Evernote Integrates with LinkedIn, Becomes an ‘Amazing Business Card Scanning App’
“Business cards are how great things start. Their exchange represents the moment that important partnerships, opportunities, and relationships begin. And even in our hyperconnected lives, business cards are just as relevant as they ever have been. The assortment of cards we collect are a physical tie to people we’ve met, places we’ve traveled, and what we’ve accomplished,” according to Evernote. A very poetical portrayal of ‘the business card’ prefaced Evernote’s new partnership with LinkedIn, and its plans to also become ‘an amazing business card scanning app.’
Integrating with LinkedIn’s network of more than 300 million professionals, Evernote will now automatically build a ‘content-rich note’ around every business card you scan. Card scans will include a link to the current LinkedIn profile and photo, and a section for notes. Now, just like everything else, business cards become searchable contacts in Evernote. A bonus, current Evernote users can connect their accounts with LinkedIn to get a complimentary year of business card scanning, normally a Premium feature, starting today.
Card scanning in Evernote is really about context. Being able to map the location or event when you met someone, later discover the notes that add relevance to your meeting, and track any future meetings asserts a kind of priceless networking. Like networking on steroids. To deepen the partnership, LinkedIn is shutting down its own card scanning app, Cardmunch, and they have made it super easy for CardMunch users to move to Evernote. If you are a CardMunch user move your business cards from Cardmunch to Evernote here.
How It Works
When you scan a new business card (scroll over to the business card prompt on the iPhone or iPad) and frame it in the business card camera mode of Evernote for iPhone or iPad, the camera will find the card edges and snap a photo. You no longer need to snap the picture. Note, scanning is done best on a table or any contrasting surface.
Evernote instantly digitizes it and, through the LinkedIn integration, creates a searchable note in your account with the most up-to-date, relevant information about your new contact. The scanning, optical recognition and LinkedIn searching happens automatically.
Amazing hunh? The Evernote Business Card Camera is available today in Evernote for iPhone and iPad. This feature is coming soon to Evernote for Android. Business card scanning features are also available in Evernote for Mac and Evernote for Windows Desktop when using the ScanSnap Evernote Edition Scanner.