I can’t keep up! There are so many apps to use. Can’t there just be one app that does everything? This is what people are frequently asking in some way, shape, or form, every single day. Use Airtable to track your App Ecosystem. Airtable is the best solution I’ve seen to date. It has everything you need, and a whole lot of things you wouldn’t have thought of that make it a whole lot of awesome!
Asking for one app that does everything is like walking into a car dealership and asking if the car comes with a kitchen, bath, and office. Then again, you can probably get an RV that fits that description.
Let’s use Airtable to see what we need to track so we can decide what apps we need. First we need to know what problems we need to solve.
You can’t buy the gas before you have a car!
Many people do this backwards. They start looking at apps to see what they might need. That’s a recipe for instant overwhelm.
Imagine walking around a car dealership with a gas can, trying to decide which car you’ll put the gas in?
Apps are there to fill a need. So first we need to define our needs. Then we research the apps that fill them.
Let’s look at the following App Genres
- Project Management
- Social media management
- Marketing (email)
That’s a good start. Now we need a place where we can research and document the many apps that we can choose from. Of course I am recommending that you use Airtable for this!
Then we want a way to track what we’ve chosen.
At a certain point you have to choose something and try it.
You’ll still want to use Airtable and keep this database as a resource, in case you think there might be something better out there. As time goes on, new needs will arise, and new apps will need to be employed. you might want to employ a good note taking app, like Evernote right off the bat. But there are other choices that you might like better.
- Zoho Notebook (check it out. It’s really cool!)
- Google Keep – simple, but powerful
- Penzu – I love this app, but I don’t love the company’s presence (or lack thereof) online.
Also, depending on what you do for a living, this in itself may become a service you can offer your clients – helping them figure this out. So you might want to track information about their affiliate programs.
This is another important part of your research. You might love an app, but if you’re a new startup, you may not have the budget for some of them. This means you will also want to track the number of users needed for each app, because in almost every case, this will drive the cost, and which plan you’ll need for each app.
Let’s take a look at how you can use Airtable to track your app ecosystem. You’re going to love it!
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