There are so many free mobile applications which business people can use to make their time spent more efficient. We all know there are plenty of useful applications that can be purchased in the app store but there are many free ones that can make your time better spent. Here are some ive found to be useful:
For business development and networking, CamCard is great to have as it takes a picture of a business card and saves contact information in Card Holder or your Address Book.Bump is another good app which you use your phone to bump and share virtual information with another phone. Once both people confirm the bump (bringing both phones next to each other) selected contact information is sent to the other person.
For event management and marketing, Eventbrite scan and manage event tickets as attendee or host. Bizzabo helps to find business opportunities at conferences and events, while enabling event organizers to promote their event and engage directly with their attendees.
Your social media marketing can be made so much easier by using Hootsuite which lets you update Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Buzz all at once. Also, Instagram allows you to take, edit and share photos on your phone and with Instagram community.
For those wanting mobile sales &payment options, Square collects credit card payments by plugging a reader into your phone for 2.75% of every transaction. Paypal is similar, collects payment online using Paypal accounts or any major credit cards and cost is 2.9% plus a small fee per transaction.
A great file sharing tool is Dropbox which stores and shares files and folders with others across the internet using file synchronization. Bump is a revolutionary networking app that allows entrepreneurs to ditch traditional business cards in favour of virtual ones. You can trade contact information, photos, and files by simply “bumping” two smartphones together.
For productivity, Catch captures ideas across all your devices and for communication with staff get Whatsapp which replaces SMS and uses the internet to send and receive messages internationally without fees.Also, Skypelets you send instant messages, and make voice or video calls.
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