iPhone Contact Management
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)
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.
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.