3 Apps to Automate Business Networking

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New technologies harvest social media data, suggest how to write the perfect follow-up email, and schedule appointments.

By Hitendra Patil

Have you found yourself attending a networking meeting and spending most of the time with just one or two persons you already know? You are not alone! It’s challenging to get the communication started and going. It is an even more daunting task to make killer impressions and walk out with connections that will help you and your business.

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But that’s where new technology comes into the picture. You don’t have to the best-dressed person in the room, nor the smoothest talking or most knowledgeable. You just need to have the best APPetite! Let me explain, rather, reveal, some powerful information that can totally transform how you network. From thousands of apps and websites that I have personally tested, here are three that could make you a networking hero.

1. Before Meeting: Use CharlieApp

CharlieApp compiles one-page summaries on the people you’re about to meet with, before you see them. An hour before every meeting in your calendar, Charlie makes sure you walk in with the intelligence you need to make a killer impression: Breaking news on their company, the passions and hobbies you both had no clue you shared, their professional history, and much more. You get Charlie’s insights by email, you can see them on your cell phone inside the CharlieApp or online. Don’t have a meeting scheduled? You can simply request insights on any person on the CharlieApp website and the report about that person is ready within minutes. Great for conversation starters. For example, before a call to a senior partner at one firm, CharlieApp showed me news about a bunch of new recruitments there. I started the call with that news and I could feel the excitement and happiness in his voice.

2. To resonate well with others: Use CrystalKnows

CrystalKnows is an awesome technology that combines social media curation with psychological assessments to tell you about the personality traits of people you want to know about, and suggest what to write, how to write and what to say to them. It is simply astonishing technology. It integrates with Gmail so right inside Gmail you can get full guidance on how to write to that person. It even “corrects” if you write in a way that is not consistent with the psychological profile of that person. I have been experimenting with this tool for some time now. So far, the emails written in accordance with the suggestions of CrystalKnows seem to outperform those written without it – by my estimate: 2:1. In other words, the emails suggested by CrystalKnows were twice as likely to succeed in getting a desired response than those without it. Use it before you meet prospects. Use it to contact your leads to send emails that most likely will succeed. Use it to write to your clients. And don’t forget to use it before meeting your staff.

3. To Setup Meetings Automatically: Use x.ai

She is Amy, at x.ai. Your personal assistant who helps you schedule meetings. And she does it using artificial intelligence – not only going through several permutations and combinations from the two calendars of persons wanting to meet – but also actually sending out natural-sounding emails to confirm the exact and most convenient meeting times. No manual intervention required.