It feels great to bang out a bunch of work, especially when it involves using a new productivity tool you just discovered. Here's a list of some great products, platforms and services which likely aren't on your radar.

Logo.ShapeFactory.co

This online logo builder requires no design skills and uses algorithms that intelligently offer certain typefaces based on company name as well as smart positioning of an icon with a wordmark. You simply type in your company name, choose from countless typefaces and search for graphics according to 13 categories. Since launching in February the platform has generated more than 100,000 logos. Competitors include Logojoy and Logomakr.

Cost: $40 to download a logo kit (animated logos $10 extra).

Juicer

This social media aggregator allows you to pull together content from your own or someone else's public social media channels for marketing, branding and increasing customer engagement. This customizable stream appears anywhere the Juicer widget is embedded, such as a website or screen at a live event. With the Juicer dashboard you can customize the display style, size and colors as well as manually or automatically moderate displayed content based on keywords and get basic analytics. Competitors include Tintup.com, TwineSocial and Stackla.

Cost: Plans range from free to enterprise level pricing.

Loom

This work communication tool helps people get their messages across through instantly shareable videos. It lets you capture your screen, record your front-facing camera, and narrate your video all at once without having to switch apps or upload files. Founded in 2016, Loom has hundreds of thousands of active users and is backed by Point Nine Capital, General Catalyst, and the Slack Fund. Competitors include Soapbox and Vidyard GoVideo.

Cost: Currently free.

Framer

Framer is an integrated design, prototyping and handoff tool built for product teams. A typical workflow will see a designer start by wireframing and then designing screens in the Design tab. If interaction is necessary for the project, the designer can then toggle over to the Code tab and use Auto-Code functionality to add transitions and animation to their design. At any point in this workflow, a designer will be able to share files to get feedback or present and even export production-ready CSS and SVG code. Framer competitors include InVision, Figma, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe XD. In 2017, the company increased its enterprise client list by tenfold, onboarding entire product teams that vary from small agencies to Pinterest, Google, Netflix, Deliveroo, Uber, Facebook, Disney, Victoria's Secret, Lyft, Apple, Hulu, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs and more.

Cost: Personal plans start at $15 a month. Team plans start at $250 a month and run up to customized enterprise level pricing.

Campus Insights

This market research firm uses college students to conduct remote user interviews and focus groups with people between the ages of 14 to 35, filming their reactions to products. It provides video recordings of the interviews, a PowerPoint report analyzing the key trends across the interviews, and a highlight reel with the most important moments from each interview. Clients include Airbnb, Venmo, Chegg and GoFundMe. Competitors include UserTesting.com, Nielsen Norman Group, AnswerLab and Gotoresearch. The Boston-based company was founded by two brothers in 2014, has a staff of seven employees and was recently acquired by Harvard Student Agencies, which has 16 student-run agencies under its umbrella.

Cost: Projects range from $2,500 to $50,000, depending on number and length of interviews, type of research, and other requested deliverables.

Woo.io

This artificial intelligence-powered marketplace helps tech talent discreetly get connected with companies which have opportunities they want. Its AI matching technology introduces companies to qualified candidates who have already shown interest in their opportunity, resulting in a 40 percent conversion from candidate introduction to interview. The platform competes with recruiting agencies job boards and LinkedIn and has 40,000 software engineers using its platform as well as companies including Lyft, WeWork, Microsoft, Oracle, Uber, Quora and Wix.

Cost: Companies pay when a hire is made, and according to the number of matches created for a specific job.

Notion.so

This all-in-one workspace for individuals and teams has been featured by Apple as an App of the Day and was nominated twice for Product of the Year on Product Hunt. It blends notes, tasks, and wikis in one tool, so you can jot down ideas like Evernote, collaborate in real-time like Google Docs, and prioritize to-dos visually like Trello. Competitors include the aforementioned products.

Cost: Plans range from free to $8/user/month to enterprise.

Zapier

This web service links web apps to automate daily workflows using triggers. For instance, you can set it up so that when you get a new email in Gmail, an attachment gets copied to Dropbox and Slack sends you an alert to let you know about the new Dropbox file. More than 1,000 apps work with the platform which is used by more than 2 million people. Competitors include IFTTT and Microsoft Flow.

Cost: Plans range from free to $20 a month to $250 a month for teams.

Swipe.to

It's a dead simple way to quickly make interactive online presentations with images, PDFs, YouTube or Vimeo videos, GIFs, polls, Markdown and more. It lets you share a link to your presentation with anyone, anywhere and broadcast live on any device in real time to interact with your audience. More than 1 million people have used Swipe since 2013. Competitors include Prezi, Google Slides and Slides.

Cost: Plans range from free to $36 a month.

Published on: Mar 27, 2018