It’s a new year and a new office awaits. Is your company ready for a general communication and productivity program overhaul and upgrade? Productivity apps have proliferated at the speed of startup conferences and podcasts.

There are more tools and resources your team can turn to in order to stay productive and centered. Traditionally startup techs favor being able to get as many things done using as few different platforms as possible. So if using your time more efficiently and increasing team productivity are your priorities, then these are the apps you need to get organized in 2016.

Best for Project Management

TRELLO

(www.trello.com)

 

Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.

 

Trello is a free mobile app. It’s designed to keep track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details. Trello’s goal is to make sure that each team is consistently on the same page and held accountable using unique Trello job and project boards and lists.

 

Drag and drop cards between lists to show progress. Add as many people as you need and assign tasks to specific people with markers. It allows project managers to review the work that has been done and provide immediate feedback to keep things going, even when you are away from the office. Highlights and features include:

 

  • Checklists to keep track of to-dos
  • Comments to update your co-workers
  • Photos and videos link(s)
  • Who’s working on that card

 

Best for Sales & Customers

STREAK

(www.streak.com)

 

According to Streak- “Streak was born out of the frustration of constantly switching between our inbox (where we do our work) and external systems. Our goal is to make it simple to manage your everyday processes so you can close more deals, resolve more support tickets, and Get Things Done.”

 

Streak replaces many Google Sheets of investors and press contacts with a totally intuitive, native to Gmail Customer Relationship Management (CRM). If your email volume is increasing so quickly that using traditional email is no longer manageable, then Streak is your answer.

 

It acts as a way to keep customer requests on track without having to cut and paste every interaction into a separate CRM tool. Streak is great for entrepreneurs who need a streamlined inbox. Highlights and features include:

 

  • Group all emails from a customer or sales deal into a box
  • Share these boxes within your team and keep everyone in the loop
  • See every email between a customer and your team, right in your inbox
  • Speed up sending repetitive emails with custom templates
  • Schedule those crucial emails for the times when they’ll have the most impact
  • Get notified when your emails get read

 

 

Best for Inter-Office Communication

SLACK

(www.slack.com)

 

One of the highest rated apps on Google, Slack’s brilliant motto is: “Be less busy.” Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams, eliminating lengthy email threads and lost IMs.

 

Slack is a brilliant communication tool for businesses and team collaboration.  Slack is a simple, enjoyable communication tool where all information can be stored. Highlights and features include:

 

  • Real time messaging, file sharing, supporting one-to-one and group conversations
  • Powerful search and archiving, meaning no one is ever left out of the loop
  • Dozens of integrations with tools including: Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk
  • Instantly synced across all devices
  • Configurable notifications for desktop, mobile push and email

 

Best for Social Media

BUFFER

(www.buffer.com)

 

Billed as one of the most intuitive of the many post-scheduling tools, Buffer is a social media management tool, already utilized by over 2+ million marketers. Buffer can share and manage your social media on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more.

 

Schedule your updates to post at optimal times, whether you’re around or not. Build up a queue of awesome content to share with your friends and followers, and follow-up on your posts with Buffer’s straightforward analytics to see which posts performed best. Highlights and features include:

 

  • Schedule your posts – Buffer shares your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often
  • The Chrome extension can add posts to editorial calendars with just two clicks
  • Post the same message to all accounts or add context by customizing each
  • Create images with the perfect size and format for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest with specialized typography, font sizes and formatting options