Digital business cards were quite a novelty some time ago. However, since the world embraced remote ways of working, communicating, and networking, they have become essential.
Compared to traditional business cards, apps like L Card offer plenty of advantages to their users. But, let’s do some research and look into the key pros and cons of digital cards. Then you can decide if you should give them a go.
Pros of Digital Cards
When you’re creating a digital card, you don’t need to pay for a professional designer, or to have your cards printed and delivered. Solutions like L Card are simple to use, yet incredibly cost-effective, especially when compared to the cost of traditional cards.
Another benefit of using digital cards is that you can easily share them via a link or a QR code. This is really convenient in a world where most conferences and networking events are happening online.
Simple Creation and Updating
Most digital cards are very easy to create, and you can do it in a couple of minutes. Compared to the traditional card, where you would need to hire a designer and go through some back and forth until you get exactly what you’re looking for.
Additionally, you can update your digital card at any point, and all the people who saved your contact information will get a notification that something has changed.
Cons of Digital Cards
Unfortunately, digital cards aren’t widely adopted yet. So, if your peers aren’t using an app like L Card they probably won’t be able to share and store your information easily.
This shouldn’t discourage you from using it, you should just get ready to respond to some questions and potentially provide help to your contacts.
Lack of Personal Touch
There’s something personal about sharing a traditional card at an event. You get to talk to people and shake their hands, and it’s much easier to make a genuine connection with someone. When you’re attending an online event and sharing a business card via a link, you lose that face-to-face interaction. However, this doesn’t have to be true in a live event environment.
Apps Can Bug
Unfortunately, no app is perfect. It can easily happen that an app doesn’t want to open while you’re networking, or that it simply doesn’t want to load all of the information. Also, some of them don’t work without an internet connection.
This is something you’d expect from any app on your phone, so don’t be too opposed to digital business cards because of it.
Traditional cards and digital cards both have their faults, and it’s not likely we’ll ever see a solution that’s absolutely perfect. But, given that technology brought us many new things and that it has made life easier on various fronts, we should still keep an open mind and give new things a try.
What do you think? Did you get a chance to use a digital business card? Are you still using one? Let us know!