Business Card Scanning on iOS

We've had quite a few users asking if we could integrate our iOS and Android CRM with other business card scanning apps. We're going to do one better and build a business card scanner right into our CRM apps.

 

JULY UPDATE: We're close...really close to having a version of business card scanner for iOS and a brand new update for Android. We need people to try out this new feature and make sure it's just right before we release it to the App Store / Play Store. If you'd be interested in getting an early peek you can sign up here.

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Business Card Scanning on iOSCommunity Manager
Re: Business Card Scanning - changed to: Delivered
03-08-2019

Hey all,

 

Thank you for your feedback and patience. I can confirm that this feature is now live. Full details can be found here

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
03-08-2019

@ShanDogMilllion - you would need at least iOS 11 or higher to access the business card scanner functionality. You can read more about this here.

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
03-08-2019

@Contented - have you updated to the latest version of the app? If so, make sure you logout and log back in again and you should see this

@TimBrown - it shouldn't be linked to Import. If the user can create a contact, they should see the feature. Can you ping me a user in your portal who is unable to see the feature currently?

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
changed to: Delivered
03-08-2019

Good news everyone - Business Card Scanner is now live to all iOS Users.
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This has been a long time coming and we thank you for holding on. Couple of things to point out as it is slightly different from our Android version (which we will be updating soon as well):

  • You can access the feature by going to your contacts
  • We have reduced the number of taps needed to enter the data so you can quickly scan, tap and go
  • We will scan and classify First Name, Last Name, Phone Number, Email, Job Title, Website URL from the card (we are thinking about supporting new properties at some point)
  • We are utilising Machine Learning under-the-hood to power the classification of the properties you are scanning. This means that the the scanner will keep getting smarter
  • You can segment contacts scanned by the business card scanner in HubSpot to create lists, trigger workflows and more

Hope you all like this update, and please comment below with your thoughts!

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
changed to: In Beta
03-08-2019

I know everybody has been waiting for this.  We're close...really close to having a version of business card scanner for iOS and a brand new update for Android. We need people to try out this new feature and make sure it's just right before we release it to the App Store / Play Store. If you'd be interested in getting an early peek you can sign up here.

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
03-08-2019

No ETA just yet on this @scheilj. We will update here once we have a firm timeframe.

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
Re: Business Card Scanning - changed to: In Planning
03-08-2019

Hey all - reopening this as we are seeing some really good conversations around this on iOS as well. We delivered an early version of Business Card scanning on Android and we would like to hear from everyone on bringing this to iOS 👏

Business Card Scanning on iOSHubSpot Product Team
03-08-2019

Hey all - just wanted to provide an update on this and clear up any questions. There currently isn't a HubSpot built Business Card Reader on iOS. This is something we are thinking about and all your feedback on this thread is super valuable in our research. We don't support any third-party BCR at this time, but you are of course free to use it!

 

Let me know if I can answer any further questions!

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Jems212
Regular Contributor

This would be class.  We are at a show right now and collecting business cards which will be manual entry.

 

I had a landing page ready for data collection but it is too slow at a busy booth.  At shows they sometimes have scanners which scan the person's barcode on their name badge and it gives you their details in mass excel.  We attend a lot of shows that don't have these scanners though so a way to collect info from biz card would be great.  

 

Even as interim if your app just took photo and added as attachment against anonymous contact for office staff to then complete details as they come in rather than a bulk of 100s.

 

thanks 

Contented
Occasional Contributor

I  have looked at pasting into a HubSpot property, a weblink to googledrive where I have a folder of images. Unfortunately, I can see problems getting it working across the team. I'm going to try the app referred to.

vxydias
Regular Contributor

Please make it EASY, SIMPLE and SEAMLESS.  No Zapier integrations...Lastly Test it out with SALESPEOPLE in the FIELD...Not ENGINEERS

willcurran
Top Contributor

I used Fullcontact + Zapier's integration and since in Full Contact, I can just select "Send business card to Hubspot" it works perfect.

Contented
Occasional Contributor

Thanks Will.  Although it looks great, there's a limit on number of business cards scanned - and they seem to take about an hour to transcribe (by humans, apparently). We've far too many business cards  for that limit.

 

Meanwhile, EverNote photographs cards (and delegate lists) then OCRs very well (under 5 GBP per month unlimited use  - you can downgrade to free service when you've finished).  Not yet worked out how to export into spreadsheet / zapier.  

 

While we wait for HubSpot, any other solutions out there?

rdolmat
Regular Contributor

A-Ma-ZING!!!

Jems212
Regular Contributor

Found this app that is really handy to scan business cards from your phone and it auto adds them to your contacts.  Noticed it also has an export to SalesForce feature so hoping this is something HubSpot could clone and set up pretty quick and easy?

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/scanbizcards-business-card-reader/id335047649?mt=8 

 

Would be useful to skip saving to phone if you don't want the contact added to your phone and just have export to HubSpot option.  In the meantime using this app is still quicker then you can hit share contact by email and send it through to the office and they can copy paste details rather than manual entry.

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Thanks!

Jemma

andrearitchey
New Contributor

I also second the note that @Jems212 made... It would be really helpful if HubSpot offered us the option for using APIs in their badge scanner for trade shows. We currently use a program called Akkroo that has a HubSpot integration and we can send them an API from the show so our badge scanners on our mobile devices can scan the show badge.

 

It would be awesome if we could tie our show leads and scans directly into HubSpot lists & workflows for automated emails, track directly through this system, etc. instead of having to use a third party integration.

Community Manager
Community Manager
updated to: Delivered

Hey all,

 

Thank you for your feedback and patience. I can confirm that this feature is now live. Full details can be found here

rdolmat
Regular Contributor

Timeline for iOS early release beta app?