Concerned about your data? Find out what a dashboard is, which one fits your business best and how to better display it on your office screen.
Measures, metrics, KPIs - It’s all about data, data and more data. We have never had more data in our hands. Understanding and making productive use of it is essential to your business.
How many people have opened your email? How many sales did your team bring in? And most importantly, how much time do you spend creating spreadsheets and getting buried in reports? Wouldn’t it be easier if there was a way to display your data so that you know exactly what’s going on in your business at all times?
What is a dashboard?
The go-to solution you are looking for is dashboards. A tool that cuts through data clutter and helps you get down to what really matters. But more concretely, what is a dashboard?
Founder of Perceptual Edge, Stephen Few describes dashboards as a visual display of your business’ data that is essential to achieve your goals. This data is consolidated and showcased on a single screen so that it can be tracked and monitored at a glance. Truly helpful is the fact that the data is automatically updating itself without any assistance from the user. With the right dashboard, you can experience the satisfaction of leading your business to success.
I know what you’re thinking: so, how do I spot the right dashboard?
As the Partnerships Manager at Airtame, I’ve spent months researching dashboards that work with Airtame.
Provided that these dashboards have a shareable public link, you can copy-paste it into your Airtame’s settings, and your dashboard will display on the screen. Once your dashboard is up on a large screen, it becomes a wallboard, a term you might have heard before but never really knew what it was. The main benefit of wallboards is that they are highly visible and easy to understand for everyone around them.
Here I found not one but 21 dashboard services, that will easily help you showcase your company’s indispensable data on any office screen. To make your life easier, I’ve split them into Executive Dashboards and Social Walls, according to their focus.
If what you’re looking for is the classic KPI dashboard that helps you keep track of your business performance, then Executive Dashboards are for you. This includes your accounting software data, your CRM, website analytics, or email system data for a broader perspective. Here are some recommendations:
Used by more than 4,500 companies, and integrating data from Dropbox, Marketo, Moz, and so forth, our partner, Klipfolio makes sure that your web analytics, sales and finances, and project management goals are transparent throughout your company. I personally have a screen dedicated to Klipfolio dashboards in front of my desk and it really makes my life easier.
They are fond of Airtame users, so if you are one of them, you benefit from a 25% discount on any tier plan for the first 3 months of your subscription.
See for yourself how they work. Click here.
An all-in-one business dashboard app, Cyfe’s goal is to help you make better business decisions by bringing all of your business performance data under one roof. However, to benefit from its full potential, you would have to sign up for a Premium account.
Curious to hear more? Check their tutorial.
With varied integrations, such as Zendesk, Pipedrive, Podio, leaderboards and custom recognition features, Plecto will drive your team’s motivation sky high. If sales are your main focus, Plecto is what you’re looking for. Also, I must say the pricing plan is quite eye-catching.
And it’s even more eye-catching for Airtame users. Our partners at Plecto are offering you 3 months of their incredible sales dashboards service free of charge.
Want to check all of their features? Click here.
By marching in front of your team with the most important performance metrics, you will build a smart and productive data-driven culture in your company. What got my attention were the user-friendly visualization features. In short: nice and clean.
Eager to find out more? Watch their tutorial on how to get started!
Small, medium, large companies - it doesn’t matter. Datapine can provide you with accurate KPIs in the most professional way, be it management, finance, sales or marketing related. Plus, I really enjoyed their customer support. For example, booking a demo and understanding their product took no time at all.
Click here for a tutorial teaser of how it works.
On the hunt for real time dashboards for your business? With Dash, you can create your unique dashboard. If you are looking for spot on dashboards that don’t require too many features, then Dash will do the job for you.
Monitor your workflow, connect to an ever-growing list of tools and services, and make sure that all relevant stakeholders in your projects get the essential details with Axosoft. I would also add that these dashboards load very fast, so you won’t have to worry about delays in your content.
Click here for a sneak peak.
By connecting and visualizing your data in a matter of minutes, Tableau Public can make you forget about the old-school spreadsheets and reports that used to clutter your life.
I like the fact that Tableau has a broad service offering. Also, they are pretty active in terms of social events. So if you have any doubts, you can always check if they’re holding an event in your neighborhood.
