For people who have really never been, attending a trade show or convention sounds like it could be a lot of fun. You look at major events like CES, NAIAS, and E3 and you’re amazed by all the great stuff on display. However, if you’re attending a trade show for work, you’ll soon realize just how befuddling and how exhausting it can be. The good news is that there are many Android apps you can load up on your smartphone to make for a far better and more organized experience. This is useful for those who may be attending a trade show as a member of the press, as well as analysts and exhibitors alike.
You come back from a busy day on the trade show floor, only to realize that you have a giant stack of business cards from all the contacts that you made. Normally, it would be a huge chore to go into the contact manager of your choice and enter all of those pertinent details, but it’s far easier when you can simply snap a photo of the business card and move on. That’s exactly what you’re able to do with CamCard Free, a free app that recognizes the text on the card and automatically saves it all to the right fields in your phone’s contact list. The free, ad-supported version is limited to 100 scans, plus 10 more each week. The full version is $11.99.
Your phone or tablet only has so much storage on board, but you want to make sure that you have access to your important files and documents while on the go. There are several other cloud storage services out there with their individual strengths and weaknesses, but I personally prefer Dropbox. The files can be easily synchronized, the photos you take can automatically upload to the cloud, and the entire process is completely seamless. You can even edit documents from directly within Dropbox.
Following along the same line of thought as Dropbox, your trade show experience will be so much more seamless and manageable when you have all of your important information ready at your fingertips. Google Keep is a fantastic app for taking notes during your meetings, because you can attach images and color code them, but they’re also automatically synchronized to the cloud. The homescreen widgets are very useful too.
This will depend heavily on the event that you are attending, but Guidebook offers guides for a broad range of trade shows, conventions, and similar events just about everywhere. In the case of the guide for PAX Prime, you get easy (and even offline) access to such information as the main schedule, schedule tracks, floor maps, list of panelists, list of attendees, and more. You can even access the Twitter feed within the app or post directly to Facebook or Twitter from the app too. When you’re trying to transverse a crowded and complicated convention center, having an easy digital map with the schedule is absolutely invaluable.
QuickTapSurvey Offline Survey
Are you going to be manning a booth at a trade show or other similar event? Do you want the opinions or feedback from the passers-by? Get rid of the old paper survey that no one wants to take and load up this app on a suitably sized tablet instead. It looks far more professional and you can have the data for your market research available for you instantly. Data can be collected online or offline, custom keyboards can come up for appropriate fields, and a follow-up email can be sent immediately to participants with a coupon code, thank you message or whatever you want.
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