If there’s one thing all meeting planners have in common, it’s that they’re always moving. This is why smart planners make the most of mobile apps to get their jobs done. Whether you need to promote your meeting, accept payments, or plan a conference call, you can do it all on the go.
Twitter – An oldie but a goodie. Twitter is a great place to find people who might be interested in your meeting’s content or even people who might contribute. During the free moments of the day – elevator rides, between calls, on the train – simply check in on hashtags and keywords that relate to your meeting. You’ll be surprised how helpful it can be.
DropBox – This is the ultimate insurance policy for your files and presentations. By uploading them to DropBox, they will be safe and accessible from any device connected to the internet. You can also easily share large files instantly by creating a public link. DropBox gives you 4GB of free cloud space, too.
Worthy alternative: Google Drive (15GB of free space)
Square – Need to process onsite registrations? Holding a raffle? Selling books or souvenirs? Doing anything where you need to accept a payment? Your attendees may not be carrying cash. But don’t worry, Square has you covered. With a simple swipe on Square’s free card reader, the payment goes through with the option to send a digital receipt to the customer’s email address.
Worthy alternative: PayPal Here
Join.me – When you’re on the move from one meeting to the next, conference calls can’t wait until you get to a landline. Join.me is an app you can use to host and participate in conference calls with the click of just one button on your smart phone or tablet.
Worthy alternative: GoToMeeting
CardMunch – After an all-day meeting, your pocket is often full of business cards, but you may want to relax a little instead of searching for all your new contacts on LinkedIn. Well, LinkedIn noticed and created an app. All you need to do is take a photo of a business card. It will recognize the person’s contact information add them to your personal contact list. From there, you can easily request to connect on LinkedIn.
Worthy alternative: CamCard
These apps will help you be more productive, and great new apps are always being developed and released every day. So check in regularly on the iTunes App Store (for iPhone and iPad users) and Google Play (for Android) for updates and new apps.