Throw away your paper business card

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

Back when I got my first Palm Pilot I loved the infra red application that let you 'beam' addresses and information to another PP user.

My Treo cell phone has the same application and I find it very convenient to simply beam my business card electronically into someone else's cell phone.

Unfortunately there is a flaw in that application; both parties need to have infra red capability in their devices to make it work.

Not to worry, some smart people have came up with a solution.

dropcard

MyDropCard.com will email your electonic business card to anyone's email account by simply sending their email address via a text message to Drop Card.

The account, like most of the new cool stuff, is free.

  1. Set up your drop card account with your contact information. (you can have both business and personal) and you can also include your firm, name, websites, blog, social networks, and most anything else you choose.
  2. To send it to someone just get their email addresss and text it to 41411 in this format: "drop name@theiremail.com (that's a space between "drop" and "name", a real space, not an underline _)
  3. Drop Card will forward to their email account your contact information like this:

 

Jim Lee sent you this Dropcard. How did Jim do it?
  Jim Lee
Knoxville, Tennessee Realtor

CONTACT  

jim@jimlee.com (Primary)

8656795262 (Cell)
1-865-693-3232 (Work)

Work
10255 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

NETWORKS  

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WEB  

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Keep in touch with Jim Lee
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I don't see this totally replacing paper business cards anytime soon but it's a very cool application sure to impress AND get your contact information right where you want it; in the hands of a potential home buyer or seller.

 

How cool is that?

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

Visit New Hampshire Maine Real Estate.com to search homes, get Seacoast area information, and find out how great living on the New Hampshire and southern Maine Seacoast really is.

 

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JB Brookman
JB Brookman Photography - Franklin, TN
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I agree... should definitely utilize both.  Print and technology!!!

 

JB Brookman

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Jul 21, 2008 06:36 PM #28
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Tom Davis
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Another cool thing to add to my marketing!  AWESOME!  Always good to have both tools!
Thanks,

Tom Davis

World Class Delaware Realtor

Jul 21, 2008 10:46 PM #29
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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I can't think of a time in the last four years that I didn't have a card (including the zip-loc of cards on the water ride at 6 Flags...) but it is a nifty way to have the contact info handy for someone that wants it.

Jul 22, 2008 12:34 AM #30
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Kevin Tinsley
VAHomeLoans.com - Tacoma, WA
Washington State Tacoma Seattle VA Home Loans

It's also possible to set up something similar at www.textmarks.com.  I have one called homebuyer, simply text homebuyer to 41411 and textmarks sends a sms or text message to the recipient.  You can also create a widget to put on your blog as well. 

Jul 22, 2008 03:33 AM #31
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Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

I like this idea a lot......I just bookmarked the site, thanks.

Jul 22, 2008 03:34 AM #32
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Mother Lode
Real Living Sugar Pine Realty - Sonora, CA
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Thanks for the timely information. I plan to blog about it myself to my soi. Thanks again.

Jul 22, 2008 03:46 AM #33
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Ana Connell
G & C Properties - Burbank, CA
Burbank Real Estate Agent

Thanks, I really like this idea!

Jul 22, 2008 04:20 AM #34
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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

thanks for the info = great concept.

Jul 22, 2008 04:49 AM #35
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LaShea Miller

Thank you for the valuable information. I will definitely use this service

Jul 22, 2008 05:47 AM #36
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Catherine Sinocruz
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate - Reno, NV
Broker-Salesperson, ABR, GRI, CRS

Hi Jim,

Good concept.  I just tried it!

Catherine

Jul 22, 2008 05:55 AM #37
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Karen Gentry>>Charlottesville, Virginia Real Estate Professional
RE/MAX Excellence-Charlottesville VA - Charlottesville, VA

That is great information, but don't throw those paper cards away.  There are tons and tons of people who are not ever going to use this technology and you want to be in touch with them as well.

 

Jul 22, 2008 08:50 AM #38
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Liz Kennedy ~ Stage It Simple, Bedford, TX
Stage It Simple - Bedford, TX

Love this idea! Nice to have another option. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 22, 2008 09:54 AM #39
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Julie Burks
Riverpoint Realty - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento CA, e-Pro, SFR

I think this is just another great tool to have in your arsenal.  Thanks so much for sharing this info.

Jul 22, 2008 10:56 AM #40
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Susan Zanzonico
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Morristown, NJ
Sellers/Buyers Agent, Morristown NJ Real Estate

Interesting tool Jim. Thanks for the info.  I guess everything will be paperless eventually!

Jul 22, 2008 03:01 PM #41
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Jim--there are so many cool tools out there that I could spend 24/7 learning and implementing them!  Thanks for sharing!

Debe in Charlotte

Jul 22, 2008 03:17 PM #42
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Karen Tindall
Keller Williams - Murfreesboro, TN

Wow! First day on here and I have found so many helpful ideas!

Jul 22, 2008 06:02 PM #43
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Janie Masterson
RE/MAX Executives - Clarksville, TN
Realtor GRI CLHMS - Trusted Real Estate Resource

Jim thanks for the post, great information as usual.  You have so many tools in your belt, I love the idea and will start using it soon.  But, I think I'll hang on to the cards for a the little old ladies that don't have email............Thanks

Jul 24, 2008 01:50 AM #44
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Linda Reynolds
Bradenton Real Estate - Linda Reynolds - Bradenton, FL
Bradenton Real Estate

Now that is just too cool.  I am going to go out today and set mine up.  I can't wait to use it for the first time and see the reaction.

Jul 27, 2008 10:54 PM #45
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Thomas Hargreaves
TriStar Financial Services - Eugene, OR

Jim,  Great Idea!  Thanks for sharing.

Jul 28, 2008 07:33 PM #46
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Kimberly Underwood Kostescu
Coldwell Banker Crampsie Realty - Windsor, ON

A great marketing idea.  Although not ready to get rid of my paper card either, this is a great method of keeping in contact with those who spend lots of time on the computer and prefer email contact! 

Anything that gets your info out there is worth trying, especially when it's free !

Thanks for the link.

Kimberly

Jul 29, 2008 01:15 PM #47
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