What’s that, you’re still press your business agenda on paper? That is so aftermost year. These days, business cards are activity all basal and that’s a acceptable thing. Not alone are paperless business cards acceptable for the environment, and easier to carry, they’re additionally absolute — you’ll never run out back you’re networking at an accident or conference.
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But there are a agglomeration of altered means to assemble a basal business card, which is adapted for you? Beneath are eight means to body a basal business agenda that you can use to accelerate your advice to contacts the abutting time you’re at a networking event. Please allotment any added casework you use in the comments.
1. SMS – While it’s accurate that about anybody you accommodated is activity to accept a abridged to abundance your business agenda in, it’s additionally accurate that about anybody you accommodated will accept a corpuscle buzz as able-bodied — and they’re acceptable to be a lot beneath condescending about losing, misplacing, or throwing abroad their buzz than they are about your business card. The casework beneath acquiesce you to axle your business agenda via SMS argument bulletin to absorbed parties.
Contxts – Accelerate and accept 140 appearance business cards via argument bulletin for free. 140 characters doesn’t assume like a lot, but it’s abundant to accommodate basal acquaintance advice (like name, business name, buzz #, and email). See our antecedent analysis of Contxts here.
TextID – Accommodated accession new and acquaint them to argument bulletin your username to a short, six chiffre number. In return, they’ll accept your acquaintance advice via SMS. The account costs $19.95/month with 250 chargeless texts.
DUB – Once you’ve created your business agenda on DUB’s web armpit you can again accept it beatific to added users by email or SMS artlessly by sending a argument bulletin to the DUB site. DUB absolutely could accept fit into about any of the categories in this area back it supports email, SMS, and they accept iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Adaptable applications, as able-bodied as a web interface.
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2. Adaptable Web – MyNameIsE is about a adaptable amusing arrangement of business cards. The armpit collects calm all of your amusing profiles into a basal business agenda that is attainable via adaptable web and iPhone-optimized web sites. Back you accommodated a new contact, artlessly access anniversary other’s usernames and a affiliation is made.
Perhaps added interestingly, though, the bodies abaft “E” accept created a USB dongle alleged the E Connector (pictured above) that they plan to advertise to barter appearance and appointment organizers as a way for attendees to added calmly allotment information. The dongle, which is about the admeasurement of the keyless access keychain fobs acclimated for automobiles, can automatically allotment acquaintance advice back it comes abreast accession Connector.
3. Email – Why manually email your acquaintance advice to accession you’ve aloof met back you can acquaint your buzz to do it for you? Analysis out the casework below, which amalgamate the affluence and beyond of argument messaging with the ability of email to allotment your basal business agenda with colleagues.
Dropcard is a lot like Contxts and TextID, but it’s focused on email. After you actualize a profile, anytime you accommodated accession you aloof argument their email abode to a adapted cardinal and they’re emailed your basal business card. Dropcard is chargeless for up to 5 access per month, but for abundant networkers, opt for the $9.99/month plan that allows you to accelerate absolute cards.
WeaveMet – WeaveMet is a agnate account that lets you accelerate your acquaintance advice to bodies you accommodated via email or argument message. You artlessly acquaint the account (via SMS) to email new contacts your information, forth with a abbreviate agenda (like area you met).
4. iPhone – There are a cardinal of abundant iPhone business agenda administration applications accessible in the App Store, and we profiled a agglomeration of them aftermost month. One of my favorites is beamME, which lets you actualize a vCard and accelerate it to anyone you accommodated via email, adaptable number, or alike Twitter absolute message. But analysis out aftermost month’s assembly for a cardinal of abundant options.
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While adaptable phone-centric applications are actual accessible in the field, they alone accommodate allowance for the best basal of information. The options beneath will advice you actualize a added complete business card.
5. Amusing Networks – Amusing networks, abnormally those that baby to business usage, are an amazing backup for business cards. Best bodies you accommodated are apparently activity to Google your name anyway, so bushing out profiles on arresting amusing networks is a acceptable way to accomplish abiding that what they acquisition is what you appetite to present. LinkedIn, or Xing if you alive in Europe, are acceptable places to start.
LinkedIn offers accoutrement to advice you affix added with bodies you’ve met via networking events, as able-bodied as a way to acquaint with them after accepting to accord out your claimed acquaintance information. Be abiding to complete your absolute contour and aces an adapted vanity URL.
Another advantage that shouldn’t be disregarded is Facebook. Aloofness controls accomplish it accessible to accumulate your business and amusing contacts separate, and the advancing accession of vanity URLs will accomplish it a lot easier for bodies to acquisition you.
6. Google Contour – On the whole, Google Profiles are appealing basal — they’re yet accession abode to account accepted biographical advice and contour links. But because they now amount so acutely into Google chase results, it’s a actual acceptable abstraction to set castigation up as allotment of your basal business agenda strategy. Further, abbreviate vanity URLs accomplish them absolutely accessible to share.
7. Twitter – Anybody is already exchanging Twitter user names back they accommodated at conferences because they’re short, accessible to remember, and a abundant way to allure accession to affix with you after accepting to apply abundant effort. In May, we profiled a new app that allows you to accelerate business cards over Twitter.
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twtBizCard makes sending a business agenda via Twitter as a accessible as appending a hashtag to the end of an @reply directed at the being who you appetite to accelerate information. The nice affair about sending a basal business agenda this way is you can use the actual cheep amplitude to accommodate a bulletin about area you met.
8. Contour Aggregators – As a whole, every one of your amusing media profiles acrylic a account of your online identity, so you may actual able-bodied appetite to accommodate those profiles as allotment of your basal business card. But for amusing media junkies, that becomes a difficult anticipation — administration a agglomeration of amusing media profiles URLs aloof isn’t easy. An affected way to accord with that botheration is by application a contour aggregator.
We afresh advised a cardinal of means to allotment your amusing media profiles, but two you should pay adapted absorption to are Retaggr and Chi.mp. Retaggr creates a basal amusing media business agenda that you can allotment and embed. The agenda includes links to all of your amusing profiles and alike pulls in activating agreeable (like blog posts and tweets). Chi.mp, meanwhile, gives users their own yourname.mp area name and aggregates agreeable from socials sites that you use. The acumen Chi.mp is ideal for business use is that it has avant-garde aloofness settings that acquiesce you to actualize adapted profiles for altered users — i.e., so that your business contacts never charge to see pictures of your kids from your Flickr stream.
So now your business agenda is absolutely virtual, what do you do with your old cardboard cards? Well, it’ll apparently still be a few years afore the business agenda absolutely goes the way of the Do Do, so adhere on to a few of them. However, there is article you can do about all the cardboard business cards you aggregate at networking events.
If you accelerate your accumulating of business cards to CloudContacts, they’ll browse and adapt all that advice for you. You can appearance all the business cards you’ve calm from bodies you’ve met online, and download that advice to desktop email audience like Outlook, Entourage, Thunderbird, and Exchange. Once they’re done scanning, CloudContacts will either acknowledgment your cardboard cards to you or recycle them.
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