15 tools that the most successful entrepreneurs use [Infographic]

by Glen Dalakian II, September 1, 2013

For today’s entrepreneurs, finding the right management and marketing tools can be just as important as hiring the right team member.

In the below infographic, product recommendation platform ExpertCircleoffers up their favorite startups or apps that help startups with marketing, analytics, project management, sales, finance, and legal services. Each of the 15 tools they name are explained below the infographic.

In each category, the infographic offers a few interesting stats related to each tool category. For example, today 84% of companies predictably use more online marketing tools and 27% use more automated business solutions than they did 5 years ago.

79% of marketing leads never convert to real sales and often 50% of leads are qualified to purchase, but don’t feel it’s the right time. The infographic also identifies some common accounting mistakes as well as the most expensive and common legal challenges for individuals around the globe.

MailChimp is an online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. It also offers plug-ins for other programs.

Spy Fu lets you search for any domain and see every place they’ve shown up on Google: every keyword they’ve bought on Adwords, every organic rank, and every ad variation in the last 6 years.

HubSpot is an all-in-one marketing software solution for startups and companies that offers non-traditional marketing tools.

JIRA is a project tracker for teams planning, building, and launching great products.

UserTesting.com lets you “look over the shoulder” of people in your target audience while they use your website.

MixPanel is an advanced mobile and web analytics platform helping companies learn from their data.

Lead360, now Velocify, is a provider of cloud-based intelligent sales software for companies, designed for high-speed sales environments.

Highrise is an online personal assistant, Highrise is a collaboration-enabling platform that helps companies manage client correspondence and share contacts.

Bidsketch is a web app used by freelancers, consultants, and agencies to create professional looking proposals in minutes.

Expensify simply helps companies make “expense reports that don’t suck” to make reporting and accounting easier.

Wave accounting makes cloud-based, integrated software and tools for small businesses, including invoicing, accounting, payroll, payments and Personal Finance Software.

FreshBooks is a cloud accounting solution for small service-based businesses.

Trademarkia is a visual search engine for more than 6 million trademarked logos, names, and slogans on the Internet.

Legalzoom is an easy-to-use, online service that helped people create their own legal documents in the U.S.

The DocuSign Global Network connects companies to their customers, partners, suppliers and employees where they can transact business and review and sign contracts online quicker than with a paper contract.

The Real Generation Gap: How Adults and Teens Use Social Media Differently (Infographic)

BY  | August 27, 2013

There is no magic bullet when it comes to connecting with your customers online, but understanding their social media habits is a good place to start. According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of teens and 72 percent of adults are active on social media. While that’s a sizeable audience, the two age groups use each network differently.

Their research found that both groups use Facebook the most — 94 percent of teens and 67 percent of adults. However, adults are Pinning and Instagramming more while teens are more active on Twitter.

The Real Generation Gap: How Adults and Teens Use Social Media Differently (Infographic)