20 of the fastest growing business apps in 2016

source
Flickr / Jirka Matousek

One of the interesting side effects of the cloud computing revolution: We now have all kinds of new ways to discover which apps people are using for work.

That’s why Zapier was able to create this list of the fastest-growing apps in 2016, according to its network.

Zapier is like an IFTTT for business apps. It lets people connect their work apps together to tasks and automatically move data between them. It boasts 1.5 million registered users who have hooked up over 750 business apps.

By looking at which apps are used the most all day on its network, Zapier determined which apps were rising in popularity.

It divided its analysis into two parts: the fastest-growing established apps and the fastest-growing new apps, which doesn’t necessarily mean new-to-market apps, but those that are new the Zapier network.


No. 10 new: <a href=”https://chatfuel.com/”target=”_blank”>Chatfuel for Facebook</a> is an app that lets anyone create their own artificially intelligent chat bot.

source
Chatfuel

No. 9 new: <a href=”https://office.live.com/start/Excel.aspx”target=”_blank”>Excel Online</a>, the online version of the long-time favorite spreadsheet leader, has added an API, meaning other apps can now tap into it to work together.

source
Microsoft

No. 8 new: <a href=”https://newkajabi.com/”target=”_blank”>Kajabi</a>, the popular online course management platform, has added an API, meaning other apps can tap into it to work together.

source
Kajabi

No. 7 new: <a href=”https://www.clickfunnels.com/”target=”_blank”>ClickFunnels</a> is a landing page builder that helps businesses sell their products online.

source
Click Funnels

No. 6 new: <a href=”https://www.meistertask.com/”target=”_blank”>MeisterTask</a> is a task management app focused on the Kanban board project management method, which uses colored sticky notes.

source
MeisterTask

No. 5 new: <a href=”https://convertkit.com/”target=”_blank”>ConvertKit</a> is an email marketing tool that’s specifically geared for bloggers.

source
ConvertKit

No. 4 new: <a href=”https://basecamp.com/3/new”target=”_blank”>Basecamp 3</a>, the latest version of the popular project management tool from Basecamp, has added an API, meaning other apps can tap into it to work together.

source
Basecamp 3

No. 3 new: <a href=”https://calendly.com/”target=”_blank”>Calendly</a> is a popular meeting-time finder that has added an application programming interface (API). The API makes it possible to integrate it Calendly with other apps.

source
Calendly

No. 2 new: <a href=”https://www.google.com/forms/about/”target=”_blank”>Google Forms</a> is an online form and survey creation tool that’s been updated with new features.

source
Google

No. 1 new: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/business/news/lead-ads-launch”target=”_blank”>Facebook Lead Ads</a> is new ad product.

source
Facebook

No. 10 overall: <a href=”https://slack.com/”target=”_blank”>Slack</a> is hot team communication and collaboration tool.

source
Slack

No. 9 overall: <a href=”http://www.activecampaign.com/”target=”_blank”>ActiveCampaign</a> is a cloud service that helps companies do email marketing.

source
ActiveCampaign

No. 8 overall: <a href=”https://products.office.com/en-us/business/explore-office-365-for-business”target=”_blank”>Office 365</a> is Microsoft’s growing online productivity suite.

source
Office 365

No. 7 overall: <a href=”https://www.hubspot.com/products/crm”target=”_blank”>HubSpot</a> is a popular cloud service that handles email, online and social media marketing campaigns.

source
HubSpot

No. 6 overall: <a href=”https://www.google.com/sheets/about/”target=”_blank”>Google Sheets</a> is a popular spreadsheet used as an alternative to Excel.

source
Google

No. 5 overall: <a href=”https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus”target=”_blank”>OmniFocus</a> is a popular to-do app for the “Getting Things Done” time management system.

source
OmniFocus

No. 4 overall: <a href=”https://www.agilecrm.com/”target=”_blank”>Agile CRM</a> is a CRM tool that comes with online marketing tools.

source
Agile CRM

No. 3 overall: <a href=”https://www.hubspot.com/products/crm”target=”_blank”>HubSpot CRM</a> is a free “customer relationship management” tool that salespeople use to manage their interactions with customers and prospects.

source
HubSpot

No. 2 overall: <a href=”https://acuityscheduling.com/”target=”_blank”>Acuity Scheduling</a> is a service that lets clients check the business’ calendar and schedule appointments themselves.

source
Acuity Scheduling

No. 1 overall: <a href=”https://airtable.com/”target=”_blank”>Airtable</a> is an easy-to-use online database that bills itself as a cross between a spreadsheet and a database.

source
Airtable