I’m headed off to a networking event, and the business cards will be flowin’. Business cards are the original way for a business to exchange contact details, there easy to print, using London Printing Services, and show off a businesses personality. Just like a business card, having a professional website is just as important. When you are going to networking events, you want to make sure everything is up to date in case someone wants to take a look at your business on the spot. Once I went to an event and I didn’t have a website. It was so embarrassing. From then, I looked into something like slickplan’s user flow guide which meant that I was able to update my site and focus more on the pages and content. This is a tip I would recommend to anyone. Don’t just think that in order to be professional you need to just hand out business cards. Even though I’m not a fan and have tried, and tried…and tried to get rid of using business cards, but…
Since I WILL be handed business cards, and feel lame for not reciprocating for the foreseeable future, here is how I deal with business cards the geek way. I have thought of many other ways though to get my business out there. For example, I even considered using something like these Branded Rock Sweets. But I just know that I have to deal with business cards. As everyone uses them.
Evernote Business Card Scanner
Once upon a time, there was an app called Evernote Hello, that let you scan business cards, get some extra context about who you were meeting, and save the cards to your Evernote account. Well, Evernote proper swallowed up Hello and it’s now integrated within Evernote.
Simply whip out Evernote on your smartphone, start a new camera note, and use the Business Card setting on the in-app camera (Premium feature). Once it finds and snaps a pic of your card, you can then review/modify the information, and store the card in Evernote. Linking your LinkedIn profile with Evernote will pull in additional information about who you meet, and you can automatically shoot a reply email with your contact information.
That way you can scan an issuer’s business card, and either hand it back to them “Save the trees” or if you feel that’s disrespectful, dump them in the trash after you leave the event. #Irony
I have spent a ton of money on business cards, and I’m POSITIVE most of them have ended up in the bottom of somebody’s office trashcan, or destroyed in the washing machine as a result of getting forgotten in a pair of jeans or slacks.
When you hand a person your business card, you HOPE they will store and retain your information when they need it. The best way to get your card saved is if the recipient scans your biz card to convert it to digital format (see above), or if you send them your business card in electronic format to start with.
The app I use to send a virtual biz card is called (you guessed it) Bizz Card. With the app, you can customize your card with an image, greeting, and all your contact info. Once you’re ready to send your cards, all you need is a recipient’s email address and Buzz Card will send them your greeting with your contact info in the form of a .vcf file they can import into their Digital Rolodex…A much better place for your info to reside than in a trash can or as drying machine lint.
Everybody hates them, but business cards are here to stay. Might as well maximize the opportunity to be remembered during your next event.
How do you deal with business cards? Drop a line in the comments section
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