Surveying the digital business card market to see how different solutions compare?
It’s likely that you’ve already come across HiHello’s digital business card solution and want to see how different competitors stack up.
As much as we want to tell you that Beaconstac comes out on top as the more secure, analytics-driven, and enterprise-oriented solution, we’d much rather have it be evident in the feature comparison that follows.
This guide will take you through all the features you ought to consider before buying a digital business card solution, and compare HiHello and Beaconstac this way. We’ll be doing this in a digestible format—by organizing features into larger buckets and looking at features within each grouping—so that it’s easy for you to decide!
Let’s dive in.
Table of Contents
- Digital business card security: who does it better?
- Robust analytics for optimized offline networking
- Retarget to get the most out of your networking efforts!
- Network without any dedicated app—and share your digital business card within Apple Wallet
- Can you create fully custom, on-brand digital business cards?
- Scalability is key for enterprise-level networking requirements
- The modern digital business card solution has to be an integrated one
- Ensure top-of-the-line customer support for your digital business cards
- Support features for getting the most out of your digital business cards
- Plans and Pricing
- Choose a digital business card solution based on what fits your bill
Security is paramount when you use QR Codes as Digital Business Cards
Security is a valid concern to have when you’re dealing with QR Codes.
Especially when you’re using them as digital business cards—both for the safety of your own information and that of the networking audience you’re ultimately trying to reach.
On Beaconstac, you can be certain of the security of the digital business cards you create and use them worry-free for all your networking efforts.
Here’s why: Beaconstac is SOC-2 (both Type-1 and Type-2) certified, complies with GDPR (the gold standard for digital privacy), and has a Phishing-URL framework in place to weed out malicious links.
READ: For learning more about QR Code safety best practices, read our G2 blog on the A-Z of QR Code security.
HiHello, on the other hand, is only SOC-2 Type 1 certified. They do not provide any GDPR compliance or other platform features for maximizing QR Code security.
What’s the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 certifications?
Type 2 goes a step beyond—and ensures that a SaaS platform has not only met SOC’s security standards but also has maintained them over time.
Here’s how both platforms fare when it comes to security:
|Phishing URL detection||❌||✅|
Without robust QR Code analytics, offline networking becomes a data black box
QR Code-based digital business cards act as an offline-to-online interface and thereby allow you to add a measurable component to all your offline networking efforts.
Without detailed analytics telling you more about those who scan and view your digital business cards—you’re missing out on relevant insights about what worked in your networking, what didn’t, and how you can optimize going forward.
Analytics takes the form of data like the number of unique users scanning your digital business cards, the devices they use, the location of scans, times of day when your digital business cards receive the most scans, and top-performing digital business cards to know which networking campaigns are yielding more results.
Download our handy guide on all things QR Code analytics.
Beaconstac gives you a more in-depth look at how your digital business cards are performing compared to HiHello:
|Digital Business Card scans by GPS location||❌||✅|
|Digital Business Card scans by OS device||❌||✅|
|Digital Business Card scans by IP address||❌||✅|
|Digital Business Card scans by time-of-day||❌||✅|
|No. of Digital Business Card QR scans||❌||✅|
|Top-performing networking campaigns||❌||✅|
|Time-based performance segregation||❌||✅|
|Anomaly detection framework||❌||✅|
|No. of views||✅||✅|
|No. of saves||✅||✅|
|No. of contacts||✅||✅|
|Google Analytics Integration||✅||✅|
From what we could gather, HiHello offers basic digital business card analytics within its own dashboard:
Retarget to get the most out of your offline business networking!
We just talked about the importance of QR Code analytics for your digital business cards and how they allow you to make your offline networking more pinpoint.
But here’s another familiar scenario: you’re out there networking, you’ve talked to a few leads and prospects, and you realize they’re not quite ready for what you have to offer.
How can you then warm them up/nurture them?
Having a digital business card solution that offers retargeting allows you to build cohorts based on your offline networking data, and then target them with the right marketing campaigns on platforms like Facebook and Google. Bring your prospects from offline to online and nurture them down your marketing funnel!
|Retarget on Facebook through Pixel||❌||✅|
|Retarget on Google Ads||❌||✅|
Network with ease—without any dedicated app—with a Digital Business Card QR saved as an Apple Wallet pass
Security and analytics are buckets that we’ve considered thus far—which are essential for any digital business card solution—but how exactly does HiHello differ from Beaconstac when you actually use them on the ground?
While Beaconstac does not require you to install a dedicated app for sharing your business card info, HiHello does.
Once you’ve created your digital business card on our platform, you can save it on your desktop/mobile phone, incorporate them into your printed paper business cards to give them a digital dimension, make it a part of your virtual card design that you can show on your phone, attach it to emails that you send out, and more. Purpose them however you like!
