I am a total digital tools junkie, which is funny because I barely know how to use actual tools.
Yup. I’m the kind of man who keeps other men employed. This kid knows what I’m talking about!
Go ahead, laugh all you want.
I know my strengths and weaknesses, and as John Maxwell once say, “Let me tell you something about your weaknesses. You’re weak in your weaknesses.”
I rest my case.
My Top 5 Digital Tools
Sure, my wife may own more physical tools than me (true story!), but I have a plethora of digital tools I use everyday. And anytime I come across another useful one, I save it in my Tool Box.
If you put a gun to my head, it wouldn’t be the first time. Kidding!
Seriously, if you forced me to pick my top 5 favorite digital tools, they would be:
#1 WP Engine: WP Engine powers TribeRocket.com. Bluehost was down on my site launch and podcast launch days, so I decided to pay the premium and go with WP Engine. You certainly get what you pay for!
#2 Evernote: My brain outside my brain. If you’re into productivity, get into Evernote.
#3 1Password: Hands down the best password manager money can buy.
#5 Fantastical: Amazing calendar app for Mac users. Discovered it about two weeks ago. My life hasn’t been the same since.
Look What Michael Discovered
As you can tell, I get pretty geeked-out about new digital tools. Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to dig for the latest and greatest apps and extensions out there.
That’s why I love Michael Stelzner’s “Discovery of the Week” segment on the Social Media Marketing Podcast!
The only problem is I’m always doing something when I listen to podcasts, so I never get to write them down and I forget them as soon as the show is over. I’ve always wanted a list of them, but Google has yet to show me one.
But after last week’s awesome discovery (#1 on the list), I had no choice. It was time to dig through the archives, find them all, and compile the list.
Thus, I present to you in all of their glory – every one of Michael Stelzner’s discoveries since he started the Social Media Marketing Podcast!
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I'm a digital tools junkie, so I love Michael Stelzner's "Discovery of the Week" on the Social Media Marketing Podcast. This list is a compilation of every discovery since the beginning of the show as of March 21, 2014.
1. Splash Shower Tunes Waterproof Bluetooth Wireless Shower Speaker Portable Speakerphone (Blue) By FreshETech
A shower speaker that is compatible with most Smartphones. Listen to your favorite song (or podcast!) in the shower. Control all functions on the speaker: Skip, Play, or Volume Control. Even answer an incoming call! #awkward
GPlusData tracks more than 180 million Google+ Users, 3.4 million Pages and 100 thousand Communities.
A tool to make it easy to participate in Twitter chats.
4. Hang w/
Hang w/ is live streaming video and chat from your phone to theirs - or from their phone to yours. Their mission is to enable people to be "with" each other - during the epic moments and the quiet questions.
focus@will combines neuroscience + music to boost productivity and tune out distractions!
Integrate Like, Send, and Follow buttons into your site. Show visitors the names and faces of their friends who have liked your page or post, and more.
Allows your visitors to subscribe to your YouTube channel with one click, and without leaving your site.
8. Canva - Amazingly simple graphic design for blogs, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers and so much more.
Canva makes design simple for everyone. Create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and so much more.
9. SEMrush - service for competitors research, shows organic and Ads keywords for any site or domain
Professional competitor research software for search and marketing professionals.
BuzzSumo allows you to discover the most shared links and key influencers for any topic. It's free to use and you can run a search in seconds!
Analyze, classify and report your terms or hashtags on Twitter.
12. Website at f.lux
f.lux is free software that makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day. Warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
The cross-network, hashtag-powered social hub.
You have to be signed into your account to use this tool, so there is no way to pull it into Listly. But this link will take you to the episode where Mike explains how to use it.
Test your website on any screen size including desktops, tablets, televisions, and mobile phones.
An easy way to pin images in your blog posts and pages. The plugin highlights images and adds a "Pin it" button over them once the user hovers his mouse over an image. Once the user clicks the "Pin it" button, the plugin shows a pop-up window with the image and a description.
A fast and easy way to write winning white papers!
The show where you'll learn secrets, insights and strategies from heads of social media from the most successful brands in the world. And, how you can grow your own business by modeling their success with little to no budget.
A LinkedIn community for social media marketers, brought to you by the folks behind SocialMediaExaminer.com.
Demographics Pro gives you deep insight into the consumers who follow your Twitter accounts, tweet about your brands, and influence your Twitter campaigns.
Highly customizable Live Chat software for Sales and Support. SnapEngage Live Chat converts prospects to customers, and customers to loyal advocates.
Listen to any article and RSS feeds, on the go.
GTmetrix is a free tool that analyzes your page's speed performance. Using Page Speed and YSlow, GTmetrix generates scores for your pages and offers actionable recommendations on how to fix them.
High Quality Facebook Applications, Analytics and CRM. Engage your fans, qualify them, and measure your performance.
Download professional-quality Royalty-Free Music for your videos, slideshows, films, anywhere you need music!
What did we miss? Do you have an app, extension, widget, or website you couldn’t live without that’s not on either list? Please drop the link in the comments!
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