4 Must-Have Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

Have you ever scrolled through the App Store to find yourself overwhelmed with the countless options for apps that promise to increase productivity? Then after downloading multiple in hopes of becoming a super organized and efficient person you never actually open these apps? Honestly, we’ve all been there.

Over the course of the last three months as the #FourgeInterns, we've observed the countless tasks it takes the Fourge team daily to produce and manage the best social media content for clients. That's why we shared with the the our favorite apps to help them in their daily and monthly routines. In case you could use a new app or two (and we don't mean cheese curds) here's a breakdown of the 4 apps actually worth downloading and using on a daily and weekly basis!

  1. Unfold Price - Free! With the option to purchase additional template packs for $1.99 or even upgrade to Unfold+ for $1.60 a month granting you access to 150+ templates!

Using the Unfold app quickly elevates social media stories, making them look elegant and professional in an instant. It’s easy to pop photos into the simple templates and share them directly to the platform of your choice. Through the use of storytelling, a stronger sense of brand identity is conveyed as viewers begin to easily recognize color scheme and formatting choices made within the Unfold App.

Why you need this:

  • 150+ templates to choose from

  • Advanced text tools with curated fonts

  • Seamless sharing of high resolution images

Downloading this app means you can finally stop pouring extra time into putting together stories with GIFs, multiple colors and “fancy”, yet overdone text. Unfold empowers you to create stories that simply stand out and can be easily posted in the moment and shared in a second.

But don’t take our word for it, here's what people are buzzing about online...

"Unfold keeps things simple and elegant: your vacation photos will look like pages from a travel magazine." – Forbes

"With Unfold, your stories will look like they took hours to craft—even if you pieced yours together in less than a minute. Unfold’s stylized templates (Selena Gomez and the White House social-media team are fans) make it easy to transform your videos, photos, and text into a storyboard you can share with the world." – Apple

2. Otter

Price - Free!

With the Otter App you can take meeting notes with a single tap of a button AND give your undivided attention to the conversation happening right in front of you. Otter records meeting notes in real-time and transcribes them in a second, making them easy to review and search through later. Use this app in an interview, lecture or meeting then export and share quickly with your team. Once the link is shared all team members can read, listen back and search through the transcript instantly.

Why you need this:

  • Otter transcribes audio instantly and accurately rendering notes in real time

  • Search through transcript and find what you need, fast

  • Use keywords to quickly find a topic

  • Quickly listen back with different speed setting and even skip silence

  • Record and transcribe interviews, lectures, podcasts, videos, webinars, keynotes

What this means for you…BOOM! Your real-time notes are now shared and everyone is on the same page (literally)!

Awards this app has won

3. Astound

Price - Free!

Astound turns users into the best public speakers that they can be. Whether used a few minutes before a meeting or over a larger span of time, users will hear a difference in their voice. With over 100 videos of guided breathing, stretching, and vocal exercises, users can gain control of their voice and feel more confident presenting or talking to clients.

Who do we recommend this app for? This app is perfect for every professional, whose day involves meetings with clients or fellow team members, and general phone calls.

Why you need this:

  • All of the lessons and warm-ups are 100% FREE!

  • Progress will be seen and confidence will be built within minutes of using Astound

  • Users can go through lessons on their own pace

"I just gave a presentation to a group in a large conference room. For the first time ever, I felt like I had plenty of breath and I could reach the back row without straining my voice. I didn’t have to keep clearing my throat. That tremor in your voice when you are nervous? NOT a problem! The exercises seem so simple but they really worked for me. In the past I always thought that I don’t sound as confident as I feel and this app has helped me turn that around. Contrast this with the speech coach who wanted $8000 for six months of online coaching. I feel that this app is a fantastic deal! A big thank you to the developers."Aeonius

4. Forest - Stay focused, be present

Price - $1.99

Whenever you want to focus on a project you’re working on, open up the Forest app and start planting a tree. By starting a timer, a virtual tree will start to grow when the Forest app is open. If the user closes out of the app, the tree will be immediately killed. When a tree is done growing, the tree is added to the user’s garden. In addition, Forest partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on Earth when virtual coins are spent.

Who do we recommend this app for? This app is perfect for anyone who has trouble focusing, wants to impact the environment in a positive way, or anyone who wants to effectively increase their productivity.

Why you need this:

  • Over 500,000 real trees have been planted across Earth!

  • Helps reduce procrastination in a positive and simple way

  • Can help eliminate cell phone distractions and increase productivity

"Forest works well, and if your goal is to be more in the moment, ignore your phone and actually talk to your friends when you are with them, this is the app for you." The New York Times

"In order to establish new, better habits, it's helpful to engage with tools that make it easier to reinforce them. For anyone looking to curtail their phone usage, the Forest app might be for you." Business Insider

Leave a comment or send us a note if you downloaded one or more of these apps! We'd love to hear how it helped you #FourgeAhead.

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