iPhone Contact Management

iPhone Contact Management
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The days of the Rolodex are over. Your smartphone is now the best tool you have to manage your existing business contacts — and make new ones. But the iPhone has more to offer than a digital address book. It can also save and sort business cards, synchronize your contact lists among all your devices and help you network like a champ. Read on for five iPhone apps that can help you organize your contacts, make new connections and grow your professional network.

Power Contacts (Free)

Power Contacts (Free)
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Don't settle for your iPhone's stock address book. Other apps offer deeper functionality to help you manage and organize your business contacts. Power Contacts lets you export contacts to and from desktop contact management applications, including Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and Mac Address Book. This app even lets you add a contact based on information included in an email signature with just a few taps. Once you've added a contact, you can send a LinkedIn invite from within the app. Users can also send out mass emails to multiple contacts, add calendar reminders to follow-up with a contact, and view previous communication histories.

Connect (Free)

Connect (Free)
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When you’re running a business, it’s not always easy to remember who’s who. Connect is an app for the iPhone that lets you sort and categorize your contacts into categories, to take a load off your memory while saving you time in the process. Instead of sifting through the names of personal contacts looking for that client or business partner, Connect lets you jump straight to the appropriate list. Plus, adding or removing a contact from a particular group can be done with just a couple of quick swipes.

CamCard (Free)

CamCard (Free)
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Swapping business cards is a time-tested way to introduce yourself to a new business contact — but in the age of the smartphone, it's a little old fashioned. Paper cards are easy to lose, and inputting all that contact information into your phone's address book by hand is tedious. With apps like CamCard for iOS, turning a paper card into a digital contact is easy. Just point your iPhone camera at a business card, and snap a photo. The app's text-recognition software will even pull out the key details – including their name, phone number, email, business name and more – and update your address book automatically.

Intro (Free)

Intro (Free)
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Intro for iPhone lets you connect and network with other business users before you ever meet. Just install the app and register using your LinkedIn or Facebook account. Intro introduces you to new people in your social media networks, and lets you see which of your mutual contacts have connected. You can then review potential contacts and send a connection request with just a few taps. Intro can also notify you about professional events and social Meetups with people in your network, which can help you make new connections in your industry.

LinkedIn (Free)

LinkedIn (Free)
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The granddaddy of networking apps, LinkedIn is essentially Facebook for business. Like Facebook, it has a fully featured iPhone app so you can network on the go. The app provides one of the best ways to manage all your business contacts, recruit new talent for your business and stay up to date with influencers in your industry. The mobile app is more than a social networking tool; it's also a way to read up on the latest industry news, join professional groups and scope out competing companies. With the mobile app, you can do all that plus review new connection invitations and update your own profile.