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10 essential apps to transform your business in 2021

Businesses of all shapes and sizes have spent the last decade reckoning with digital transformation — adopting new apps and platforms at their own pace, based on their organizational priorities and IT savvy. Then 2020 forced everyone to do a decade’s worth of tech upgrades in just a few months.

Moving into 2021, it’s time to evaluate your company’s tech stack. Do you have all the essential digital tools your business needs to keep remote workers productive and continue engaging customers? Are employees collaborating effectively? Are they being slowed down by inefficient processes that could be automated? Could several of your existing apps be replaced with an all-in-one solution that would help you save time and money?

Samsung AppStack is a cloud software marketplace created to provide SMBs with access to best-in-class business apps at discounted subscription pricing. You can browse apps across various categories, from project management to CRM to graphic design. When you find something you like, you can sign up for a free trial and bundle your apps with Samsung devices for even bigger savings.

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As you start your evaluation of what apps your business needs to succeed in 2021, here’s our list of 10 essential cloud software solutions, all of which are available on Samsung AppStack today:

1. Paymo for project management

Are you starting from scratch with every project estimate, or struggling to complete work on time and under budget? With Paymo, you can plan projects in advance, create realistic timelines and estimates based on historical data, get visual reports of how projects are progressing and spot bottlenecks early. You can also manage employee workloads, track their time and invoice customers in one click. Meanwhile, your teams can collaborate in context, with all their content in one (secure) place.

A complete work management platform, Paymo combines project management, time tracking and invoicing into a single platform. It can also be integrated with other essential apps, including Slack, Google Workspace (previously known as G Suite) and QuickBooks Online.

On average, Paymo says its customers increase project volume by 33 percent per quarter, complete twice as many tasks as before and get 99 percent of invoices paid.

AppStack deals: Paymo’s Small Office Plan and Business Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 25 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also get a 15-day free trial.

2. GoCo for HR

Is your HR department still using outdated software for time tracking and payroll, and paper-based onboarding processes? GoCo automates all three.

GoCo is a cloud-based employee management platform that includes an HR information systems database, a benefits administration module and an embedded payroll solution. The platform follows individuals throughout their employment life cycle with your company through automated HR communication — from the initial offer letter and new-hire paperwork all the way to the final W-2.

GoCo says that it saves the average small business up to seven hours of HR time per new hire and up to 15 hours per employee. On average, a 75-employee company using GoCo saves $30,600 in reduced turnover, $14,200 in reduced admin costs and $25,900 in employee productivity — a total annual return on investment (ROI) of $70,700.

AppStack deals: GoCo’s plans for up to 10, 25 or 50 team members are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 15 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. Try it free for 14 days.

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3. Fiskl for invoicing

Freelancers and small business owners have to keep track of a lot of information in order to stay on top of customer invoices and ensure tax compliance. Fiskl streamlines that data and automates financial management so you can stay focused on your other business priorities.

Fiskl combines invoices, payments, expenses, banking, quotes and timekeeping into one easy-to-use mobile app. You can see everything your team logs in real time and issue invoices with just a few taps on your smartphone.

Fiskl automates expense tracking by extracting data from your phone so you don’t have to scan receipts, and it automates banking by connecting your bank account to the app so it can reconcile invoices with payments. The mobile-first platform also includes time tracking and mileage tracking integrated with Google Maps, as well as online and mobile payment integrations with Paypal, Stripe, WePay and Google Pay.

AppStack deals: Fiskl’s Solo Plan, Pro Plan and Prime Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 35 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also get a 30-day free trial.

4. Time Tracker by eBillity

Does paying your employees and billing clients require cobbling together data from time sheets, spreadsheets and accounting software? eBillity streamlines all that data into one cloud-based platform that combines time tracking, scheduling, payroll and billing.

For your employees, the Time Tracker experience is as simple as logging into the app and starting or stopping a clock. For human resources and billing administrators, it’s a one-stop-shop for payroll, invoicing and tax prep — with a customizable back end that can be integrated with other enterprise software. And for team leaders, it’s a sophisticated data analytics engine that provides actionable insights to improve productivity and profitability.

Time Tracker says it saves payroll administrators an average eight to 10 hours a month, improves business profitability via analytics and ensures employee accountability.

AppStack deals: eBillity’s TimeTracker Plan and Time Tracker Billing Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 20 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also try it free for 14 days.

5. Ripl for social media marketing

Though social media has long been an important marketing channel, the pandemic made real-time communication a must for small businesses. Ripl simplifies the task by letting you turn smartphone photos and videos into professional, consistently branded social media posts.

