As we move into 2018, everyone is hypothesizing and publishing their choices for the best apps and ‘need to have it’ technology. What better way to start than with apps every salesperson needs. Time is money. Any app than can help a sales person organize their workflow and life, or streamlines reporting or networking processes is more time for selling. The end of the year is the best time to get new apps. You have a few weeks to test it and get acquainted with it, while things are a little quiet. It usually takes a bit of time figure out how to use an app to its full potential. Some, like Facebook, are no brainers nor does it require to work out how to use new feature. Some app may be stand-alone products, meaning you might not have an account and you may need to import some of your information or data. It’s worth taking the hour now to do it.
If you’re a salesperson who isn’t making use of a smartphone or tablet, the time to do so is now! Upgrade your technology. As the end of the year approaches, you can score a great deal. There’s no excuse not to have a decent piece of technology when you’re in sales. You rely on good, reliable technology to make the most of your work day. The last thing you need is for something to die and lose your sales notes. It’s the end of the year, treat yourself to a nice tech gift and some new apps that will make your life easier!
To save you the research time, we’ve compiled the 15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs!
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – LinkedIn.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn account, you need to get with the times and create a profile now. It’s a great networking tool. You can join professional groups and even generate sales leads. Who doesn’t love sales leads? LinkedIn has quickly taken over as the go-to social media for professionals. The app overs an easy to use messaging platform, and it can also use your phone’s contacts to easily connect with people you know. The best part? It’s free!
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Slack.
Nowadays, most work teams are not in the same location every day. Some may work remotely or in an office across the country. If you work collaboratively with other salespeople or on any sort of team, you’ll want Slack. It’s an app that simplifies communication with your team. You have access to features like searchable messages, archives, and more. It helps teams communicate more effectively and eliminates the slew of emails that can be tough to follow.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Twitter.
Twitter is a still a goldmine when it comes to sales leads. The app is a lot easier to use than the mobile site. It’s easier to customize pictures from profile of user you want to call out. It’s also easier to Tweet on the go. Commuting in the morning? That’s some prime tweeting time! Make the most of it.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Profit Story.
This app will be the best $1.99 you ever spent! Profit Story will save you a lot of time calculating a deal.
“Profit Story is a profit calculator that allows you to easily calculate Profit Margins, Markups, Suggested Sell Price and Suggested Cost Price information. It also allows you to calculate your break even % and projected volume lift needed. Quickly see the impact of changing one measure on the other values,” says Profit Story on its website.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – CamCard.
Salespeople network a lot. It’s the bread and butter of their job. Despite being in the digital age, people still use business cards. The problem with business cards is they are bulky and easily lost. Plus, we all know you’ve put one or five in the washing machine and lost that connection. CamCard solves your problem. Using your phone’s camera, you can easily scan and import the information off a business card into an easy to use Excel file or CRM program like SalesForce.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Keynote.
Doing a sale on the go? Don’t be caught without Keynote. It’s a free presentation app for iOS users. It’s like PowerPoint but a lot more powerful and more geared towards pitches.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Mobile CRM.
Whichever CRM system your businesses uses, make sure you have the mobile version downloaded onto your tablet or smartphone. It’s the easiest way to have all of your customer and colleague information readily available.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Doc Scan.
Tired of having to wait until you get back to office to scan a signed deal? So does everyone else. Luckily, someone created an app to take care of it. With DocScan, you can use your phone’s camera to take a picture of a document. The app will then convert it to a clean and professional looking PDF or JPG that can be easily sent to the customer and your office.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – eSignature.
Most businesses today have taken advantage of an eSignature systems, such as DocuSign or Adobe Echosign. These are widely beneficial because sales agents don’t have to wait for clients to find the time to print off a document, sign it, and send it back. If your company does use one of these handy tools, make sure you download the corresponding mobile app. If your company does not have an eSignature system, it’s time to upgrade!
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Dragon.
Tired of writing handwritten notes? Wish you could have someone write the for you while you drive home or to a meeting? Well, a personal assistant may be out of the question. However, Dragon isn’t. It’s an app that translates voice memos into text. Once you’re done, the app can either text or email you your transcribed notes.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Wunderlist.
Instead of managing a number of online and hand-written to-do lists, keep them in one, organized place. Wunderlist is a list sharing app. The best part is you can keep personal and professional list all in one easy to find place. It’s especially nice if you are working with someone else on a project, you can share and edit lists without the hassle of emailing them.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – QuickVoice.
Worried you’ll forget something in a meeting? Wanting to record a sales pitch for training purposes? Download QuickVoice. It’s a voice recording app and listen later.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Feedly.
Just because you’re on the go, doesn’t mean you should fall behind on current events. Staying up to date on the news is a great way to make small talk with clients. Feedly allows you to save your favorite blogs and read them later. Perfect for long plane, train, car, or bus rides.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – SmartUp.
Even if you don’t want to run the business, you should be knowledge about the basics. At the very least, you should understand the lingo. SmartUp is a great tool that will earn you a mini MBA. It will give you the step up on the competition.
15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs – Expensify.
On a business trip and worries about losing a receipt? Expensify is about to be your new best friend. You can easily scan receipt into your phone. It’s great for on the go organization. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sorting through a bunch of receipts at the end of your trip. You can easily email daily reports or one complete one report. Don’t worry about missing a reimbursement again!
Sources: Emma Brunder for HubSpot.