Want more insights on how to use it? Click here for some guidelines.
Integrating Facebook, MailChimp, Google Analytics and Adwords and many more, Cervinoboard focuses on online marketing agencies. They deliver smart services that save a lot of time for agencies that wish to deploy and maintain large amounts of dashboards. A few newer services are still in beta, but this is a young startup to watch.
A business solution that is able to monitor data from a wide range of industries. From banking and finance, education, government to pharmaceutical transport and logistics, retail, and so on. With more than 20 years of experience on the market, Dundas has dedicated over 7 of them to their dashboard project development.
However, if you want to explore their service offering, you should definitely consider signing up for a Premium account. If this sounds like a deal, get started with a free trial!
Boosting your sales, managing daily activities or stepping up your productivity game - Zoho has helped business professionals take care of all these for more than a decade. If I were looking for a very complex software provider, I would most likely choose Zoho.
Want to get a better sense of your data? Watch this video!
Be it SEO, SEM, PPC or social media, DashThis has got your back. It automatically gathers all your client data into one dashboard report.
Lets you easily combine the data your team needs and has customizable dashboards. What else is there? Oh, yes, the fact that it can be tailored to nearly every market from digital agencies to server admins and sales teams. Quite a tool for startups, I’d say.
Start with a free trial to get better sense of these dashboards.
Incredibly user-friendly features and very intuitive dashboards. Not to mention the sharp design of their live graphs. Sometimes, it can take a while to load, but it’s worth the wait. The pricing plan: really appealing.
Learn more on how to use Plotly by clicking here.
Presumably, you want to track your social media lifespan, or organize a kick-ass event. Social walls can help you stay on the pulse of your social media community. These are some suggestions that caught my eye.
Want to keep track of your social media activity for a certain event or conference? With so many platforms out there, why not bring all of them into one easy-to-use display so that everyone can see your tailored stream of content unfolding in real time?
Start with a free trial and then you can decide among Plus, Premium or customized plans.
Taking control of your social content is crucial, especially when in charge of organizing a new event. Miappi helps you create a Social Wall that lets you maximize the reach of existing social media content by adding any feed from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Vine, Tumblr, Pinterest, Spotify and SoundCloud.
Meet Juicer, a social media aggregator that sets your filters up, moderates your posts, and analyzes your social media engagement. What’s more, Juicer has 16 integrations and a modest pricing plan.
Worth giving a try!
Unleashing your hashtags and building your social wall with data integrated from over 15 platforms is a no-brainer if you go with Walls.io. Keep your audience updated with Walls.io’s customizable next-generation social wall and your next event is sure to be a success.
You can see Awesome Wall’s social walls at all sort of events, including London Fashion Week and Champions League. It definitely stands out and if you have any doubts, you can try out their weekly pricing plan and decide if you want to move forward with a monthly or a yearly one.
Basic no-frills dashboards
Suppose you are only looking to create and share your slide decks. Or maybe you want to focus on showcasing your data through charts. Here are some no-frills options that work great:
Slides allows you to create and share great complex presentations online, in your very own browser without the need to download anything. See for yourself by clicking here.
Into maps & charts? Then Datawrapper is the optimum solution for you. Back up your presentation with this great visualisation tool and you might just get some applause by the end of it.
21 dashboards and countless benefits
Are you not convinced that dashboards can help you improve your business and sales?
There are countless benefits to keeping a live dashboard in the office. Below I will mention the most important ones.
A forward-thinking business has to reduce its proneness for human error as much as possible. Facts will always prevail over gut-based decisions.
Management thinker, Peter Drucker said,
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
By allowing your team to measure information and providing them with full transparency, you will benefit from ongoing improvement, efficient workflow, and a lowered risk of overlooking data.
Do yourself a favor and save some time and money! Cut down on the time you use to review data from different business systems. With dashboards, you can compile all your sources’ data in one big picture.
Monitor, take action, and now monitor again! It’s so easy to get derailed and miss your goals. Having all the essential data in front of you at all times will help you stay informed and keeps your data actionable.
What’s your favorite dashboard? Who should I look into next on my hunt for great dashboards you can use with Airtame? Let us know in the comments!