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Digital Business Card Comparison: Top Providers in 2023


2023's top digital business card providers - Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE - transforming professional networking and contact sharing.


Finding the Best Business Card


Traditional paper business cards are closer to resembling memorabilia for “career milestones”, as expressed in a Wall Street Journal article, rather than an exchange of information. The world looks to the next best thing for the seamless exchange of contact information. Influenced by the changing needs of professionals since the pandemic, contactless and digital business cards have been on the rise.


As companies go paperless, they also transition to contactless business cards and their digital equivalents in a digital transformation effort. In Market Research Future’s announcement for research they conducted on the global digital business card market, they found that it “is expected to register an exponential CAGR of 11.2% from 2021 to 2027 and reach USD 242.3 million by 2027.”


For this very reason, we decided to evaluate some of the best options currently in the market. Our objective is to gain a better understanding of the different digital business card offerings in the market, how they serve a modern company’s needs and how they scale in a business setting.


We ordered PVC (polyvinyl chloride, i.e. plastic) cards from six leading companies in the field, including:



Each of these business cards operates with an embedded NFC chip and integrates with software on the web and/or an application to make the overall business card experience more advanced and intuitive, taking it to a whole new level.


In our analysis, we extensively compared promising market competitors. Our in-depth evaluation covers seven categories including ordering, design, UX, card management, support, pricing, and privacy, providing valuable insights for anyone looking to invest in a digital business card solution.


Before you start reading:

  1. Our list of companies is not exhaustive. There is a plethora of digital business cards available on the market, and we encourage you to conduct your own research as well.

  2. To gain a better understanding of the processes required for businesses, we conducted independent research, as well as communicated with the companies to understand how the process would scale.

  3. This research was commissioned by Covve in an effort to better understand how their digital business card offering could improve, and how it compares to promising competitors in the market. Our testers and Covve’s sales and support teams were unaware that the study was commissioned by the organization during the time of analysis, thus removing any potential bias during the analysis process.

  4. All orders were placed under a cover company named “Rocket Co”.

 

What did we test?

Evaluating Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE with testing parameters: Ordering clarity and speed, Design process and customization, UX features, Card Management solutions, Support quality, Pricing options, and Privacy considerations in digital business cards.

Ordering:

  1. The clarity of steps required to place the order

  2. The amount of time taken to receive the order

Design:

  1. Ease and efficiency of the design process

  2. Extent of customization

  3. Presentation of the card

Overall UX:

  1. Digital business card customization

  2. Companion app features

  3. Features offered to businesses

Card Management:

  1. What solutions each company offers in ongoing card management

Support:

  1. How precise the support teams were in their responses

  2. The extent of solutions and answers offered

  3. The initiative they took to ensure that everything was running as intended

Pricing:

  1. The cost of the order (per card), including shipping

  2. The option for subscription and discounts

Privacy:

  1. GDPR compliance including DPA

These factors matter because they directly impact the experience and satisfaction of using a digital business card. A clear and efficient ordering process, ease and customization in design, and a well-designed user experience all contribute to the overall appeal and effectiveness of the digital business card.


Additionally, robust card management solutions and responsive support teams help to ensure the continued functionality and success of the card. Pricing and privacy policies are also important factors to consider when choosing a digital business card provider, as they can affect the affordability and security of the product. By evaluating these factors, we can determine which company offers the best overall value and experience for digital business card users.


Analysis of the Results


Ordering

Analyzing Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Ordering category: Assessing ease of ordering and delivery time for digital business cards.

Ease of Ordering


To determine the ease of ordering, we placed our emphasis on the following areas:

  • Accuracy of product descriptions

  • Clarity of order and design processes

  • The seamlessness of ordering process

Based on our findings, we evaluated the ease of ordering on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 indicating a very difficult ordering process and 5 indicating a very easy one.

1 - Very difficult

2 - Difficult

3 - Average

4 - Easy

5 - Very Easy

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

​✔

Popl

V1CE

Approaching the ordering process from a business perspective, Blinq and Covve offer the easiest and simplest process to place an order. While all six companies host user-friendly and intuitive website navigation, the processes of Blinq and Covve were the most seamless and clear.


Blinq’s “Teams” tab shows a selection of options to purchase their cards, two of which relate to team options. One option is best for SMEs, and the other for larger corporations. They offer a clear explanation as to what features are available with each option, making the selection process easy.


Covve's website hosts a "Covve Card" tab where users can learn about the features of the card and watch a video preview. To order the cards, users can choose between two options: bulk orders of over ten cards, which requires filling out a form and contacting an account manager; and orders of up to ten cards, which provide an instant checkout option for faster and more convenient service. This approach provides clear options and personalized service, improving customer satisfaction and efficiency for businesses of all sizes.


Mobilo and V1CE ranked the lowest in this section, as Mobilo does not clarify when the design takes place which prompted us to reach out to their team to clarify. V1CE’s Team offerings for businesses are not clearly displayed on their website, which led us to liaise with their team to find out more. These processes contributed to the two companies' low ranking in this section as it was not as seamless as the other four companies we are comparing.


Time to Deliver


All orders were placed on the 9th of February, 2023. This date is set as the starting day when measuring the time it took for each company to print the cards and send them for delivery. The table below displays the amount of time in business days the companies took to prepare and send our order.

Company

Order completed and ready to be sent

Blinq

4 business days

Covve

3 business days

Linq

1 business day

Mobilo

4 business days

Popl

8 business days

V1CE

4 business days

Linq prepared our order the fastest out of the six companies. Their ability to process, complete, and pass our order on to the courier in one day was impressive, ranking them first in this section. However, there was a miscommunication between Linq and the courier leading to us receiving the product one month late.

Covve came in second, even after dedicating the time to provide more than ten design proposals based on our requirements.


We chose to not compare the duration of the delivery process as some companies are in the EU, some in the USA, and one (Blinq) is in Australia. A comparison of their overall time of delivery would be unfair. Thus, we decided to display the time required to process, confirm, and send our order.


Ordering Winner: Blinq and Covve. We believe the ease of ordering holds more weight in significance compared to the time to deliver. With this in mind, Blinq and Covve are the winners in terms of offering the easiest and simplest ordering processes for businesses. Blinq provides a clear selection of options for teams of different sizes, while Covve offers two straightforward options for ordering cards.


Design


Examining Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Design category: Focusing on ease of design process, design facilitation, and card design fields and features for optimal digital business card customization.

The design process is a crucial component of product development for any company. We identified three key categories for evaluating the design process:


  1. Ease of the design process: Assessing the simplicity and intuitiveness of the design process.

  2. Design facilitation: Examining the extent to which the process is facilitated by the company and the user to ensure the best possible design outcome.

  3. Card design fields and features: Analyzing the flexibility of customization available in terms of design elements, such as company logo placement and use of eco-friendly materials.


Ease of the Design Process

Very difficult

Difficult

Average

Easy

Very easy

Blinq

​✔

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

The top two companies in this section were Blinq and Covve. While Blinq’s design process was simple and easy, it also offered the least amount of design options. They seem to be more geared towards their digital business card offering and their dashboard rather than their contactless business card.


Although all of the companies, apart from Covve, host a design platform of their own, some of which however felt over-simplified, Covve’s in-house design team made the process more personalized and smoother by providing various design iterations.


Design facilitation

Design Platform

Design with a company representative

Blinq

​✔

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

The seamlessness of the design process is influenced by where the design takes place. Covve, for example, hosts the design process entirely via their design team, which receives input from the user that includes their requirements and the general approach a user may have for the card design. Blinq, on the other hand, hosts the design process on their website through their own design software, however, the options felt minimal and constrained.


Mobilo and V1CE offer their own design platforms, as well as keeping their teams involved in the process by liaising with the user via email to ensure that the design is completed as intended. This process, however, felt much longer and required more steps to complete. The user also has the option to send their requirements to the design teams.


Card Design

Company logo

Contact details

Remove logo

Card colour

Edit back side

Ecological card options

Design placement

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

Observing the card designs offered by the companies, they all offer the core design features we were looking for. However, only Covve and Mobilo offer the ability to customize the back side of the card with an image or a color, making their design offering more extensive.


The ecological card option refers to the ability to select an eco-friendly card, such as bamboo material, which could be pertinent to a business heavily focused on sustainability and further meeting eco-friendly criteria. Some companies offer metallic options as well, and even a Gold material option (offered by Popl).


Additionally, the design placement criteria refer to the ability to arrange where the logo and contact information is placed on the card. This is important to a business as it enables them to create more unique cards that tie into their unique brands.


We would like to note that on its design platform, Blinq does not offer the option to edit the reverse side of the card. However, users have the option of going the extra mile and designing their ideal card to then share with the Blinq team, as seen on their blog. This option seems to be the most time-consuming of all design processes. Alternatively, users can select Blinq’s most expensive contactless card option at a rate of $60 to access further customization options such as design placement and further color options.


Covve's design process stood out as more intuitive and transparent, although it is fully manual and conducted entirely with a company representative rather than an online design platform. A manual design process such as those provided by Covve, Mobilo, and V1CE, grants access to a professional card designer and, ultimately, we found that we received the designs precisely as we wanted them to be, unconstrained from online tools. Having access to a professional card design is an additional service that is provided as part of the design process, making it a great boon for the three companies.


Design Winner: Covve and Mobilo - For the ease of the design process, Covve seems to stand out for offering personalized assistance from their in-house design team, while also providing various design iterations to ensure that the product is delivered as intended. However, Blinq's design process is simple and easy to use, despite offering fewer design options.


Regarding card design fields, Covve and Mobilo stand out for offering more extensive design options, such as the ability to customize the back side of the card with an image or a color, and offering eco-friendly card options.



Blinq vs Covve vs V1CE vs Mobilo vs Popl vs Linq

Blinq vs Covve vs V1CE vs Mobilo vs Popl vs Linq

The above images are photographs of each product we ordered within their packaging. The labels below the photographs indicate each company’s product.


Ultimately, the winner will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the business, as each company has different strengths and weaknesses.


Overall UX (User Experience)

Evaluating Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the User Experience category: Analyzing versatility, personalization, and efficiency of digital business cards, companion apps, activation, information exchange, storage, and features offered to businesses from the perspective of individual cardholders, recipients, and companies with multiple staff using the cards.

Upon receiving the products, we measured the versatility, personalization, and efficiency of the digital business cards. From the process of setting up the digital business card to tapping the contactless card onto a phone and observing the information that was exchanged and how it was stored.

The key points we observed were:

  1. The information that can be included on the digital business card

  2. If the six companies have their own companion apps, what features do they offer, and how intuitive the apps are to use

  3. Ease of business card activation

  4. How seamless the exchange of information is

  5. What kind of information does the recipient see, and how that information is stored

  6. The features offered to businesses

We observed the UX from the perspective of three stakeholders of the cards:

  1. Individual card holder

  2. Recipient of contact details from a cardholder

  3. Companies with multiple staff using the cards

The following tables indicate the features and processes that the six companies provide.


Card Holder

Digital Business Card Personalization

Photo

Bio

Cover photo

Contact information

Website link

Social media platforms

Embed videos and files

Payment platforms

Blinq

​✔

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE offer a greater extent of digital business card personalization. While the core digital business card personalization features are shared by all six companies, we were interested in the extra offerings that could cater to a wider range of businesses across various industries.


In determining the better offering in this field, we also took into account the companion app and how easy it was to navigate.


Companion App and Features

Companion app

Analytics

​Preview page

​Add to email signature

Add to video background

Add to wallet

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

All companies provide a companion app, however, V1CE’s app was not working at the time of this case study, and the card activation process had to take place via their website’s portal. Therefore, their companion app could not be accurately evaluated.


It should be noted that Blinq offers an analytics feature in their Team Dashboard offering, however, it is not included in their companion app.


Linq and Popl provide extensive features in their companion apps, and they are easy to navigate. The most aesthetically pleasing UI of the two is that of Linq, as it clearly displays our card as we open the companion app, and the dashboard is easy to navigate with its extensive features.

Blinq vs Covve vs V1CE vs Mobilo vs Popl vs Linq
Note: V1CE’s companion app was not operational during the time of this case study.

