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Technology Takes a Stand

With the increase in technology, I like to take the opportunity to highlight some apps that improve how to conduct business. The following apps can improve how you see your business.

ScanBizCards

Like many people in business, I have a tendency to collect business cards. The question is what happens to them. Most of the time they end up in a desk drawer or worse lost. This app is a way to collect business cards and always have them at your fingertips. The perfect thing about this app is it take the data off the card and puts into a digital format that I can actually use, an actual contact in my email system.

You simply open the app, and take a picture of the business card. ScanBizCards then works its magic and recognizes the text on the cars. It populates the title, company name, email address, phone number, and other information. It is very accurate, but it does allow for adjustments and the ability to reassign, edit, or delete various fields. After adding the new contact, it will then send an email to them. They will then have your information and not just another business card to add to their pile. This app is quick, easy, and cheap. They have a free version if you just want to try it, and the full version is $1.99. It also is available in both the iOS and Android formats.

Linkedin Connected

Recently Linkedin launched a new app that replaces the old Linkedin Contacts app. It is a new way to look at how you keep in contact with professional in your network. This app has a nice deign that is card-based. Each card has the picture of your contact, and details of upcoming events such as meetings, birthdays, work anniversaries, etc. It also has a button for an action such as to congratulate or connect to the contact. You can sort through the day’s events by swiping sideways or tapping on any card.

Linkedin Connected might appeal to you if you do all your networking on Linkedin. The only problem is if your contacts don’t update their Linkedin profile often, this feature might not be useful. There are some kinks to work out, but it is off to a great start. It links to the Linkedin website. The cost is free, so that is always a bonus, and it is available on both the iOS and Android systems.

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