Once you download the app and create a business profile, Ripl scans your photos to make personalized recommendations for social media posts, and then walks you through a three-step customization process. You can also pull content from Ripl’s stock library of more than 500,000 images and videos. With just a few clicks, you can then publish content to all your relevant social media channels. The more content you create and post, the better Ripl gets at recommending content — and the better you get at engaging your audience.

AppStack deals: Ripl is now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 15 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also get a 30-day free trial.

6. Google Workspace for productivity and collaboration

Gmail, Google Drive and other popular Google apps are free to use, and many teams rely on the consumer versions of those apps to communicate and collaborate. But with Google Workspace, your organization gains complete control of your data. With the Admin Console, you can secure and optimize that data, break down information silos and leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to help make your teams more efficient, more collaborative and better informed than ever.

You also get Gmail-hosted email with your company’s custom domain name, the ability to launch websites with Google Sites, unlimited Google Drive with Team Drive for easy document sharing, real-time collaboration features such as Team Chat and Team Calendar and easy integration of Google apps with your CRM and other essential apps, plus other business benefits you don’t get with the free version.

AppStack deals: The Google Workspace Basic Plan and Google Workspace Business Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 15 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. Sign up for a 30-day free trial.

7. Canva for graphic design

Want professional looking designs without hiring a professional graphic designer? Canva has been helping businesses create high-quality, consistently branded layouts since 2013. Canva simplifies design with thousands of templates, user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality and a vast library of stock photos, illustrations, videos and stickers.

You can use Canva to create all the visual content your business needs — from high-quality signage and business cards to website graphics and social media posts. You can publish your designs to a variety of destinations, all from one platform. If you want to publish a similar design on multiple platforms, you don’t have to start from scratch each time. Canva’s Magic Resize tool lets you convert a Facebook cover to a LinkedIn cover, banner ad or poster in just one click.

AppStack deals: Canva’s Pro Plan is now available on AppStack for 15 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. A 30-day trial is available so you can try it risk-free.

8. signNow for electronic signatures

Does your e-signature tool let you turn documents into signable forms, create templates to share with your whole team and automatically save signed forms into your favorite cloud storage app or customer relationship management (CRM) solution? More than just an e-signature tool, signNow is a document workflow management solution.

signNow lets you create highly secure, signable documents using simple drag-and-drop functionality and lets you set up e-signature workflows, even while offline. Reusable documents (e.g., NDAs or employee onboarding materials) can be turned into templates and stored where the appropriate employees can access them.

According to signNow, these digital document workflows get turned around an average 25 times faster than physical paperwork, and 85 percent of these documents are signed and returned within a day.

AppStack deals: signNow’s Business Premium Plan and Enterprise Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 25 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial.

9. Pipedrive as a CRM solution

Does your CRM help your sales team build and manage a strong pipeline, or is it just another database? Pipedrive lets your sales team visualize their pipeline by mapping customer data to the sales process and guiding them through the necessary workflow to convert each prospect. It even does some of the work for them, including automated call logging and initiating certain communications.

The highly customizable solution can be as simple or sophisticated as you want it to be. You can funnel in contacts from Pipedrive’s database of more than 400 million leads, customize data fields and sales stages and integrate your favorite business apps for collaboration and productivity.

According to Pipedrive, during the first year of using the solution, 78 percent of new users close deals faster, and 73 percent win deals faster.

AppStack deals: Pipedrive’s Essential Plan, Advanced Plan and Professional Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 25 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. Sign up today for a 14-day free trial.

10. eHopper for point of sale (POS)

Ready to update your cash register and your operations? eHopper lets your restaurant or retail shop easily deploy POS on any device — and enables new contactless functionality (now in high demand), including self-checkout, self-serve ordering stations, online ordering, mobile pay, local deliveries and curbside pickup.

You can get eHopper’s app-based POS solution as an all-in-one mounted tablet with credit card reader, or download the app on multiple mobile devices. Updating your menu or product inventory is easy, and you can push the changes to a fleet of devices all at once.

eHopper transforms the customer experience, minimizes human error, maximizes fraud detection and lets you scale the solution according to your business needs.

AppStack deals: eHopper’s Freedom Plan, Restaurant Plan and OmniChannel Plan are now available on AppStack for 10 percent off, or 15 percent off when you bundle with Samsung mobile devices. You can also get a 15-day free trial.

These 10 essential apps — and more — are easier to select and manage through Samsung AppStack, which bundles business apps to save you money, while you still enjoy ongoing support direct from the vendor.

Now you know how to get started with AppStack, but there are plenty more curated business apps to take advantage of for maximum work efficiency. And while your team is still collaborating remotely, make sure your business data stays safe with defense-grade mobile security.

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