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Must-have mobile applications for field sales

Arthur d'Achon
6 January 2022 - 3 min reading
Updated November 6, 2023

The smartphone has become an indispensable tool in our daily lives, and this is particularly true for field salespeople. Whether on the road or in the office, they need reliable, efficient tools to manage their busy schedules, stay organized and maintain a high level of productivity. Mobile sales productivity applications, such as GPS devices, business card savers and appointment managers (to name but a few), play a crucial role in achieving these goals.

In this article, we'll explore the best apps available for field salespeople, focusing on those that can really make a difference to their day-to-day work.

Google Maps, Waze, CityMapper... your best travel companion

Google Maps, Waze and CityMapper are essential applications for any field salesperson.

They enable you to navigate in urban and rural areas alike, finding the shortest route and planning your itinerary efficiently.

But which application should you choose? Well, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Your choice will depend on how you use it.

Google Maps Waze CityMapper
Advantages + Benefits Map accuracy: Google Maps is renowned for the accuracy of its maps and the richness of its data. Comprehensive Features: It offers a wide range of features, including navigation, location search, business reviews and more. Offline mode: Maps can be downloaded for offline use. Frequent updates: Maps are regularly updated to reflect changes in the real world. Real-time information: Provides real-time information on traffic, accidents and hazards thanks to its community of users. Optimized Routes: Suggests optimized routes to avoid traffic jams. Safety Alerts: Alerts for road hazards, speed checks, etc. Personalization: Customize the application with different voices and themes. Public transport integration: Excellent integration of public transport schedules and routes. Multiple Transportation Options: Offers a variety of transportation options, including cycling, walking and car-sharing services. Alerts and Notifications: Sends alerts in the event of disruptions on your route. Easy to use: Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface.
Disadvantages - Data consumption: Can consume large amounts of mobile data. Sometimes Too Much Information: Interface can be cluttered due to large amount of information displayed. Less accurate in rural areas: May be less accurate in less populated or rural areas. Advertisements: Displays advertisements, which may be distracting for some users. Battery Consumption: May consume the phone's battery quickly. Limited availability: Available only in selected major cities worldwide. Fewer Driving Features: Less suitable for driving than Google Maps or Waze. Dependence on Real-Time Data: Accuracy of information depends on the availability of real-time data, which can sometimes be inaccurate.

The advantage is that Sidely connects to it natively. So you can use Sidely to plan your sales tour: the GPS application of your choice will take you to your appointments.

Navigation and tour plan: where Sidely goes further

Sidely sets itself apart from other applications by offering a complete, integrated solution for field sales staff. Our application doesn't just provide you with itineraries; it helps you plan your tour optimally, taking into account event history, store and/or department manager availability, journey times and the ideal route to follow.

With Sidely, you can fit as many appointments as possible into your day, without ever compromising the quality of the customer experience. It's the ideal choice for professionals looking for efficiency and performance.

ABBYY Business Card Reader, Office Lens, Dropbox & Cie: scan your business cards and documents

Business cards are a key element of a professional network, but they can quickly accumulate and become difficult to manage. They're lying all over the place, and you can quickly lose them. In short, not ideal.

Fortunately, applications like ABBYY Business Card Reader and Office Lens are here to help you scan and organize your business cards in the blink of an eye. These tools don't just scan business cards; they also let you scan and organize all kinds of documents, making it easier to manage your business information.

And for even more effective collaboration, don't forget cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive, which let you store, share and access your documents wherever you are.

Contact management and sales follow-up: where Sidely goes further

Having a business card is great, but being able to link it to the complete history of your business relationship is even better.

Sidely offers you this possibility, allowing you not only to store your contacts' information, but also to access all your meeting minutes, documents and notes associated with each contact. What's more, during your appointments, you can take voice notes or photos that will be attached to the store visited.

You can also categorize your customers and prospects to better prioritize your actions and ensure complete, precise sales follow-up. You can categorize your data and create dynamic views according to the criteria that matter to you: priority stores, DN at -40%, Next Tour, Sell-out evolution...

With Sidely, you're fully equipped to turn every opportunity into a success.

Productivity tools, CRM, applications: choose a solution that fits your needs

Productivity tools and CRMs may seem similar on the surface, but it's the philosophy behind them that makes all the difference. At Sidely, we believe the key lies in adapting to the specific needs of the field and understanding the unique challenges faced by sales people. Our solution is designed to be simple, intuitive and focused on what really matters to you, so you can concentrate on your core business and let the technology take care of the rest.

To get the most out of mobile business productivity applications, here are a few tips on how to use them:

  • Plan ahead: Take the time to plan your day and your itineraries in advance to avoid the unexpected and optimize your time.
  • Synchronize Your Devices: Make sure all your applications are synchronized between your smartphone, tablet and computer, so you can access all your information wherever you are. Sidely synchronizes in real time, unless you don't have a connection. In that case, don't panic! Use your CRM as you need it (note-taking, time sheets, orders...). Once your connection is restored, the Sidely application synchronizes automatically.
  • Use Collaboration Features: Take advantage of collaboration features to facilitate teamwork and improve communication between sales reps.

In conclusion, mobile sales productivity applications are essential tools for field salespeople. They help you stay organized, save time and improve your day-to-day efficiency. By choosing the right applications and following our advice on how to use them, you'll be able to make the most of these tools and boost your productivity. Don't hesitate to try Sidely for yourself!

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