7 reasons why you need a digital business card

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In the past, and still sometimes today, professionals and entrepreneurs shared contact information via printed business cards. However, as digital technology advances and almost everyone has an online presence, it makes sense to have a digital business card as well.

But what exactly is a digital business card? And what does it really do? Read on and find out why you should have a digital business card ready to share with your associates.


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The main reason we have business cards is to share information. In the past, this was done with printed calling cards, where all you had to do was pull yours out of your breast pocket or card holder and hand it to someone.

Although handing over your card is a quick process, there is also the risk that the other person may misplace it. Also, your card will likely end up in a pile of other business cards and be forgotten. After all, if they need something, their first instinct would probably be to pick up their phone and google it.

Instead of a printed card, share a digital business card with your contact. Some digital maps, when shared on a smartphone, will automatically add you as an entry to their address book. This way you are sure that your contact will always have your details with them, instead of gathering dust in their desk drawer.

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2. Develop your connections


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When you create a business card, it usually only contains your basic information: your name, company, job title, email address, and phone number. It may include a link or two, directing your contact to your professional social media profiles. But that’s about all. If you try to add more information, you risk cluttering your business card and making it less presentable.

This is not a problem with digital business cards. Instead of listing links one by one on your map, you can use a QR code or URL that leads to your Link in Bio page to share all of your profiles. This way, your contacts can add your profile on their favorite social media platform.

3. Have all your details in one place


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Digital business cards can go beyond simply expanding your connections on social media platforms. Since you can practically place any link on these cards, you can use this feature to add all kinds of details to them.

For example, if you own a restaurant and want to direct customers there, you can add a Google Maps link to your digital map. This way, when your contacts are looking for lunch or dinner, all they have to do is look at your map and tap the link that will take them directly to your dining room.

You can even create a large digital business card that displays your general information when zoomed out. And then when the person looking at the map zooms in on the image, they can find details like your portfolio. There’s no limit to the information you can add to your digital business card, as long as you can find ways to add it cleanly.

4. Instantly update your information


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Another advantage of digital business cards is that you can instantly update your information without having to print new ones. If you have an app for your digital business card and need to make urgent changes, you can do so from your phone, and all contacts who have a copy of your card will be updated.

For example, suppose you lose your phone and need to get a new number. Of course, you don’t want any of your work contacts to contact the old number. By simply updating your contact information on your business card, you can ensure that calls will always go to the correct number.

5. It’s profitable


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While many still place a high value on elegantly printed business cards these days, they are quite expensive to maintain. Every time you give your card to a contact, you pay for it. After all, you have to pay for the card as well as the printer.

Worse still, when you make changes to your contact information, your current batch of calling cards is invalidated. So if you move house, get a new work phone number, or get a promotion, you’ll probably need to get a new set of cards. But if you have a digital business card, all you need to do is make a few tweaks to the details, and you’re good to go.

You don’t have to go to the printer and ask for a new batch of cards. Also, if you use a Linked in Bio page or a link shortener, you only need to modify the links in the relevant pages; no need to modify your map at all.

6. It’s better for the environment


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Besides saving money, you can also save a few trees when you go digital. When you’re not printing your business cards, you don’t need to buy paper, which is usually created from freshly cut trees. And if you used a plastic-based material and stopped printing cards, you reduce plastic waste.

If you look at the desks of many business professionals, you’ll probably find that most of them have stacks of unused business cards stored somewhere. These cards sit there gathering dust, and when they move on to another industry or retire, the cards will likely be thrown away.


Imagine the millions of trees that have been cut down and all the other resources that have gone into providing tons of business card paper. We can reduce this waste by reducing our reliance on printed business cards.

7. More creative leeway


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You have limited space with a printed business card. The 3.5 x 2 inch size of these business cards can only hold a limited amount of information. Even if you have two sides on a card, you are limited to 14 square inches when designing it. Also, you can only put text and images in it.

But if you have a digital map, you are only limited by your imagination when designing it. Besides links and QR codes, you can also attach rich media to your business card if you want.

You are also not limited by space as you can easily use the zoom function of a smartphone to add minute details to your map. For example, you can create a large, high-resolution business card that displays your general contact information when zoomed out. But when you zoom in, you can use that space to show your wallet, full address, or any other data you want to add.


It’s time to go digital

With all these advantages, it is high time to get yourself a digital business card. It’s easy to create and you can create unique designs that will reflect your business and personality. With digital maps, your creativity is not limited by the physical realm.

It might still be worth having a printed business card; you can reserve it for VIPs who appreciate an elegant and well-made menu. But for everyday use, a digital card is a great way to stay in touch and make connections.


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