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Tools we are testing out.

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Tools we used to use.

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what i use

Web Development & Design

Tools for website development & design that I have found very helpful in launching my clients & personal sites.

WordPress (.Org)

Clear, clean images help capture attention. The camera is a great start. Alt to Wix, Squarespace, Webflow.

Related topics: wordpress, blogging, ecommerce

Elementor

Building professional, sleek, powerful websites just got easier. Alt. to Oxygen, Brizy, WPBakery, Thrive Architect.

Related topics: wordpress, design, development

Namecheap

From Domains to SSL Certificates, this is your trusted partner to use. Alt. to GoDaddy, InMotion, Squarespace.

Related topics: domain, hosting, ssl certificates

A2Hosting

Powerful solutions to your website hosting needs. Alt. to Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy.

Related topics: development, hosting

Envato Elements

Finding assets for your projects just got easier. Alt. to Pixabay, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, iStock, Creative Market.

Related topics: wordpress, design, graphics, media

Backup Guard

Back up, restore, and migrate your WordPress minus the drama. Alt. to UpdraftPlus.

Related topics: wordpress, security

MalCare

Safeguard your site from hackers & chaos. Alt. to iThemes, WordFence.

Related topics: wordpress, security

Studiocart

Build high-converting checkout pages and sales funnels on your own website. Alt. to Clickfunnels, CartFlow, ThriveCart.

Related topics: wordpress, marketing, ecommerce

Hexowatch

Have folks hang on to your every word!

Squirrly

Lighting is important for high-quality videos.

what i use

Content & SEO

Creating content & perfecting your SEO doesn't have to be a struggle. Here are some of my go to items & a few new ones I'm testing.

Squirrly SEO

Build your site & brand awareness using data-driven SEO goals from an AI consultant. Alt. to Yoast, RankMath

Related topics: wordpress, marketing, seo

Bramework

Write SEO focused content with the help of an AI-powered writing assistant. Alt to Jarvis.

Related topics: seo, content, marketing

WP 301
Redirects

Improve SEO and customer experience by finding broken links, site redirects, and 404 errors. Alt. to Redirection, Broken Link Checker.

Related topics: seo, content

WriterZen

Create unique content ideas based on insights to create content that thrives. Alt. to SEMrush, Ubersuggest, and Ahrefs.

Related topics: seo, content, marketing

Screpy

AI-based SEO and web analysis tool that lets you and your team analyze and monitor all your website metrics in one dashboard.Alt. to SEMRush, Serpstat.

Related topics: seo, content

Serpstat

Reveal your competitors and their tactics with this all-in-one SEO platform. Alt. to SEMRush, Ahrefs.

Related topics: seo, content

Jepto

Real-time forecasts and automate data analytics driven by AI. Alt. to GA Insights.

Related topics: seo, content

what i use

Lead Gen &
Social Shares

Lead generation & sharing your content is part of your website strategy that shouldn't be ignored. Here are some tools that work wonders in simplifying much of the heavy lifting.

Beacon

Automatically turn blog posts into ebooks, checklists, or resource guides & convert visitors. Alt to Designrr.

Related topics: content, marketing

Paperform

Create powerful forms, calculators, & surveys.. Alt to Jotform, Google Surveys, SurveyMonkey, Typeform.

Related topics: lead gen, survey, quizzes

Active
Campaign

Build dynamic email marketing campaigns with SMS & eCommerce options. Alt to Keap, Constant Contact, Klavyio.

Related topics: lead gen, email marketing

MailChimp

Lightweight email marketing solution for most. eCommerce to bloggers. Alt to FloDesk, Constant Contact.

Related topics: lead gen, email marketing

Flodesk

Quick & simple email campaign tool to get you started. Alt to MailChimp.

Related topics: email marketing, lead gen

Get
Response

From email marketing to webinars on one platform. Alt to MailChimp, ActiveCampaign.

Related topics: lead gen, email marketing

SendFox

Nurture clients in a simple way via email campaigns that keep you top of mind. Alt to FloDesk, MailChimp.

Related topics: lead gen, email marketing

Social
Champ

Your social media on autopilot with a full management & scheduling suite. Alt. to Buffer, Hootsuite.

Related topics: productivity, social media

SocialBee

Optimize & schedule your social content across various channels. Alt. to Hootsuite, Buffer, MeetEdgar.

Related topics: productivity, social media

HootSuite

Manage & promote your content on social without missing a beat. Alt. to Buffer, MeetEdgar.

Related topics: productivity, social media

Promo
Republic

Swift content creation, promo, & scheduling including holiday calendar. Alt. to Buffer, HootSuite, Sprout Social.

