A short while back, Evernote announced a new app for its platform, Evernote Hello. It’s a direct competitor to Cardmunch from LinkedIn, and it’s quite nice (doubly so if you have a paid Evernote account). If you’ve not used Cardmunch, Evernote Hello is basically a business card scanner.

You take business cards you collect at conferences and scan them:

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Then the app tries to match up the data with known social platforms:

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And it populates the data for where you are (such as at a conference or business, or in this scan, at a car dealership):

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Very straightforward, and you can then dump the data into the address book or contact management system of your choice, including your phone’s onboard address book. The best part is that it also syncs up with your Evernote account, which means that all those handy scans show up in the desktop version:

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Hopefully soon they’ll make the cards editable in the desktop Evernote app, and then the circle will be complete. Editing bad scans on the phone is a pain in the butt.

The scanning quality seems better than Cardmunch, though it does add the extra step of having to connect separately on LinkedIn. On the upside, you get desktop access to your contacts inside an app I already live inside of, so that’s a win for me. I’d encourage you to give Evernote Hello a try – and if you’re a paid Evernote user, it’s a no-brainer to deploy this, especially if you work the conference/tradeshow circuit.

Disclosure: Evernote did not request this review, nor was any compensation of any kind provided. I am a paid Evernote user out of pocket.


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