Looking for a QR code business card that’s effective, simple to use, and easy to create?
You’ve landed in the right place.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- How to create a QR code business card
- What the difference is between using QR codes on digital cards vs physical cards
- Why a QR code business card is great for networking
- Where you can turn to for the best digital business cards with QR codes
Let’s get right into it.
How do I make a QR code business card?
Generating your own QR code business card is as simple as clicking a button.
At least, that’s how it works with digital business cards. You could print your QR code onto a physical business card but that process takes days.
But with Doorway, creating QR code digital business cards—even 100s at a time—is almost instantaneous. And once you spin up your card, you’re able to immediately download it into your phone’s digital wallet. It’ll be on hand whenever you need to exchange contact details.
Let’s go through the steps you’ll take to create your digital QR code business card through Doorway as a free individual user and then the steps you’ll take as a business. Because providing cards to businesses is where we really shine.
Step 1: Set up a free account
To make your individual card you first need to set up a free account. Simply, head here.
You’ll be asked to enter your email, set a password, and select the phone you have—Apple or Google. From there you’re taken to the main dashboard of your account.
Why do you need to select your phone brand?
Your QR code digital business card is going to live right in your digital wallet for fast and easy access. To generate your card correctly, we need to know which digital wallet you have.
Step 2: Fill in your contact details
The purpose of a business card is the same whether it’s digital or physical, whether it has a QR code or not. It’s there to share your contact details.
So the next step is to fill in your contact information.
You have the option to add:
- your name
- job title
- company name
- phone number
- website URL (social media platforms, landing pages, etc)
- and more!
Step 3: Customize your card’s design
Want a different color for your QR code business card? No problem.
As a free user, you can choose from 6 color options to suit your personal style. Paid users get even more customization features and can add their logo and brand colors to the card’s design.
Step 4: Add your card to your digital wallet
Contact details added? Check. Customized design chosen? Check.
Now you can add your QR code business card directly to your phone’s digital wallet.
This is done from your phone’s internet browser, so if you’ve set up the account on your computer or tablet you’ll need to log in to your account from your phone.
If you did this from your phone, or if you’ve now made your way there, then you can tap the button that says ‘Add to Apple Wallet’ or ‘Add to Google Wallet’.
Et voila! Your QR code digital business card is in your possession. And that brings us to our next step.
Step 5: Use your new QR code business card to open doors in your industry
Now that you’ve made your QR code business card and downloaded it to your digital wallet, you can use it.
If you want to network with potential clients, build a relationship with someone you’d like to hire, or connect with new business partners all you have to do is pull out your phone and show them your digital business card.
You can now stay in touch and nurture your professional relationships better than ever.
Bonus step: Get QR code business cards for the rest of your team
There’s no need to keep the ease and efficiency of QR code business cards secret.
Unleash your business’s networking potential by getting a Doorway plan for the company.
It comes in three pricing tiers and the steps to getting started are simple:
Why go digital over physical with your QR Code Business card?
With today’s technology, there’s no need to manually add someone’s contact details to your phone. It’s tiresome and tedious.
And there’s even less reason to have your QR code live outside of your and your employees digital wallet.
A QR code printed on a traditional business card may help you seamlessly transfer your details but it still requires you to carry them with you. And you’ll probably need to carry more than one as you give them out to people. Or if using an NFC card, you’ll need to always have internet.
The digital business card frees you of those burdens and is a more sustainable option.
In fact, paper is responsible for 70% of business waste according to a Xeros report. You can help bring that percentage down by going digital with the cards you provide your employees.
Compared with paper or even NFC cards, a digital wallet card contributes not waste.
Plus, what happens when you hire a whole host of new talent or employees leave the business?
Is it worth ordering new business cards every time something like that happens?
With Doorway’s digital business cards, you can create new cards in seconds and distribute them to part of or all of your workforce.
Want to know more about the need for digital business cards? Check out our article on the topic here.
Is my contact information safe when using a QR code business card?
QR code business cards through Doorway are completely safe to use because they’re kept secure in your digital wallet.
It’s impossible for someone to scan the QR code without your say-so.
So rest assured, only the people you share your QR code with will have access to your personal information.
The same can’t be said of traditional business cards.
Anyone who finds a traditional business card can scan the QR code you’ve printed on it or read the information. And then they have access to your phone number and even address.
To take security one step further, Doorway protects the business’s data too. We’re SOC2 certified. That means you’ll never have to worry about your details getting into the wrong hands.
You can read more about it here.
What are the benefits of using QR code business cards?
You know how easy QR business cards are to make but what about the benefits they have for networking?
Here are a few:
- They’re convenient to use
- You can track views
- They hold more information than traditional business cards
- You can update your details quickly
- They’re better for the environment
Let’s explore each of those benefits in more detail.
You can network with ease and convenience
As you learned at the beginning of this article, a QR business card is easy to set up and even easier to use.
Physical business cards require you to enter details into your phone yourself but a Doorway digital card does the hard work for you.
All it takes is someone scanning the QR code with their phone camera. Once they do, they can access your personal or professional information and get in touch when they’re ready to.
