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App of the Week: Pocket

July 16, 2020

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By Amanda Williams, copywriter

In the funeral industry, especially related to technology, we’re all looking for the “next, most efficient platform or technology.” That is why so many funeral professionals ask us about the apps we use, our recommendations for specific needs, and technologies that could be helpful in their funeral homes. But I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that the Passare team is known for being the “techies.”

With that in mind, we decided to give you a weekly recommendation of some of our favorite apps, platforms, and software. This week’s recommendation is Pocket.

Get Pocket, Gain Knowledge

Type of App: Learning and Development

Like a pocket on a piece of clothing that stores valuables, Pocket is a website that allows its users to store their favorite content from around the web on their own curated page. If you use the Firefox web browser, you’ve probably seen articles located in the middle of any new tab you open. Those articles were saved from their original sources and curated to your browser based on articles you’ve read or were most likely to be interested in.

Here’s how it works:

  • Simply sign up for the service using your email or Google account
  • Save articles, videos, and stories from anywhere: your favorite publications, apps, or pages
  • Organize the content you’ve saved on your personal page and view it at any time

From your page, you can organize, share, search, and store your content indefinitely (with the premium version). It’s also integrated with over 1,500 apps, so you can save to Pocket from there or via email.

Cost and Availability

While Pocket is free, a premium version is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. The premium version is free of ads, those pesky side-scrolling attractions that distract you from your reading. Also, with the premium version, you can access your permanent library of content from any device. View the plans and features in detail here.

Pocket is available via the web, Amazon apps, App store, or Google Play store.

How to Use Pocket in Your Funeral Home

While you’re more likely to use Pocket on your personal computer or devices, anyone can and should use Pocket to curate content and continue learning and developing. Here’s how you can use it in your funeral home:

  • Share a weekly video of encouragement with your colleagues
  • Read and discuss articles with your team
  • Curate timeless articles to share with families: see Funeral Basics

Pocket is one of those websites I tend to favor due to its ad-free structure. There’s nothing worse than scrolling to the bottom of an article, wanting similar or related content to read, and finding unrelated advertisements. Like the tagline reads, it offers “knowledge in your Pocket,” and you won’t regret it.

Be sure to check out the other articles in this series: Mailchimp, Scribd, RescueTime, Waze, Zapier, Grammarly.