Now that many of you have spent some time with LinkedIn, you need to know about the next generation of apps poised to help you network, host effective calls and manage your meetings, follow-ups and contacts? These apps will help you stay productive and manage the most important actions you can take for a successful career: networking and building relationships.
This app allows you to learn everything about a person without ever leaving your Gmail inbox. Forget about searching Google; simply hover over an email and the contacts photo, latest tweets, Facebook profile, LinkedIn profile and more will show up in your sidebar. This is incredibly useful for vetting someone, learning more and finding those unforeseen moments.
This app is a free add-on available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. At its most basic, the tool lets you put a face to a name, but it can also act as a lightweight customer relationship management (CRM) system if you take advantage of all the integrated features.
Do you find yourself constantly fumbling for a phone number and PIN, only to join a conference call at the most awkward moment? The super-simple and free conference call platform lets users choose a unique and personal link (i.e., speek.com/bret) rather than a traditional phone number and PIN to connect conference calls.
Once youre on the call, this app provides a visual experience that lets you see whos joined the call, see whos talking, share files and mute participants. Plus, its integrated with your social media accounts, so you can connect with callers on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Relationships are the basis of any good career, and this app helps you manage timely interactions with your most important relationships. Follow up with potential clients, keep warm leads from getting cold and remember to email that mentor who will find you your next job.
Particularly good for sales professionals, freelancers and true go-getters, this system automates your contact management (i.e., the crucial networking you have to do to be successful). Every day, you get a list of people you need to reach out to, and you can track all your progress and communication patterns in your personalized dashboard.
Another browser extension, this app integrates with existing Web services, like Salesforce, Highrise, MailChimp, LinkedIn, Twitter, HootSuite and more, to help you easily and automatically add and import information about your contacts no matter what site youre on.
No need to remember multiple usernames and passwords or enter information multiple times. And if youre used to having to remember to bcc or forward important emails to your CRM system, forget about it. This app has a great interface that is completely unobtrusive until you need it and delivers all your notes and details to multiple apps simultaneously.
This app is a cheaper, more intuitive and simpler version of Salesforce. But its not just good for managing sales and business development; you can also manage people and processes like your job search, clients, blogger outreach, customers and more through the use of tags, custom fields and cases (like folders).
You can keep notes about how many daughters your newest partner has and if they prefer to receive an email over a phone call. Integrate this app with some of the other extensions and apps on this list to make the simple database truly powerful and intuitive.
As both an outlining and note-taking tool, this app is the closest thing to pen and paper while also featuring the powerful features needed in todays productivity apps.
Take notes during a call or create an outline before a meeting with this apps deceivingly simple interface. When youre ready to do more, this app has you covered with search, collaboration tools, tagging, the ability to zoom in and out of certain projects and more so youre always prepared with the people you want to impress.