Blinq vs Covve vs V1CE vs Mobilo vs Popl vs Linq

The above images are screenshots of the mobile versions of the companies’ companion apps, with their names beneath each image respectively. As previously mentioned, V1CE’s companion app was not operational during the time of this case study, and therefore could not be accurately analyzed nor could we include it in the above images for this section.


Ease of Business Card Activation

1 - Very difficult

2 - Difficult

3 - Average

4 - Easy

5 - Very easy

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

As for the business card activation process, V1CE scored low due to their companion app not working, and having to communicate with their team to facilitate this process.

With Covve, however, the process was quick and easy. When we scanned the QR code on the physical page that arrived with the card, we were directed to download Covve’s companion app. Following the download of their app, we were prompted to tap our card to get started. We were then asked to fill in contact information, completing the process.


Recipient


When your card is tapped or scanned, it is critical to know that the information you include in your digital business card is accurately and seamlessly transferred to your newly formed contact.


Tapping and scanning the cards produced similar results, where all cards transferred information in one second or less. None required an email to register, or required the recipient to download any apps. The information transferred from every card provided the option to be stored in the recipient’s address book, and to be shared to or sent through another platform, such as through email and various messaging platforms.


Despite the added factor of geolocation being included in Blinq, Linq and Mobilo’s exchange of information, there does not seem to be a way to disable that feature for Linq and Mobilo via their companion apps. Blinq clearly indicates an option to disable their “where we met” feature, removing geolocation marking of where you and a contact met. Sharing personal information such as location and not being able to easily disable that feature may be detrimental. The New York Times explains this thought further, “location tracking raises numerous privacy concerns about who can snoop into your whereabouts”.

  • Popl includes the dates for when connections were made, which is a helpful feature when recalling the circumstances under which a contact was met

  • Similarly, Covve makes note of when a contact was saved

  • V1CE offers the option to share birthdays, however that information is not commonly used in a business setting.

It must be noted that Mobilo offers extensive lead generation features, enabling users to customize the questions that the recipient receives upon tapping the contactless card on their phone. Mobilo also enables link tracking, allowing users to see how many people click on their profile links.


The images above are screenshots of what a contact would receive when tapping the contactless cards on their phone. Each company is labeled beneath their respective companion app screenshot.


Features for Companies

Onboarding process

​Business branded pages

Customization locking

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

When looking to take on a card solution as an organization, we found the onboarding processes, page branding, and customization locking options to be significant factors.


Each company provides an onboarding process that includes one-on-one sessions to guide the admin user on how to use their digital business card and how to navigate the companion app, as well as the process of setting up admin accounts. Additionally, each company offers support through its blogs to complete onboarding processes and provide guides on how to use its card solutions.


When looking to onboard a new employee, or offboard one who is leaving the organization, Blinq, Linq, Mobilo, and Popl offer integration features to allow for data to be updated in real-time. Covve allows companies to preload data by sending a CSV/Excel file and they further informed us that a company administration portal will be made available later this quarter.


Blinq, for example, takes a more “hands-off” approach, and preloading data can only be done through their ‘Teams’ dashboard. V1CE offers a similar solution as Covve, whereby onboarding or offboarding an employee would be achieved by an admin within their app, or by sending the required changes to an account manager.


Additionally, each company allows for an admin to manage each card and offers a feature for companies to limit the extent of customization for each employee, which is key for maintaining brand consistency.


The page branding feature enables an organization to further extend its brand’s presence and offers teams the ability to create unique identities for themselves. All companies offer the feature of business branded pages.


Overall UX Winner: Linq - While several companies offer extensive features on their companion apps and features for businesses, Linq stood out as the winner as their UI made everything much easier to navigate. Linq is the winner of the UX section as they not only offer the features we were seeking but also because their features and companion app were the easiest to navigate.


In terms of digital business card personalization, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE offer a greater extent of customization, while Blinq and Covve offer simple yet effective options.


Regarding the ease of business card activation, Covve stood out for offering a smooth and easy process.


In terms of the recipient's experience, all companies offered fast and easy information transfer, but Linq and Mobilo included geolocation, which could raise privacy concerns.


