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Mobile Business Card versus dynamic vCard QR Code

Mobile Business Card versus dynamic vCard QR Code

In this article you will learn about different ways how you can create a QR Code for your business card that links to your contact information. There are pros and cons depending on which method you are using concerning performance, offline availability and size restrictions.

Static vCard QR Code 

A simple way to create a QR Code with your contact information is an offline QR Code with a vCard encoded. A vCard is a file format for business cards to exchange contact data.

 vCards can be easily imported in e-mail clients like Outlook or to an address book on a mobile phone. By scanning the following QR Code, your mobile phone will automatically suggest to add our company’s contact information to your address book. 

Most of the smartphones with a QR Code Reader installed, can handle this QR Code (including iPhones). This QR Code also works, if you are not connected to the Internet, since all information is encoded in the QR Code itself.

Staic QR Code example
A QR Code with an encoded vCard. Only a limited number of contact attributes can be stored in this offline QR Code, since the size of a QR Code is limited to 4.296 chars.

However since all Information is encoded in the QR Code itself, the QR Code can get really big. The more information you are adding, the bigger the code gets. It will be hard to print the code on a business card while sustaining the readability of the QR Code. Adding an image is almost impossible, since there would be too much data in the QR Code. But the biggest disadvantage is:

Once the QR Code is printed the information in the QR Code cannot be changed anymore.

This is when a QR Code that leads to an editable Mobile Business Card comes in handy.

Mobile Business Cards

You can overcome all the issues by creating a Mobile Business Card. It allows you to edit the contact information anytime in case your phone or email changes. People who scan the QR Code will be redirected to a mobile Website displaying your contact data. 

You can update the contact information anytime in case your phone or email changes, add custom buttons, your own design and direct call and download call-2-action buttons.

They can also add your contact to their address book by clicking the “Save Business Card” button at the bottom or call and mail you directly through the integrated Call-to-Action Buttons. Moreover, you can include your profile picture, logos and your social profiles. Sounds good? The only disadvantage is that the person who scans the QR Code needs Internet access.

Mobile Business Card example
A Mobile Business Card shows all your contact information including user picture, links to social profiles and Call-to-Action Buttons for direct call, mail or save to contacts
Mobile Business Card dynamic QR Code
Scan this QR Code to view the Mobile Business Card from above on your phone

Multiple addresses in one business card

Premium users can add multiple e-mails, addresses and phone numbers to a single mobile business card.

Multiple addresses
Multiple addresses selector

Dynamic vCard QR Code

When creating a Mobile Business Card you can activate the option "Add to Contacts" directly in the branding section.

Add business cards to contacts
Add business cards to contacts

So instead of displaying the Mobile Website with the contact information, the contact is added to the user’s address book on his mobile phone, after scanning the QR Code and clicking on “Open in contacts”.

Scan and Add to contacts directly
Add business cards to contacts right after scanning

Moreover anytime you alter your contact data, the vCard will be updated as well.

Dynamic vCard QR Code
This QR Code leads to a dynamic vCard, which will add the contact to the address book with just one click.

QR Code on Lockscreen

If you do not have a business card in paper format, you can save the QR code as an image file on your lock screen. All you need to do is show your mobile phone display and the other person can then scan your contact information.

Lock screen QR Code
Dynamic vCard QR Code placed as image in the lock screen

Business Card on Home Screen

You can also add your mobile business card on your home screen and open it by just tapping on the icon once.

On an iPhone all you must do is tap on upload and select  Add to Home Screen

Add to home screen
Add to home screen dialog

Then you can set a name and voila the icon with your profile image shows up on your home screen. Use this short link to exchange your contact data quickly.

Home screen business card icon
Mobile Business Card icon added to home screen

Conclusion

You have learned two different ways of how to include a QR Code on a business card: using a vCard or a mobile website. vCards can be integrated in a QR Code but only with limited information where as a mobile website shows much more details but needs an Internet connection. If you print the QR Code on your business card make sure the QR Code has a proper size.

Create your own QR Code or Mobile Business Card by using our free QR Code Manager.

FAQ

When I create a business card with a vCard QR Code is it possible to also add a picture of the user in the QR Code?

vCard QR Codes only allow static text information with a limited number of characters. There is not enough space to include an image in a static QR Code. If you want to create a business card with multimedia content like pictures or videos, please create a Mobile Business Card.

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What is the minimum size of a QR Code?

We recommend a minimum size of 2 x 2 cm for a QR Code. However, you must consider the scanning distance and the number of charactars encoded in the QR Code.

What is the minimum size of a QR Code?

How do I print a QR Code?

Provide enough contrast · Mind the quiet zone around the QR Code · Print QR Codes in scaleable vector format · Watch the minimum size · Do not exceed the maximum size of a logo in a QR Code

How do I print a QR Code?

Import contacts to Mobile Business Cards or vCard QR Codes

Create a csv or vcf file to import · select the type of business card · apply a template and import to the business cards to a folder.

Import contacts to Mobile Business Cards or vCard QR Codes

Create Mobile Business Cards or vCard QR Codes with the API

You can create mobile business cards by uploading contact data information through the Business Card API and setting optional parameters.

Create Mobile Business Cards or vCard QR Codes with the API
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