It doesn’t matter if your business is small. To you, it’s a big deal. You throw every ounce of energy into it. Your every waking minute and all your best ideas. The key to success? Well, that’s always elusive, however, you know that working as smart as you do hard is definitely the right direction. You also know that to achieve your dreams, to reach your goals, and to take your business to the next level, you’re going to need a little help. And the first place to start is with your software.
When it comes to small business management tools, Spike has you covered. Whether you’re the sole member of your organization or you’re busy building the perfect team, the right software can make a huge difference. You need to communicate freely, manage your time efficiently, collaborate creatively, and share sensitive data securely. You also need to keep an overview of everything that’s going on at all times. Like an all-seeing eye.
One App. All Your Favorite Tools.
The problem with most small business tools is that they’re split across multiple apps. You’ve got your email in one place, your schedule in another, and then there’s your team chat and cloud storage to switch between as you start fleshing out those winning ideas. Constantly changing apps is inconvenient and does nothing for your productivity. But what’s worse is the ever-growing silos of information that these separate apps create. Your business needs to be dynamic and responsive as it develops and grows, and the best small business tools should help, not hinder your growth.
Think about it. You need to schedule a meeting with a supplier (calendar). Organize a meeting room at your coworking space (email). Invite your product manager and sales rep to the party (instant messenger). AND share the latest growth projections securely so everyone is on the same page (email encryption). That’s four separate apps by some counts. Spike does it all in one.
So, instead of downloading (and paying) for a whole bunch of productivity apps for your SMB, why not give Spike a try. It’s about to change the face of email for good, and it’s made to help your business grow. Here’s what you can expect.
Real-Time Awareness with Conversational Email
Bring cutting-edge communications to all your devices with Conversational Email. It’s the perfect antidote to sluggish old email, and it’s ideal for small businesses who want to build real relationships with customers and clients. Real-time email awareness allows you to see when a contact has received and read your message. Conversational Email also ditches the whole concept of email threads, headers, and signatures, cleaning up your inbox and allowing you to concentrate purely on pushing your business forward through engaging conversation. It’s the perfect blend of email and instant messenger.
For CEOs and entrepreneurs of small businesses, the to-do list is never-ending. It’s also vital, and without one, things just wouldn’t get done. But what about a to-do list tied directly to your email? Priority Inbox pushes all your most important mail to the top, so you always have messages from your most valued contacts front and center. Other, less important mail such as newsletters or subscription notifications get sent to your “Other” inbox—clearing the way so you can focus on the important stuff.
It also allows you to pin specific emails that require immediate attention. You can pin those staff invoices that need to be paid. You can pin that funding application that needs to be completed. You can even pin that email from your branding manager who desperately wants you to (finally) decide on a logo for your nascent business.
Team Chat with Groups
Groups brings you and your team together. Wherever you are. You can set up multiple team chats with managers, employees, freelancers, even clients, and anyone outside your company doesn’t need to be a Spike user to join the chat. It’s all done through email. Groups allows you to communicate in the same way you would with something like Slack. Only it packs a punch—bringing together more of the features you need into a single, central app. Set up a group for your web developers and discuss the direction and the (many) edits of your brand-new website. Bring together your legal team, whether internal or external, to stay ahead of any potential issues. Or you can just chat with your staff members about the best way to celebrate your groundbreaking IPO. However you use Groups, you’ll love our next-level communication and collaboration tools.
Some people say that the real secret to success is simply better time management. And with Spike’s built-in Calendar, your schedule is easier to manage than ever before. Our calendar features are tied directly to your email. No more switching between apps to set appointments, and no more losing track of your schedule while you’re dealing with the mountains of messages you receive on a daily basis.
You can assign calendars to multiple email addresses, so you can manage your personal and professional lives at the same time. You can also set reminders for your most important meetings, conference calls, and “business” lunches with your team. Just remember to schedule those afternoon appointments a little later so you have time to digest.