Looking to save some time performing repetitive tasks in 2022? We’ve gathered a listing of five business automation tools to try in 2022. Let’s take a look at them.
What is Zapier? Zapier is a tool that automatically moves information between your web applications, so you can focus on your most important work. It can look for arrivals in a shared mailbox and import them into a CRM system. It can monitor your website for blog comments and create a service ticket in your ticketing software. It can monitor your corporate Facebook page and automatically forward posts to your service team.
Zapier works with more than 3,000 apps and saves your team time by automatically moving data between systems. There is a free version available which allows you to test out automating basic tasks with paid versions allowing you to build complex workflows and conditional triggers.
What is Calendly? Calendly is a hub for professionally and efficiently scheduling meetings, eliminating the hassle of back-and-forth emails allowing you to get back to work. In essence, it is an online meeting scheduler lets you select several open times, then provides your attendees the option to pick the best meeting time for them – all without sending a dozen emails back and forth.
Calendly connects with Google, Outlook, Microsoft Office, and iCal, automating the scheduling process from start to finish. As meetings are scheduled, they are added automatically and directly to your calendar (or your team’s calendars) making scheduling meetings with outside parties easy and fast.
Calendly offers a free version, and you can step up to workgroup or enterprise versions from there.
What is Hootsuite? Hootsuite is a social media and marketing dashboard making it easy to schedule, post and monitor social media accounts all in one place. Save time by scheduling posts across all your social networks in just a few clicks.
In addition to the scheduling engine, it also features a social analytics dashboard which shows your top performing content and gives personalized insights on why it is (or is not) working.
Hootsuite offers a limited functionality free version, and the paid versions scale easily up to a 10-person marketing team.
Airtable is best described as an online database, ready for you to create a no-code application on top of it. Some of the applications created in Airtable are a Content Calendar, Digital Video Production, Project Tracker, Marketing Campaign Tracking, Product Launch, Event Planning, User Research, and many more.
Airtable includes templates to help you and offers a free edition to get you going on automating your process.
What is Content Snare? Content Snare is an online tool for collecting content from clients, simplifying client communications and file transfers. Content Snare makes it easy to gather information or documents from your clients.
One of the best places we can think of to use Content Snare is during the onboarding process. Most businesses have several forms to have clients sign, documents to upload or other important data to be collected. Content Snare automates the capture of this data into easy-to-program workflows, giving your onboarding team a constantly updated overview of what still needs to be collected.
While there is no free version of the software, they do offer a free trial so you can get a feel for the product.
We hope you take a few steps toward automating processes this year. Good luck and let us know if we can help in your automation project.
This week’s post by Tim Malzahn, Principal Consultant at Malzahn Strategic