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Mini App Round-Up: Jan 13, 2011

Our Mini App Round-Ups cover smaller apps that rock. If you have a suggestion for an app, send it our way.

Emailium
noresizeEmailium is an email marketing showcase. Once you register, you’re able to flip through the website and see examples of well-made email blasts. It represents the best of the best for email marketing. Use it to track your competitors or inspire your own deliveries. Emailium is critical resource for any small business or website looking to launch their first direct marketing campaign.

Organic Wine
noresizeOrganic Wine is one of the best online resources we came across to find organic wines. Using your phone, visit their mobile app page, and allow the site to find your current location. From there, drill down based on your mood, like varietal, wine type, country of origin or price. Wines seem to be sorted by year, and the location is shown on each listing.

TinyLetter: Write and Recruit a Following

We all subscribe to email newsletters, but TinyLetter makes is easy for us to create our own and gather a following.

When you visit the site, you’re instantly given the option to pick a username and then decide whether you want people to subscribe for free or for a cost per month. Then, drive people to your custom tinyletter page, which is nothing more than a single field to submit an email address. That’s it.

Newsletters have been used for the purpose of broadcasting a message since email was invented. I think the verdict is still out on whether paid email subscriptions will reach critical mass. At the moment, they exist, but they are severely limited based on low demand. Even popular management consulting firms that have charged for email subscriptions for years, like McKinsey & Company, are lifting the paywall.

Paid content or not, TinyLetter is the perfect solution for people looking to put together a list of subscribers. Their front page includes an alphabetical directory for everyone who has ever registered.

Mini Sprout has always focused on providing young startups with the tools to grow their customer base. Services like TinyLetter are sure to be a part of anyone’s marketing plan.

laytr: Easy Email Reminders

We’ve started seeing a new type of to-do list emerge on the web. It doesn’t look like your typical list with checkboxes and notes. In fact, it doesn’t have an interface at all. Services like FollowUpThen and LetterMeLater let users draft their to-do lists by email. It can be anything; a simple task in the subject or an entire email drafted with attachments. Just specify when to receive the message in the email’s to field and receive your email at that time.

Laytr is another service that allows you to schedule your reminders right from your inbox. Draft yourself a note, and add the delivery date or time to the To field. Want to receive your email back tomorrow? Then send your email to tomorrow@latyr.com. Want to receive it on Monday? Then send your email to monday@latyr.com. It works with dates (march.7), time (1min or march.7.330pm) and relative terms (tomorrow, nextweek, nextyear).

What helps differentiate laytr from the seemingly similar competitors is their business model. Laytr offers their service for free just like similar sites, but they are looking to expand into a tiered pricing model with additional features. Details aren’t listed on the website, so it’s unclear how the operation will evolve at this point. What is clear is laytr offers a service with a very low learning curve that is available for anyone with an email address. They are sure to attract a large user base.