QR Codes on Business Cards – very cool! Plus some other great networking ideas. . .

I love seeing innovation – and tonight I saw some really cool ideas. I spoke at the BRW Fast Club networking event – it was a fun event with approximately 100 people at the beautiful L’Aqua restaurant at Cockle Bay. Fast Club is a brilliant successful entrepreneurs network with a specific criteria for membership – and tonight networking and connections was the focus.

We divided the night into three specific networking streams and encouraged networking activity without  a “sales pitch” – just connect and communicate – and find out about the people you are meeting, exchange cards, offer ideas, encouragement and connect with others if you can.

It was great to give people some really simple systems such as men putting their business cards in their top coat pocket and when they exchange cards, put their own cards at the front and the others person’s card at the back. And for the women without pockets to hold their cards in the hand and put their card at the front and the other person’s card at the back. And most importantly with the person they were going to follow up with, gently turn up the corner of their card as a reminder to make that connection. And then of course I shared the statistics on following up post networking events – would you believe less than 10% of people actually follow up after they attend networking events.

Some people were hesitant to give out their business cards in case they didn’t think they had any need for the person’s service – but I explained that we are NOT our business cards or our businesses for that matter. And no one wears a sign saying be really nice to me, I am going to introduce you to your next partner, boss, biggest client, best friend. We do have lives outside work and finding that interest can be such a great way to find common ground with someone and build a foundation for future networking.

Now to the cool ideas,  Shayne De La Force and Belinda May from TNA Australia Pty. Ltd www.tnasolutions.com (who recently won a BRW award) had a QR code on the back of their business card – this was the first time I had seen that – and a very clever idea.

Ivana and the BRW team had created a very cool networking wall – building on an idea I had seen at a conference, Ivana had invited guests to send a photos to her team, who then created a pouch with a photo of the guest, their name and company name and then a slot to put business cards. All the pouches and photos, were displayed on a networking wall and the idea was that anyone who missed meeting someone they were interested in connecting with, could include their business card in the pouch and then be followed up by the person in the next 48 hours. Such a simple system, but a brilliant networking tool. PLUS people had the opportunity to see exactly who was in the room, what they looked like and what they did.

Another great business card idea was by Gary Ng, CEO of E-Web Marketing www.ewebmarketing.com.au Gary has a very cool photo of his little son, dressed in a Superman outfit with a tag line – “Talk to us today on how to grow your business to new heights.” A great combination of passion and business.

And finally Brendan and David from Business Aspect in Brisbane, www.businessaspect.com.au took a photo of my business card on their iphone and then scanned it into the phone and voila – all the contact details instantly in the database. I love technology.

Well done BRW Fast Club for an excellent networking event – let’s hope those referrals start flowing in the next month or so for all attendees.

Happy networking until next time.

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7 Responses to “QR Codes on Business Cards – very cool! Plus some other great networking ideas. . .”

  1. Shayne De la Force Says:

    Thanks Robyn very much for a great workshop tonight! Your insights into networking were invaluable. Much appreciated!

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  4. Alison Reed (@WODONGA_CHAMBER) Says:

    Awesome as usual Robyn, thanks for sharing your tips – sooo practical for improved networking and business building! Cheers – A

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