Apps for small Companies and Freelancers

As a small company, you need tools that will help you achieve your daily business easier. From project management to time-tracking, the possibilities are endless. Here is the list of apps I use almost on a daily basis.

I came up with this list mostly because I’m curious to have your feedback. Do you use some of them as well? Or did make a different choice? Why?

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A woman making a phone call

Define your Digital Communication Strategy

Last year I published an article on how to start your online communication, for free. But the hardest part are not the tools. What seems to bring the biggest struggle is the Digital Communication Strategy:

  • What should I tell my clients?
  • How should I say it?
  • To whom must I broadcast my message to?

A Digital Communication Strategy is just an extension of your “regular” Communication Strategy. It should be included in the latter one. Most elements will be the identical, actually only the goals, channels and KPI will be different.

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Top 10 – Amsterdams’ best creative agency websites

A couple of years ago I did a Top 10 of the best website of agencies in Romandie. Here is the new version with the Amsterdammers agencies. Don’t get me wrong, I’m judging only the website and not their actual portfolio. It’s my personal and subjective view. But I was a little be deceived buy the overall quality.

Curious about the Dutch agency landscape? Have a look at the Amsterdam Creative Agency map.

A few rules

  • You are using Flash ? Sorry, you’re out.
  • Your website is not responsive / adapted to mobile? Not good.
  • Don’t complain, it’s my top 10

1) edenspiekermann

Edenspiekermann-agency-amsterdam

My favorite! A very simple and minimal website but it goes strait to the point. And they have a great blog which I’d advise you to follow (this post about Interaction Design very interesting). Thank you Michael for the suggestion.

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Amsterdam Creative Agency Map

Over the past weeks I’ve been searching a lot of the creative / communication / digital / 360 / PR / Unicorn agencies in Amsterdam, visiting their website, looking at their work. I gathered a few addresses on a map. So I thought I would share them with you. I’ll try also to setup a little Top 10 of the best websites, there are some really nice ones.

and here is the Map

View the map in full size – I know 520px wide is too small. And the “full screen” button on the embed code doesn’t work yet. Map Engine is still in beta version.

And of course I haven’t listed them all, share your tips in the comments please. You can also embed it somewhere else if you want: <iframe src=”http://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=z5PzciJmnfps.k_UQ0e2LDsXA” width=”640″ height=”480″></iframe>

PS: The new Google Map Engine Lite is pretty awesome. You should try it. I found it much handier to use than the previous google “my maps” crappy stuff.