Business Cards Gone Virtual

We all know that print is dead and digital is in. Bumping seems to be the latest fad and it can’t be denied that virtual business cards are going mainstream. So, what exactly does this mean for lawyers? Should they really stop using printed business cards and go virtual?

Even if the answer is yes, I honestly don’t know many lawyers who could simply go cold turkey and not experience major withdrawal. If you are a lawyer and reading this blog, I bet you have a wad of business cards in your wallet right now. And, at least one point in time, you were devastated upon realizing that you had run out of cards at a networking event. So, what is the solution? You want to become high-tech, modern, and environmentally friendly, but you can’t honestly fathom the idea of not carrying printed cards. The best solution then might be a hybrid of the two. Go virtual, while at the same time continue to carry a few business cards in your pocket.

To make your transition as easy as possible, here is a list of some virtual business card services that will bring you up to date in no time.

  1. Bump- Bumping allows you to exchange data between two mobile phones by simply ‘bumping’ the phones together. In addition to contact information, users can also share pictures and calendar events. Bumping is growing exponentially in popularity.

  2. SMS with Contxts- The basic features of Contxt are free, while premium features will cost you a minimal investment. Basically, you sign up for the service and provide the contact information of your choosing, such as your name, email address, phone number, website, Legal Playground address, etc. Then, when you want to give out your virtual card, you tell your new contact to send a text message to a specified number and username. Voila!… Seconds later they receive a text message with your contact information.
  1. MyNameIsE– MyNameIsE allows you to share online and social business cards with anyone you know through three taps of your finger. The cards can be shared wirelessly between phones or via email if the other person does not have the service. E is powered by a cloud that backs up all your new cards. It even allows you to add tags to index a person, rate their importance, and display the geolocation of where you met them, which is useful if you travel or attend networking events regularly.
  1. Others– If those don’t fancy you, here is a list of some other incredible virtual business card services.
  1. twtBizCard- simply visit the site and connect your Twitter account with the app. The app will automatically create a card template for you using your Twitter account profile.
  2. Jumpscan- this service allows you to place your contact information into a single QR code image that can be scanned by others to retrieve your information.
  3. Googles- with this smart app, you simply take a photo of a card and Goggles will recognize it as a business card and save the information directly to your address book.
  4.  Dropcard– similar to Contxts, but focused on email.
  5. iPhone apps- beamME, SnapDat, FreeContact, MyCard Free, Handshake

Although the list of services seems about endless, the ones listed above should be enough to keep you busy for now. While going virtual may seem overwhelming and out of your comfort zone, don’t be scared with the change. The services are all fairly easy to use and, in time, you just might love the virtual card concept. After all, they are environmentally friendly, free (or inexpensive), and you will never run out of cards again.Good luck and happy networking!

Posted by: CarlyJohansson

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