Surely now you have heard about the advantages of a digital business card, although there were more emphasis on making these exchanges convenient, flexible and fun. What about the original purpose of a business card’s existence? Are these digital solutions managing to deliver the intended purpose, which is to market oneself?
Definitely, if not, better.
Let’s use AceConnectMe and as a reference on how you can fully utilise its features to maximise your personal branding.
Uploading a picture – Some paper cards do not even have a picture, which is a major no-no. A face lets the other party remember you, for example, when you see Bill Gates, you instantly think of Microsoft. A face on your card represents your brand or business which is extremely necessary and leads to higher brand recognition. Here comes the kicker, you can change your picture anytime when you feel like it!
Uploading a video – A picture is a simple visual representation. A video tops it up! Remember that trending Pen Pineapple Apple Pen video? This is what a video can do, it has the potential to go viral and etches in people’s memory for a long time, which is what you want for your business.
Updating your details – Your phone number changed, or your job position, or your office location, or maybe even your tagline. How do you go about updating your contacts? It’s a headache to even think of it. With AceConnectMe, all you have to do is press the update button and all your contacts in your network will be notified. Wow! Say goodbye to the printing costs too!
Adding more information – That paper card is only 3.5×2 inch. Some space goes to graphic and logo, how much information can you put on the remaining space? AceConnectMe utilises the dynamics of a phone screen to give you more than enough information to fill in your e-Business Card. Still not enough? How about linking your social media profiles or websites to provide more information where they can easily access with a click.
These are just some of the few ways to fully utilise a digital business card app, especially AceConnectMe. We hope these tips will help your business!
Handing out paper Business Cards with someone you just met has been a tradition for centuries, although it is seeing a decline as we advance towards a modern and digital age. There are various ways to exchange your contacts now thanks to various platforms and here, we share with you what are the alternatives to paper Business Cards.
1. Phone Number
Clicking on that green icon on your phone to save their contact number is fast and easy. However, them forgetting the services you offer is also fast and easy without much information being available through that simple contact list.
2. Email or Website
This method is mostly used if you are conferencing with a big group, and you don’t have the time to attend to them individually. Telling them to drop you an email or visit your website is a bold move, and would only work if you are really famous for them to remember, or if they are really interested in what you are selling.
3. Social Media
There are so many Social Media platforms nowadays, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc., and i’m sure you have tried at least one of them. They are fun and interactive, and you can add each other with a simple search on a name or user ID. It’s one of the more popular methods, but could come as intrusive or too personal to share to some people.
4. Mobile Applications
With the rise in mobile users, developers are riding on the trend of mobile applications. There are many mobile applications that encourages the exchange of Business Cards digitally, and one such example is AceConnectMe. It lets you input your phone number, email, website as well as link your Social Media accounts (optional). Your e-Business Cards are also stored in one organised space for easy searching when needed. The major downside is that you require mobile network to use the app, but I would’t complain with the many conveniences and benefits it offers.
Freelancing is becoming the norm in the new economy where people are connected to on demand services at the touch of a button.
A recent study in America showed that from 2014 to 2015, there was an increase of 700,00 new freelancers entering into the new economy. 60% started freelancing by choice and see it as a viable career option.
1 in 2 freelancers would not stop freelancing and switch to a full time job with an employer no matter how much they were paid. This represents a change in mindset that working a full time job is the only way to carve a career.
In 2016, 60% of freelancers surveyed earned more doing freelancing and 3 in 4 earned more within the first year.
The brightest days for freelancing are yet to come, according to 83% of respondents.
On the local scene, NTUC has set up freelanceXchange to provide support services that help make freelancer life’s easier and more sustainable. They hope to create a better future of freelancing for everyone.
According to their Facebook page:
“There are about 200,000 freelancers and self-employed workers in Singapore and this number will continue to grow. Passion, flexibility and industry norms are reasons why an individual choose freelancing, as a professional, part-time or project basis. To support and empower freelancers in nurturing viable careers, and represent their collective interests as one united voice.”
From PM Lee of Singapore:
“And in light of the changing workforce, Mr Lee called on the labour movement to not only rally the workers, but to widen its reach to cover not only PMETs but also new economy jobs.
“If we keep the labour movement to the old formulation, which is the bargainable blue-collar workers mainly, I think we are just going to represent fewer and fewer people, and that’s bad for the labour movement; that’s bad for Singapore.
“We need you to be representative, to be strong, to have a vibrant base, to be able to do good things,” Mr Lee said.
“And that means you have to widen, you have to expand, from the union movement, to the labour movement, to cover the professionals, to cover the new economy jobs, even Uber drivers, even those who are doing freelancing. We have to find ways to bring them in.”
Meeting new people and exchanging contacts is now an effortless thing, given how advanced and digitised our world have become in terms of communicative technology. From mobile phones to laptops, we seem to want everything to be digitised and stored into one common storage for faster and easier access. It seems however, business card is one of the few things evading this digitising trend. Despite an increase in mobile applications that seeks to revolutionise business cards towards this trend, the results have always been minuscule. There are a few reasons to this:
– Not many know that applications like this exists.
– Opening an app takes more time than handing out a business card.
– The other party does not have the app and it can be awkward to download on the spot.
– Being stuck with a standard template, which is not as customisable as a physical card.
– Some people might not be tech-savvy or hates to rely on technology for daily tasks.
These issues makes an e-Business card app less desired, but one should not discount the many benefits it can offer, especially with AceConnectMe, a mobile app developed to revolutionise and replace the tradition of physical business cards exchange. AceConnectMe is designed to be dynamic which give users convenience, flexibility and fun, and here is a preview of what it can do:
✔ Hassle-free updating of your details digitally save so much effort and costs from re-printing physical business cards.
✔ Notifying your network real-time automatically whenever your details are updated, instead of notifying individually.
✔ Don’t get left behind! Get notified of activities from your network.
✔ For your privacy, there’s the option to accept only those business cards that you really want.
✔ Instead of handling chucks of business cards, this app stores all your business contacts into one organised space where you can effortlessly search for someone, saving much needed time and manual efforts!
✔ Allows 3 ways of exchanging your cards flexibly by location within your area, username, or your existing contact lists. The more the better right?
✔ Companies can email us to order a customised and specifically designed business card template for corporate branding.
✔ Have the extra option to sign up/login with LinkedIn.
✔ Best yet, AceConnectMe is free for download, only for a limited time period!!!
Other features that will come soon!
✓ Dynamic template designs so each card will have their own unique look.
✓ Users will be able to input more personalised details.
✓ More flexible cards management and sharing options.
✓ Manage your appointments within the app.
✓ In-app chat functions.
Why go through all the hassle of handling physical business cards and/or scanning them onto other apps when you can just open this app on your smartphone anywhere and do everything there? After all, you are bound to make an even stronger impression during networking when introducing a beneficial app other than being remembered as the guy who just trades business cards.
Not forgetting to mention that AceConnectMe is also an environmentally sustaining app that avoids compromising more trees used for physical business cards while seeking to establish effective personal branding for individuals and improve their lifestyle and the way they connect with each other!
What are you waiting for?
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