About four years ago I stopped traveling with my laptop and began using only my iPad and iPhone to take care of business. It was very scary the first time but it worked out just fine and I never looked back. With the new iPhone6+ I find myself using my iPad less and my phone more. My oversized phone and the use of apps makes the job of doing business from the road much easier. Probably no surprises here for most of you but here are my 8 most used apps when I’m traveling.
1. LogMeIn – When I first started using LogMeIn, I can only describe it as “kludgy.” It was good enough in an emergency, but not to use regularly. Today LogMeIn is much smoother and easier to use. It allows me to securely log in to my computer at home from my mobile devices. Although many of my files are now stored in the cloud on places like Dropbox and Evernote, LogMeIn lets me access programs that I can’t otherwise use while on the road without my computer.
2. Roboform – Like most of you, I have a gazillion passwords. I used to travel with a little password notebook which was a really bad idea. Roboform replaces that notebook, offers double authentication, and gives me secure access to my passwords. Syncing technology keeps every device up to date.
3. Evernote – During the REALTORS® Convention & Expo many of those in attendance will use some sort of mobile technology to take notes. It interests me to see what note-taking apps attendees use. Many find that the simple native app like Notes serves them well. I’ve tried a number of apps for note taking but as a lover of Evernote, I find it to be my favorite app to take notes and screen shots during the convention.
4. Scannable – I am in love with Scannable, an iOS app which allows you to scan business cards directly into your phone’s contacts. Since many CRMs will also sync with those contacts, you can automatically save the info from a business card into your CRM database. This app will also bring in LinkedIn details, including the photo. There is a field to make notes about your contact, just perfect for people you meet at the conference. Scannable also provides you with a nifty portable scanner for whatever you need to scan, whether you’re at the expo or anywhere else in the conference.
5. Gate Guru – Airports aren’t my favorite places, especially during a delay. A good airport app can make life a bit easier. My favorite is Gate Guru, a very useful app for the Android and iPhone that helps locate available food and shopping options within 85 selected airports. It also provides real-time flight status information, including push notifications of updates.
6. Yelp – Part of a good conference experience for me is eating good food. Despite all the new and many food apps, Yelp is still my favorite for reviews when I’m searching for a place to eat in an unfamiliar location.
7. Uber – It is available in San Diego and I imagine that many conference attendees will take advantage of this app for transportation. Payment is automatic through the app and fares are usually cheaper than a taxi.
8. Official Event Mobile App – NAR Conference Live has previously shared the cool stuff this app does, including the event planner and the “quick list,” which helps you plot the most efficient way to visit your favorite vendors. I expect to be doing some plotting before the expo starts!