Tech we love to use

Longhurst is a business that has a natural niche advising those working in the tech, innovation, and high-growth sectors.

As a business, internally we are technology focussed, bolting in a wide range of software solutions designed to simplify the lives of our clients; our team; and to ensure our systems and processes are as seamless as possible.

Today’s article is to purely outline which bits of kit we use, and why.

Idea to IPO

Day-to-day operations

  • Google G-Suite – all encompassing ranging from Gmail; Drive; Calendar; Video conferencing; internal team instant chat; Docs (like word); Sheets (like excel). Live updates. Quick. Where has this been all our lives?!
  • Xero – accountancy software; making tax digital very simple for us.
  • ReceiptBank – submitting business invoices and receipts electronically; reducing time.
  • GoCardless – for clients to set up standing orders for our services; quick and easy.
  • Calendly – function for clients/professional partners to book meetings with our team.

Data Security

  • LastPass – no need for password spreadsheets anymore; a must for all businesses.
  • StayPrivate – secure emailing at it’s finest; low cost and GDPR perfect.

Client Facing

  • Voyant – lifetime cashflow forecasting tool; enabling us to demonstrate to clients the steps they need to take to achieve and then maintain financial independence.
  • Timeline – sustainable income withdrawal tool; enabling us to help clients visualise probable income/lifestyle outcomes in retirement.
  • Deposit Sense – excellent cash management research tool we use to source the best interest-bearing bank and savings accounts.
  • Zoom – even though we have Google Hangouts, our favourite video conference tool is still Zoom; just don’t tell Google 😉
  • VidYard – coming to our clients in the future; a simple way to record personalised messages.

Content Marketing

  • MailChimp – newsletter production and distribution platform; low cost and easy to use.
  • Buffer – automate your social media posts through this platform; covers LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • HaikuDeck – no more boring PowerPoint presentations.

Inside Silverstone Podcast

  • Dropbox – to share episode content with our team; ready for their production work.
  • Libsyn – podcast platform from where we share our amazing interviewees to the world.
  • Audacity – audio platform to fine tune some our solo recordings.

As you can see, we use quite a lot of tech and software in the running of our business and world-famous podcast (well, nearly world famous).

Some of these integrate into G-Suite, some do not. However, the use of all has significantly reduced the time we spend running day-to-day operations.

We also know, from their feedback, that our loyal clients also see value, especially from the Client Facing kit we use.

The next step is to find a CRM tool that combines everything together ….. now that would be a fantasy come to reality. Time will tell!