One thing about making lots of contacts at events, conferences and exhibitions is that you inevitably end up with lots of business cards. The question is, what to do with them? FullContact Card Reader is a clever way of dealing with the problem by allowing you to scan cards into your iPhone and have them transcribed.
It can automatically import them into your iPhone, CRM or other app contacts so that you have their details at your fingertips at any time. FullContact Card Reader automatically scans business cards into your iPhone contacts, Salesforce leads and, over 250 other apps, such as Pipedrive, ActiveCampaign, and MailChimp. Accuracy is particularly good compared to similar products because FullContact Card Reader actually uses a team of real people to then transcribe the cards into contact information that you can then import into your iPhone.
Using FullContact Card Reader is extremely simple. Just take a photo of a business card with your iPhone then wait until the information on the card is transcribed and verified by the FullContact team. During the transcription process, you can view the status of what stage it is at in real time to give you a better idea of when it will be ready. Transcribing though is usually very fast and depending on the number of cards you import at one time, starts literally minutes after scanning.
When the transcription is complete, the contact will be automatically added to your iPhone’s contacts or other app that you’ve configured to use it such as Salesforce, Hubspot, Highrise and MailChimp or other CRM solution of your choice. If you’re in doubt as to whether FullContact supports your CRM or sales tool, you can check out the full list of apps supported by FullContact Card Reader here.
Export contacts to your CRM
Salesforce integration in particular is native to FullContact Card Reader which includes support for Salesforce leads, contacts, and accounts. You’re not limited to just one app either – you can use FullContact Card Reader to export the contact data to multiple apps if you want at no extra cost, thanks to FullContact’s Zapier integration. This however does require signing up for a Zapier account which is free. And of course, if you want to sync your newly imported iPhone contacts with your Mac, you can of course via iCloud.
You also get a free FullContact Address Book when you sign up for the app, which automatically imports and saves any contacts you’ve scanned, and makes for a good backup if you lose contact data through any of your other apps somehow.
The accuracy of FullContact Card Reader is generally very good as the data is being transcribed by real people – not OCR scanning. It’s also not limited to one-sided cards – it can scan both sides of a card and transcribe it into one contact. The speed and accuracy of the service is something that you should definitely judge for yourself though before purchasing which you can do with the free trial.
FullContact Card Reader allows you to scan10 cards for free. After that, card packs start from $9.99 and up to $99 USD per year for 1000 cards. Or you can choose to pay per card which works out at between 10-20 cents per card scanned and transcribed.
The main advantage of FullContact Card Reader is of course no more business cards pouring out of your wallet or pockets. Who hasn’t found themselves in a situation where they simply can’t put their hands on a business card or lost it among a mountain of other ones?
The other big advantage of FullContact Card Reader is that the accuracy is considerably better than similar apps. This is obviously because the app uses humans to transcribe the card instead of using OCR technology which is less able to transcribe certain fonts, card backgrounds and foreign characters like a person can. The problem with this is your iPhone or app contacts list can soon become a complete mess.
If you find yourself with an unmanageable business card collection, FullContact Card Reader is convenient and accurate way to make sure you never lose another one again.