Productive Web Apps: Web apps to help you at work and play

What is the name of your business and URL?

Productive Web Apps

http://productivewebapps.com

A brief synopsis of the website / application?

Productive Web Apps is an interactive directory that lets you easily search, sort, rate and compare hundreds of the best web applications available online.

Why did you start this company?

A small gripe I had with the Chrome Web Store was that there wasn’t the ability to subscribe to an RSS feed or receive regular updates when new apps are added each day. This was the main driver behind why I wanted to build the site, I am passionate and love reading about web apps but became frustrated there was not a one-stop shop where I could receive regular updates on new apps with short simple descriptions, a screenshot and an outline of key features.

Was your company started on a shoestring budget or funded?

I started the company funding it myself with a bit of spare cash I had saved up over the years. Most of the initial cost was put into building the site and now we’re focusing on producing great content, finding the best web apps and marketing the hell out of ourselves! The actual day-to-day cost of running the business is quite small which is why I think it’s such a great business model and we’re hoping to make back our costs within less than a year.

We’re planning on bringing out new features like being able to save and bookmark your favourite apps, as well as building in a better interface to present the user with more options and similar web apps. We want to build our user base and produce a lot more content before we go out and seek any funding to do this.

Who is your competition, and what do you do better?

Our main competitor is the Chrome App Store, purely because of the sheer size of its user base. The apps we offer are cross-platform (or cross-browser) in the sense that they will work on other browsers like Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer etc., whereas Chrome Web Apps need to be ‘installed’ and will only work on Chrome.

We also offer some web apps that aren’t found on the Web Store and always make sure that any web app we include offers genuine value to our users. One key advantage I mentioned earlier is that you can subscribe to our RSS feed so that you can always stay up to date with the latest web applications.

Why would a small business, entrepreneur, freelancer, etc use your product?

Productive Web Apps: Web apps to help you at work and playThere are literally thousands of great sites to help you achieve pretty much anything you can imagine online, but finding them in a whole other matter. Everyone from small businesses, entrepreneurs freelancers or consumers can find web apps to help them be more productive in the workplace or even just have some fun. Whether it’s managing your finances, looking for a recipe, organising your contacts, listening to music or writing your to do list, Productive Web Apps has something useful for any user. Further from this users can then compare similar applications to find the one that suits their needs best.

Are there different pricing levels?

Our site is completely free to use but we also offer developers or ‘web application’ owners to have their site featured on the home page for one month for a small fee of $20. It’s a great way to build visitors and find real engaged users for their site. With thousands of web apps circling around the net, having your site featured with a premium submission is one of the best ways to get your app noticed amongst the crowd.

Do you have a blog that keeps users updated?

We have an internal blog on our site where you can find discussions on everything from the web apps, product reviews, tech gear and tips to make your day more productive. You can find our blog at the link here: http://productivewebapps.com/category/blog/

Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn or ?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/productivewebapps

Twitter: http://twitter.com/PWApps

LinkedIn:http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Productive-Web-Apps-4171964

Google+: https://plus.google.com/114748334009116832971/posts

How long have you been in business?

We’ve been up and running for around 3 months now and continuing to add new apps each and every day! One of the biggest channels we’ve faced since starting up is actually getting the word out there and finding the most appropriate channels to market ourselves in. It’s definitely something that we’ve been getting better at over time. We’ve recently also built our own ‘web app’ for the Chrome Web Store to make it easier for Chrome users to access our site, which we’ve seen great interest in and it demonstrates that we have something different to offer the heavy web application users.

You can check it out at in this link:https://chrome.google.com/webstor/detail/mbphhhjgolbajfbllhnbkkkbjnkogchd

Our main goal for the future (2-3 years) is that we can become the “go-to” place for people searching for web applications.

What other web based products would you recommend to entrepreneurs, business owners, or freelancers?

Just come visit our site. Any web application we include on our site comes with a recommendation it’s at least worth checking out!

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One Response to “Productive Web Apps: Web apps to help you at work and play”

  1. Jelle says:

    Also check out AppAppeal.com with over 3,100 web apps. All apps are ranked by worldwide popularity.

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