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One of my biggest frustrations throughout my professional life has been not having a business card on hand when I needed one. No matter what business you’re in, there’s a great deal of use you can get out of business cards and the inability to produce one when needed can mean a lost opportunity that could potentially cause the loss of real earnings. My problem has always been remembering to get some printed when I run out and it always seems the one time I really need one is right after I just gave my last one away the night before. It’s a frustrating situation to be in and, until recently, it’s something you just had to hope that you’d be a little more organized next time.
Now there’s an app with the potential to replace the need for printed business cards altogether, which means you may never miss another opportunity because you forgot to stop by the printing shop. The app I’m referring to is called Flikit and it’s an innovative replacement for your business cards that has a lot of features that your business card doesn’t. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch.
As the app becomes more widely used it’s going to create a vast network of potential clients. By signing up for the app you can gain access to a lot of new contacts that you probably wouldn’t have access to any other way. In many ways, it’s similar to LinkedIn, but some of its other features probably make it a little more user friendly than this more well-known app. While that may seem like a bold statement, you’ll understand what I mean as you make your way through this review. Overthrowing one of the pillars of social media won’t be easy for the developers of this app, but the potential is certainly there.
Share with Anyone
One of the reasons I think this app has the potential to displace more established networking apps is because of how easy they make it to share your information. Potential clients don’t have to have the app themselves for you to share your Flikit card with them and that opens a lot more doors than would otherwise be possible. The app allows you to share your card with SMS or email to anyone you like.
In a lot of respects this app really is your digital business card only with a lot more potential. Business cards have a finite amount of space so you have to think long and hard about what you want to put on it. That’s not the case at all with Flikit. You can include links to all of your social media accounts, your website, your portfolio, your phone numbers, and just about anything else you want to share with potential clients. All of this in an app that only requires about 10MB of available space to download.
No matter how careful you are in creating your profile you may want to add something in the future. Sometimes you may change positions in a company, change companies all together, start your own business, or simply head off in an entirely different direction. When this happens it’s easy enough to change your Flikit card and the app lets you set up push notifications so that any contacts you’ve previously engaged with can be updated automatically of the changes to your information. This eliminates any potential misunderstandings and gives your clients and business contacts the sense that you’re on the ball and well organized.
This is a user friendly app with a great user interface. All of the main navigation buttons are located along the bottom and when you want to add a piece of information you simply tap on the plus sign in the top left corner. If you have contacts that also use the app you can add them and easily share information through the app. The first time you used Flikit there’s a nice walkthrough that explains all its features in detail so there shouldn’t be any issues getting started.
One other feature that I really liked about this app was its ability to read QR codes to quickly share information with contacts. If you happen to meet up with a business contact that also uses the app you can quickly and conveniently share cards by using the scan feature. As the app becomes more widely used this will potentially become a very useful feature.
Flikit is an app with a ton of potential and, as more users come on board, it has the potential to be the next big thing in business networking. This app helps you eliminate the need for physical business cards and it lets you share your information with contacts and clients in multiple different ways. They also make it easy to send updates whenever you make changes. This is definitely an app to keep an eye on with a lot of potential for growth.
Allan is a freelance writer who loves scouring the App Store for exciting, intriguing and unique apps.