Digital Business Cards Give Entrepreneurs a Leg Up
By Scott Humphrey
Busy home business based entrepreneurs have embraced a wide variety of iPhone and Android apps designed to enhance their productivity. Business cards online are one of the latest trends amongst technologically savvy businesspeople. They can be used to share contact information instantly. They are ideal for conferences and other networking events, where paper cards can get lost in the shuffle. There are a myriad of business card apps on the market. Highlighted below are a few of the leaders in this category.
This app is also known as My Name is E. Individuals using the iPhone app can share their business cards wirelessly with other iPhone users. Individuals on other platforms can send their business cards online to potential contacts. This app allows users to include information about over 50 different social networking sites, allowing for quick friending on any site. Cardcloud allows users to tag cards with geographic data so that they never forget where they met someone.
Currently available only for the iPhone, this app allows users to design a traditional-looking business card. A variety of templates make customizing contact information easy. Information can easily be shared with other SnapDat users and can be emailed as a vCard to individuals without the app. This app allows users to embed a link to a social networking site, making connecting online even easier. Users can also link to YouTube videos.
One of the original business card apps on the market, Bump works on both the iPhone and Android devices. Users enter their contact information on a relatively simple template. When they meet someone else who is using the app, they simply bump their phones together and contact information is swapped. If users are unable to transfer data via a bump, they can simply email their contact info. When their information changes, users can elect to send an update to individuals with whom they have previously swapped data.
This app is designed for both businesspeople and social networking fanatics. Users enter their contact information, including social networking details, and are provided with a unique QR code. In order to swap their information with others, they simply present their QR code. Individuals to whom a user wants to give contact data must have phones with the capability to read QR codes. Jumpscan is free. The app’s developers are currently doing beta testing and invite new users to sign up for the service.
Though not a business card app in and of itself, Blippar features amazing augmented reality potential. Users of the app locate ads, billboards or cards that have a Blippar logo. They aim their phone’s camera at such ads and an interactive experience begins. This app has the potential to link users to videos or an online portfolio. Home business people who want to use Blippar will have to hire a designer to make a Blippar-ready business card. However, with backing from Qualcomm, it’s likely that more and more home business people will be able to use Blippar technology to make an augmented reality business card.
Digital business card apps have not quite usurped traditional paper cards but are well on their way to doing so. Offering sleek design and ease-of-use, businesspeople worldwide are embracing electronic cards. Of course, they’re not just convenient. Such cards are also eco-friendly and techno-chic.
BIO: Scott is a freelance writer on a variety of topics including custom digital printing. When he is not writing for Print360.com he is hiking in the mountains of upstate New York.