Turn Your Business Cards into Networking Wonders with QR Codes

Share contact details, business info, your portfolio and more with one scan of your business card. QR codes turn the humble business card into a whole new networking tool. Set yourself apart from every other professional out there with the help of a well designed code.

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Best practices and applications

1. QR codes make networking easy

Putting a vCard QR Code on your business card saves clients and employers the time and effort of typing your name, etc. into their phones. Instead, they scan the code and you’re as good as saved in their phone. It saves them a step and gets you new contacts faster.

2. They help you grow your social media following

If collecting followers is what you’re after, a Social Links QR Code on your business card will list all of your social media accounts and allow the person who scans it to choose which ones they want to follow. This lets them stay up to date on all your latest work and what’s going on with you.

3. They give people access to your portfolio

Portfolios are important for getting clients, so link a Mobile Page QR Code to a gallery of your work and put it on your card. Or, if blogging is your thing, use a Website QR Code to link to your blog. Musicians can use a Download File QR Code to link to an MP3 with a sample of their music or have a YouTube QR code take visitors to a YouTube channel full of their videos. Want to always have a copy of your resume on you? Make it a PDF and have a Download File QR Code on your business card linking to it. Update it whenever you need to. The printed code never needs to change.

4. They keep your customers informed

Give your customers and clients all the relevant information about your business by linking a Website QR Code to your business card so they can find your hours, your address, your contact details, etc. on your website. Or, put all this information onto a nicely designed mobile page and link it to a Mobile Page QR Code to act like a vCard for your business. If your business can be difficult to find, put a Google Maps QR Code on your card so visitors can easily get directions to your doorstep.

QR Codes on Business Cards: The Benefits

Giving and receiving business cards is a crucial part of networking and expanding your list of contacts. But, there is an easier way than just giving a card to get your contact details into someone’s phone. With a QR code, a simple scan puts you right into a prospective client’s or employer’s contacts. Or, show them your past work with a portfolio connected to your business card.

How to create a QR Code on a Business Card

1. Register for a 14-day free trial with uQR.me and choose the type of QR code you want on your business card.

2. Enter the necessary information for that QR code type.

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3. Customize your QR code by editing the short URL and creating a template for it. Add your brand’s name, logo and colors.

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4. Download your QR code in the file format you need. (We can help you choose the right one.)

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5. Integrate your newly-created QR code into your business card design.

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6. Watch the magic happen.

If you need to change any of the information in the code, feel free to do so. Because the codes are dynamic, you can change their content without having to reprint them.

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Business Card QR Code: Doing It Right

Enhance your business card using these QR code best practices.
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You’ll get more scans if guests know what to expect when they scan a code. A call to action (CTA) on a business card will need to be concise, but it will help to have one. Try “Scan for vCard” or “Scan for portfolio.” Those few words can make a big difference in scan numbers.
Adding a logo is one of the best ways to make your QR code unique. If your business card promotes your business, the company logo is an obvious choice. If it’s to promote an individual, you can come up with a “personal logo” to use. Maybe try your initials or coming up with a personalized symbol to represent yourself.
Every time you customize a QR code, uQR.me saves the design for you as a template to use later if you need to. This can be helpful to differentiate between campaigns or to experiment with different looks to see which one you like better. If you want to reuse a design, you simply find it in your templates and apply it to a code.

We assign every QR code a short URL and you are free to edit this URL, which is a link to the actual content of the QR. You can use this URL independently for digital promotion. Turn it into your own name, your title, your company’s name, whatever you like. It’s another way to make your QR code as unique as you are.

For even stronger branding, opt for the white label masking, which makes it look like the entire URL comes from your website. How great is that?

Our system performs automatic analysis of your codes after each step in the customization process to make sure it is still scannable. However, we strongly recommend you also do your own testing using a variety of devices. Because QR codes have to be small on a business card, it’s especially important to try them out and make sure they work before you commit to printing a large batch of them.

Codes can be as small as 3 x 3 cm (1 x 1 in). They should have good contrast with the foreground being darker than the background. The only way to be 100% sure that your code is scannable is to test it frequently.

Dive into your QR code’s tracking numbers to get insights into when it’s scanned, where it’s scanned and how many total and new scans it receives. Connect it to a Google Analytics account for new ways of analyzing your statistics.

QR Codes on Business Cards
Bring in the Scans

If you run a business that provides a service, having a vCard QR Code on your business card is practically essential. It makes networking a thousand times easier and even if you run out of cards to give out, just keep one and have prospects scan it with their phones. Boom. You are now in their contacts list. Let the partnership begin!
Restaurant business cards have a number of QR code options to enhance them. A Download File QR Code can hold the restaurant’s menu on a PDF or a Mobile Page QR Code can lead to a specially designed page that has the restaurant’s basic info on it (location, hours, contact details). A Google Maps QR Code will show visitors the exact location and even gives them directions on how to get there.
Government organizations can create vCard QR Codes for all their employees at the same time thanks to uQR.me’s batch actions. Use a CSV file to create a code for everyone within the organization to easily connect with citizens.
Give listeners a taste of your music by putting an MP3 file into a Download File QR Code and printing it on your business cards. Change the file every once in a while to keep it fresh. Or, if you have music videos uploaded to YouTube, print a YouTube QR Code on your cards so visitors can watch your music videos.
Turn a mobile page into a portfolio page and link it to a Mobile Page QR Code so you always have access to your work on your business card. Or, if you have work hosted on the cloud, use a Website QR Code to take prospects to it with a scan.
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