Successful sales reps are always learning, and they can’t afford to slow down. At the same time, it’s tough to balance your education with a busy schedule.
Between hours on the road and in sales meetings, you don’t have much time left to devote to reading, studying, and researching. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can make you a better sales rep in minutes.
Blinkist is a time-saving eReader that summarizes bestselling non-fiction books. This means you can finally get around to reading those sales training books you borrowed from your manager -- in less than 15 minutes. With Blinkist’s curated library and high powered summaries, you’ll learn fast and save time.
The app’s audiobook feature also allows you to multitask. A Blinkist narrator can turn your car into a classroom when he reads The Psychology of Selling or Outliers: The Story of Success out loud.
You can read with Blinkist online and on mobile devices. Individuals can subscribe to Blinkist.
If you aren’t able to attend classes and seminars, Skill Pill is your resource for 5 minute lessons on topics ranging from sales to personal effectiveness. You can access information sourced from Pearson Education without lugging around a text book. In fact, you can view the lessons from anywhere on their mobile app.
Additionally, the app’s curriculum grows with you as your career progresses. Skill Pill tailors its library to new sales reps and recently promoted sales managers alike.
You can use Skill Pill on both iPhone and Android devices. Companies can buy subscriptions to Skill Pill.
Feedly is a RSS reader that helps you stay on top of industry news and current events. The Google Keyword Alerts functionality allows you to track stories about your company, clients, and competitors. So you’ll never be caught off guard when a client asks you about your competitor’s new press release.
Feedly is great for sales teams because you can share important articles with your colleagues on Team Boards. The app also integrates with Slack and Trello so you can collaborate even further.
You can access Feedly via your browser and mobile devices. Both individuals and companies can subscribe.
Badger Maps is a sales route planner that can help you discover new leads in your territory. It maps your customers and finds new leads. You can search for everything from hospitals to architecture firms.
You can optimize your route to save time and fit more sales meetings into your day, all the gas you’ll save is a plus too.
Badger Maps is available on mobile devices and as a web app. Both individuals and companies can subscribe to Badger.
Discoverly prepares you for meetings with prospects by compiling links to their social profiles into one place. Instead of Googling your prospects to find their pages, you can find links to their LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles by clicking on one of their messages in Gmail.
You can add Discoverly to Chrome for free, but individuals can subscribe to Discoverly Premium.
When you download these information-packed apps, you can finally budget time for learning in your busy schedule. You can visit the apps’ websites to start your free trials.
But if you're still searching for that perfect piece of sales software, take a look at BlueCart's list of top route planning applications. They've compiled info on over 35 routing solutions, so you're bound to find something that's tailored to your outside sales process.