With the ShiftCon Conference swiftly approaching, I’ve been checking out packing lists and working on my list of what I will be packing. I haven’t updated my business cards in quite a while – they end up being stuck places and I just can’t bear to hand out so many pieces of paper that are, in all likelyhood, going to be tossed by the recipients. Especially not at an eco/wellness social media conference.
So I’ve done some quick research on digital business cards, checking out the options to see what it most likely to be useful. My criteria included being able to be used on both iPhone and Android (I have an Android, but I know many of my friends have iPhones). I also wanted a solution that I was able to set up on the web because I like to be able to see what I’m inputting on a desktop – an app that is only available on a smartphone just doesn’t make my list for something like this. No real reason, other than I just don’t like it.
Contxts Sends SMS Business Cards
Contxts is a really neat site that allows you to set up your virtual business card and send it via SMS. After you have your card set up, you can text “send” and the phone number of the person you’ve met to contxts and they will make the connection. If your new friend also has a profile set up on contxts, then you’ll receive their information back. Contxts is based in Denver, Colorado, and is currently in beta stage. It is free – no additional pricing information.
Evaunt – Virtual Business Cards for Everyone In Your Company
Evaunt is an interesting contender that allows you to set up as many free business cards as you would like. If you’re an office manager, you’d be able to set up the business cards for all of the staff and assign it to a single custom URL. You use the unique web address to give to people, and it also includes links to your social media accounts.
Icon.Me – Your Virtual Business Card with Content Aggregation
Icon is a very cool option – you connect your social media accounts (only Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn so far, Pinterest and Instagram coming soon), and set up your personal information. When you’re done, you end up with a custom URL that includes not only your business card information, but also content aggregated from your social media accounts.
Twtbizcard – Your Twitter Business Card
Twtbizcard is your virtual Twitter business card. I really like this option, but I can see using it for different events, not necessarily at a social media conference. Not everyone uses Twitter, but for those who do, you just tweet to them and include the hashtag #twtbizcard to have your business card information (set up on the site ahead of time) to your new contact. The company is for sale, if you’re in the market, which in combination with the Twitter-only aspect is why it was placed at number 4 on my list. I think it’s really cool, I just worry about it’s future.
So there you have it – my top 4 virtual business card solutions. Do you use any of these? Which is your favorite?
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