Some QR code business card providers send your new contact to a website where your details are hosted but a Doorway card instantly transfers your details to their phone’s contact list.
You want to make sharing your details as simple and hassle-free as possible so that you can get to the important stuff—nurturing your professional relationships.
You can track engagement with a dynamic QR code
A dynamic QR code, like the ones Doorway creates for you, is able to track card use.
For example, it can track how many QR code scans happen and how many unique users have your information.
This can be helpful when networking at large events such as conferences. You may shake so many hands throughout the day that you forget how many people actually collected your contact information. Doorway will remind you.
Static QR codes will not be able to do this. If you want to track you and your business’s networking then you need to choose a QR code generator or digital business card provider that creates dynamic QR codes.
You can include more details on your card
A physical business card is limited in space and thus limited in what gets put on it. You’re restricted to the bare minimum of contact details. But a digital business card hosts more than just the basics.
Freelancers can link to a portfolio, client testimonials, and pricing pages.
Businesses can link to landing pages that generate leads such as downloadable reports and ebooks.
There’s no limit to the possibilities of where you direct prospects, clients, or potential business partners.
You can update your details instantly
Another benefit of using dynamic QR codes on your digital business card is that you can update your contact details. By changing the information in your QR code generators dashboard the details of your QR code change too.
This saves you time and money in replacing cards every time you or someone on your team changes their number, changes their role, or if the company updates its brand.
You can reduce your carbon footprint
We shared earlier that paper accounts for 70% of business waste. Your business card shouldn’t be part of that number when it doesn’t need to be.
Digital business cards help you reduce your carbon footprint because you don’t need any more physical materials than you’ll already have.
If your team gets QR code digital business cards through Doorway, you’ll be helping us plant trees in collaboration with tree-nation.
So while reducing your carbon footprint, you’re also reducing carbon monoxide and producing more oxygen for the planet.
Are there any disadvantages to using QR code business cards?
The main disadvantage of a QR code business card is that it could alienate potential buyers.
If your business’s core customer base isn’t tech-savvy then they may not want to use a digital business card with QR codes.
For most sales professionals and business owners, this is unlikely to be the case. Most people are used to using QR codes now since the 2020 pandemic made them more popular than ever before.
Plus in 2019, Deloitte reported that 90% of adults use a smartphone as their mobile device.
So, we think you’ll be okay!
Let’s talk pricing — how much do they cost?
Individuals who only need one digital business card can get a QR code card totally free through Doorway.
But if you want to scale your networking efforts across the business, you should choose one of our four packages.
Each package comes with additional functionality and features that elevate your brand and cater to your business’s networking needs.
Some additional features include the ability to integrate with your HR software. That integration makes it possible to bulk upload employee details and generate unique business cards for each one in seconds. It also sends them an email with their card ready to download to their phone. Check out the image below to see the price of each package and head here to see the full list of what’s included in each one.
Get started with Doorway’s QR Code Business Cards today
Want to elevate your corporate identity while networking as a business?
Then add a Doorway QR code digital business card to your team’s networking arsenal.
Doorway is uniquely built for B2B businesses.
With bulk upload capabilities, integrations with your HR software, centralized management of users, and end-to-end security to keep your details safe, you’ll have all the functionality you need to network efficiently and effortlessly.
Get in touch here to start networking like you’re in 2023, not 1920, and save a few trees at the same time.
QR Codes – FAQs
How do QR codes work?
QR codes work just like the barcodes you scan when buying your groceries. Their pattern is unique and holds information that can be read by special card readers.
When a QR code reader (such as the one built into your smartphone camera) scans the QR code, its information is instantly transferred to your device.
How do I scan a QR code?
QR codes can be read by most smartphones. All you have to do is open your camera app and place the QR code within the photo frame as if you’re taking a picture of it.
Instead of taking a photo, you’ll see a pop-up at the top of your phone screen. If you tap it, you’ll be taken to a website or you’ll be able to transfer the contact details directly to your phone.
Does my QR code need to be black and white?
No, QR codes don’t need to be black and white. But there’s a good reason why they almost always are.
Black and white are the two most contrasting colors. This makes them easy for us to see and easy for our phones to read. If your phone or QR code scanner can’t read the Qr code then it’s useless.
So while some QR code generators will allow you to experiment with the color of your QR code, Doorway keeps it simple and accessible with black and white.
What’s the difference between static and dynamic QR codes?
A static QR code cannot be changed once created. So the information it’s sharing is the information it will always share.
A dynamic QR code, on the other hand, can be updated as and when you need to change them.
The QR codes that Doorway uses are dynamic. That’s why you can update your details seamlessly without having to download a new QR code for your digital wallet.
Can I create my own QR code?
Yes, you can. There are several QR code generators on the internet that can spin up a QR code for you.
Once created, you’ll be able to download the QR code to use as you like. You could print it on something, put it on a website, or even in a social post.
Restaurants and bars have been using QR codes to pull up digital menus since the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re great for sharing information contact free.
Here are some QR code generators you can use: