Digital Stalking Made Easy

Use this app to come prepared for any meeting.

If you are in any sort of sales or development position, have you ever been thrown into a last minute meeting with a stranger at the request of your boss? Or have you gotten connected to a new lead through a pre-existing contact, but don't really know all that much about them? 

Well there's a free app that does all of the digital stalking you would do on your own. Before you take a step into a meeting, the app sends you both an email and push notification with all of that information in one place. 

It's called Charlie:

By linking your LinkedIn, Calendar, Facebook, Salesforce Account, Email, and Twitter accounts, Charlie will scour those outlets informing you of both personal and professional items of interest for anyone you have a meeting scheduled with. 

Charlie will suggest what interests you may have in common with that person. What company highlights you may be able to bring up in the conversation, and if the person you are meeting with has been featured in any published articles. 

Not only does this open up some time in your schedule, but it will also make you look like a well researched profession in any meeting.

Don't be weird, though.

Part of being a successful sales or development professional is being able to weave in topics with the person you are meeting with without forcing it, and having the meeting turn into an interview. 

We recommend glancing through the email and the app before you walk into a meeting, choosing a few things to catalog in the back of your head to bring up throughout the meeting, and then don't reference it again until the meeting is over.

Just because you DO know a fair amount of things about the person you are meeting with, DOES NOT mean you have to interrogate them, or regurgitate all of the research you have done back to them. 


App Review: Christmas List

There are 37 Shopping Days Left before Christmas

If you are like me, shopping for the holidays sounds fun in theory, but as the days tick away, I always find myself running down to the wire, scrambling for that one "hard to buy for person". 

There's an App for that -- Enter Christmas List

Christmas List retails for $1.99 in the App Store and is designed to help you keep tabs on your holiday to-do list. 

So it's $1.99 to create a list in a fancy format? 

At the end of the day, yes. But there are some great features that extend beyond pen and paper or a spreadsheet.

Here are some highlights: 

  • Groups: You can easily organize your family, friends, and colleagues into separate groups and pull from your contacts for further automation
  • Budgets: After inputting contacts you can easily set a gift budget per person
  • Progress Update: You can easily check the status of your purchasing through the progress section.
  • Sharing Lists: You can easily share your list via text message or an attachment. 

What I wish was included: 

  • Collaboration: I wish there was a way to add a collaborator to your lists. So that if you are dividing and conquering with your significant other, you could update each other's list. 
  • Facebook Contact Integration: I think pulling contacts and images from Facebook would be another great way to further customize the app. 

At the end of the day, it's a tool to help you put a little extra thought into your holiday shopping, and keep things organized an on budget. For $1.99 you are not breaking the bank, for a little extra nudge.

Christmas List is available for both Android & Apple Devices and can be purchased via the links below: