Pssst … hey you! Yes you, the one over there wearing the “I’m in Sales” tag. I have something important you need to know. This is so ground breaking I need you to give me your salesperson’s word of honor you will keep this tip secret and only share it with others in the sales profession. Deal?
Most of the busy sales people I know are just that – busy. Some may have had a personal assistant, but many work without any administrative support. I discovered a new product I believe can make a huge impact on your productivity.
Wouldn’t it be nice to break the hourglass and be able to make better use of the time you have available, and do so by offering maximum choice to those you wish to meet with? Now you can.
The product I want to tell you about is TimeBridge. This web-based application integrates with the organizer’s own calendar— they currently support Outlook or Google. But they can invite anyone regardless of where they live, what server they are on. The invitee need not have even heard of TimeBridge! It takes what used to be a multi-step process of setting up meeting down to one simple one. The recipients receive a straightforward clean looking invitation.
I tried it and was really impressed with how easy and intuitive it was to use, so much so I contacted the company for more details. This is something I don’t normally do so you know I was impressed. I spoke with John Stormer, VP Marketing for TimeBridge; I actually set the meeting up using his software. The beauty of using this tool is you can invite multiple attendees to a meeting or conference call, offering them up to five choices to select from. Other attendees can see who has already responded and which is their best choice, second choice or what won’t work at all selection. Once everyone has responded TimeBridge sends out a confirmation email to everyone. It stays as “tentative” on your Outlook calendar until finalized and it then automatically turns it from tentative to busy.
It all looks like magic to me but John assured me there is a lot of thought and technology behind the application. TimeBridge has run privately in a beta format since November 06, it only went “public” in August. The best news is it is free! The company plans to look at adding premium features and charging for those down the road. What they offer today at no cost certainly meets my needs. In fact a number of people I’ve booked appointments with last week and this week have commented how neat the process is. I encourage you to check TimeBridge out at www.TimeBridge.com
Clayton ‘Salesopedia’ Shold