It happens to all of us who attend conventions:
1) You meet tons of industry people and amass a huge collection of business cards.
2) You return home and admire the collection and hope to remember at least a few of the names when you run into one of these people at the next industry event.
3) You put a rubber band around said cards and put them in a drawer.
4) Rinse and repeat.
Help is on the way! In short, CardMunch acts as a business card scanner, right on your iPhone or iPad. CardMunch is a free app that is currently available on iTunes; Android and Blackberry functionality are in the works.
Here’s an overview of how it works:
-Open the app and hover your iPhone or iPad over the business card; CardMunch will snap the photo and save the contact’s name and details to your contacts or your CardMunch contacts: you choose. Either way, your contacts remain entirely searchable.
-According to the website, “Every business card you submit is transcribed, edited and reviewed by multiple workers to guarantee accuracy.”
-Expand your network and connect to your new contact via LinkedIn with one tap (you must already have the LinkedIn app installed on your device).
CardMunch claims to save users hours each month by automatically converting business card data electronically rather than having to input details manually. This feels like a bit of a stretch unless, perhaps, you’re in sales where you collect mountains of business cards on a regular basis. If you are one of those super-collectors, CardMunch is likely for you. Then again, if you’re a technology geek, this handy app is probably well suited for you as well.