9 Mobile Apps That Make Real-World Connections Easier at Events

  Networking is a big reason for people to attend conferences and events. Exposure lends the opportunity to meet industry experts and forge new relationships with potential business partners. Which mobile applications best enhance networking? The nine apps below elevate the real-world conference experience helping you become a master networker. Evernote – Take the Best Notes evernote.com Evernote helps you take notes to get the most out of every presentation. It offers a free account, and you can access the virtual workspace from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. It lets you create notebooks and keep separate notes for each individual presentation. You can include photos (of a favorite presenter or detailed slide you’ll want to review later), audio, tags, URLs and more in each note. Evernote makes it easy to collect information and find what you need through its dynamic search function. It even suggests related searches. It’s a clear favorite—with products reaching more than 100 million users worldwide. Bizzabo – Maximize Your Conference Experience www.bizzabo.com Bizzabo is an all-in-one event management software that aims to maximize the business discovery and networking experience at conferences. It’s used by more than 5,000 conferences worldwide, and the app allows users to connect with fellow attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors. It gives suggestions for people you should meet based on your personal profile and preferences. You can interact with other attendees through in-app messaging and set up face-to-face meetings. You can also see who has looked at your profile. Keep in touch with new contacts through LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter via the Bizzabo app. Bizzabo features an uncluttered user interface and works offline. Through it you can access the event agenda, speaker bios and session locations. It can also help find future relevant events and who else will attend. With features like private messaging, robust attendee profiles and social media integration, the app takes the work out of networking. Twitter – Follow Along and Trend in Real Time twitter.com Twitter helps you create and share ideas and information instantly. Most, if not all, conferences sport a hashtag (e.g., Sustainable Brands’ latest conference in San Diego uses #SB15sd). With a short designated tag people can include in their tweets, other followers can follow the conversations flowing out of the conference in real time. For anyone stuck in the office or elsewhere, they can tune in via Twitter to follow all the content or most retweeted content. It’s a great way to connect with people, share what’s happening and discover more by following tags. Also, if you’re not the speediest texter, you can retweet one of your fellow colleague’s messages. This has multiple benefits: it spreads the message, establishes trust between you and the other user you retweeted, and may even lend a hand in establishing a direct message through Twitter to engage users on a more personal level. Tip: You can also review your Twitter feed for notes. Instagram – See and Share What’s Going On instagram.com Instagram lets you document the conference through photography. Take snapshots of important presentation slides or your picture with a high-profile speaker. Both techniques promote a visual depiction of what the conference encompasses and spotlight you as an expert. Instagram lets you designate photos with a hashtag so they’re easier to share and follow (just like Twitter). With an average of 70 million photos posted per day and an average of 2.5 billion likes daily, it’s an efficient way to spread the conference’s message, considering 83% of human learning is visual. LinkedIn – Keep Connections Growing www.linkedin.com LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. The network has more than 364 million members in over 200 countries, and professionals are signing up to join at a rate of more than two new members per second. LinkedIn is frequently used as a first point of entry when reaching out to professionals for a face-to-face meeting. It provides a work history, which may indicate whether you want to speak with them and vice versa. You can screen a person’s profile to see if he/she has strong network connections, what his/her followers are like and if the person is a leader in the field. By expanding your LinkedIn connections at conferences, the potential to network in-person is vastly greater. Hootsuite – Combine the Elements hootsuite.com Hootsuite was founded in 2008 when founder Ryan Holmes saw an opportunity to create a better social media experience for businesses. It is the world’s most used social relationship platform combining multiple social networks on one integrated dashboard. Currently, Hootsuite has more than 10 million users worldwide, including 744 of the Fortune 1000 companies. In the Hootsuite app, you can:
  • Post to all your social networks (or only ones you select)
  • Schedule messages
  • Measure the performance of your links
  • Monitor all your networks
  • And, follow what people are saying
The app is free for up to three social network accounts. Videoshop – Film It videoshop.net Videoshop features for $1.99, but is well worth the cost. Simply launch the app, capture or import content (can use both video and photos), edit and publish. The app lets you add music, sound effects and voice-overs to your videos. You can create slow or fast motion or reversed videos; apply filters, subtitles or animated titles; and cut, copy, paste and combine videos. Once you’ve completed your masterpiece, it can be easily shared on YouTube, Facebook, SnapChat and more. FullContact Card Reader – Organize Business Cards www.fullcontact.com/cardreader This app lets you scan business cards and integrate them into more than 250 apps. It provides a solution to a fully connected address book. Contact management presents a crucial opportunity for a successful conference-going experience. FullContact Card Reader makes it far easier to connect and follow up. It works by snapping a photo of a card and then real people transcribe it. Accurate contact information is added to Google Contacts or your phone address book. You can also automatically import new contacts into SalesForce, MailChimp or any of the other 250+ apps it works with. Shoeboxed – Turn Receipts Into Data www.shoeboxed.com Shoeboxed turns receipts into data. Over 1 million companies use the app to scan and organize receipts and business cards, create expense reports, track mileage and more. There is a free membership, and you can login with your Google account. You can also access information from all your devices—mobile, tablet or computer. Since 2007, Shoeboxed has been turning paper clutter into organized digital data. It streamlines accounting and paperwork by allowing users to view and manage expenses in one place. The app has been showcased on Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Today Show and Inc. Magazine. With aid from these apps, you’re sure to have a less stressful, well organized, optimal conference experience. These tools can enhance your chances of meeting up with the people you want to network with and help you stay in touch and focused throughout the conference. If you’re interested in hosting an event, one of our event coordinators will gladly connect with you. Please fill out the form below.