The other day, a friend told me about a great free app called CardMunch.
Whenever I am given someone’s business card, I generally either leave it lurking in my bag for ages or it sits on the top of a pile of other business cards. In other words, I don’t transfer the information to my Outlook or to my phone. I can’t be bothered to type it all in, quite frankly. So that means, when I want to communicate with that person, I have to rummage around to find their card.
This is an app which is linked to LinkedIn. You simply take a photo of the business card with your iPhone (it only works with iPhones at the moment) and tap ‘upload’. After a few minutes, that person’s LinkedIn photo and their name plus company name appear on your phone screen. Cool or what?
The Cardmunch website says that every business card submitted is transcribed, edited and reviewed by real humans – not by computers.
- You then tap the info about that person that’s visible on your phone screen and, hey presto, all the details from their business card are suddenly there – as are their name, title and company description as they appear on their LinkedIn profile.
- Tap the forward arrow and you can either forward that contact nfo as an email, or save it to your phone’s address book.
- Tap the envelope icon to send them an email which is prefilled in with their email address and ‘Dear John’ (or whatever their name happens to be).
- When you tap the LinkedIn icon, it automatically sends them an invitation to connect with you on LinkedIn.
- CardMunch also shows which LinkedIn connections you have in common with your new contact – simply tap on any of these names to get to their profile. It also tells you what level of connection your new contact currently has with you on LinkedIn (eg: 1st, 2nd, 3rd). And it shows the number of connections in their network, as well as a short summary of their LinkedIn profile.
- Tap the number that shows how many LinkedIn connections they have and you are presented with the full list of all their contacts. You can then tap on any of these to find out more about these people.
If you never get round to inputting details of your new contacts into your computer or phone’s address book, then CardMunch is for you. It’s also a great way to grow your network on LinkedIn.
Obviously all the stuff with LinkedIn only works if your contact has a LinkedIn profile. But, even if they don’t, the card details are still automatically stored on your phone.