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Smartphone and Tablet Apps as Business Tools

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Smartphone and Tablet Apps as Business Tools

  1. 1. August 12 & 13, 2013 Shannon Scanlan Business Services Librarian
  2. 2. Using Tablets for Business  Mobile office  Digital sign highlighting products and services  Point of sale  Product or service videos  Customer service  Place in stores for customers to leave feedback or ask questions  Personal assistant  For customers looking for local attractions, directions, referrals
  3. 3. Mobile Hotspot  Mobile hotspots connect Wi-Fi enabled devices to the Internet  Cellphone or external device  Wi-Fi Finder apps for iPhone and Android  Which one should I choose?  http://lifehacker.com/5974761/how-to-choose-the- fastest-cheapest-and-most-reliable-mobile-hotspot-to- stay-connected-everywhere-you-go
  4. 4. File Storage  Dropbox  Web based hosting service  Free account allows up to 2GB of storage  Users “drop” files into a Dropbox icon on their computer or phone, the files are synced to the user’s other computers and devices via the Dropbox client  Users can also manually upload files via the Internet to their Dropbox account  Carbonite  Online backup storage for your computer  Prices start at $59 a year  Personal or small business plans
  5. 5. Video Calls  Skype allows for group calls from 3-10 people  ooVoo allows for group calls with up to 12 people  Google+ Hangouts, group calls with up to 10 friends  Apps for smartphones & tablets  www.skype.com  www.oovoo.com  www.google.com
  6. 6. Dragon Dictation  Speech recognition software  App for Android and Apple products  The #1 business productivity app in the Apple store according to developer Nuance Communications  The program transcribes spoken words into text for documents, email and social media (Facebook and Twitter)
  7. 7. LinkedIn  Android, Apple and Tablet app  Check and post updates  Update profile  Find connections  Send messages
  8. 8. Go To Meeting  Web conferencing software  Android and Apple app  Users are able to conduct remote meetings and share documents via the Internet  2 editions: Personal and Corporate  Features include:  Meeting recording  Drawing tools  Desktop sharing
  9. 9. Mobile Payments  Square  Credit card payments on the go  For iPhone, Android and iPad  Square charges 2.75% per transaction  Next day deposits into your bank account  Free app and free device for your phone  A directory to locate businesses that use Square  Bump Pay  An app that allows users to transfer money to each other  For iPhone only at this time  Each user must have the app on their smartphone and the app linked up to their Paypal account/checking account  Users “bump” their phone together to complete the transaction
  10. 10. Productivity  Springpad  Synchs with your computer, Android, tablet or Apple product  Add lists, places, movies, products, notes, alerts, flag items, photos, record audio, location, scan a barcode and search nearby  Share with your friends  Items can be shared on Facebook and Twitter  Evernote  Synchs with your computer, Android, tablet or Apple product  List taking, photos, audio  Document food  Add contacts  Share with Twitter
  11. 11. iWork for iPad  Suite of programs including  Keynote-presentations  Pages-word processing  Numbers-spreadsheets  Keynote is comparable to PP  Pages includes 140 templates for creating documents, newsletters, resumes, invitations and more  Can open, edit and export DOC, XML, PDF and ePUB  Numbers is similar to Excel
  12. 12. Google for Business  Email, calendar, documents, sites, video and more  Try it free for 30 days  After free trial, $5 a month for each user  Sites allows users to create webpages for collaboration, training or intranet  Accessible via the web, mobile phones and compatible with PCs and Mac  Understanding the “Cloud” and Google Apps
  13. 13. CalcMoolator  Financial calculator  Calculate mortgage payments, financing, salary  Compare renting to buying  Equipment buy vs. lease  Inventory analysis  Profit margin  Debt payoff  Business debt consolidation  Insurance, investments and more
  14. 14. White Pages  Search  An area by GPS  People  Businesses  Stores  Over 20 million records  Add phone numbers and address directly to your contact list  Store locator  View maps and websites  Reverse phone number search
  15. 15. Apps for Social Media  Facebook  Twitter  Wordpress  Pinterest  Instagram  Google+  Vine
  16. 16. Apps for Finance  Quickbooks Mobile  InTuit’s Go Payment  Square  Mint-personal finance mobile  Pageonce
  17. 17. Apps for Travel  TripIt: Travel Organizer  FlightTracker  Groupon  Google Earth  Kayak  Weather
  18. 18. Other Apps  Analytics HD  Idea Boards  iMeeting Pad  iPassword  Sales Force  Scanner Pro  Bento 4-Personal Database
  19. 19. Additional Information  50 Essential iPad Apps for Small Business-2012 edition  10 Essential Tablet Apps for Business-2012 edition  Apps for Business http://www.inc.com/francesca- fenzi/10-best-apps-for-business.html

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