I love helping leaders.
Sometimes, that help is in depth and spans months. This is my favorite way to work with clients because we can get so much done. But sometimes, help comes in the form of a quick answer to a quick question.
One of the quick questions I get from leaders around the world is “Who do you use for ________?” Every time I get this question, I’m reminded that a personal recommendation from a trusted source is more important than any kind of marketing.
So in the spirit of helpfulness, here’s my current list of who I use for various services.
Email Marketing: At Church Fuel, we use InfusionSoft to handle all of our email marketing. It also handles our order forms, shopping cart and several other vital services. On my personal site, I still use MailChimp.
Landing Pages: We use LeadPages to generate sign up pages for giveaways, webinars, and eBooks. I’ve been really happy with them.
Website Management: I absolutely love WP Curve. At least twice a week, I sent them an email with something to update or fix on the site, and they do it within a few hours. It’s like having a website guy for a fraction of the cost.
Membership Site: We deliver our courses and resources through a WordPress plugin called WishList Member. I like that it works with WordPress which means I can
Design: For websites, there’s nobody better than FoType. I’ve worked with Chad for nearly a decade now. For graphic design, I often use Canvas Agency. I also use tasks at 99 Designs to make quick changes and get fast projects done. I absolutely love that service.
Webinars: We’ve been really happy using Google Hangouts, but we recently upgraded to Webinar Jam. They use Google hangouts but add a bunch of features on the top.
Recorded Webinars: I use ScreenFlow for Mac to pre-record a lot of teaching content or webinars. I’ve been very happy with this tool throughout the years.
eBook Creation: Believe it or not, I create a lot of free eBooks in Keynote. Even though it’s presentation software, it’s really easy to use and exporting to a PDF is a snap. For more detailed designs, I use Adobe InDesign.
Merchant Processing: We actually have two credit card processors in case something happens with one. On my personal site, I use Stripe.
File Storage: I use Dropbox to share files with the team. In fact, ALL of my files are stored on Dropbox so I can access them anywhere. But when we need to share a link with customers to access something they purchased, we put those files on Amazon S3. If we’re giving people links to download videos, we actually just use Vimeo (we have a PRO account).
Accounting: Quickbooks is still the standard and that’s what we use.
Communication: Our team is remote, so to stay connected we use Basecamp, work chat in Evernote (also keep feedback and ideas in a shared folder), Google Hangouts, and Dropbox.
If I left anything out, leave a comment and I’ll let you know what we do. And if you’ve got a good recommendation, be sure to share.