Business Networking Tip #7: Managing Your Contacts

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It doesn't take long to accumulate more contacts than you can manage with a business card file or address book. Today, the best way to manage the network of contacts is with a high-quality contact management software program or Web site service.

Many people now use contact management software on a personal computer. By using software on your computer you're assured the contacts are easily available when you're at your computer. These days, however, we’re more mobile and need our contacts in more places than we can take our desktop computer -- or even our laptop computer.

The newest way to always have your contacts close at hand is by using one of the Web-based contact management services that you can use anywhere you have access to the Internet. In addition, the best contact management services also sync your contacts to your PDA or smartphone.

Address book software programs keep a wide range of fields of data. However, they’re limited in their ability to help you actually manage interactions with your network of contacts. That's where Web-based contact management services really shine.

For example, makes it easy to store traditional address book data, but it can also automatically update your data when your contacts change their phone number, e-mail address, or other data. In addition, those contacts who allow you to see their personal or business profile can automatically keep you up-to-date on what they're doing.

No matter how you store contact information, be sure the software or Web-based service is flexible, works with your mobile communications, and helps you achieve your networking objectives.

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