10 Must-Have B2B Apps

Brian
January 20, 2013

This week, the presenter at my BNI meeting was an authorized dealer for Verizon Wireless. She asked how many people in the room had smartphones, and nearly everyone’s hand went in the air (apparently my group has a couple of late adapters). She then asked how many of those people would be willing to go without their smartphones.  All hands went down.

The message was clear:  Smartphones are good for business.

All the hubbub about smartphones got me to thinking:  what, besides calling convenience and email capabilities, makes smartphones so attractive for business owners?  What apps are the best for the business community, especially B2B companies, and how can I leverage them to grow my own business?  What are the best B2B apps?  With due diligence I conducted a bit of research, and found the following 10 smartphone apps to be the best for B2B business.

1.  CamCard

CamCard lets you quickly scan and save business cards, then synchs contact information directly to your smartphone.  Eliminate tedious contact input and simultaneously build a portable Rolodex.

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2.  Salesforce Mobile

You need a good CRM to keep your sales efforts efficient and profitable.  Salesforce has taken the lead in mobile apps; however, if you don’t use Salesforce, there are plenty of other mobile CRM apps that can do the job.

Salesforce Mobile - salesforce.com - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-12-28

 

3.  CompanionLink

CompanionLink synchs any database you have across all your devices.  This means you can easily synch calendars, tasks, memos, contacts, documents and more – automatically.

Android Sync Software - Sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes -- CompanionLin_2013-01-10_11-16-09

 

4.  Evernote

Evernote is your central storage for everything you need to remember.  The mobile app lets you create notes on the go, and they’ll be ready on your office computer when you return.

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5.  Square

Accept credit cards anywhere with Square, and only pay a small percentage of each transaction.  They’ll even send you a free card reader, so no upfront purchase is necessary.

Accept credit cards with your iPhone, Android or iPad – Square - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-37-07

 

6.  Xpenser

Track business expenses from your mobile phone for easy accounting and reimbursement.  Xpenser lets you track mileage, time and other expenses.

Xpenser – Mobile Expense, Time, and Mileage Tracking - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-39-36

 

7.  InsideView

Works with your existing CRM or as a stand-alone app, InsideView gives you mountains of pre-sales contact data you can use to help close lucrative deals.

B2B Sales Productivity Products and Solutions for CRM - Insideview - Google Chro_2013-01-10_11-40-35

 

8.  CamScanner

Instantly turn your smartphone into a document scanner, then save documents for future use.

CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator - Android Apps on Google Play - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-41-54

 

9.  DocuSign

Once you’ve scanned documents, you need a way to sign them.  This app makes it easy to apply your digital signature to contracts, receipts and more – right from your smartphone.

DocuSign Mobile Apps DocuSign - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-42-47

 

10.  TED

The TED talks are highly regarded in the business world as a means to sparking innovation by listening to ideas by some of the most creative and innovative people you’ll ever hear speak.  Listen for free from your smartphone with this app, which can even suggest talks based on how much time you have left – in the car, on a break, between meetings and more.

TED - Android Apps on Google Play - Google Chrome_2013-01-10_11-43-47

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

This is an outstanding list of apps. A few I didnt know of. Thank you for including InsideView to the list!

Anonymous's picture
January 07, 2016 03:22 am #

Thanks for your feedback, Koka! Great job on InsideView - it provides an amazing amount of data.

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