Related topics: productivity, social media

Planagram

Great Instagram tool to help create & schedule posts, carousels, and stories (photos and videos) to build your audience. Alt. to Planaly.

Related topics: productivity, social media

Planoly

Easily scheduled and planned content. Alt. to Planagram.

Related topics: productivity, social media

Missinglettr

Share your content with social media & build traffic to your site. Alt. to Triberr.

Related topics: seo, content, marketing

Metricool

Analyze, manage, and grow your digital presence from one place. Alt. to Hootsuite, Buffer

Related topics: productivity, social media

Vizale

Actionable insights to improve your social media performance. Alt. to Content Studio, Whatagraph.

what i use

Media Creation

Video & Audio continue to dominate in how you can grow your business & brand. Having the right tools are just a start.

Restream

Bridge your live-streaming across all platforms. Alt. to Be.Live, StreamYard.

Related topics: social media, podcasts, video

Canva

Create quick & branded graphics for most of your needs. Alt. to Stencil, VistaCreate, PicMonkey.

Related topics: graphics, social media, promos

Podcast

Podcast.co has been awesome to help get my podcasts out fast & in mass. Alt. to Anchor, Soundcloud, Libsyn, Podbean.

Related topics: podcasts

bCast

Transition listeners into business leads via your podcast. Alt. to Transistor.fm.

Related topics: podcast, lead gen

Wisecut

Harness the power of AI and voice recognition to edit your video content. Alt. to Adobe Premiere, Descript, Magisto, InShot.

Related topics: videos, productivity, social media

Video
Peel

Collection, sharing, and management of real video testimonials. Alt. to Trustpilot, VideoAsk, BombBomb.

Related topics: videos, testimonials

Wave
.Video

Full-featured video editing suite. Alt. to Vimeo, Animoto, InVideo.

Related topics: videos, marketing, social media

Dubb

Create camera-only videos, screen recordings, and pre-recorded videos. Alt. to Warm Welcome, Loom.

Related topics: videos, lead gen, sales

Descript

Transcribe video and create quick marketing promos. Alt. to Otter.ai, ConvertSpeeh, Notta.

Related topics: videos, productivity

Zoom

Safe space to create video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Alt. to Discord, Skype.

Related topics: videos, productivity

InVideo

Cutting-edge tool that makes professional videos in minutes. Alt. to Filmora, Lumen5, Vimeo Livestream.

Related topics: videos, productivity, marketing

EWWW Image Optimizer

Accelerate your site speed and boost SEO rankings by optimizing your images. Alt. to WP Smush.

Related topics: seo, productivity, wordpress

Wavve
.co

Transform audio into custom-branded, engaging audiograms. Alt. to Headliner, Clipchamp, Descript.

Related topics: videos, productivity, podcasts

Publitio

Store, upload, and monetize images and videos on a platform you have more control on. Alt. to Dubb, Vimeo, Hippo Video, CloudApp.

Related topics: videos, web development

Play.ht

Create text-to-speech voiceovers for videos and blog posts. Alt. to Trinity Audio, Read2Me.

Related topics: podcasts, productivity, wordpress

Warm
Welcome

Grab visitor's attention with video business cards & site bubbles, then they can directly reply & start useful conversations. Alt. to BombBomb, VideoAsk.

Related topics: videos, lead gen

Vista
Create

Create pro quality, branded graphics fit for your business & mech. Alt. to Canva.

Related topics: graphics, promos

SocialJuice

Collect and share video testimonials with ease. Alt. to Vocal Video, VideoPeel.

Related topics: lead gen, marketing, videos

Creative
Market

Creative assets at your fingertips make the creative process faster. Alt. to Envato Elements.

Related topics: graphics, videos, templates

what i use

Mobile (SMS/MMS),
Bots, & Chats

Video & Audio continue to dominate in how you can grow your business & brand. Having the right tools are just a start.

Mobile Text
Alerts

Engage all your customers via mass text messaging. Alt. to Slick Text.

Related topics: sms, mms, lead gen

SMS-iT

Increase traffic, subscribers, and sales with two-way omnichannel messaging. Alt. to Twilio.

Related topics: sms, mms, lead gen

Paldesk

Omnichannel comms platform with live chat, helpdesk, and chatbot. Alt. to Crsip, Intercom, Tawkto.

Related topics: lead gen, customer support

Botgate
AI

Harness the power of conversational marketing via personalized bots. Alt. to Drift, Qualified, and Landbot.

