{Giveaway} The next generation of “business cards!”

FOF is giving away three brilliant alternatives to old-school business cards. To enter, answer this question in the comments below: Do you prefer networking in person or online?

Thank you for entering. This contest is now closed.

Has the desktop Rolodex gone the way of the dodo? And if it has, where are we supposed to keep all those business cards?! Business card swapping, once an in-person business ritual, has migrated to the web. Discover a whole new generation of contact management, below:

Virtual business cards: About.Me connects your physical business cards to your online networking profiles. When you create an About.Me online profile, you receive business cards (printed by Moo.com) with a special barcode. When potential customers or business associates scan the code with their smartphones, they’re taken to your About.me profile page which includes links to your website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. You can track who visited your “virtual business card” and where they are coming from.
*Win: A pack of 50 About.me business cards printed by Moo.com (a $21.99 value)


The ultimate contact management app: Connected helps you reference all your contacts in one place. It builds a single online contact book using your e-mail, LinkedIn, Facebook and other online networks. Among other fab features, it sends you reminders when one of your contacts has a birthday or changes jobs.
*Win: A 3-month subscription to Connected (normally $9.99 per month)


Business card scanner app: Take a photo of a physical business card with your  iPhone or Droid, and the ScanBizCards app will recognize and store all the contact information in your phone. It also creates a virtual library of business cards and contact information that you can access from your desktop.
*Win: Unlimited version of the ScanBizCards app (normally $5.99)


*Enter to win one of these 3 fab networking tools: a stack of business cards from About.Me and Moo.com, a Connected contact management app or the ScanBizCards app. 3 FOFs will win. Answer this question in the comments below: Do you prefer to network in person or online?

(See all our past winners. See official rules. Three winners are chosen at random from all those commenters who answer the question. Contest closes June 9, 2011.)

0 Responses to “{Giveaway} The next generation of “business cards!””

  1. Fay Swenson says:

    I do both in person and online but more in person. Think if I won these products it would help me move my business to the new generation and do even more networking online.

  2. kelly campbell says:

    In person

  3. Debbie S. says:

    I prefer networking in person. You get so much more out of people and I like reading their tells! (Do they look you in the eye, are they fidgeting, etc.) Online networking leaves so much unknown. I guess it depends on what kind of ‘networking’ your doing. For business relationships I would like to meet people in person.

  4. Pat Franco says:

    I prefer to network online, it offers me a broader spectrum and yet still a personal way to reach out.

  5. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I still believe in doing some things “the old fashioned way.” So for me, that means networking in person. I consider everyone that I know a possible contact to a job! You never know who might be able to steer you in a direction that you hadn’t thought of before. I’ve met people at dinner parties, at the grocery store, where I work, church…you name it, in person, your personality and capability can shine through, and they still haven’t invented a way to do that online!

  6. Helen-Mae says:

    I really love meeting people personally – truly the only way to really connect. However, there are many situations when online is just more practical.

  7. Paula says:

    I network on-line with my blog and the usual, but I still enjoy networking in person. I’ve met some of the coolest people that I love talking to and interacting with. Online is good, but face to face is fabulous!

  8. Michi Pena says:

    I prefer networking in person. Online you miss facial expressions and intonations.

  9. shellie says:

    I work in the online/mobile space and love QR codes. Interesting how business networking is heading into social networking. Online is the way to reach the masses but that personal touch in person goes a long way…I have to say a combination! And Moo cards are absolutely works of art compared to the biz card competition!

  10. kim says:

    In person –this is the only way!!

  11. pam munro says:

    I prefer to network electronically – it’s MUCH more time efficient – One cd spend Hours at useless networking events.

  12. smfsprout says:

    I still prefer the old fashioned way of networking in person but I recognize, value and utilize the more modern system of online networking.

  13. beth w. says:

    I think that in person is the best way to go, but there is so much to be said for online….you can reach so far and such a wide audience.

  14. Karen T says:

    I prefer to network online but I think you need to do both. The online contact alerts people to your presence but it is the personal contact that strengthens connections.

  15. Cindy says:

    In person. There’s alot to be said about eye contact and body language.

  16. Ann McDonald says:

    I prefer to communicate always in person first then perhaps a follow-up online…

  17. Yvonne says:

    I am looking for a better way to network in my rural area. Sometimes in this small town, you network at the grocery store! (that’s the only place you network in person!) I need to get my business moving into the future and use every tool available to me to stay in business. I could use these tools. Thank You.

  18. Robin Colner says:

    I find networking online to be really stimulating but I shine in offline situations. It is much easier to show enthusiasm and personality traits through a personal interaction. I like to follow-up with personal contacts through online social media platforms.

  19. Mara Kaplan says:

    I find in this day and age that it is much more important to network on-line. I’ve built a strong reputation by this type of networking.

  20. maria says:

    I prefer to network in person. That way, if I’m going to be ‘deleted’, I’ll see it in the other person’s eyes or hear the nuances in the tone of voice!!!!

  21. AliHayden says:

    Kool, but that’s why I loved my old Palm Pilot witht he infrared button to send my “business card/contact info” with the push of a button and my Palm facing another’s Palm.

  22. Penny says:

    It used to be Blah Blah Blab, Now it is Blog Blog Blab!
    Times have a changed, and it is time for me for to
    learn the new and out with old.

  23. Loraine Alcorn says:

    I prefer networking online I have 2 blogs . my blogger blog is where I put my video and written reviews , book reviews for beauty products and household products . Not to mention invites to exclusive insiders groups . my blog is my business and I often get to try beauty products or books so I can review them you can visit my blog if you like where my FOF Guru badge is proudly displayed

  24. Debbie Chaney says:

    I actually prefer to network in person, but it takes so much effort to find those face-to-face networking opportunities. Online networking is certainly easier to do, and way faster!

  25. KAREN COGBURN says:

    I still prefer to network in person. Although old fashioned it makes the person feel special & listened to.

  26. Patricia Assanowicz says:

    In todays world, very competitive, I would choose online to network. Networking in person you are limited to the people you give your cards too. Networking online is limitless, I can imagine by networking online your company can grow as far as you want to take it, for me, I want to take it as far as possible, setting no limits, only opportunities. This will be a start in the right direction, winning this is also a hugh win for me and my business. Thank you.


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