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I Downloaded Eleven CRM Apps And Deleted Ten

By February 26, 2020 March 4th, 2020 No Comments

You’ve asked (“Hey, Kelly, how do you organize your contacts?“) so often that I am actively seeking a “good personal CRM” system (good being better than a ziplock full of business cards, a robust collection of contacts on Linkedin, haphazard contact lists depending on whether gmail is in the mood to sync with my iPhone etc.). I recently downloaded 11 apps to test and almost immediately deleted 10. This is a work in progress — no definitive conclusion yet on finding any tool that gets the BYDN stamp of networking approval – however, worth sharing where I’m at on this networking organization journey: 

Of the 11 apps I downloaded, UpHabit remains on my phone, because there is now a desktop version and the company is very focused on user privacy. 

The apps I deleted: 

  • Hippo: Text to verify account (so easy to set up!) but I had to manually add people and notes. 
  • Remember: Facebook login to set-up. As I’m in the process of moving off Facebook, I hit delete as soon as I saw the account set-up/login requirement. 
  • Friendsome: Location based networking app, so an immediate delete by me as I’m really not a fan of location based apps (sorry, it is no one’s business where I’m at). 
  • Garden: Biggest feature seems to be reminders to reach out (which I can do via calendar, snooze on gmail or good old pad + paper). 
  • Copper: CRM of GSuite. Google has enough of my info plus Copper clearly states they share your info with third parties (ah, no thank you!).  
  • Bond: Provides a digital list of platforms for you to select contacts from as well as frequency of contact. I like the concept (as every one in our network does have a preferred platform for communication) but no, not exactly what I’m looking for in a CRM. 
  • TibbitsLevitate, and Cultivate all seem to offer digital note taking and labels for your contacts (which I’d say is a feature not a complete network organization system to my  way of thinking). 
  • Contact Journal: Again, another auto reminder system. I did like that its audio note (moments) feature (but obviously not enough to keep the app on my phone). 

I have yet to play around with UpHabit‘s new desktop app – so stay tuned on that – and I met recently with the founder of Kinship (app is not yet in Beta), so another contact/network organization  tool on my list to check out. 

Kelly Hoey - networking expert - keynote speaker - author - build your dream network

Your Questions And Networking For New Business 

On the podcast, I’m answering listener questions!  This week’s question: I’m seeking to grow my coaching practice and realize I should attend more in-person events, so I’m looking at signing up for a regional business conference, as well as joining my local chamber of commerce. What additional suggestions do you have for someone like me who is looking to grow their client base? Find my answer on the podcast.

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Finally, one for your networking calendar, plus a professional development suggestion: 

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.