Related topics: customer support, lead gen

Shorty
SMS

Engage and motivate your top customers, clients, and leads via text messages. Alt. to TextMagic, SimpleTexting.

Related topics: sms, mms, lead gen

Tactful

Stay connected to clients via website live chat, chatbot, social, and Facebook Messenger—all from one dashboard. Alt. to Zendesk, Freshdesk, Intercom.

Related topics: customer support, lead gen

Continu-
ally

Engage visitors, book meetings, and capture leads with live chat and bots. Alt. to Drift.

Related topics: customer support, lead gen

Re:plain

Connect with your customers on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram. Alt. to Zoho Desk, Freshdeask.

Active
Chat

Easy plug & play mouse that's also rechargeable.

Continu-
ally

Lighting is important for high-quality videos.

what i use

Productivity
& Management

Video & Audio continue to dominate in how you can grow your business & brand. Having the right tools are just a start.

Acuity

Make things easy for you & your clients to connect & pay for services. Alt. to Calendly.

Related topics: scheduler, lead gen, productivity

Otter

Record & transcribe your meetings so you can stay on track and informed. Alt. to Descript, MS OneNote, Evernote.

Related topics: productivity

Nimbus

An organized home for all your documents, notes, and projects. Alt. to Evernote and Loom.

Related topics: productivity

Evernote

Capture & organize your ideas & contacts easily and safely in the cloud. Alt. to MS OneNote, Notion, Google Keep.

Related topics: productivity

Nifty

Communicate, collaborate, and manage your projects in a single platform. Alt to Asana, Jira, & Clickup.

Related topics: productivity, project mangement

Ora

A cool alt to Asana. Track task management, team chat, time tracking, Scrum, and more in one place.

Related topics: productivity, project mangement

Brandox

Organize, find, and share all your brand assets from one beautiful platform. Alt to Frontify, Brandfolder.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Dubsado

Has been great at streamlining and automating client projects and collecting website assets. Alt. to Honeybook.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Honey
book

A great starter in client management projects for coaches & photographers. Alt. to Dubsado.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Curiosity

Super cool way to search everything from computer to cloud drives & emails.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Ice
Drive

Securely store and share your files in the cloud with zero-knowledge encryption. Alt. to pCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive.

Related topics: productivity, file management

pCloud

Keep your content safe & organized in the cloud. Alt to Dropbox, Google Drive, IceDrive.

Related topics: productivity, file management

Super
Okay!

share project information, assets, and tasks on a customizable client portal. Alt. to Portal, Basecamp.

Related topics: productivity, project management

CloudApp

Need a way to share videos but also track that they are being seen and protected. CloudApp is for you. Alt. to Loom.

Related topics: productivity, videos, customer support

Better
Docs

Helpful tool in creating knowledge base and documents for your clients & staff. Alt. to Help Scout, HelpDocs.

Related topics: productivity, customer support

Stackby

A great alternative to Airtable to help you collect & track data. Alt. to Airtable, Trello, Asana.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Calendly

A way to get a simple calendar going without you requiring white-label features. Alt. to Acuity.

Related topics: productivity, scheduling

17Hats

For those in need of wrangling up your contacts & contracts in one place without fuss. Alt. to Dubsado, Honeybook.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Work
park

Manage employees, finances, projects, sales and customer support. Alt. to Zoho, Dubsado, and HoneyBook.

Related topics: productivity, project management

Better
Proposal

Create professional proposals quickly & create templates for your business. Alt. to PandaDoc, Proposify.

Related topics: productivity

Google
Workspace

Streamline all of your Google-related tasks, including emails, & share with your team & clients through your own domain.

Related topics: productivity

Google
My
Business

Help bring attention to your business through online reviews and content with the help of Google.

Related topics: marketing

Google
Analytics 4

Track the traffic your website builds and learn ways to improve on that power.

Related topics: seo, marketing

Google
reCaptcha

Protect your website and forms using this anti-bot and anti-spam tool.

Related topics: websites, wordpress, security

Google
Drive

Store, organize, & share documents for your business. Alt. to iCloud, Dropbox, IceDrive, pCloud.

Related topics: productivity, file management

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what i use

Awesome Tools For Podcasting & Vlogging

Video & Audio continue to dominate in how you can grow your business & brand. Having the right tools are just a start.

Logitech Brio 4K Webcam

Clear, clean images help capture attention. The camera is a great start.

Magic Mouse

Easy plug & play mouse that's also rechargeable.

Audio Technica

Have folks hang on to your every word!

Neewer 5600K

Lighting is important for high-quality videos.

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