Why retype business cards?
Like most professionals, I have a large stack of business cards from clients, colleagues, associates, friends, etc. But business cards are nearly obsolete. When was the last time you saw a professional with a Rolodex? Everyone uses electronic address books nowadays. An electronic address is necessary for email, and it can be shared with colleagues. It can even sync with your laptop or mobile phone.
So whenever I get an important business card, I have to retype the information into my computer. When someone gives me a paper business card, it increases the work needed to contact this person. This reduces the chances I will actually stay in touch.
Unfortunately, I can’t think of a better alternative. Scanners are almost as much work as retyping. It’s unprofessional to attach a vCard to every business email. Publishing your contact information on the web makes you a giant target for spam. And using a private address book system such as Plaxo means your colleagues must trust and join the system.
There must be a better way.