5 Smartphone Applications Every Salesperson Needs

As a salesperson, how do you use your smartphone? Do you only use it for calling and texting; or maybe you play games on it during boring meetings? You can greatly boost your sales productivity by using your smartphone in innovative ways. Below is an overview of the top 5 apps that will help you do your work more effectively.

Camcard is a professional business card reader and business card scanner. Use CamCard to instantly save sales leads. Just take a picture of a business card, and CamCard will save the contact information into the app’s database, or your address book. CamCard is highly accurate and will help you maintain reliable contact information for leads you meet at tradeshows and networking events. If you want to get better at lead prospecting, you must have CamCard. You can even use it to capture group contacts and take notes too. This app is available for BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and Android phones.

CompanionLink Software offers applications that allow you to sync data between devices. You can use these apps to sync data from your android phone to your Mac computer and Surface tablet, for example. One of the best features of this app is that it is a cross-software tool; it’s not locked to one software vendor. Cloud software makes all of our lives a lot easier, but it isn’t 100% reliable because it depends on the Internet connection, which you can’t always predict. As a salesperson, you cannot afford to wait for your information to load from the cloud. With CompanionLink, you don’t have to wait; you can sync your contacts and always have them with you. Checking an appointment, looking up a potential client number or even confirming appointments is very easy with this app. If you like to use the latest technology available, you will be glad to know that CompanionLink supports the just released Windows 8.

Square card reader allows you to close deals and collect payment instantaneously. Square is a mobile payment solution available for iOS and Android devices, and offers a significantly cheaper option to credit card readers. If you travel to events or client meetings out of town, Square allows you to collect payment on the spot. All you need to do is to swipe the customers’ credit cards to process a payment. Square also collects contact information, so you can maintain communication to ensure future renewal of purchase. A number of mobile payment applications are now available, but Square is currently leading the market.

Just last week InsideView announced the beta of our mobile site. If you’re in sales, this application is crucial to your success. InsideView pulls up-to-the-minute sales intelligence about prospects right to your phone, so you can research prospects in a cab on the way to their office, or after you meet them at a networking event. You can find out recent news, social media updates, company basics and financials, etc. Go to www.my.insideview.com/mobile to access the site if you’re currently an InsideView customer, or get a text message with log in information. InsideView is available for iOS, Android, and Windows phone. Keep an eye out for the InsideView application coming to mobile in a few months.

The Evernote app is useful for taking down meeting notes without having to carry a physical notebook. It also dispenses the need to transcribe notes into databases because all its notes are automatically saved online. It also features a voice recognition function you can use for simple tasks. Evernote is available for Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iOS, and Android phones.

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