Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tools Of The Trade: CardMunch

To a real estate investor, networking is a very important part of our business. You will be handing out your card a lot, and you will be  getting many business cards as well. If not, start to do so now.

We have meetings and get together's in many different settings. Conference rooms, at classes, at coffee shops, at the bar, etc. You never know where you will meet a potential real estate investor, or prospective tenant.

Sometimes you will end up with a pocket full of cards, sometimes in more hectic settings you will run the change to misplace and loose the contacts information you've work so hard to get. Or you will end up at home after such an event with a fistful of cards that will need to be entered into your contact database before they can be of any use to you.

This is where the app CardMunch comes in. It is a free app available on iTunes (not sure about android and blackberry). Once you receive a new business card, you simply take a picture of it from the app with your phone. Then place the phone back into your pocket and continue to network.

That is when the magic happens. The picture of that card gets submitted, and is available for viewing until it is processed. Once processed, the image of the card is still available but now all the information from that card is entered into the appropriate slot. Phone numbers, email, website, etc. and if they are a member of LinkedIn, that information will be made available as well. Their picture and details of what they do.

WOW! How powerful is that? But it doesn't end there. With a click of a button, you can save all that information directly into you phone's contact list. This is technology at it's best, working for us.

If you are not yet using this app yet, I strongly recommend you get it.

For the Android's and Blackberry users; can you leave me a comment and let me know if a similar app is available on your device.