This round of new apps aren’t made for commercial real estate but I think some of you will find them useful. And CRE app developers should take note of some of the features, design and overall ease of use of these apps. I mean, there’s no reason apps have to be complicated. Or ugly.
There’s a new breed of task management and collaboration tools that are not CRE specific but can work as well – or even better – for brokerages. One such app is Tribe which has the distinction of having an actual CRE brokerage use case.
Tribe’s interface uses a combination of the popular card format as well as an “explorer” type menu to display projects and tasks. Drill down to details by clicking on a card. View a project’s progress using the pacing charts. Email updates and new tasks right within the app. And set various reminders including ones for emails you receive in Tribe.
There are many other features that Tribe implements in a very simple, intuitive layout. No, there’s no property database, stack plans or financial analysis tools. But that can be a good thing when you’re already using tested and entrenched apps and just need a way to keep track of and centralize your projects and team communication.
There’s a free version for mobile devices or a $10 per user per month plan if you want a desktop version in addition to mobile.
Want to keep business or personal calls separate? Wish you had a dedicated phone number for marketing purposes? Maybe you already have an extra phone line through Skype, Google Voice or some other service. But setting those up can be tricky. So Flyp decided to make things simple.
Install the Flyp app on your Apple or Android phone, select your phone number, then start getting calls. Flyp routes calls from your new line(s) to your existing cell phone number. They’ll appear as notifications which you swipe to answer or ignore.
Make calls, set up greetings and send/receive text messages within the app. You’ll have access to your native contacts but you can also add contacts directly to Flyp’s contacts if you want. And, you’ll see all your communications in one place on the Conversations tab.
The service is just launching so they’re working out a few bugs but sign up now to get a free phone line. After the launch, the cost will rise to $29.99 annually for each number. A premium plan offering group calling, number porting and other features is in the works.
One note – for international calls, both parties will need to have a Flyp number, but calls within the US are seamless.
Smart Business Cards
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wave a business card over your phone and all the information on the card would be transferred to your phone? If you’re an Android or Windows phone user that time is now thanks to NFC (near field communication) and Paper+ technology (Apple is expected to come on board soon). NFC chips are embedded right into the paper and programmed with information that is transferable to NFC enabled devices.
You can create these right now at Moo.com, a DIY (but more upscale than VistaPrint) business card and paper products site. You’ll use their easy card creator to choose from their designs or upload your own (be careful with sizing and image quality!).
You’ll get to choose an action which can be to simply digitalize your contact information. But you can also add URLs to a landing page or website, an action to connect on LinkedIn, link to a map, a song (on Spotify), download an app you’ve developed or trigger an IFTTT recipe. Finally, you’ll test and preview the card.
While not cheap, (about $1.50 each – plus tax and shipping), they’re ideal for events and trade shows to promote something specific and track interest.