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Three Trade Show Smartphone Apps

October 6th, 2014 Comments off

Adding the right smartphone apps make trade shows more efficient

With all the planning and organization that goes into any marketing event, it’s easy to forget about your smartphone.  As someone that helps companies plan their trade show’s, I have found that smartphone’s are a valuable tool for helping exhibitors function efficiently while preplanning and while onsite at the show.  This is a list of three valuable trade show smartphone apps to use while exhibiting or attending a trade show convention.

CamCard

One of the made purposes of attending a trade show is to make new contacts with people in your industry.  With that being said, a large stack of business cards can be a pain to manage and it’s highly possible to misplace to most valuable contacts.  Camcard is a free mobile app that allows you to take pictures of business cards and then the app directly inputs and saves the information into your smartphone.  In addition, you can add custom fields and notes for each contact.

camcard trade show app

Track My Budget
Everybody knows that attending or exhibiting at a trade show can be expensive. The more effectively you can track your spendings the more likely you are to not go over you preferred trade show budget.  Track My Budget will track all of your spendings as it relates to your budget. This app allows you to set up custom categories, such as meals and flights, and then categorize your transactions. You can enter your total travel budget as Income and the app will show you how much you have spent and how much cash remains in your trade show budget.  In addition, the smartphone app allows you to enter certain expenses (such as breakfast or your morning coffee) as recurring so that you don’t have to enter the expense manually each day.

trade show budget tracking

Expensify

This app I use everyday for tracking all my expenses so it’s no shocker it works great as a trade show app.  This is a free app for keeping track of all the annoying paper receipts and extracts all of the information and inputs it into your phone.  You also have the option of entering data manually. Once it’s tax time, you can easily compile expense reports from the collection of receipts.

tracking trade show expenses

 Utilizing these three app should help you organize and budget better before your next trade show.  Another great app that deserves mention is Mapme.net.  This app allows you to track your vehicle allowing you to know it’s exact parking garage location.  Never again be stuck searching multiple parking lot levels to location your vehicle.

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