I attend lots of industry events and I don't know how many times I either run out of business cards or find myself cardless but thanks to technology it is a lot easier to connect. LinkedIn recently joined Facebook and a number of other sites that have created iPhone experiences which makes it easy to contact people you meet immediately thus online identity has replaced one of the features of offline identity - the business card.
So are business cards toast? My first instinct would be to say yes but on second thought I feel business cards still have a place. Take the Moo card revolution
as a prime example of how business cards can still survive as there is
definitely something to be said for being able to hold someone's
business card. Though after an event I find myself with stacks of
business cards that I cannot always get to immediately. Recently I
found myself emailing or text messaging people directly as I meet them
to save from having to review a number of cards at one time. I know a couple of people that even have business card scanners that help ease
the process of inputing contact information.
What do you think? Take the SOMEWHAT FRANK POLL (below).