Virtual Business Card Evolution -
Gone are the days where you hand out or received a physical business card. Here are some smartphone applications that could make your life easier. But there’s still something very personal about exchanging something tangible after a particularly positive meeting. So, it’s likely that most small businesses are collecting at least some paper cards on a regular basis. The good news is that most smartphones can facilitate this task because of their digital imaging features. And there are some mobile apps that can help, regardless of whether you’re handling just a few new cards on an ongoing basis or you’re looking to convert a stack of them into a format that can be shared with anyone.
WorldCard Link (Apple iOS; starts at $39.95) — . The software also integrates with iCloud and Dropbox for storing images. It offers similar apps for Android and Windows Mobile, starting at $5.99, but there isn’t a dock that comes with the product.
CardCloud (Android, iOS; Free) — It’s a mobile app that creates “an infinite stack” of digital business cards that you can share wirelessly between iPhones and Android smartphones. You can also email them via the CardCloud service.
ScanBizCards (iOS, Android, Windows Phone; $3.99 to $6.99, depending on OS) — You can export everything that you capture directly into the CRM package. There a direct link to LinkedIn, and there is a one-button feature that will initiate a LinkedIn invite to any scanned contact.
CardMunch (iOS; Free) — It uses your iPhone camera to photograph cards and convert them into contacts. The images are transcribed by humans for improved accuracy.
Bump (Apple iOS, Android; Free) — It shares information when you tap your smartphone against another Bump-enabled mobile device. you just “bump” the phone in conjunction with the space key. It also connects you to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
FullContact Card Reader (iOS; starts at $9.99/month, $99.99/year) — It turns business card images directly into Salesforce.com leads. Of course, if you don’t use Salesforce, then it isn’t relevant.
Evernote Hello (Android, iOS; part of Evernote Premium; priced at $5/month) — There are several ways to create contacts with this mobile app, including business card scans, direct connections with other Evernote Hello users or a quick profile creation option, which works with LinkedIn and Facebook.
Shape Business Card Reader (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows, Symbian and Java; varies depending on the platform, $4.99 for Android or $6.99 for iOS) — It uses optical character recognition to convert images into contact entries, and boasts integration with both Evernote and Salesforce.com.
Onecard ( Apple iOS, Android; Free)– It works on Smartphones, Tablets and computers with NO APP required. One Card creates a digital hub where your customers can pick and choose how they connect with you. For example, you can list your standard contact information, a video introduction, a bio telling a little more about yourself, all of your social networks in one place and an info center, which allows you to create a digital brochure.