Today marks the century's last day with a repeating date, and there are many ways that you can choose to celebrate this event.
For example, you could order a dozen doughnuts and eat them all before midnight, grab a 12-pack with some friends and watch the Concert for Sandy Relief or simply score a perfect game by bowling 12 consecutive strikes.
However, the typical professional may not have time for the aforementioned activities in between the daily responsibilities of responding to emails and monitoring website traffic. Luckily, Website Magazine has compiled a list of some of the year’s best mobile applications to help digital professionals more efficiently complete tasks, as well as stay in touch with their business while on the move – which leaves more time for celebrating 12-12-12 and other future events. Check out (you guessed it) 12 of the year's top business apps below:
Facebook Pages Manager
The world’s largest social network focused on improving its mobile offerings in 2012, which included updating its mobile applications, as well as launching a few brand-new apps, such as Facebook Pages Manager. This much-needed app enables users to manage and monitor multiple business profiles while on the go. For example, users can view page insights from the app, post status updates, share photos and reply to private messages. The only downside is that this app is still only available for iOS devices.
If you are craving social metrics while away from your desktop (and there were plenty who did in 2012), consider downloading the free Webtrends’ iPad application. This analytics app offers insights into trending data for sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Users simply need to enter their social account credentials to view an iPad-optimized display of data from their social profiles, including engagement metrics, Klout score and follower numbers. Moreover, Webtrends clients can leverage the app to access their Analytics 10 profiles, which allows them to compare performance metrics across digital channels.
Kaon 3D Product Showcase
Shipping products to tradeshows or meetings can be a costly expense, but the 3D Product Showcase application from Kaon Interactive seems to solve that problem. This free app, which is designed for the Nexus 7, enables B2B marketers to visually demonstrate multifaceted products directly from their tablet device. Prospects even have the ability to interact with product details thanks to the app’s rotating, zooming and spinning functionality.
Adobe Edge Inspect
Keeping up with leads and daily tasks can be a struggle, but ReachLocal’s mobile application can help lighten the load. This free app is available on both iOS and Android devices, and enables users to manage website and advertising leads from the palms of their hands. Users with a ReachLocal account can leverage the app to view real-time alerts for new calls, emails, Web forms and chats. Furthermore, users can also listen, rate and respond to calls from directly within the app. It is also important to note that the app provides users with detailed reports that include metrics such as impressions, visits, click-through rates and social media engagement.
7Search On the Go
Advertisers can monitor their search marketing accounts while on the go thanks to the 7Search mobile application. This free Android app provides advertisers with account overviews and also offers functionality for reviewing campaign performance. Additioanlly, campaign managers can pause and activate individual campaigns from within the app, as well as download campaign and keyword reports. Additionally, advertisers can contact their customer support representative by phone or email with the app’s support tab.
Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop
Adobe offers many mobile applications that can help make the job of a Web designer a little easier, one of which is the Color Lava app for the iPad. Designers can leverage this $2.99 app to create custom colors and color themes with their fingertips, which, with a network connection, can be accessed in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Moreover, users also have the ability to email custom color creations to friends and colleagues through the app.
The typical professional is distracted multiple times a day during everyday tasks, such as browsing through a newsfeed or sorting through emails. Luckily, apps like Pomodroido are available to help Web workers manage their time better. This free Android app helps users maintain focus by breaking down work periods into 25-minute intervals, which can be adjusted by the user if desired. This app also includes a ranking system, which rewards users based on the work that they complete.
Compete Site Analytics
You never know when you may be in dire need of website traffic metrics, which is why the Compete Site Analytics application is a must-download. This free analytics app for iOS devices brings the popular Web measurement platform, Compete, to mobile devices. The app enables users to view traffic data, such as unique visitor numbers, site rank, month-over-month and year-over-year growth for any searched Web property. Furthermore, the app displays a 12-month trended graph of unique visitors for searched sites.
If the other analytic apps on this list don’t satisfy your analytic addiction, you can always try the Google Analytics app. The search engine giant launched an Android application that extends the services of its popular analytics platform to mobile devices. The free app displays the most current metrics and information from a user’s Google Analytics profile, including real-time statistics and customizable dashboards.
Stay connected with colleagues from any location with the Salesforce Chatter application for iOS and Android devices. Users simply need to sign up for a free Chatter account on Chatter.com for access to this enterprise social network. Once a member, users can view co-worker updates, assemble posts, share photos, view documents and links, as well as find and follow people or groups within an organization. Furthermore, the app enables users to email co-workers directly and communicate with colleagues via FaceTime.