Get ready for the Christmas season with these apps

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We all know Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the busiest and if you run a business, stress can really take the shine off that seasonal sparkle.

The best way to minimise worry is to plan ahead and utilise the latest technology to help with important tasks. With Square Online you can now integrate with a whole host of great apps. Marketing, eCommerce, inventory and staff wellbeing just got a lot easier thanks to the apps below.

Apps for the festive season

Marketing and analytics

If you’re struggling to find new and effective ways to reach and engage with an audience, Domo and Kliken can help you with marketing decisions.

Domo enables you to collect all your data across locations, departments, and systems. Make sense of that data with speed and efficiency, with access for anyone in your organisation, in real time. Instant insights are available with pre-built dashboards in the Square app, and thanks to Domo, you can access and share on any device, on the go.

Seamlessly streamline marketing and analyse results by integrating with Kliken. Sync your inventory and items catalogue and soon you’ll be advertising on Google Shopping and Google Ads. With automated search, marketing and retargeting, you can let Kliken look after time-consuming tasks while you focus on other operational duties.

eCommerce apps

When it comes to selling online, you need solutions that integrate with global platforms and offer tools that are simple yet effective. Ecwid and Wix offer all this and more.

Ecwid integrates with your website, social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, and top marketplaces including eBay, Amazon and Etsy. And with a single click, you can sync products from your Square catalogue. Don’t have your own website? You can create one from scratch thanks to Ecwid’s Instant Site feature.

Wix is another industry leader enabling online businesses to grow. Simply create an account, download the dashboard for desktop or app for mobile, connect to Square and begin accepting credit and debit cards for secure payment processing. Then, you can get started on a professional storefront with customisable product pages and checkout.

Inventory, shipping, and delivery apps

Worried about keeping track of your inventory during the pre-Christmas chaos? Square works with apps that sync, manage and track across all sales channels. Among them are Shopventory, SKU IQ and Shippo.

With Shopventory, you can optimise your inventory to work out where you have too much or too little stock. Plus, manage profit margins, complete catalogue management and more.

Connect your Square account to SKU IQ and pull data from your Square POS and eCommerce solution so you can see transactions and inventory in one place. Online and physical Inventory counts auto-adjust in real time, avoiding long end-of-day checks.

When it comes to shipping and returns, Shippo has everything covered. Connecting it to Square makes shipping automated. Compare top carriers for prices without volume requirements, and keep customers informed of the progress of their orders.

Staff management apps

Even staff management can be simplified and streamlined thanks to apps such as Deputy and Staffology Payroll. Build seasonal shift schedules and improve communication with your valued team.

Deputy combines simplicity with innovation for workplace management solutions. Combine with Square POS and live weather to identify sales traffic highs and lows. From there, you can optimise schedules and save money. And you can adapt to unforeseen circumstances – if a staff member is ill, find a replacement with one tap.

Save time and money with Staffology’s automation of payroll tasks. Email out payslip PDFs to staff, file with HMRC and start the next pay run.

Holiday event management apps

Like many business owners, you may be thinking of planning a big festive event to kick off Christmas. If you’re unsure where to start, apps such as TicketSocket, Brushfire and SimpleTix will make things go smoothly.

With TicketSocket, you can manage data analysis, finances and branding. Increase efficiency with features including reserved seating support, an integrated box office and social marketing tools. By connecting to Square, you can use TicketSocket for seamless payments and itemisation.

Brushfire is an all-in-one ticketing and event registration for corporations and planners. Integrating with Square enables you to take payments online or in-person easily and view transactions. However, there’s much more to Brushfire. Design and create event pages to spread the word online and allow would-be customers to purchase tickets to your Christmas event.

SimpleTix helps you manage your events from creation through to the big day, whether in-person or virtual. SimpleTix’s features, including contactless scanning, timed entry and reservations, remove complications and save time. This app integrates with Zoom for meetings should you need to prepare beforehand with your team and connects with Square for secure payments.

You really can make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year for your business. Square partners with a wide array of apps that provide solutions for all aspects of your business. From industry leaders to exciting newcomers, discover more about our best apps to get you through the festive season – and beyond.