Business cards hold precious information about us and our businesses, the information we want the rest of the world to know so they can hire or contact us. For this reason is important to have QR codes on your business card.
Traditionally, after receiving a business card, there was a time-consuming task: typing on our smartphone or computer all the information we want to keep. However, in the age of mobile Internet use, it is becoming essential to retrieve and store information quickly. The future of mobile and digital contact list management has thus begun, and QR codes are here to make your life easier.
QR Codes – Linking with the Digital World
QR codes are already known in everyday life, we can see them in magazines, posters, packages or the Internet.
The QR code comes from the English (quick response code) and means quick response. This code-like bar connects the non-digital with the digital world. QR codes are becoming more and more popular among smartphone owners because they make it easier to deal with information and provide the option of accessing, saving and processing information with just one click. QR codes make possible to interact and communicate in a more efficient and effective way.
More than just a business
Having QR codes on your business card not only have an added value in information, but the code image is also a contemporary and effective design element that can make the difference in a sea of never used business cards.
The traditional value of the business card remains, but the QR code makes it much more comfortable and quicker to translate the printed information into digital. This way with just a simple scan people can digitally store your contact information and have it always on hand.
The introduction of QR codes into business cards is a new way of interacting and communicating from the physical world to the digital one.
How to create a QR code for your business card?
The best use you can have of a QR codes on your business card is to include a vCard. vCard QR codes allow you to insert all the contact information you want, like name, phone number, company, title and much more. uQR.me allows you to create dynamic vCards to insert in your QR codes. The best part about Dynamic vCards is that even when you have printed the QR code you can still change the information or URL you are directing your contacts to, just make sure to let them know so they can update the information scanning the QR code on your business card once again.
Linking a QR code to your vCard is an effective way to have someone access your contact information. Nowadays, having a digital business card is crucial to be one step ahead of the competition.
You can find all the information related to creating a vCard QR Codes on our previous post. Plus, you will see step by step instructions on how to build one with uQR.me QR code generator.
Getting the information of the vCard QR Code
Extracting the data from the QR codes on your business card is extremely simple. First, you need to scan the QR code with your smartphone. Then the user can preview, process and storage the information.
If you are worried about the design of your business card and how it will look with a square-shaped barcode on it, we have you covered! The QR Code doesn’t have to be black; it can be consistent with the color of your company or in harmony with your business cards, there are different ways in which you can beautify your QR codes.
Sharing QR codes on your business card
Before you start creating your vCard QR code there are some things to think about:
- Compatibility: For which QR code readers and smartphones are the respective methods suitable?
- Minimum size: How does the applied method affect the size of the QR Code?
- Speed: How fast can the contact be called?
- Offline Suitability: Do you need an Internet connection to read the contact details?
- Information density: How much contact information do I put on the business card?
Dynamic vCard in QR code
An easy way to insert contact information on a QR code is in the form of a vCard. The vCard file format is used to exchange contact data between programs automatically. For example, vCards can be imported into email programs such as Outlook and Gmail, or transferred to the address book straight from the smartphone.
Once you scan a QR Code that has a vCard encoded, your phone will suggest adding it to your address book. This information will be always up to date and stores as much information as you like.
An alternative way of making your contact information available in a QR code is through a link stored in the QR code that points directly to a vCard that is generated dynamically each time it is called.
QR codes with vCards can be processed by most QR code readers and smartphones.
Each time you change or create contact information on your mobile business card, the vCard will also be updated. Dynamic vCards can be viewed in the browser of almost all smartphones and transferred to the address book always under internet connection.
Some year ago there was a big drawback of using vCards in QR codes because vCards used to be static. This is no longer a problem since uQR.me QR code generator includes dynamic vCards to make sure your QR code is the best it can be, and you can change the information stored in you vCard even when the QR code on your business card has been printed.
Mass vCard import from CSV file
If you would like to create business cards with QR codes for several contacts, the CSV file interface can help you. You can import vCard QR codes or mobile business cards directly from a CSV file or vCard file.
Mobile business card
Another way to share your contact information with your contacts is to use QR codes that link to a mobile business card.
A mobile business card is a smartphone optimized mini website that not only stores your contact information, but also links to your social profiles and embeds corporate videos. And you can customize it with your corporate identity with the company logo, color and fonts.
If you create a QR code for your business card that points to this micro website, you have the advantage that you can edit contact data at any time, as these are not stored directly in the QR code.
After a contact scans your QR code, he or she gets an always up-to-date contact page from which he can immediately contact you by email, Skype or telephone if you have that information on your website. With just one click on “Save Business Card”, the contact data, as with a vCard, can be transferred to the address book.
The only downside of this method is that an Internet connection is needed to load the information.
QR code on the lock screen
If you do not have a business card in paper format, you can save your Dynamic QR code as an image file on your lock screen. All you need to do is show your mobile phone display, and the other person can then scan your contact information:
To do this we recommend you to use our QR code generator and try for free for a limited time the options we offer and the unlimited possibilities for your business cards and marketing campaigns.
After that, save the QR code on your phone, select the image and use it as a wallpaper for the lock screen. Easy peasy!
If you don’t want your business card to get lost on piles of cards you need to stand out from your competition. There is not just the design that matters is the information you shared and the way you share it. Using QR codes on your business cards will set you apart from regular and plain cards.
There are two important methods to insert a QR code on your business cards:
- Using Dynamic QR codes that direct to your website or Linkedin profile
- Using a vCard that stores your contact information.
You can get both options using uQR.me QR code generator. Try for free now!