Again, the winner will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the business, as each company has different strengths and weaknesses.


Card Management

Investigating Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Card Management category: Exploring editing capabilities, reassigning cards, disabling cards, and admin dashboard functionality for effective control over digital business cards.

Managing your team’s cards allows teams to focus on what is important: nurturing connections and creating long-lasting relationships.

Edit card data

Preload card data

Disable cards

Reassign cards

Team dashboard

Blinq

Covve

Linq

Mobilo

Popl

V1CE

The competitiveness of the companies shows in the above table, as nearly all provide core functionalities.


Card management with Covve is currently accomplished through their companion app, or through a request for a mass data change via email, which is followed by a ‘data-input sheet’, where all the requested changes are processed and enacted by the Covve team. It is important to note that Covve is currently Beta testing its team dashboard feature, leveling them with market competitors.


V1CE allows admins to manage team cards through an admin account, however, the user interface (UI) seemed to be more difficult to navigate than that of other companies.

We found that the most extensive team dashboard was that of Linq, as they include analytics features for both the team internally (card taps relating to each employee, and teams as a whole) as well as allowing for data to be viewed across specific time series (one day, one week, one month, three months, one year, and all time). Other companies offer this feature but with limited time series selections.


Additionally, Linq offers the most extensive team template customization, allowing for greater content management per person, and per team.


Card Management Winner: Linq - Their team dashboard enables teams to have a deeper understanding of their activities and lead generation, and allows for real-time time updates to contact information.


Support

Assessing Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Support category: Comparing response times and quality of support services, taking into account the global nature of these digital business card companies.

The support services of each company were observed and taken into account. We evaluated their response time, and the quality of their response (if we had to get back to them to resolve an issue or a question). To avoid biases regarding response times, we took into consideration that the companies operate in different regions around the world.


Linq


There was an issue regarding Linq’s facilitation of product delivery. Despite the package arriving in the country as per their estimation, delivery to our premises happened one month later. This was due to a lack of, or slow communication with the courier, who was contacting Linq to acquire our phone number, however, they were unable to as they could not reach the Linq team. However, the Linq team compensated the postage fee and maintained close contact with us to ensure a smooth card activation process.


V1CE


Activating and setting up the V1CE business card presented some difficulties, as the V1CE companion app was down. As soon as we reported these difficulties to the V1CE team, they offered a solution that entailed activating our card through their web portal. Despite this being resolved quickly, more time was spent on activating the V1CE card compared to other companies.


Support Winner: Covve - The support we received from Covve in designing our card and answering our questions regarding their additional offerings and how their product scales in a business environment, places Covve in the lead regarding overall support services. They took the initiative to ensure we received our card and had everything we needed to set up our digital business card.


Pricing

Analyzing Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Pricing category: Presenting a clear comparison of individual card costs and team pricing options for both companies and individuals seeking optimal digital business card solutions.

To provide a clear overview of the pricing options, and to align them with the objective of this case study, we provide insights into provides the individual card cost and team pricing options.


Price - Individual


The following table compares the prices of the selected cards that we ordered, including shipping and any additional costs incurred.

Card cost

Shipping cost

Total

Blinq

$40.00

$15.00 (International)

$55.00

Covve

$55.00

$0 (International and EU)

$55.00

Linq

$38.00

$45.00 (International)

$83.00

Mobilo

$21.00

$10.00 (EU)

$31.00

Popl

$57.00

$37.00 (International)

$94.00

V1CE

$51.00

$14.00 (EU)

$64.00

*Please note that the above values have been converted from Euros to US Dollars and rounded to the nearest value.


Blinq and Linq ordering processes incurred an additional charge for an “extended area surcharge”. The most expensive option was that of Popl, and the least expensive option was that of Mobilo.


Price - Company


The table below displays the Team pricing offerings from each company as seen on their individual websites.


We have also created a forward-looking cost column to compare the total costs of each offering for a team of 20 people over the course of 3 years assuming annual payments and disregarding any shipping costs.

One-off cost

Ongoing cost

Foward-looking costs

Blinq

Blinq provides three options for contactless cards:

  • Blinq Essential: $14

  • Blinq Infinite: $40

  • Blinq Custom: $60

We purchased the Blinq Infinite option which allowed us to personalize the contactless card.


