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Increase Your Marketability with QR Codes for Business Cards

Increase Your Marketability with QR Codes for Business Cards

In this day and age, many people can argue that the use of business cards are dead and over. It is believed that the likes of LinkedIn and other contact management apps have rendered them obsolete. However, studies show that business cards are more popular than ever. How is this possible? Well, one way is by sprucing up your business card by adding a QR code! Not sure what a QR code is? Let me explain.

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that can be personally designed to hold a variety of information; from addresses to websites, their uses are potentially infinite. Smart phones, Androids, iOs and tablets can scan the QR code with a QR Reader app and store the information into their device. This makes it convenient and easy for your networks to locate your information, but beyond that, it makes you memorable. It gives your business card that “wow” factor. Some people include a PDF version of their resume, others include links to LinkedIn or other related professional social media site.

To generate your own personal QR codes for your business cards, resumes or any other professional needs, check out the following two websites:

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QR Code: Example 1

    This QR Code Generator is easy to use and allows you to customize your QR Codes with text, URLs, contact information, phone numbers and SMSs. The site also gives you options of saving, sharing, and modifying the QR code.

     

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    QR Code: Example 2

       

      This QR Code Generator allows you to do more than the previous QR Code generator, not only can you customize your QR Codes with Text, URLs, Contact Information, Phone Numbers and SMSs, but there are also options for e-mails, map locations and wifi information. The site also give you options of downloading and embedding images, as well as modifying the QR code look.

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      QR codes can be added on any part of your business cards, front or back, for that dynamic touch. See examples below:

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            When creating a QR code, create one that works for you, your audience, and your business card template. Do not make the code too small or with light colors, or it will be difficult to hard to scan. Also keep in consideration that some people or employers may still not fully understand QR Codes, so be prepared to answer questions if they arise.

            Featured photo credit: Paul Wilkinson via flickr.com

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            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
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              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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