Today's post was written by Lauren Carlson, a writer and market analyst out of Austin, Texas. She focuses on enterprise technology in the area of customer relationship management. She has been mentioned on Forbes.com and other notable Websites. You can see her articles regularly on the Software Advice blog.
In an increasingly mobile business world, professionals operate day-to-day on their mobile devices. Because of this, vendors have worked to develop the best apps that can bring all the necessary business functionality to an individual on the go. One profession that stands to benefit most from these apps is sales. Software Advice decided to see what is available on mobile devices to match the needs of a mobile sales force, and we were honestly amazed at the great tools we found. We highlight some of our favorites below.
Hashable Mobile: With everything else going digital, why shouldn't business cards? Hashable has developed a neat app that basically allows you to track everyone you meet. If you can gather an email address or Twitter handle, the app will do the rest. It logs the individual, along with where you met him or her. It allows you to make contact notes, set reminders to follow up, and track phone calls and meetings. Everything can sync back to your calendar and/or email to help keep you organized. Hashable Mobile is free and available for iPhone and Android.
Soonr: Soonr brings file collaboration to your mobile device. Not only can you create and edit PowerPoint presentations, but Soonr allows you to access and share more than 40 different types of files, from spreadsheets to MP3s. Because Soonr operates in the cloud, any changes made from your mobile device are automatically saved and synced back to your desktop. Another cool feature is the SMS notification. Whenever a file is updated or edited, anyone who has access to that file will receive a text. This way, you always know what is going on with your files, even if you are thousands of miles from the office. Soonr is $9.95/user/month and is available for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Android tablets.
FlightTrack Pro: One of the biggest pain points in a traveling profession is, you guessed it, traveling! FlightTrack Pro was developed by Mobiata to ease some of that pain. This is probably one of my favorite apps. It allows you to sync your travel itinerary and then sends you push notifications about any itinerary changes – delayed flights, change of gates, etc. It also has a really neat map feature that allows you to track your flight on a visually stunning graphic map. FlightTrack Pro is $9.99 in the App Store and is available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Hoover's Near Here: This app from Hoover's provides lead generation on the go. Sales professionals can access location-based business and contact information about companies anywhere in the United States and Canada. This is extremely useful for those times when you head out on a sales call, only to have the prospect cancel at the last minute. Instead of counting that time as wasted, you can use the Near Here app to see if there are any other prospects in the vicinity. Turn that loss into a possible win. Hoover's Near Here is free and available on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
These are just a sampling of the apps. For more information on each one and to see more choices for each category, check out the original article here: http://www.softwareadvice.com/articles/crm/apps-for-the-mobile-sales-force-1072811/.