Got Apps?

Business owners’ favorite work-related smartphone apps

App: (iPhone)
Therese Militana Valvano
Licensed Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker, Dobbs Ferry
“If I’m out showing a house and there’s something that my customers are looking for instead, I can simply type in a general area, a town, a street or even something broader—and listings will come up instantly. It will also list open houses for a particular day, and even what homes sold for.”

App: Angry Birds (iPhone)
Bill Phelps
Chief Imaginator, Idea Storm Products, Tarrytown
“I spend so much of my day in meetings and stressing over product details that, every now and then, it’s great to take a minute to unwind. It’s quick, it’s fun, and adds a little distraction to the chaos of building a business. Plus, we’re in the games business, so would you trust a guy making games who didn’t play games himself?”

App: Documents to Go (iPhone)
Peter Giles, President
Giles Communications, Purchase
“Documents to Go allows me to effortlessly sync my Microsoft Office documents between my MacBook Pro, iPhone, and iPad, so that I can access and edit my files wherever I happen to be.”

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AppS: Twitter and Facebook
(Blackberry Curve)
Linda Rey, Partner and Broker, Rey Insurance Agency, Sleepy Hollow
“These are like online dating sites for businesses. These apps allow us to gain exposure, visibility, engagement and interaction—as well as present germane and valuable information to our clients on a timely basis.”

App: QuickMark QR
Code Reader (Android)
Bob Knight
Executive Vice President of Advertising and Digital Media,
Harrison Edwards Public Relations & Marketing, Bedford Hills
“The app reads barcodes and QR codes, which you’re seeing embedded more and more in ads these days. If I see an ad with a QR code, I’ll scan it to see what’s hot. Your phone will then take you to a website with more information, or actually dial a number for you in certain instances.”

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