All of us are already spending a good deal of time leveraging cloud apps for our business. SalesForce, DropBox, EverNote, Google Apps, etc. are all ubiquitous at this point. There are, however, some newer tools that I’ve been dabbling with that are not as widely known.
The biggest downside of using PowerPoint is that it is primarily static and overused (read: boring). Prezi is a very different form of presentation tool that allows you to zoom in/out on themes rather than progress linearly through a pitch. You can see how ideas relate. And your presentations are available anywhere so they can be easily shared or collaborated on.
I can best describe Workflowy as a way to organize any information in a parent-child relationship. It’s similar to a Mind Map in theory, but the presentation is vastly more elaborate. It’s an excellent tool for implementing GTD, for note-taking, and for brainstorming. It’s one of those tools you really need to play with for 5 minutes to understand.
RTB is your online whiteboard. For those of us with complicated product architectures, you can create, save, and publish your designs so that you can share them collaboratively with clients as needed.
Doodle is something both you and your rep need to know about. Say you have a big group of people you’re trying to wrangle for a next step call, instead of sending endless invites back and forth send them a link to your meeting invite and let them all select the times they can meet. Then simply send one invite with the time you know the folks that you really want on the call will be available. Works with Outlook too.
Gliffy is your Visio-in-the-cloud alternative. Collaborate and share drawings with prospects. Super easy to use.
Screenr lets you record a quick demo or troubleshooting step and then share online with your team or customer. It uses a Java recorder so no software to download. Way simpler and faster than a Camtasia+YouTube+Dropbox combination.
If you only occasionally edit PDFs and you need to make a quick change without going through the hassle of exporting and reimporting through Word, PDFescape is a great option.
If you like to use Mind Maps for organization, Coggle is a great option. No software to install and it’s completely free (at least for now). And of course as a cloud app you can easily share with others.
— Do you know about any hidden gems I may have missed? Tell me in the comments