Sharing a physical business card while you network is enshrined in business culture. We realise that. Rather than being stubbornly obstinate and demanding users surrender themselves to the zeitgeist of “software only” we offer both a physical and digital option for sharing your professional identity wherever you go.
Afterall, what’s the point of being the world’s best digital business card provider if users can’t share their vcard how they want. That’s why with Blinq, you can design your own NFC business card in the Blinq app or the Blinq dashboard and link it to your chosen virtual business card.
You design your NFC card and we’ll encode, test and ship it to your door. Simple!
What is a NFC business card?
It sounds like another unnecessary abbreviation, but really it’s super simple to understand. NFC or ‘Near Fields Communication’ business cards have a chip embedded in each card that can be synced with your Blinq digital business card. You might also hear these cards referred to as “RFID” cards (Radio-frequency identification) which is another term for the same technology.
When you want to share your details, simply tap your NFC business card on the user's compatible smartphone which will bring up a link containing your Blinq card, it really is like magic!
You can purchase NFC cards via our app or our website today. Alternatively, if you already have an NFC card made by another company, you can encode it with your Blinq card by encoding your Blinq card link onto it.
So if you’re not happy with the software that another company gave you when you purchased your NFC device, no problem, you can rewrite your NFC business card or tag with your Blinq digital business card!
A digital business card paired with an NFC business card gives users the ability to share who they are, with anyone, wherever they go. When paired with a virtual business card, an NFC business card will quickly become a key part of your networking toolkit.
What’s more, your recipient won’t need to have any app installed to receive your NFC business card details or share their details with you if you use Blinq. Just tap your NFC card on your recipient's smartphone and a link to your digital business card will automatically appear on their screen.
When sharing your NFC business card with an iPhone user, make sure you tap your card at the top or the recipient's phone.
If you’re sharing your NFC business card with an Android user, their NFC reader is located in the middle part of their device so tap your NFC card there.
How does a NFC business card help you network?
There are several ways that an NFC business card can improve your networking experience and make sure you always stand out from your competitors.
Share the magic
Picture the scene, the pitch is coming to a close, your team have slogged away to build a fantastic deck and you don’t want to walk away empty handed. Those around the table stand to say their goodbyes, “do you have a card?” the lead client says.
In the past, you would hand over a piece of paper with your name on it, but not this time.
“Sure” you reply, you produce your Blinq NFC business card and tap it on the top of the client’s iPhone. They look amazed, your digital business card link opens in an instant. Amazement turns to admiration as they save your details straight to their device, “where did you say you got that again?”.
Weaning teams (and execs) off expensive and not to mention unsustainable paper cards can be a challenge. Offering NFC business cards can be the bridge you need to get them onside.
Your team really can have it all, both top rated digital business card software PLUS a physical card they can carry with them and share how they like with clients. Whatever the occasion, you know they will be prepared.
If you meet a new contact with an older model of handset, no problem, each NFC business card has a QR code printed on the reverse side which can be scanned to share your details. No friction, no fuss.
Build your brand
With Blinq NFC business cards, you can customize your NFC card anyway you like. Add your logo as standard on all cards (we don’t charge you extra unlike some providers).
If you have custom colours or want a totally bespoke design, we’ll send you templates to build your card and we’ll faithfully match your cards when they are printed.
For larger teams, simply complete your template and supply a list of your team members who want an NFC business card and we’ll do the rest.
Our NFC business cards are made of high quality durable plastic which are built to be shared, over and over again. Don’t invest in another run of paper business cards that will invariably end up in landfill, lost or the filter tip of your teenage son’s rollie.
What makes a good NFC business card design?
The rules of good design are in general many and much disagreed over. Designing a strong NFC business card design has a few key elements which will help you make a strong first impression.
Where does the magic happen?
Unlike traditional paper business cards, the magic of sharing your card happens when you tap your contacts smartphone. Because of this, the card itself is a conduit for sharing your details so you have more freedom to add a design that truly captures your brand.
That could be a beautiful product shot or photo, your brand colour as a full block colour, or maybe, just maybe your logo made extra large.
Use your NFC business card to share what makes you or your business unique.
Contrast and size matter
Another hot tip is to not go below font size 10 for any copy you add to your card. For Blinq Infinite cards your point size is helpfully set for you, for custom card designs make note of this tip before you create your NFC card design.
If you’re using a solid colour background for your NFC business card design, make sure the other elements on your card contrast well with your background. Will you be able to see dark blue against a black background? How will bright yellow show up on a white background?
Remember, the RGB colours you build into your design on the web may come out slightly differently when printed in CMYK, they will be very close but it pays to make sure your contrast is dialled up on your designs.
How can I make a NFC business card?
You can start on our website, via your Blinq app or your Blinq dashboard.
If you already have a Blinq digital business card then you can:
- Open your Blinq app
- Go to the “Accessories” tab on the menu
- Design your NFC card and assign it to your chosen digital business card
- Order your NFC business card direct from the Blinq app
Or, on your Blinq dashboard follow these steps:
- Login into your dashboard using your normal Blinq credentials
- Go to the “Accessories” view
- Design your NFC card, assign it to your chosen digital business card and pay through the portal.
How can I make NFC business cards for my team?
Businesses can sign up for Blinq Business which allows administrators to create and manage unlimited virtual cards for their teams from a unified dashboard. When you sign up you’ll also receive a 30 day free trial to get you started. You can also see more of Blinq’s great features on our YouTube channel.
Using your Blinq Business dashboard makes it easy to make NFC business cards for your team:
- Go to your “Accessories” view
- “create new accessory” and build your design live.
- When you’re ready, scroll down the page to assign the NFC business card to a team member.
Can I add my digital business card contacts to my CRM system?
With Blinq, you can add the contacts you make to your CRM system, quickly and easily.
Blinq Premium users can download a CSV file of the contacts that they make and upload this to their CRM system.
Blinq Business users can add their contacts to their existing CRM system at any time using Zapier. The setup takes around 5 minutes and allows you to connect Blinq with thousands of CRM systems including, HubSpot, Salesforce, Monday.com, Zoho, Microsoft Dynamics and many more.
To export your contacts using Blinq:
- Open your Blinq dashboard and login (note: only Blinq Business Admins can export contacts for their organization to their CRM).
- Go to the “Contacts” view
- Click “Export Contacts”
- Choose either as CSV or Zapier
- Download the file or follow the simple steps to setup the integration
If you would like to Demo Blinq Business with us, please get in contact today using this link.
Top performing teams have virtual business cards and NFC business cards ready to share as part of their networking toolkit.
Start growing your network and your business with Blinq today!