Print Posted on 06/24/2017 in Admin Article

11 Digital Business Card Apps for Direct Sellers

11 Digital Business Card Apps for Direct Sellers

Are Traditional Business Cards a Waste?

Did you know that 88% of business cards that are handed out are thrown out in in the first week? With over 10 BILLION business cards printed in the U.S. alone, that is a pretty astounding statistic (and a frightening amount of waste). 

If nine out of ten of my cards go in the trash, what’s the point of getting any at all?

There are still plenty of reasons to have traditional cards for your business, but in our new digital age - digital business cards are a vital part of networking. Let's do a quick comparison.

Paper Business Cards

Benefit: Printed business cards give you an opportunity to communicate your brand with people you’d like to reconnect with in the future, starting with the first impression. In the age of visual content, these cards are a great visual reminder of who you are and what your business is all about.

Drawback: Did you recently update your phone number, email address, or website address? Are you switching up your business name or is your company undergoing a full-scale rebranding? Any changes made to the contact information provided on paper business cards calls for a new batch to be printed up. 

Benefit: Paper business cards come in handy at conferences, trade shows, professional lunches, and other in-person networking events. When someone asks for your card, it means they want a tangible reminder of who you are and how you met. Jotting a quick note on your printed card will help them recall this information when following up with you later. 

Drawback: Quantities are finite, as you can only pass out as many cards as you bring. You need to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get them printed and shipped them to you when you’re running low. And well look at the statistic above 88% end up in the garbage within a week!

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Digital Business Cards

Benefit: Mobile apps like the ones we will list below, allow you to share your electronic business card with other smartphone users. You can create a personalized virtual business card (vCard) and easily send your contact information to others.

Benefit: Web-based business cards can help you maximize your online networking and generate opportunities to be found online. Professional nameplate websites, such as about.me, re.vu, icon.me, flavors.me, allow visitors to discover more about you, learn how to reach you, and see some of your best work. Once your page is created, you can link it to your email signature and social media profiles for extra exposure.

Drawback: Not everyone has a smartphone, mobile networks aren't always available, not all digital card creators work on Android, not all platforms have text integration and rely on internet access to send details.

Better Together

Even in a tech-focused world, there is still a place for classic paper business cards. Here are a few easy ways you can merge your real world activities with your virtual presence.

  • Add digital elements. Use a QR code on your printed card to make visiting your website or vCard a snap (literally). Mobile apps like  Visualead or BeQRious can scan the code and send smartphone users directly to the link of your choice, such as your about page or professional profile.
  • Leverage social media. Are you particularly active on a couple social media platforms? Include their icons and your handles on paper cards so new contacts will know where and how to connect with you socially.
  • Manage contacts efficiently. Instead of logging all your new contacts by hand, use scanning programs like ScanBizCards to digitize paper business cards. These programs will import the information directly into your smartphone’s contacts list and save you the hassle of entering all that data manually.

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Here is a list of options both free and paid to create digital business cards

Switch It: Switch It features include the ability to create targeted content about your company, product, or service with multimedia digital business cards supporting video, audio, and graphics.

Fully Interactive templates allow you to create stylish professional, personal, and social digital business cards to share in any social or networking environment. "Our lead nurturing tools help you follow up, schedule meetings, email, jot down notes, upload a person's photo, and call contacts directly from Switchit." Instantly share your digital business card with anyone you meet and sync contacts across multiple devices. iOS only.

Haystack: With a Free option for basic digital cards or a paid option that allows you to download to a CRM and digital filing of business cards you receive. Paid version also gives you analytics and has a 30 day free trial. 

This is a modern business card solution that allows anyone to receive your cards even if they don’t have the app installed. Haystack also allows you to scan, share, update and store contact info with a simple scan of the card. You can also easily create your card from scratch. This app costs $4 per month for Premium plan. A Forever Free plan is also available.

One Card TM: One Card™ is the standard for digital business cards that 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.

Has Free level or Pro $12 a month which allows multiple businesses, locations and even a staff directory.  You can have a digital brochure and videos, integrated share by text and you can include a welcome video and social media dashboard. You can even have products and services, product reviews and testimonies to share on your digital card.

Elify Shuffle $10 per month with a 14 day free trial

Interactive business cards that you can make them for all different purposes. You can have linked videos, social, and websites.  Analytics, tracking schedule follow up and even can connect with your team. Create 10 cards and 10 customized intros, can do email campaigns and they have an affiliate program.

They have a sister program which is a CRM management designed for direct sales, network marketing and home business $20 a month and includes Shuffle - It's called Edge.

eVaunt: This application allows you to create digital business cards with a responsive design that’s optimized for mobile devices and a unique web page address. eVaunt also allows you to embed a Google Map, upload a profile photo as well as display social networking icons. Free.

Knowee:   You can share your card via a link or QR Code - iPhone/android app that is free for 1 year. Create 2 cards and store up to 100 received cards.  Upload or design your own, personal or company logo email signature. The premium version allows you to customize your landing pages and include pictures, pdfs and more.

Icon: If you are addicted to social then this might be the app for you. This is a digital business card app that allows you to create a rich, dynamic presentations pulled from your social media content. Icon automatically aggregates content from your business’ social feeds including networks like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The app is available for both Android and iOS users.

iPhone apps:

SnapDat has templates and is a simple interface (iPhone only) you can store contacts as well. Free and available from the App Store.

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Clinck:  Available for both Android and iOS, this free digital business card app allows you to create, store and send your contacts to all interested parties. Clinck allows you to add a personal message, photo, logo or LinkedIn profile, together with clickable links to your website.

As you can see there are plenty of choices for creating your digital business cards.  Some of the paid versions offer even more features that can help you manage your contacts and even work with team environments.  

Do you have a favorite digital card platform? Do you still use traditional cards or a blend of both? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!


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