Businesses need all the help they can get, right?
That’s why there’s a whole myriad of business tools out there to help you research, reach and convert new customers. However, there’s a particular breed of tech tools that are totally underrated and often fly under the radar. That tool kit is Chrome extensions.
Seriously. You’d be surprised at how much power is packed into Chrome these days.
The beauty of Chrome extensions is that you don’t have to deal with a bunch of native downloads and can toggle tools without ever having to leave your browser.
What tools deserve your attention, though? We’ve put together a list of eight awesome Chrome extensions that can help businesses of all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking to get more done on a day-to-day basis without having to pay for or download a bunch of third-party tools, this list is for you.
If you’re interested in putting together an email outreach campaign, look no further than GMass. Allowing you to work out of Gmail, this tool allows you to schedule emails, work from templates and send mass emails without having to rely on a third-party email solution. Such features are brilliant for newbies to email marketing and seasoned business owners looking to start cold emailing ASAP.
Evernote has been a staple of business owners for the past few years, allowing users to take quick notes and store ideas. The tool is invaluable for putting together swipe files and doing competitive research. The browser extension is a shining example of using Evernote to the fullest to keep your business and its best ideas organized.
Pop quiz: are you on board with video?
As video marketing continues to explode, there’s an expectation for companies to create more video content. One of the best ways to do that is through Loom, an awesome extension that serves as a high-quality screen capture solution. Want to create a tutorial? Reaction video? Off-the-cuff vlog? Loom allows you to do so for free.
The SEO gurus at Moz introduced us to the idea of domain authority and why it matters for businesses. MozBar analyzes a website’s based on its link profile and authority, assigning it a respective “score” from 0-100.
Why does this metric matter? Well, let’s say you’re looking for resources for a piece of content and want to make sure that whatever source you’re linking to is legitimate.
Likewise, MozBar is fantastic for analyzing the SEO performance of both your own website as well as your competitors. Although domain authority isn’t the be-all, end-all of your SEO strategy, it’s worth keeping an eye on.
Let’s be real: eliminating distractions while working is something that we all struggle with.
RescueTime is a lifesaver for anyone who wants to maximize their productivity. This extension tracks your online activity to determine how you’re spending your valuable time. Such metrics can open your eyes to what’s eating up your schedule and what tasks you can work to eliminate. Furthermore, advanced features such as site-blocking can help keep you more disciplined.
On a related note, the amount of content out there to distract us on a day-to-day basis is absolutely staggering.
Rather than spend hours scrolling through social media, Feedly serves as a new-school take on old-school RSS feeds. In short, Feedly curates a list of high-quality and relevant articles based on your preferences and favorite publications. In other words, you can sift through the noise and have fresh content delivered directly to you so you don’t have to dig for it.
Nobody obviously wants to look at ads if they can help it which is why plugins such as Adblock are so popular. Eliminating annoying ads and pop-ups help ensure that you get from Point A to Point B online without any needless distractions. If nothing else, Adblock can help pages that would otherwise be bogged down by ads load faster.
If you find yourself constantly cycling through tabs, OneTab has you covered. This extension aggregates all of your Chrome tabs into a single window for easier navigation and less clutter on your screen. This might not seem like a game-changer but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
When we think about awesome business tools, it’s easy to overlook Chrome extensions as part of our lists. That said, these apps and tools are surprisingly robust and should be part of any budding business owner’s tech stack. We recommend that you test-drive any combination of these tools yourself to see how they can help you get down to business.