Get A Fake Phone Number With Burner
Speaking of faking people out, you can get temporary phone numbers for iPhone and Android. Use these for both incoming and outgoing voice calls. You can add each “burner” as a contact and even create custom voicemail messages. This app is ideal during Craigslist or Airbnb exchanges, and for avoiding nagging merchants and other questionable types.
Cost: Free temporary test “burner” plus credit packs available from $1.99-$11.99 (note: “burners” do use cell phone minutes also)
Online Learning Made Easy With Grovo
Want to improve your Internet skills quickly? Grovo.com is one of the best places I know to do it. It is a Web-based training platform that teaches with bite-sized video lessons. Each is just 60-seconds long, with short multiple-choice quizzes at the end to test your knowledge. Lessons are also supported with downloadable PDFs and time-synced transcripts.
Grovo features over 3,500 video lessons covering more than 100 Internet tools and cloud services, with about 15 new lessons added daily.
While it’s great for individuals, they also offer Grovo for Teams. This helps organizations train their employees on the top Internet tools, sites and trends. There are advanced reporting features for team administrators.
Cost: There is a free limited version along with unlimited pricing starting at about $7.50-$15.95/month for individuals, and about $14-$17 per user/month depending on the number of users (see individual pricing page and team pricing).
Use the following discount code to get 25% off Grovo’s yearly plan: welcome25pro
Get A Temporary Email Address Using MailDrop
Want to get a PDF from a website but don’t want to get spammed after that? Or sign up for a webinar—but not get bombarded with email pitches? Use MailDrop to get a temporary email address. I’ve used this recently to bypass “gatekeeper” type forms.
Manage Your Social Media Settings With Bliss Control
If you have signed up for a lot of social media sites, you know it can be a pain to keep all of your profile information updated. What if you take a snazzy new picture, for example? You have to spend a lot of time figuring out where to go to change that on various sites.
Bliss Control is a directory of links to help manage your social media settings. It lets you quickly access links to any settings page on the top social networks.
If you want to change your bio on Pinterest, you select that option on the Bliss Control homepage, hit “Go” and you will be taken to the right place on Pinterest to change your bio.
This is made by the same team behind Notification Control, which let’s you easily update your email notifications on multiple social platforms from one place.
Collaborate With Your Team Using Bitrix24
Bitrix24 is a “social intranet” on steroids. It combines the best features of Yammer (internal communications), Basecamp (project management), Salesforce (CRM) and Dropbox (file sharing and document management) in one place. It also provides Skype-like video chats and other functions like calendars.
Bitrix recently released a new version of its social collaboration suite, which allows users to create, edit and collaborate on documents online.
Check out all the features at their site, because there are a bunch of them—over 35 components.
Cost: Bitrix24 is 100% free to any company or organization with up to 12 employees. They offer paid plans priced at $99/mo (50 GB) and $199/mo (100 GB), and both come with unlimited users.
As a reader of BrandonUttley.com, you can get your account upgraded to have the same features as the $2,400/year Professional plan free for one year. All you have to do is tweet about this review or write about it in your Facebook account, and leave a comment with your Bitrix24 ID (subdomain) and tweet/post. The deadline for this promotion October 7, 2013.
Market and Sell To 27+ Million Small Businesses With Radius
Radius is a high-tech replacement for the outdated “lead list.” Forget ever having to buy sketchy prospecting lists in order to send out shotgun-blast style messages. Instead, get continually updated information on over 27 million small-to-medium sized businesses in the U.S.
Radius sifts through millions of Big Data points to present the most accurate information available. Instantly narrow down your search for the best prospects and integrate it with Salesforce—or export your lead lists to a spreadsheet.
Using Radius, you can pinpoint target customers using a variety of filters including:
- Business location and industry
- Revenue and employee size
- Verified contact information
- Website and social media activity
- All external business web links
- Consumer reviews & rankings
Cost: $99/$299/$599 per month with a free 5-day trial (prices reflect annual payment; it’s slightly more if you pay on a per-month basis)
Try Dispatch For Group Emails
Tired of getting or sending unwieldy “reply-all” style emails to a group you’re part of? Dispatch makes it super easy to set up a single email address for your group instead. Rather than creating a disjointed series of emails, Dispatch gives your team discussions a place to live outside of your inbox. You won’t have to hoard messages anymore or worry about keeping track of things.
Dispatch also goes beyond basic messaging. You can create notes, post links and even share files from Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive or Box. Any updates you make to the work you post will immediately be available to your team inside the dispatch.
When someone makes a new post, everyone gets an email. You’ll only receive replies via email if:
- You made the post
- You reply to the post
- Someone mentions you using an ‘@’ and your username
- You click “Follow” next to the post
I talked to one of the guys on the Dispatch team in NYC, Alex Godin, and I wish these guys well. Reply-alls are terrible and hopefully this will be a solution to the problem!