I have become tired of carrying business cards around. So much so that I have no idea where my box of business cards are stored. The whole concept of exchanging small bits of paper that ultimately end up in landfills bothers me, so I decided some time back to forgo the whole process.
But, this doesn’t mean that I don’t want your contact info. I have found that everyone that I meet has an email address and for the most part, email has become the method that most people use for staying in touch (Twitter, FaceBook et al not withstanding).
Here is the solution that I found that I really like. When I meet you, I’ll ask you for your email address, then I will use my phone and DropCard to send you an email with my contact info. I’ll have your email address and can contact you that way in the future, and you’ll have all the info about me that I want to share with you. DropCard lets me have both personal and professional profiles that I can choose between, so if you are someone I meet in business context, I’ll give you my work info and if you are a personal contact, you’ll get my personal info.
DropCard works it’s magic by me sending a text message with your email address to DropCard (I can easily set this up as a contact in my address book on the phone to save repeated typing). If you have an iPhone, there is a web page set up with a very cool and easy to use interface (I am sure that it would work with other web enabled phones as well).
The recipient receives an email with all of my contact info with a VCF file attached. Double clicking on the VCF file opens up the person’s Outlook or contact manager so they can save my info.
It’s a winner all the way around and guess what, the price is right…FREE! For a $4.95 a month you can brand it with your logo and even send attachments with your contact info…a great way to send flyers of your listings.
What do you think? Got a better way? If so, share it by clicking on the comments button below.