Susan Gilbert
March 21, 2019

12 Tools to Improve Your Blog, CRM and Networking

Blog, CRM and Networking Tools

The following is made up of 3 “Business Tips” articles, each of which talks about 4 helpful tools and resources around a specific area of your business. Today, the subjects are:

  • Tools to improve your blog
  • Increasing your business sales with CRM
  • Networking resources for marketers

4 Tools that Will Help Your Blog Grow

1) Affordable cloud storage for content – Backblaze

Protecting your blog is important in an age of malware and hackers. Backblaze will take care of all of the backup for you both online and offline. Save and access your files on your computer or mobile device. If you work with a programmer or developer they can help you to easily set up a secure cloud storage system with both personal and business plans available.

2) Pin your blog posts – jQuery Pin It Button

Attract more pins of your content on Pinterest with this free WordPress plugin. jQuery Pin It Button is easy to install and setup — once it is visible it will highlight your images for pinning. The user can then enter a description and choose the board they would like to pin to. Choose whether to pin from your pages or blog posts from several design options.

3) Connect with your readers – ConvertKit

If you want to attract more subscribers then this resource will help you increase your growth. ConvertKit is elegant and easy to use with customizable forms. The software includes features like automation without duplication, responsive opt-in forms, subscriber gift options, and more. Use their tags and segments to better understand your audience, which will help you increase your conversion rates through automation.

4) All-in-one online course creation – Zippy Courses

Would you like to grow and monetize your blog through teaching online courses? Zippy Courses helps you to create and sell your knowledge and expertise. Features include a drag-and-drop builder, multiple tiers options, exclusive enrollment windows, and course scheduling. This is one of the best ways to establish your brand as a leading influencer and attract more leads to your website.


4 Business CRM Tools You Can Use to Increase Your Sales

1) Reach out to prospects – Zoho

Connect with more potential customers in your niche at just right moment. Zoho CRM software is a great tool that will streamline your engagement and tracking so that you can close your deals with the right information. Reach multiple channels and connect with leads on social media, live chat, by phone, ect. Automation and advanced reporting will help you achieve your sales goals much faster.

2) Organize, track and nurture your leads – Hubspot CRM

If you need to improve your business sales, but don’t have a large budget yet then you will enjoy this smart tool. Hubspot‘s free CRM software provides insights on your leads along with monitoring features on your current deals. Ditch the spreadsheets and over-full email inboxes with this smart tool, which offers both free and paid options.

3) AI-based lead scoring – Freshsales

Power up your sales team with the latest in online technology. Freshsales includes smart artificial intelligence to capture important leads, email integration, user behavior tracking, lead scoring, and sales management in a user-friendly interface. This will will help save you both time and provide valuable insights well before your next prospect contacts you and your team.

4) Improve your small business growth – Salesforce CRM

Would you like to attract new prospects and sales? Salesforce CRM helps you to capture deals quickly before they’re gone. The tool also provides insights on customer data and how your sales team is performing to maximize your efforts. Built-in features allow you to better manage your customer service, marketing campaigns, eCommerce, customer engagement, and much more.


Improve Your Business Marketing with These 4 Networking Resources

1) Meet your B2B marketing goals – Oktopost

Leverage your social data for better lead scoring and community nurturing. Oktopost is a social media management platform that works well with teams who want to build a transparent and authentic network on places like LinkedIn. The software includes integration with top resources like Hubspot, SalesForce, Marketo, and more. Stay on top of the latest conversations so that you can focus on what matters the most to your connections.

2) Generate new business – Dux-Soup

If you would like to reach more prospects on LinkedIn, but don’t have the time then this tool will help you get there quickly. Dux-Soup includes a Google Chrome browser plugin that performs like a virtual assistant as it tracks the profiles that you visit. Make notes for each one that are of interest to your business and easily track your communications for faster closing on new deals.

3) Understand the personality of your contacts – Crystal

Build a great relationship with your network in order to establish trust with better insights into each individual. With Crystal you gather personality reports, check out more about an individual before you meet them, and receive personal coaching advice based on the DISC assessment. This resource will help you communicate more effectively with empathy for each contact.

4) Instantly find new leads – LeadFuze

Find new business contacts all in one place quickly and easily. LeadFuze is a simple tool to use that finds qualified prospects through an automated lead discovery and outreach process. This program includes an intuitive search function that your business can use to locate prospects by their title, niche keywords, industry, location, and more. Instantly gather B2B contact information from over 100 million professionals — the software will automatically contact and follow up with each one that you choose.

Any Comments?

Do you have any experiences with the above tools that you’d like to share?  Are there any tools in the above categories which you think our readers should know about? Have you made any new tool discoveries that you feel are about to take off and would like to share with others? Please leave your comment, below.

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This is a curation of 3 Monday Tips posts which originally appeared on They are republished here with permission.

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