The information found in this blog post was featured in an original blog post on Mashable entitled “ 5 Apps to Digitize Your Business Cards - http://mashable.com/2012/10/27/business-card-apps/ .” 

If there’s one element of marketing that will never go away, it’s the business card. Within its 3” x 2” design, that little paper rectangle contains some of the most valuable information to any marketing representative. From names, numbers, positions, and email addresses, the business card is the holy grail of making a first -time connection.

With all those business cards pass through the marketing department, organization is key. Thank goodness smartphone app developers have seen the trails and tribulations we’ve gone through entering in business card manually (darn you, Excel!), and have come to our rescue with 5 smartphone apps designed to input business card information straight into your address book – no. typing. required.

5 Smartphone Apps for Saving Business Cards

  • Cardmunch - http://www.cardmunch.com/

Powered by Linkedin, Cardmuch is an AppStore only application (meaning it’s only for Apple products such as iPhones, iPods, and iPads… sorry Android users) that utilizes your iPhone’s contact list with your Linkedin connections. Take a picture with the app and a business card is converted to a contact automatically. The app then shows your LinkedIn profile information and connections you have in common – what a great way to break the ice with a potential client. I can also hear the deals being signed already.

Why input business cards when someone else will do it for you. Welcoem Shoeboxed, the application that gives you 3 options of getting those pesky business cards into your contact list. The Shoeboxed staff allows users to snail mail them business cards which their team will input (I think I just cried a few tears of joy), or scan in business cards which the application will read and input, and finally, take a smartphone picture of business cards and have them inputted that way. And even better – it’s available for both Android and iPhone smartphone users. Since they are actually doing work, it does come at a price - https://www.shoeboxed.com/pricing/ . Choose between monthly or yearly options depending on the amount of documentation you plan to send them.

Claimed to be “the only business card you’ll ever need,” CardCloud actually tracks the location where you were when you input the card via your smartphone. Why is this awesome? Imagine never having to wonder where you’d met someone. CardCloud stores the information within the app and reminds you when you pull up the contact (now if it could only help us remember names when we see faces).  Available for Android and Apple smartphones.

For those of you who aren’t closet graphic designers, try to contain your squeals of joy. Cardflick is a graphic design firm in your pocket allowing its users to download the app and create works-of-art business cards. Fortunately sending and sharing business cards is super easy since the recipient doesn’t have to have Cardflick installed to receive the cards. Unfortunately for android buffs,  this app is only available for iOS (aka iPhone) users.

If you’ve only ever heard of one card sharing app, it’s probably been Bump. Bump creates a virtual business card you can share with just about any tech device by simply “bumping” phones together. Alternative to having to smack your $600 smartphone against one another, bump allows you the alternative of emailing your info. Available on both iOS and Android marketing, the only drawback to this app is that the recipient of your business card must also have the app downloaded, installed, and ready to go (which may put a damper on the whole “quick and easy” theme we have going here.)

Tried a card sharing app? Let us know which one and how it worked in the comments!

 

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  2. October 17, 2015  6:08 pm by Rigoberto Reply

    Very nice article, totally whjat I needed.

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