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There are as many software tools for digital marketing agencies as there are snappy outfits to wear to grand openings of new cocktail bars. You know, like that place down the street that just opened—The Boom Boom Room—what with their delicious white rum, orange blossom, lemon, agave, sugar, and rose petal-garnished concoction, The Secret Garden.
Indeed, there are so many tools for digital marketing agencies that scouring the web for the marketing agency software that best fits your creative agency tech stack is—let’s face it—a total drag.
So we did it for you.
Albeit we focused on time-tracking and invoicing software, because, well, we mean, ya gotta both keep track of and get paid for your people’s time, right?
Since we’re on the same page, and you’ve got a grand opening to get to, let’s fire this thing up.
(Editor’s note. All of these are great for teams, this list is by no means exhaustive, and some time tracking software comes with invoicing features, and vice-versa, etc.)
Don’t Touch My Stuff! (Kidding, that would be a great name for security software though.)
We’re talkin’ time tracking, team tracking, invoicing, team scheduling, and resource planning all under one roof. Harvest is designed to keep current projects on track and transform past data into today’s insights so you can better estimate tomorrow’s projects. Hmmm, that seems important.
On-the-go time tracking for remote, hybrid, and on-premises workers through user-friendly mobile apps. It turns out tracking every second worked increases billable hours, plus you can monitor productivity and project status to adjust budgets, deadlines, and resources as needed.
Hit a timer, start tracking. Toggl makes tracking hours simple and painless for any size team, so creatives can log 25% more billable hours and improve profitability. And Toggl comes with an agency management software twist: budget tracking, invoicing, and tons of integrations.
Automatic time tracking on the desktop app means no filling out timesheets. Hooray! But there’s more to TimeCamp than that. Website and app usage monitoring keeps track of daily work activities so you can help teams focus on what matters most (*cough,* billable hours). Plus, you can check timesheets and control attendance, minus all the glowering.
This timesheet and project management software for creative agencies improves project visibility and prevents budget overruns. Powerful time-tracking tools let you track time your way, while estimate, budget, and cost tracking features solve problems before they blow up your income statements.
Think super user-friendly billing software for busy marketing or design teams at small to medium-sized enterprises. Customizable, professional, click-to-send invoices mean you can clearly detail completed work and associated billable hours, offer (and accept) different payment options, and schedule automatic payment and/or past due reminders. All in terminology that doesn’t require an accounting degree to understand.
Creating a free account nets a great no-frills resource management tool with unlimited customizable invoicing, bank and credit card payment processing, banking with built-in bookkeeping, and accounting to track income and expenses. If you need a bit more juice, payroll processing, bookkeeping support, and accounting and payroll coaching are available through monthly payment plans or one-time fees.
A comprehensive invoice software tool for digital marketing agencies. Set up ironclad click-to-sign contracts, get paid fast with secure, professional invoices, then skip the back-and-forth by setting and sending your meeting availability so clients can find the next best time to meet with you and become further enchanted by your wit, verve, and creative genius.
Manage your entire business from one place with this all-in-one agency management platform. Create invoices from quotes, orders, or time-worked, send scheduled, recurring, and late invoice reminders, or get one clear financial view with enterprise-level reporting on sales, costs, and budgets. Score! Oh!
Solo-preneurs and enterprise level agencies alike can lean on Zoho’s suite of products for virtually any agency management software need. Zoho Invoice is a simple, user-friendly platform that meets any invoice, billing, or payment need. Zoho Books provides end-to-end accounting, tax compliance, and automated business workflows for larger organizations that need to work collectively across departments and otherwise remove “siloed” from their long list of jargon.
Deputy—Love the nod to authoritarianism that comes with lording over people’s hours. Maybe it comes with a badge!
Freckle/Noko—Our nickname in high-school. It’s eerie how they just nailed it on the first try.
Paymo—We’ve decided we’re going to answer every question our managers ask with this name for a week and see if we’re offered a raise.
HoneyBook—It’s such a great reframe of the feelings anyone outside of accounting, finance, or organized crime experience when they think about “doing the books.”
Yooz—We really dig thick Brooklyn accents.
OneUp—Because invoicing is secretly about having the last word.
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