Every now and then I find a tech gadget that really changes the way I do pretty routine things. Like sharing contact information.
At a business conference I attended this week, I saw dozens of people making new contacts and trying to add them to their contact list or find them on LinkedIn. I never saw anyone offer a business card and when I asked around everyone said they were no longer wearing them. One person even laughed and said, “I don’t use business cards, I’m a millennial.
Say this about business cards, they certainly make it easier to exchange information about yourself or your business. Without any card, people regularly exchange phone numbers like this: Person A: “text me with your number and I’ll add you.” Person B: “Got it, what’s your name and the name of your business?” During the next few minutes, the two people will enter the name, company, email address, and other information that they can add to their contact list.
Sure, it works, but with all the technology at our disposal, there has to be an easier way. I found Linq.
A start-up business providing a way for people to quickly add all their information and share it with new contacts. Linq offers business cards, buttons to affix to a smartphone case, and wristbands that store a chip via NFC, or Near Field Communications, which all phones use these days.
Adding all of your contact information to someone else’s Contacts app is as easy as tapping on the Linq device. When I first received a Linq business card, I typed it in with my iPhone and was prompted to set up a Linq profile. Here you can create a profile that looks like a LinkedIn page. Add profile picture, company name, phone numbers, social media links (including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube).
Once your profile is complete, all a new contact needs to do is tap the Linq device with their phone. Tap opens your Linq profile page and the person you share it with can add all of that information by creating a new contact in their phone’s Contacts app.
I found the business card useful, but at a conference or a place where you meet many clients or potential customers, the Linq Mesh bracelet is easy to use and quickly adds my information to their phone. On the Linq website, I can see everyone who has scanned or exploited my information, and if they create a Linq profile for themselves, it is uploaded to my contact list.
Linq devices also have a QR code where people can scan the code with their smartphone camera to access information and add it to their contact list. Linq will also add a card in my iPhone’s Apple Wallet app with the QR code in case my wallet is not nearby or I forgot to wear the bracelet.
A plastic or bamboo Linq business card costs $ 10, a button you can affix to a smartphone also costs $ 10, and the stretch mesh wristband costs $ 15. The first bracelet the company sent me was plastic and it never worked. On the company’s website, this item is sold out and the company founder told me that he has issues with the plastic and now offers the mesh bracelet which is available in white, black. , black and white, as well as some colored options.
The company sent me these devices for review, but didn’t ask me to say anything nice about the product. They didn’t need it. As someone who hates carrying business cards around to events and also hates getting a lot of business cards at events, these devices do what those old business cards did and more.