Some of the Best IFTTT Recipes for Business
The online service IFTTT (If This Then That) now has a free iPhone app, which for anyone familiar with the functionality of IFTTT, is pretty exciting news. IFTTT enables users to create shortcuts between a wide range of previously unconnected apps and social networks, using “triggers” such as taking a new picture or adding an event to the calendar. These “recipes” are then made available for other individuals to use, making IFTTT essentially a crowd-sourced pool of hacks for everyday life. The app’s site states its aim is to “put the internet to work for you”, and according to James A. Martin at CIO.com, it’s “guaranteed to bring out your inner hacker”.
IFTTT has been designed to make just about anyone’s digital presence simpler and easier to manage, which subsequently means there are numerous benefits for entrepreneurs and professionals who run their working lives largely from their iPhone. Below are some of the best “shared recipes” that might come in handy in the day to day management of your business:
Every time you add a new contact, send a “nice to meet you” email. You can also add this to your calendar, so it’s easy to keep track of who you’ve met, and where/when.
Automatically email yourself all your new iPhone photos. This is a great little automated feature for graphic designers who like to do a bit more than just throw an Instagram filter on their pictures, but don’t have the time to fiddle around syncing individual files.
Upload certain photos directly to Facebook. All you have to do is create an album on your phone called Facebook and add the photos you want uploading to it – the app will do the rest. There is also a recipe where you can upload photos to Flickr from your iPhone or from Instagram.
Post all LinkedIn updates to Facebook. Synchronising your social media profiles via IFTTT will vastly reduce the time spent managing your company or brand pages. (One drawback to this particular recipe is that people who follow you on more than one channel will be exposed to the same content over and over again.)
Get a high priority notification if a VIP emails you. Simply enter the email address of an important client, and your iPhone will send you a push notification if that person gets in touch.
Back up your contacts in a Google spreadsheet. Any new contacts you add will automatically be incorporated into the spreadsheet.
Log all your completed objectives in Google Calendar. There’s nothing quite so good for motivation and planning as looking back at your to do list and seeing all of the goals you have already achieved.
And here are some other uses for IFTTT that aren’t necessarily business-related, but nifty all the same:
Get a notification by email every time a new title is added to the Kindle Top 100 Free eBooks. A must-have hack for book lovers everywhere.
Archive all of your iOS photos to email or SkyDrive. You’ll be able to access them from anywhere, and you’ll still have them if your phone gets lost or broken.
Did we miss your favourite IFTTT recipe? Let us know in the comments section.