IQ’s Favorite Apps and Services of 2015 – Far superior to Gmail’s tabbed approach, is the simplest way to manage and filter your email to greatly reduce the number of times your phone vibrates and distracts you from what is truly important.


Slack – Email will never die but that’s not stopping Slack from trying. Slack manages office communication with great cross-platform integration and we love the awesome giphy feature.


Spotify – The streaming music service’s user base continued to grow this year and they extended into the fitness app market by launching a running feature that detects steps per minute, matching song pace to the user’s actual pace.


Instagram – While VSCO made a strong push this year, Instagram is still the photo sharing app to beat. From a marketing perspective the new self-serve ad platform they unleashed this year is fantastic!

Marriott – In addition to the great design this powerful hotel app (yes, we were surprised a hotel app made the list too) does more than just book your next stay at any of their 4,000 properties. You can chat with an associate to dial in the specifics of your booking or make special requests.


Timehop – Time travel to your past social posts. One of the best apps even though it can cause some self-shaming.

Snapchat – Started as a joke among older millennials but they’ve innovated to be a good news source for a tough market of media consumers, and their creative filters are almost memes themselves!

Venmo and Cash – Instant and secure ways to send and receive money between individuals. It’s actually frightening how fast they work. Venmo took it one step further and socialized the act of sending money.

TwoDots – More than a few of us are addicted to this game. Just download it and curse us later.

Favor – Their tag line is “Get Anything Delivered” Seriously. Anything. Food from your favorite barbeque place? Done.

Need a stapler? Done.

Anything you want in your city in under an hour.

Tripit – If you connect your Outlook, Yahoo, or Gmail accounts Tripit will automatically pull plane tickets, hotel confirmation, restaurants reservations, and event tickets into the app and send you reminders of where you are supposed to be when.  One place for all of your itinerary needs. Some of us won’t travel without it.

So what will 2016 bring? We’re betting on apps and services that provide deeper connectivity and tied into wearables as more products enter the market at lower price points. Let us know what technologies IQ can research for your business.

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