Networking may be one of the hardest tasks for a busy attorney. It takes time, effort, and know-how to network in-person.
Thankfully, if you’ve realized the value of networking, there are some apps that make the job a lot easier. Or shall we say: there’s an app for that! Five of them in list this. And then a 6th just for fun.
Here are some of the best apps for professional legal networking and for building your online presence:
New to the legal field? Job transfer to a new town? Make this iPhone app your best friend. Happening finds upcoming professional events in your neighborhood. Select the ones you’d like to attend and the app will store them in your calendar.
Compatible with both Android and iPhones, this app lets you create and share virtual business cards. Once you’ve exchanged information, Hashable reminds you of events and meetings. What’s more, you can create groups of contacts, making it even easier to schedule meetings.
Yes, LinkedIn can live up to its hype — if used properly. Not only does it work with all major smartphones, the app helps you discover and manage contacts with very little effort. With a network of more than 60 million professionals at the price of $0, this app is a must have.
4. Hurricane Party.
If you think this app sounds like a blast, it’s because it is. When planning a networking event, Hurricane Party will find you a venue, create an invitation and invite contacts, which you can send out via the app, text, e-mail, Twitter or Facebook. It will also let you know when your contacts RSVP. Perfect for the last-minute get-together.
Trying to meet up with a fellow lawyer who doesn’t live in your area used to be a serious challenge. With this app, you just select Point A (your location) and Point B (your contact’s location) and you are provided with a list of places to meet in the middle. Chose a spot and you will both get an email with directions.
Having trouble keeping up with all the connections you’ve made thanks to these great apps? Try Phonebook. Designed for Androids, this app organizes contacts just like a normal phonebook but adds contextual information allowing you to keep track of missed calls, unanswered texts and birthdays.
Running out of things to say at one of your networking events? Cue the free Fastcase app, which provides portable access to the entire Fastcase law library and legal research system. Chat about recent cases, changes in the law, and other hot legal topics with this easy-to-use app!
For lawyers, building a strong professional network is necessary for business development. In-person networking is complemented by a strong online presence, which includes a professional Social Media campaign for lawyers and blogging.