Scheduling a meeting with someone can be such a pain…resulting in a lot of back-and-forth emails just to figure out each other’s schedules.
Assistant.to solves this dilemma, allowing you to easily schedule meetings when you compose an email! It is an addition to personal and corporate Gmail and Google Calendar accounts. Once installed, with just a few clicks inside an email, you can select up to three adjacent days of availability on your calendar. After clicking “insert times in email,” your recipient will get a link asking them to pick a time that works. Assisant.to will send you and your recipient an email when an event has been scheduled or rescheduled.
Best of all, your recipient doesn’t have to sign up for anything—and they can use any calendar system (Outlook, Yahoo, etc.) on any device (Android, iPhone, etc.).
Right now, Assistant.to only works for scheduling a meeting between two people—but they are working on group scheduling.
A few other features Assistant.to provides:
- It continually monitors your availability and will work with your recipient to find a commonly available time (even one you suggested that is no longer available)
- It remembers your most common meeting locations and availability, so you can schedule a meeting quickly
- It will automatically detect and convert your recipient’s time zone
Cost: Free while in beta
If you want to easily “spy” on your competitors’ websites, SiteAlerts is a great tool for this. With it, you can instantly find out who is referring traffic to your competitors, what keywords they are ranking for, related sites, social referrers and recent online mentions.
Cost: Free for your site and one competitor’s site; $10/month for 10 tracked sites; $100/month for 250 tracked sites
If you want feedback from a real person for your app or website, try Peek. Just enter your URL, and within a couple hours you will get a 5-minute video of someone reviewing your site.
If you need more extensive user feedback, you can tap the more robust testing features of UserTesting.
You know those “push” notifications you get on your phone and on your computer? The ones that pop up that you cannot ignore?
Image having the ability to send out push notifications from your own website — such as every time you publish a new blog post.
That is what Roost enables. When you install it on your site, visitors will have the chance to opt-in to receive push notifications from you. Currently, Roost only supports the Safari browser in OS Mavericks, but they are adding support for Chrome and Firefox push notifications soon.
After your notifications go out, if someone misses it, it will remain in their Notifications center until they clear it.
You can set up Roost to automatically send a push notification when you publish a new post. Or you can login to Roost and send a notification anytime.
Cost: Free for 100,000 web push notifications/month; premium option of $29/month for 1 million notifications, plus the ability to send geo-targeted messages to your audience
Love fonts? Then FontFaceNinja will be your new best friend online.
It let’s you find and download fonts you like on any website! It’s free to download fonts, but the site encourages everyone to buy fonts they like. They are building a blacklist for licensed fonts.
To use FontFaceNinja, you install a browser extension that allows you to identify the font used on a website. It gives you the name, size and also the line spacing of the font. The plugin lets you hide any pictures to focus on fonts against a blank background.
Cost: Free bookmarklet and extensions for Chrome and Safari
If you have ever thought about starting your own business (or know someone who is considering it), I hope Go For Launch will become a favorite resource. It is my newest venture, inspired by both my successes and failures as an entrepreneur.
I think the time is right for more real-world resources and educational tools about what it takes to start and grow a successful business. Every month in the U.S. alone, there are more than 500,000 new businesses started! That is a lot of people seeking advice! What’s more, every day for the next 15 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. Many of them will undoubtedly be forced (or finally freed) to turn their passion and knowledge into a new profession.
To learn more about what’s coming, visit Go For Launch. Sign up to get a free copy of my new ebook, 7 Steps To Start A Business The Right Way. And make sure to friend and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
The name Go For Launch comes from the classic scene in the movie Apollo 13, when the mission commander counts down to the fateful launch. The idea that there are checklists for the most complicated things on earth (in this case, rocket science) propelled me to begin distilling the process of starting a business into simple information and empowering courses.
Houston, we are go for launch!
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)
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).
Nomad is my new favorite company that makes portable smartphone charging cables. I hate carrying around a bunch of cords! Theirs, however, are small, especially their keychain lightning/USB connector for iPhones.
Check out the full Nomad product line (you will get 20% off your offer using my affiliate link).
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.