Wouldn’t it be great if some tasks just magically did what they’re supposed to do, on their own? Good news: the future is now, and this magic is now a reality.
If ‘IFTTT’ is new to you, you have cause to be excited about what we’re about to tell you. Standing for ‘If This, Then That,’ IFTTT is a service that has changed the way we use online apps and systems to help out with the everyday tasks that tend to take up so much of our time. It uses a formula system that intuitively pairs items and tasks to make your workflow that much more fluid. With the right recipe, you can cut the time you put into some tasks down by a considerable amount. This frees you up to do all those other things you keep meaning to get to, but never have to time for.
Here are the top 10 most useful IFTTT recipes that will let you set it, and forget it.
Send a LinkedIn invitation to someone who starts following you on Twitter
If someone starts following you on Twitter, they’re likely to connect with you on LinkedIn, too. And as we already know… LinkedIn is a powerful tool for small business. Now you don’t have to think twice about it, just make it happen here.
Receive a text message before your next event or appointment
Never miss another event! Or, more importantly – that appointment that took forever to schedule. Use this handy IFTTT recipe to synch up your Google calendar and send you a text message alert. Problem solved (before it even happens).
Keep track of Facebook links with Bitly
Use this IFTTT recipe to generate a Bitly URL shortener for every Facebook post you make. Bitly is known to be a great tool that takes long URLs and shortens them for a more polished look. But that’s not the only benefit, it can also be used to track statistics and views for each post, too.
If you turn mobile data ON, automatically turn WiFi OFF
This one is just plain awesome for everyone. Your battery will thank you!
Watch specific stocks on the market
Keeping your eye on specific stocks just got easier. Whether you invest in, are interested in purchasing, or they simply are pertinent to your business or industry, all the info and updates will be delivered right to you. Use this IFTTT recipe to link to a stock market app and notify you via push notification should it drop more than 5%.
Get a text message as a reminder to pay your bills
Kiss those late charges goodbye, and say hello to your new best bill friend. After all, if it comes via text message, there’s no ignoring it.
If a Google Calendar event starts, post to my Facebook Page.
Let people in your community know that the party has started (and that they’re welcome to join). With this recipe, sync your Google Calendar with your Facebook Page, and share the names and locations of your most recent events.
Save and sort your LinkedIn network to a Google spreadsheet
You’ve likely heard how important networking is – no matter what your business. By setting up this formula, you’ll have all of the info about your LinkedIn network in one digestable format. Next time you want to reach out (but not from LinkedIn), you’ll be able to find the info you need in a second. Get the recipe, here.
Remember birthdays, and send birthday greetings
If you’ve added the birthday of your friends, clients, or others to your events calendar, you can create a trigger to send either a birthday greeting or a customer coupon. People will be touched you remembered, and you just might get more sales. Make it happen, here.
Post your Instagram pics as native Twitter pics
If you like your Instagram snaps to end up on Twitter anyway, this is the perfect solution for you. As an added bonus, this recipe makes your pics show as full images rather than just links. Win win!
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