Digital business cards are the new paper print business cards…except that there is no paper print involved, and it’s all digital. They are the new means of sharing contact information. Digital business cards (also known as electronic business cards) are created and exchanged through the Internet. In this article, you will find every information you may need about electronic business cards, and learn some of the best ways to create one.
Benefits of Using Digital Business Cards
In this digital world we now live in, digital visiting cards play a huge role in businesses, just as paper print ones used to play. And this role brings a lot of benefits with it. Let’s check some of them out:
The convenience that digital business cards bring may be their most important benefit. Your phone or computer is all you need, to be able to exchange business cards. When using a digital business card, you can say goodbye to all those worries about running out of cards. Also, say you change your job or change your phone number. You don’t have to go into all the trouble of changing and printing new cards. You can edit your business card at any time, anywhere, when using a digital one. This way, your business card will always match your current information.
Digital business cards eliminate the need to spend so much time and money on customizing your business cards. Since when doing things digitally, all you need is a useful template and/or digital card software, , you can easily customize your business card. You can also add as much information as you please, because there is no limitation of space. You can also add your brand colors, logo, photo, etc. for even more customization. The sky’s the limit!
One of the most frightening things about giving someone your business card is that your card might be thrown away by them. This happens quite often and basically renders your physical cards useless. This is why digital cards are more useful for follow-ups: Because they go directly into the receiver’s inbox, which makes your integration with their workflow a lot easier.
Affordable and healthy:
Digital business cards are both affordable and healthy. They are affordable because you won’t spend any money on printing them. And they are healthy because since they are contactless, they can’t carry germs on them, which is a pretty important feature, as the pandemic taught us.
Make a statement:
Using a digital business card definitely makes a statement for you and your business. It is a great way to show someone you keep up with the latest technology and trends, and who wouldn’t want to work with someone who’s up to date with those?
Another benefit of not having to print out physical business cards, in addition to saving resources money, is the sustainability factor. Using digital cards prevents the use of laminating plastics in addition to paper. Not to mention that you don’t need to use packaging and gas to ship them, or to create other ones when they’re lost, etc. This way, digital cards help keep the environment safe.
For more information about the environmental benefits of using digital cards, check out our article here: “Using a Digital Membership Card: An Eco-Friendly Solution”.
4 Ways to Create Digital Business Cards
There are many ways to create digital business cards. Even if you don’t know to code, you can still create your digital business card easily. Here are some of the ways you can create them:
Using apps to create digital business cards is the most commonly used method, and there are many apps that can help you with this. Using these apps, you can create your digital business card in just a few minutes.
Services provided by most of these apps include creating your business card, a virtual background, an email signature, and sharing your card with your potential clients. Some of the most popular apps that help you create digital business cards are HiHello, Linlet, Switchit, about.me, and haystack.
You can create your digital business card using social networks as well. These are usually free of charge, and they provide access to QR codes. Linkedin and Google (through Gmail) are two examples of social network platforms that help you to create your own digital business card.
If you created your card using Google, you could share your card with others as an attachment in Gmail. As for Linkedin users, they can easily create a Linkedin QR code. By scanning this code, users can instantly share their information with their potential clients.
Another way for you to easily create your digital business card is by using templates. You can choose your template as you please and create your own card from there. There are lots of places where you can find templates, such as Microsoft Word and Pinterest. Using online templates is another commonly used way to create digital business cards, even though they require time and effort to create and share.
MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE:
Lastly, to create a digital business card, you can use membership management software which has features that would help you create and share your digital business card. Software such as Fonzip or Raklet is good example of software that would do the trick for you. Using these membership management software, you can both create and share your digital business card whilst managing your members, creating events, and doing so much more!
How do Digital Cards Work?
After you create your digital business card, it is time for you to exchange it and start using all the benefits it brings. How you exchange it may depend on how you created your business card. If you used an app for creating it, you could easily exchange your information with others, especially with the ones who used the same app to create their business card as you.
The most commonly used ways to exchange digital business cards involve a URL, an email signature attachment, or a QR code. This allows your potential client to scan from your phone directly.
Sending a multimedia file is another way to exchange business cards. It is the old-school way for digital cards but is still used quite commonly. A virtual contact file is a standardized file that can be sent as an email attachment. They can contain images and other multimedia, giving you a way to exchange cards with more info on them.
Now that you know all about digital business cards, including several ways to create one, you can choose which one would serve you the best and use it to create your own. And if you would like to learn more on the subject, you can check out other articles from our blog: