Ever wonder how to really leverage LinkedIn? In my past articles I have been discussing this as well as the benefits and power behind leveraging LinkedIn. Recently I was left with a pile of business cards, and couldn’t decide on whether or not to purchase a special device to input all my data. There was such a stack I thought I couldn’t be bothered. Here is how my problem was solved!
Enter stage left: my friend Glenn Hilton of ImageX Media. Glenn told me that Card Munch was a “Must Have”. I uploaded this free App to my iPhone and voila! Problem solved! With a stack of approximately 100 cards at home, this App estimated that it saved me 4 hours of my time after scanning all of them!
What is Card Munch?
Card Munch is a mobile card transcription device/app that recognizes the business card, captures the image via photo in your phone and creates the data to be added to your full contact list. What I could not believe is what happens when the image is captured. It actually goes straight to a real person!
The Power of this LinkedIn Database!
With other social media avenues it can be tricky or frowned upon to export contact information. With LinkedIn you may do just that! Export your contacts and send out the initial invite to join your newsletter (with double opt in of course). With the Card Munch App you will see all of your contacts saved there or you may go directly to the website to export them to your Mac or to Outlook as a CSV excel spreadsheet.
Here is a short video about Card Munch that I stumbled upon. It’s really easy to use!
*Disclaimer: Business cards that are white and very light colored, or black with dark lettering may not scan. You will possibly have to input those yourself.