This is one of the things that I still use Evernote for. I have a dedicated Notebook for scanned business cards. I either scan from my phone, or put the card through my desktop scanner. The “text in photo” search in Evernote means I can always find it again.
If you work in the business, corporate, legal, or financial worlds, exchanging business cards is still practiced. It’s an entire ritual at many meetings. In fact, I just got a box of new cards today!
As for the information, I’m using the stock Contacts apps on both macOS and iOS. I’ve tried a few alternatives (BusyContacts, Full Contact, and Cardhop), but I keep using the stock apps. Whatever I use, it has to sync with Exchange because I have to use a PC at work.
Not sure why Contacts management is so hard on a computer, though. Between duplicate entries and stuff not syncing over in the right format, its harder than it needs to be.
I agree it happens in some industries in probably the majority of the world, but it just seems archaic doesn’t it? My point was that rather than trying to find ways to accept business card data more efficiently would it not make sense to find more efficient ways to share that data?
I work for a reasonable sized European consultancy business. I also used to work for a very large financial company in the UK. I meet wth clients (mainly from the UK, but some globally) in my current position and in the last 8 years none of them have offered me a business card and I have never seen anyone else exchange cards either.
I have an entire box of business cards on my desk that have never been opened … I actively tried not to get given them.
I was thinking of having some made for my business. I would say that the value comes from time shifting the exchange of details.
For me I am likely to mention my website right at the start of a conversation, and thus if it becomes a longer conversation, the card becomes this nice callback.
I agree that a better way would be to change the communications channel, but I feel that there is a need to cater to the lowest common denominator, and thus a slip of paper is good because it is compatible with everyone’s system.
I don’t think there is value in having boxes of thousands lying around, but a few can be useful
Not sure where you are or what you do in your company, but all my European colleagues share cards (mostly senior law partners and C-level executives). In fact, they take great pride in the look and feel of their cards. And the Asians take it to another level (two-handed presentation, etc.). So no, it’s not archaic, it’s more tradition than anything else. Look, the corporate world doesn’t change very fast, so my guess is that handing out business cards is going to remain an expected and accepted practice for a while.
Now, that said, iOS does give you the ability to share your contact card via AirDrop or Message. (My Card, Share Contact). I remember about 10 years ago, the “new” practice of sharing business cards was to AirDrop them to each other during networking events or meetings. I’m not sure what happened to that, but I’ve never seen it done.
One App I used for a while was Interact Scratchpad by Agile Tortise. It made contacts out of plain text from email sigs, etc. Sadly, its not available anymore.