Every day there are new startups launching, and beginning their -- hopefully successful -- journey, but not all startups consist of teams that are big in numbers, which means that many of the corporate and industry tools simply fall out of use; as they've been built with the big business in mind.
In my own attempts to launch products and build websites oriented around products, I have been able to learn about a few interesting tools and apps that have helped me, and countless others with expanding their business reach, but most importantly -- helping to have a more community oriented startup.
I think that overall this roundup will cover the needs for management, collaboration, growth and social aspects that any experienced or new startup might encounter, do let us know in the comments about your own toolset that you cannot live without.
Botify explores your website to extract and analyze all data to identify corrective actions that will drive organic traffic growth. It also show areas of your website which currently generate organic or social traffic, with data imported from Google Analytics.
Its highly graphical and detailed report includes insights to make it easy to locate areas for SEO improvement. Custom exports make actionable data immediately available to technical teams who will implement changes. All analysis data is also available while browsing the website, with a browser plugin.
Teamwork is essential, and Azendoo does a great job at providing a beautifully simple project management platform for your startup. Create lists of things to do, work together as a team and see which team member excels in particular tasks. Everything is in real-time, so everyone is always up to date about the latest happenings.
Startups who're going up the industrial ladder might want to consider opting for Comindware Project, an innovative Collaboration and Project Management tool that simplifies planning for project managers and facilitates execution for team members. Their product caters to a number of solutions including marketing teams, professional services and even online education. Great for increased productivity and cross-team collaboration.
Visual content dramatically increases the ability for users to engage and understand information. For start-ups user engagement and traction is imperative, which is where Visme comes into play allowing non designers to create insightful visual content in form of Presentations and Infographics that can be promoted, shared and downloaded seamlessly.
Individuals and Organizations from all walks of life including Julliard, Kroger, Symantec and Radio Free Europe are just a few already building rich content with Visme.
Try out the cloud website building service from LiveControl to see whether it can match your current -- support for responsive devices included -- needs, far too often startups invest big amounts of money into designs that they later want to change, because hiring a professional web developer (and a designer) is simply expensive.
Viraltag is a Visual Marketing Tool for Small and Medium Businesses. Provides publishing, content discovery and analytics for businesses to boost their traffic and get new customers from social networks like Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr ,Twitter etc. Great for building social relationships based on high-quality visual content.
Creative startups might find that internal blogging helps the team to come together and tackle difficult problems through writing and brainstorming. BlogIn is an expert in building internal blogs for startups that will boost their collaboration and improve internal communication. It's almost as if you're running your own social media network within your startup.
Those startups who focus heavily on mobile side of things, will find that Intercom really is invaluable, it is a great on-boarding tool for fostering relationships with your customers. The in-app messages are brilliant for nurturing your customers and building new relationships based on their needs.
Not only does CrunchBase enable you to list your own startup, you also can explore competition, and potential new business partners as the database is updated daily, and there are always news about new seed and funding rounds happening. It can also work as a tool for finding new employees when your startup begins to grow.
All things aside, it's always good to stay up to date with the latest trends and news in the world of startups. Out of all the online communities that you can find online, I have come to find that Reddit's Startups is a fairly large and educated community that doesn't mind answering tough questions, and even gets involved in doing reviews of companies for everyone. Lots of insights and data to work with. All for the good of your own startup.