You go to a networking event, and if you’re having a great night, you leave with a stack full of business cards. You have no clue if, in that stack, there might a potential employee, employer, friend, or even a romantic connection. You don’t know now which of those first time contacts might be something, and which will languish in your contacts or LinkedIn connections for years with no action. No matter the distinguishing characteristics, though, great networkers know that follow-up is key no matter your level of confidence in a connection.
After you’ve interacted with someone at a networking event, the next best step is to add them to your LinkedIn connections immediately. This put them on your radar and you on theirs and allows you to follow up when needed in the future. So you go back to your desk or home that night, and one by one, you go through those business cards, type in the names into LinkedIn’s search, and hope you don’t find too many people named “Nancy James” to distinguish between the right one and the wrong ones.
The app CardMunch makes the whole process a whole lot easier! All you do is snap a quick picture of someone’s business card. CardMunch automatically adds them to your contacts and pulls any relevant LinkedIn connections, making it quick and easy to make them a connection long-term.
So grab it now in preparation for your holiday networking events. It will save you time and bulk in your Rolodex!