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Apps turn iPad into Business Assistant
by Zack Winder Mon, 05/10/2010 - 17:29
Recently, it was announced that the iPad has sold over 1 million units, sending the new device into iPhone-levels of popularity. While many have argued about its downsides, critics agree that the device works great in the home and has become a valuable sales assistant as well, due to its wide and useful selection of business apps.
In addition, the iPad provides a solution to the bulky laptops and speed issues that netbooks and portable computers face.
The following are apps currently available to give your employees what they need to bring in new sales, close sales and boost profits:
• Presentations – The iPad offers some great mobile presentation options for your field employees. One great choice is Keynote, which allows the creation of presentations for potential clients that includes charts and diagrams of your company’s offerings.
• File Transfers – Apps like Files to Go or Air Sharing allow your office computer to access the iPad from a web browser, permitting the transferring of files between the two devices. This makes file transmission to clients and co-workers a both fast and efficient.
• External Computer Access – If your field force needs to access a file from their office computer, try LogMeIn. It allows the user to remotely use their office computer to transfer a file to the iPad, helping to close potential sales.
• Charting/strong> –If you need to present a flowchart or other type of diagram, OmniGraffle is a great option. It can quickly sketch out a chart for client presentations, creating value by showing clients how your product or service offerings can benefit them.
• Meetings – Meeting with clients across the country is no problem using g. The program allows users to see what the presenter’s computer screen is showing, allowing easy training and other applications. This is a great way to show clients the benefits of your offerings right on their computer.
• Conferencing – The Line2 app offers a 20-person video conferencing feature as well as a separate phone line and voicemail creation for your company. It connects through either WiFi or 3G, depending on your iPad, to create business or residential voip service.
• Cloud File Sharing – These types of apps are helpful for team projects in the field. The app operates in a cloud environment and lets users add critical documents for the rest of the team to view wirelessly. What’s particularly useful is that any user with a computer (Mac or PC), iPhone or iPad can use these programs.
While these are just a few of the options, it’s clear the iPad has the tools needed to make it a powerful and versatile business tool. It is perfect for many types of employee applications, such as mobile salespeople or hospital technicians, while offering tools to solve real-world business problems. It may be just what your business needs to stay competitive and current during a tough economic climate.
About the author
Zack Winder graduated 2007 from San Marcos State University where he studied marketing and management. He currently is a writer for Resource Nation, an online resource that provides expert advice on purchasing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs on services like purchasing an ip phone system or outsourcing web design.