistics From Over 100 Sites

These days, you’re crazy not to be tracking the stats on how people engage with your company online. Increasingly, this is happening on multiple devices, with data that could impact many systems, from your CRM to your ecommerce platform, email marketing system, etc.

Getting all those systems to “talk” to each other in real-time used to be a tedious, technical process. changes the game, with a platform that sends stats to over 100 sites and counting, allowing you to track anything, from purchases and views to clicks and upgrades. gobbles up data from websites or mobile apps, translates it as needed, and then passes that on to other analytics tools. It replaces complicated integrations with a single, simple one. In the process, it saves development time, reduces bugs, preserves data integrity and let’s you easily try out new analytics tools just by “flipping a switch.”

Cost: $29/$79/$349/month