(All options have additional shipping costs)


Monthly:

  • Business: $5.99 per user per month

  • Enterprise: (for 500+ cards) contact Blinq team

Annually:

  • Business: $4.99 per user per month

  • Enterprise: (for 500+ cards) contact Blinq team

One-off cost:

$800


Ongoing cost: $3,593


Total cost:

$4,393


Covve

$55, one-off payment, including shipping.

  • 25% discount for 20+ cards

  • 35% discount for 50+ cards

Discounts scale as more cards are included in the order.


No ongoing costs.

One-off cost:

$825


Ongoing cost: $0


Total cost:

$825


Linq

One-off cost for the PVC card that was ordered was $38.


Linq also offer a variety of other product options.


(all options have additional shipping costs)


Linq offers a “Pro” account that enables further digital business card customization including analytics, custom logo in profile, up to 5 profile pages, and more for $6.99 per user, per month


Linq also provides a “teams” offering, the cost of which is not available on the website.


One-off cost: $760


Ongoing cost:

$5,033 (*)

Total cost: $5,793 (*)


*

The pricing for “Teams” memberships wasn’t available on the website. However, considering that the “Teams” offering includes the “Pro” offering, we have included the cost of the “Pro” offering here


Mobilo

One-off cost per card:

  • Custom Classic (PVC): $10

  • Custom Wood: $20

  • Custom Metal: $50

Discounts apply on a case-by-case basis, typically larger discounts for 100+ cards


(all options have additional shipping costs)


Ongoing costs for their “User License” for teams are $39 per user, per year

One-off cost: $200


Ongoing cost:

$2,340


Total cost:

$2,540


Popl

One-off cost for the PVC card that was ordered was $57.


Popl also offer a variety of other product options.


Cost per user varies in relation to the team size.


Popl does not list their pricing for the teams solution, however they offer a Popl “Pro” membership for individuals, which is also included in their Teams offering.


The ongoing cost for the Popl “Pro” offering is as follows: Monthly:

  • $7.99

Annually:

  • $6.49

One-off cost: $600


Ongoing cost:

$4,673 (*)


Total cost:

$5,273 (*)


*

The pricing for “Teams” memberships wasn’t available on the website. However, considering that the “Teams” offering includes the “Pro” offering, we have included the cost of the “Pro” offering here.


V1CE

One-off cost for the PVC card that was ordered was $51.


Discounts apply as follows:

  • 10% on 5 or more cards

  • 15% on 10 or more cards

  • 20% on 30 or more cards


V1CE also offer a variety of other product options.


(all options have additional shipping costs)


V1CE does not offer ‘Teams’ products, however they have a Pro membership to manage team cards where costs and discounts can be arranged.

One-off cost:

$799


Ongoing costs:

Unknown (*)


Total cost:

$799 + additional costs incurred from access to their “Pro” offering.


* The cost of the “Pro” offering is not listed on the website.

Pricing Winner: Covve - Covve is the only company to not charge a recurring subscription fee for access to team offerings. The other five companies include a one-off price for their cards, as well as a subscription fee for their team offerings. This factor places Covve in the lead for this section.


Privacy

Examining Blinq, Covve, Linq, Mobilo, Popl, and V1CE in the Data Privacy category: Evaluating the management of personal and team data in digital business card systems, ensuring secure usage and storage for organizations adopting these solutions.

Digital business cards are an excellent ecological replacement for traditional business cards, however, there is a security risk that comes with contemporary business cards, which is the management of data. As team members’ data is processed and stored in an organization’s systems, it is crucial to know how that data is intended to be used and stored.

Stated GDPR compliance

Data Processing Addendum (DPA) and processing locations

Blinq

Covve

✔ (EU only)

Linq

✔ (USA, Canada, EU)

Mobilo

Popl

​✔

✔ (USA, Canada)

V1CE

All six companies state compliance with the GDPR, however, only Covve, Linq, and Popl have a DPA (data processing addendum) available, which is a key part of meeting GDPR and privacy requirements. This is crucial for a company to be able to agree to, as some companies have varying approaches to how their data is processed.


