Since Christmas is just over two weeks away, I thought it would be super fun to put together a blog post talking about the ten business tools (that cost money) that I want for Christmas. These are tools designed to take a business to the next level, whether they help with website functionality, your marketing efforts, or just general business tasks. They aren’t in any particular order, so let’s dive into my list:
Gravity forms is a stellar WordPress plugin that helps a website owner set up and customize their online forms. I’ve used this plugin before when marketing for other sites, so I know it is extremely powerful. Another awesome feature is its ability to post data to other services that you use like MailChimp, AWebber, PayPal, or Authorize.net. There are three price points, $39 for personal use, $99 for business use, and $199 for a developers license. You can purchase Gravity Forms here.
Backup Buddy is another awesome WordPress plugin that allows you to backup and restore your website in just a few clicks. They also have an amazing migration assistant that makes moving your domain to a new web host or to a new domain a snap. Backup Buddy also has three price points, $75 for personal use, $100 for business use, and $150 for a developers license. You can purchase Backup Buddy here.
Yoast Video SEO For WordPress
If you are in SEO, you know who Yoast is and know that he makes amazing plugins for online marketers. This year, he released his much anticipated Video SEO plugin that assists users with video optimization and helps them rank well in the search engines. This plugin is MONEY and costs just $89!!! You can purchase the Yoast Video SEO For WordPress plugin here.
Securi is a web monitoring and malware clean up service. They are the perfect service to use when your website has been hacked or infused with malware. In addition to that, they monitor and scan your website frequently for security threats and alerts you when they find anything. They have three plans $89.99 per year for one website, $189.99 for up to five websites, and $289.99 for up to ten websites. You can purchase Securi here.
HubSpot is an all-in-one inbound marketing software for enterprise businesses. The platform helps with SEO, Social Media, Content Marketing, Building Landing Pages, and helps with Email Marketing. HubSpot has three pricing packages for business, $200 per month for a basic setup, $600 per month for a professional setup, and $1,000 per month for an enterprise setup. You can purchase HubSpot here.
Pardot is a marketing automation system that helps business of all sizes simplify their marketing efforts and generate a higher ROI from prospects and current customers. Their platform helps with lead nurturing, landing page build out, CRM integration, and has robust reporting. They too have three packages, $1,000 per month for a professional package, $2,000 per month for an enterprise package, and $3,000 per month for an ultimate package. You can purchase Pardot here.
We’ve used Moz, we’ve used Raven, we’ve used Majestic, but there’s a newer tool on the market that we’ve tested and want a full subscription to, Ahrefs. Ahrefs is a link analysis tool to analyze your backlink portfolio and also the portfolios of your competitors. The insights they provide are far superior to other tools and we highly suggest checking them out. They have three different plans, a professional plan for $79 per month, an elite plan for $179 per month, and an enterprise for $499 per month. You can purchase Ahrefs here.
Animoto is a pretty slick service that is used to create stunning videos that interact with your potential customers. Their service allows you to take photos, video clips, and music and create videos with very little “video creation” or “video editing” know how. They too have three plans, a free version, a plus version for $2.50 per month, and a pro version for $20.75 per month. You can purchase Animoto here.
ContractPal is a service that allows you to eliminate the traditional paperwork that any business engages in. This can include sales contracts and statements of work, all the way to down to employment agreements sent to new employees. They they not only make everything paperless, they also store all your documents securely online, so you always have access to them in one simple dashboard. They have different pricing structures based on the volume you do, so give them a call and discuss with them your needs.
Alright, the last thing on my wishlist doesn’t need much of an explanation. I want a new iPhone! I run the majority of my business from my iPhone and would love a bigger screen and 4G speeds. You can purchase a new iPhone5 here.
That’s my list… what do you want for Christmas? Please feel free to share in the comments section below!