Im a fan of MOO.com – All my business cards for the past two years have come through its shop. MOO is known for its creative, dare I say flashy, business card designs and solid customer support.
My recent order included one card with a NFC (Near Field Communication) chip in it as a prelude of things to come. Looks as if MOO plans to let users customize and order NFC cards that they can encode and reuse at will – The MOO app for Android that lets users encode their NFC cards with all kinds of information that can be read by anyone wielding an NFC device.
Since Apple decided not be bothered with NFC for the iPhone 5 (My daily driver), I decided to grab Mrs. Tech’s Galaxy Note II and program the one card I got with my latest MOO order. Sure enough, the app let me code the app with a link to my mobile contact card from Vizibiity. Now I can just carry around one biz card and dazzle people as they “touch the card” to have access to all my contact information.
If you don’t know by now, I’m a self-proclaimed Evernote Evangelist *Crosses his fingers on his recent Evernote Ambassador application*. One of my favorite Evernote apps is Hello that lets you save contact information with context. In other words, instead of just capturing basic contact information, Hello can also capture what they look like, when you met them, where you met them, and how many times you’ve met them.
The one thing Hello was missing was the ability to scan and digitize business cards. I’m happy to say Evernote has plugged that hole and can now capture business card information making it even easier to throw away biz cards remember everything…about the people you meet.
Before I get to the juicy part, Hello has been redesigned to make it even easier to save contacts. In addition to adding contacts manually, or from your calendar events, users can now connect to Facebook and LinkedIn so it can build an even thicker digital Rolodex with images, social media profiles and other relevant information.
Users can also choose to use the new Hello Connect feature that “scans the room” for other Hello users at an event, meeting, or meetup and can automatically exchange contact information. Think of it as networking sonar. Of course, all of this information can by synced with your current Evernote account so you have instant access to your contacts anywhere you have access your account. Or, you can save Hello contacts to your phone’s address book…You know, for the people you REALLY know.
The highlight of this update for me is the business card scanning feature. Available to everyone for the next couple of months, but eventually for Premium Evernote users only (like me), users can add a contact to Hello by snapping a picture of a business card. Hello captures, organizes and digitizes all the information on the card and creates a profile. If an email on a card matches an email found publicly from Facebook or LinkedIn, Hello will “connect the dots” and add even more information for a more complete contact entry.
All this in addition to storing location and date information when you add or reconnect with a Hello contact. I’ve been jumping around and using multiple apps to manage contacts. It’s pretty safe to say that I can ditch the other crap consolidate and just use Evernote Hello.
I must say i’m a fan of MOO.com. Sure, you could get cheaper business cards made someplace else, but MOO.com has the easiest card creation and best quality cards out there. Now, I would prefer that people adopt more techie ways to share contact info (You DO know I’m also a fan of QR Codes, right?). But, since everywhere I go people still ask “Do you have a card?” I’ve decided to combine the two and use MOO.com to create QR Code biz cards.
MOO is becoming more and more recognizable and has previously launched campaigns That uses your information from sites like About.me and Klout to personalize your own biz card. Well, the latest victim is Facebook, who will now let businesses and brands create free eye-catching cards based on their Page.
But every time I attend an event and tried to slang all the cool ways to “get the digits”, people still ask “Do you have a card?”
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”
If I MUST do up some business cards, I may as well add some tech to them (I am BrothaTech right?). So now it’s official – My business cards have some flare (no T.G.I.F.) and interactivity due to the QR Codes I slapped on them What do you think?