For our readers from Europe where the location of the data processing is a consideration, we have included the places of processing (including subcontractors) as defined in the DPA.


Privacy Winner: As there are three companies in this field that offer GDPR and DPA policies, those three companies (Covve, Linq, Popl) win in the privacy section.

 

Discussion of the Results


Category Winners

Category

Company

Ordering Winner

Covve

Design Winner

Covve and Mobilo

Overall UX Winner

Linq

Card Management Winner

Linq

Support Winner

Covve

Pricing Winner

Covve

Privacy Winner

Covve, Linq, Popl

Following our analysis, we conclude our evaluation with the category winners. Each company displayed its unique strengths and opportunities for growth which we observed in this case study.


Blinq’s software and team offerings are definitely worthy of the recognition they have received recently. Their website and companion app are easy to navigate and have great aesthetic appeal, and their team dashboard offers great versatility including their live template feature which allows for quick onboarding. Blinq’s strongest features lie in their digital offerings, and cater best to small and medium-sized companies due to their pricing options for contactless cards being in the higher range, with no discounts on the contactless cards.


Linq provides some of the best UX offerings among the six companies included in our case study. Linq won the overall UX section, albeit by a close margin to Popl, due to their UI in both their companion app and their team dashboard. Their incredibly fast ordering process left a positive first impression on us, too. Additionally, Linq’s team dashboard is currently the most competitive in the market, bolstering their standing in our card management section.


Mobilo’s design process whereby they combine their design platform along with their team’s input to confirm the selected design, and the option to ask for their input, competed strongly with Covve’s design process. However, their process required more attention and time, leading Covve to win the design section. Mobilo’s greatest strength lies in its extensive analytics and lead generation tools, making it easier for teams to monitor networking and sales activities.


Popl offers extensive team options to cater to the varying needs of different businesses. Although their design options for their contactless cards are more limited compared to the other companies, their digital business card solutions, including their companion app, make Popl a strong competitor in the market. They are an ideal option for companies of all sizes, and could gain a greater competitive edge by enabling users to further customize the contactless card and improve their UI to rival the likes of Linq.


We would also like to commend V1CE’s support team who were very responsive and ensured that we could navigate around the challenges regarding their companion app. They also offered in-depth responses to our queries regarding how their product scales in a business setting, which is a testament to the due-diligence of their customer support team.


Overall Winner

Unveiling the top performer in our digital business card study, comparing Blinq vs Covve vs Linq vs Mobilo vs Popl vs V1CE, based on ordering, design, user experience, card management, support, pricing, and data privacy aspects.

Covve won five of seven categories, making Covve the overall winner of our digital business card evaluation. Their card and app host the easiest ordering process, combined with their personalized, professional and simple design process, extensive design features, proactive and thorough support team, all at the lowest total cost.


Additionally, it's worth noting that Covve is a promising player in the digital business card industry. One might have thought that competing against the likes of Linq would be a challenge for Covve, but their robust solution, upcoming features, and membership in a wider ecosystem of apps (such as the Covve Card Scanner and the Covve personal CRM) not only make them a strong contender, but a rising star. Covve's commitment to constantly improving their product and offering excellent customer support puts them in a great position to become a leader in the industry.


Nonetheless, although Covve is the overall winner, they have some room to grow in the overall UX section, and could take a page out of the competitor’s books in this regard.

 

As noted in our section evaluations, the needs and priorities for each company may vary. For example, some companies may value speed in design, so Blinq's design dashboard may be a considerable advantage over Covve's designer-led process. Others may emphasize the importance of card management, so Linq may be the better choice.


Therefore, we encourage companies to carefully evaluate their own needs and priorities before selecting a digital business card solution. Our case study provides a comprehensive overview of the features and strengths of each company, but the final decision ultimately depends on the specific needs of each business.


Please note that in our process to gain an understanding of the above criteria, we exchanged emails with the companies as Rocket Co, an imaginary company. The information we provide is a reflection of the responses we received through our conversations with the companies, our findings from experiencing these processes and using the cards, as well as including our own independent research on the companies websites.



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Last updated: 8 May 2023


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