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Making the cut: The strategy behind all of those apps

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Take a deep real estate technology dive, Aug 7, 2017

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Is your phone cluttered? Do you have apps on there that you downloaded once or twice but never really used?

No doubt there are thousands of apps available to download in the app store, but as a real estate agent, should you really be downloading every new app? I know it’s tempting, but after just purging a ton of apps – I encourage you to take a hard look at your phone and look at the strategy behind the apps you have downloaded. Are they useful for your business?

I recommend (if your phone allows you to do this) – to put your apps into folders to make them easy to find and then try to limit your apps in folders to one to two screens at max. There comes a point when you have so many apps – you simply can not find what you are looking for!

So which ones on my phone made the cut? Here are my top 7 I use almost everyday!

  1. DropBox. I have all of my photos from my phone sync right to DropBox for peace of mind and I can always access any documents I need at the click of a button.
  2. Evernote. This app keeps me organized on the go. It’s my go-to place to take notes, or to write something down so I don’t forget – whether they are critical notes for my business or they are articles I want to read later.
  3. Facebook Pages. I can’t imagine running a Facebook Business Page (or more than one) and not having this app. Easy to use and it makes it super simple to look at your activity and engage with people on your page.
  4. HootSuite. I use HootSuite daily to manage my Twitter stream. I have multiple lists I look at on a daily basis – lists of news sources, clients, and people I want to make sure I connect with. I love the scheduling feature because if I find 2 or 3 great articles that I don’t want to share immediately, I can schedule them to post later in the day.
  5. Cards. This is an iOSĀ app only – but I love it. It allows you to send a physical card in the mail. It has a beautiful template and functionality and the finished product is beautiful. Great for quick thank you notes!
  6. Voxer. This is by far one of my favorite apps for keeping in touch with people closest to me. The “walkie-talking” style lets you leave quick voice messages and even chat in real time. You can also send text and photos – it’s a great communication tool!
  7. Foursquare. I find Foursquare is a great way to connect with people on a smaller platform. It’s an easy way to talk about your business without actually talking about it in a pushy way. I also love Foursquare for any industry events I attend.
I have many more that still made the cut like Zillow, Realtor.com, Trulia, DocuSign Ink, Instagram, Facebook and QuickBooks.
Which phone apps would make the cut? Let me know what you think and what your favorite, must-have apps are!