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Buried in Business Cards?
- Ask your assistant or secretary (if you are so lucky) to input all the contact information from the stack of cards on your desk into your contact manager of choice. Or get a business card scanner that quickly grabs the data and tosses it into your CRM system.
- Send an image of the card by snail mail or “e” to CloudContacts so that they can turn them into your own personal database. The service scans, transcribes and exports your business cards into formats that can be used for social networks, e-mail services and CRM systems.
- Give Evernote a shot. One feature of this popular note-taking, idea-capturing app is that you can slip a special case over the back of your iPhone and instantly snap high-quality close-ups of business cards, which you then tag and store in your Evernote account.
Or you could just keep stuffing people’s cards down in that bottom desk drawer, hoping all the information will still be up-to-date when you finally get around to sorting them out. Right.
Merrilyn Astin Tarlton has been helping lawyers and law firms think differently about the business of practicing law since 1984. She is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, among the first inductees to the Legal Marketing Association Hall of Fame and Adjunct at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.