Post written by Mic Johnson, Blog Coach | LinkedIn Trainer | WordPress Web Site Guy | Rational Optimist | Jayhawk | Sushi Lover | Cancer Volunteer
LinkedIn announced on May 7th that their popular CardMunch app, which allows users to scan business cards and have them transcribed and automatically synced with their contacts, will be discontinued on July 11, 2014.
When I first saw the story, my heart dropped a bit because I LOVE CardMunch, have used it for years, and have recommended it to countless other people over that time. It saved so much time and made it easy to exchange and maintain contact information of clients and prospects.
Thankfully, LinkedIn is giving CardMunch lovers a new (and arguably better) option.
LinkedIn is giving CardMunch users the option to transfer their CardMunch data to Evernote, download the data, and/or they will transfer the data into your LinkedIn Contacts list.
Additionally, LinkedIn sweetened the pot by offering two free years of Evernote’s premium business card scanning service to current LinkedIn members who use CardMunch and who elect to transfer their contacts over to Evernote.
That was definitely the best option for me and one you should strongly consider if you’re a CardMunch user. I quickly created an Evernote account, downloaded the iPhone app, and then they moved all of my contacts over from CardMunch. The whole process only took about 10 minutes.
To transfer your CardMunch data to your new or existing Evernote account, click here and follow the simple instructions provided on Evernote’s web site. Once you’re done, download the app to your smartphone and you’ll find that most of Evernote’s settings and features are pretty easy to figure out.
Additionally, they have some premium services ($4.99 a month or $44.99 yearly for additional mobile security, better sharing options, presentation mode, etc.) that you might consider upgrading and paying for. Personally, I’m going to hold off on that for now and see if I like Evernote as much as I think I will.
R.I.P. CardMunch…And Hello Evernote!