Networking is one of the most valuable tools you’ll have if you’re interested in growing your business and business connections. I learned very quickly that there are certain apps that help me stay organized. If you are the primary person responsible for attending the networking events for your company, you’ll want to look into which of these apps will be the most beneficial for you. Here are my personal favorites.
1. LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a valuable networking tool that helps establish connections within your personal network. It is available for the Android or iPhone. With the app, I can easily search for people you make connections with, join groups and make updates from your phone. Personally, this has been a powerful tool to help me remember the names and faces of my connections. Aside from it’s practical use; the attractive design makes it easy to play with.
2. Twitterific: I originally downloaded Twitterific for personal use. Once I needed to start managing @rocksaucestudio from my phone at events and meetups, I discovered that I could upgrade to the premium version and do this effortlessly. While I’m at events, especially if there are speakers or if it’s being hosted by a certain business or company, I like to take the time to recognize the individuals or persons that are gracious to host on Twitter. There are other Twitter clients for your phone that can help you manage multiple accounts, check to see if your favorite twitter client has this feature too.
3. Meetup: I find out about most events I want to attend through Meetup.com. Having the ability to look at what’s going on no matter where I am allows me to make plans at a moments notice. You can check your calendar of RSVP’d events as well as past events, view a list suggested meetups and additionally check-in to a meetup when you arrive. Available for Android and the iPhone it is akin to the LinkedIn app, operating soley as an extension of the site.
Try out these apps, play with them and let us know what other tools you use to help establish and keep connections.