If you read part 1 of this blog topic, then you already know that there are some cool cloud-based companies out there. The even better part is that all the companies we are writing about offer FREE options. That means you can be organized, instantly talk with teammates, store files, host meetings, send emails, and plan parties, all for free! Of course, every company we are writing about has paid options as well, but for the most part-the free options provide a lot of value to the users. So, let’s get started on part two, shall we? Below, and in no particular order, you will find 4 additional free cloud-based companies that we recommend you try.
Mailchimp: Number 11 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list, Mailchimp is a platform for email marketing and marketing automation. Founded in 2001 by Ben Chestnut and Mark Armstrong, the company made a quick rise to success. By 2014, Mailchimp was sending over 10 billion emails per month on behalf of users, and in 2017 they were adding more than 14,000 new customers daily. Their free plan allows users to take advantage of many of the features that make Mailchimp great. Those on the free plan can have up to 2,000 subscribers across all lists, and send up to 12,000 emails per month. Additionally, free users can: have multiple users on one account, create email campaigns and landing pages, setup marketing automation, ads, and more. Why do we love it? Mailchimp did a great job of creating a product that can be utilized by every business, of every size. The free plan allows individuals, or startups, a foothold into email marketing, and the paid plans add additional value when needed.
SurveyMonkey: Number 13 on the Cloud 100 list, SurveyMonkey is a cloud-based company that specializes in online survey development. What started as strictly an online survey software, it has grown to also include ways to analyze your Net Promoter Score, accept online payments, and more. But the free plan is why we love it. Those using the basic (free) plan can benefit from the following features: unlimited number of surveys, 10 questions per survey, up to 100 responses per survey, the ability to track email responses, 13 different question types, and more. If you are new to surveying, or don’t have a large need for it, the free plan has plenty of features to take care of all those needs. Of course, for large organizations that do frequent surveying and need reports, industry benchmarks, and more, a paid plan is the way to go. Why we love it? SurveyMonkey has created a platform that is easy to use, and full of interesting tools and features to help individuals, and businesses create and utilize surveys.
Doodle: As a cloud-based company, Doodle is using its platform to help its users (according to them) “meet, connect, and collaborate”. The premise behind Doodle is that it is a simple way to schedule group interactions such as: meetings, events, and trips. Using a voting process, it allows the creator to select certain dates and times, and invitees vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the times they can or can’t attend. This greatly simplifies scheduling meetings; gone are the days of sending emails back and forth about date and time options. The free plan offers more than enough for those that don’t need customization, don’t mind ads, and don’t need to send calendar invitations through Doodle. The paid plans offer great perks if you do want customization, or an ad-free experience. Why we love it? Well, we love anything that is easy to use and saves us time. Doodle does both. Allowing users to quickly create a poll and send it to a group takes the stress out of scheduling.
Eventbrite: Number 10 on the Cloud 100 list, Eventbrite is a cloud-based event management and ticketing website. Founded in 2006, it was the first major player in the event management space at the time. Over the last 12 years, Eventbrite has acquired multiple platforms within their realm to remain the top-dog in their industry. With this cloud-based company, pricing is a little different. If you or your organization are using the platform for a free event, then it is free to use Eventbrite to create the event/ticketing. But, if you are creating an event that charges a ticket price, they will charge you a flat fee. For example, the “Essentials” plan costs 2% + $0.79 per paid ticket. For the other paid plans you will have access to features like: unlimited ticket types, reserved seating, detailed sales analytics, and more. While this is different than a plan that is completely free, there is no monthly or annually recurring fee. Why we love it? Eventbrite is a great way to create and manage an event that you are hosting. Plus, if you’re holding a free event, but just want to manage the attendance list, there is no fee at all.
There you have it, part 2 of our favorite free cloud-based companies. As you can see, many companies are now trusting the cloud, and are breaking barriers with their use of it. To learn more about how the cloud can help put your organization ahead of the competition, reach out. As Florida’s preferred cloud provider, we have experts available 24/7/365 to answer any questions you may have.