I’m a huge fan of apps, and I’ve purchased several different ones for organizing business cards, but unfortunately they were all missing an important thing or two, tried to read the info on the card and failed miserably, and basically, just took too dang long. Sometimes, I think you just have to go back to the basics.
For iPhone users: Create a new contact in your phone. Click the edit button, then add photo. Just snap a picture of the business card with your phone! All I do is put in a basic name or company name. If you have a lot of info, scroll down to Add Field, click, then scroll down to Notes and type away. In the company section, I typically add a word or two so I can remember where or how I met them. If you get lots of business cards at an event, why bother typing in all the info…you can just edit the photo to zoom in and look at the biz card! (The downside: you can’t get both sides with your camera phone)
This little finding has been amazing for me! The best part is in the search. When you go to your contacts, just type in what you’re looking for in the blank search bar. It doesn’t matter what field you put the info in, it will still come up. For example: I went to a Design Bloggers Conference last year, and I know the Twitter hashtag is #DBC2012, so I may want to add this in one of the fields. It will find your contact with or without the hastag. (If you’re on twitter, see the #DBC2013 feed for this year!)
Also, when I type in “NY” in my contacts, Bottega Louie comes up (a lovely cafe with freshed squeezed orange juice, amazing brunch & beautiful macarons), along with my favorite NY taxi driver (good ones are hard to find ya know and my New York friends I’ve met along the way!
If you have a fabulous business card app to recommend or a great way to organize your business cards, please leave a comment below!