If you could hire someone to create any app in the world to improve your business operations, what would it be? Why?
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1. An All-in-One Accounting/Legal Interface
If it were possible, I’m sure my accountant would love to be able to scan the log files of every transaction that I ever make through my phone. For example, my PayPal app should be able to connect with Google Wallet – and then be sent directly to my accountant. The same goes for legal; an app should be able to scour keywords in my email and report everything automatically to my counsel.
2. A LinkedIn Lead Generator
My company sells an enterprise SaaS product to large-scale media companies. I would love a tool that let me take the LinkedIn accounts of my entire staff and link them together into a “Parse.ly network.” This would aggregate all the in-person networking my team does on a daily basis, letting me easily get warm intros to customers.
3. A Travel Tracker
I’d love to track my travel – my itineraries, frequent flier miles/rewards points, reservations and expenses could be contained in a single app. I want all my travel plans from Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak and American Express synced; I want to check into my flights and redeem my miles from one app.
4. A Marketing/CRM Super-Platform
I’d hire someone to create an all-in-one email marketing platform, customer relationship manager, and content delivery service. We use separate systems for each function; it’s not the true integration that would be possible with a single service that provided the best of each.
5. A Better Knowlege Bank
Wikis are great, but I wish there was an easier way to use a centralized knowledge base for all of the specific expertise that different team members have developed. That way, anyone could tap into it without eating up that expert’s time. I’ve yet to find a product that solves this problem just right.
6. The Ultimate Calendar
I would love an app that automatically goes through the schedules of all our employees and schedules meetings when everyone is available, notifying them of the meeting. I would just choose a three-day period of time when I would like the meeting to occur, then the app could search for openings and schedule it for us. That would be awesome!
7. A Mood Tracker
8. A Live Audience Interaction Tracker
I’m a speaker, and it would be great to see, in real time, the thoughts and feelings of an audience during one of my speeches. If I had a way of collecting consistent metrics in line with what I’m saying, I could optimize my speech to be exactly what resonates most with an audience.
9. A James Bond-Style Customer Support App
My app would convert our current support system into a game, with missions to complete and a theme similar to 007. We could turn each customer support ticket into a mission, and this would encourage staff to look forward to new adventures and activities to perform every day. Support incidents won’t feel like a drag when they’re trying to complete a mission!
10. An Ad Analytics Aggregator
Advertising on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn sure can help get the word out, but managing the various ads’ audiences and costs on individual platforms can be painfully time-consuming. One portal that aggregated ad analytics from all the social media outlets would show me costs incurred and let me take action on my ads from one place.