With HiHello—you can only show your digital business card on their dedicated mobile application—and you don’t get the flexibility to use them on the medium of your choice.
We also have an Apple Wallet feature that enables users to save their digital business card as an Apple Wallet pass.
|Apple Wallet Pass||❌||✅|
Just create your digital business card QR Code—and in the final step—simply select to save it as an Apple Wallet pass.
You can also check our Help Center guide on how you can set up your digital business card Apple Wallet pass.
For creating on-brand digital business cards, QR Code design customization is key
QR Codes today no longer have to be black and white—you can make them completely on-brand—in line with your brand’s design guidelines. Add custom QR Code eyes, patterns, backgrounds, logos, gradient colors, and more.
With fully customizable QR Codes, you’re also ensuring that the people you’re networking with are less hesitant to scan. The more that the QR Code design is aligned with your brand colors and logo—the less friction there is when you’re out there networking!
Here’s how HiHello and Beaconstac stack up as digital business card solutions when it comes to QR Code design customization:
|Circular QR Codes||❌||✅|
|Customize logo size||❌||✅|
|Customize QR Code pattern||❌||✅|
|Customize QR Code background||❌||✅|
|Custom frame around QR Code||❌||✅|
|Set brand logo||✅||✅|
As you can see, HiHello falls severely short on this front.
The only customizability feature that they offer is the ability to add a logo (which is only offered on higher plans).
A scalable Digital Business Card solution is key for networking requirements at the enterprise level
For enterprise-tier digital business card requirements, scalability is important.
Say you’re creating, managing, and tracking digital business cards for a 1000+ employee organization—you need to have a scalable digital business card solution to do this easily and efficiently.
What does a scalable digital business card solution entail?
Features like bulk QR Code creation (generating thousands of digital business card QR Codes in one go with your preferred settings), API so that you can directly integrate your digital business card QR processes within your software platform, features for better collaboration, or enterprise-level access management.
Here’s how Beaconstac and HiHello compare in this regard:
|Bulk QR generation functionality||❌||✅|
|Dynamic Digital Business Card QR Code API||❌||✅|
|Access Management & Collaboration|
|Admin control to edit employee access & permissions||✅||✅|
|Configure separate teams||❌||✅|
|Digital Business Card QR transfer across teams||❌||✅|
Again, Beaconstac emerges as the better alternative to HiHello—with bulk generation capabilities, better multi-tier access management, and collaboration options—all essential for an enterprise-level digital business card solution.
The modern digital business card solution has to be an integrated one
When you’re using a digital business card solution, or just about any SaaS product today, you need to look for integration capabilities.
How well does the platform integrate with your existing tech stack?
This is especially relevant if you’re an enterprise looking to leverage digital business cards but want them to easily mesh with the software tools that you already use.
Here, we look at the integration capabilities of both HiHello and Beaconstac:
|Apple Pass Integration||❌||✅|
|User Management through an external directory (Workday, Microsoft Azure, SAP)||✅||✅|
|Direct sync with Google/Outlook/Exchange contacts||✅||✅|
As you can see, Beaconstac comes out on top.
Not only can you use our open API feature to integrate our digital business card solution with just about any software platform, you can also leverage a host of other integrations with commonly used tools like Make, Canva, Slack, and more.
In the context of a digital business card solution, however, integrations with CRMs and external directories like Workday, Microsoft Azure, Salesforce, and Hubspot might be more relevant—and we feel that both HiHello and Beaconstac do well on this front.
Ensure top-of-the-line customer support for your digital business card solution
For setting up your digital business cards or for troubleshooting any problems you face down the road, having the right customer support to help you out is essential.
This could be when you want to integrate your platform with a certain software tool, set up bulk-generation processes for your digital business cards, troubleshoot issues that you’ve come across, or just about anything digital business card-related.
Here’s how Beaconstac and HiHello fare when it comes to customer support:
|Structured Knowledge Base||❌||✅|
|Dedicated account manager for enterprise-tier plans||✅||✅|
Beaconstac provides a live chat feature on our website, phone support, and a dedicated knowledge base that walks you through all the features that we have on our platform and how to set them up/ use them. All you have to do is type in your query and search!
HiHello does not offer these three—however, just like Beaconstac—they do provide email support and a dedicated account manager for enterprise-tier plans.
You can gauge the kind of support we offer from Beaconstac’s reviews on G2.
Additional features that allow you to get the most out of your digital business cards
Having the right support features allows you to go the extra mile and reap the benefits of using a digital business card solution maximally.
This could take the form of digital business cards that allow multi-language support for networking to audiences in different languages, or password protection to share your contact information with a restricted audience.
Beaconstac offers both, whereas HiHello does not:
|Password-protected Digital Business Cards||❌||✅|
|Multilingual Digital Business Cards||❌||✅|
Plans and Pricing
Here’s how both platforms compare on the plans and pricing front:
Detailed card analytics
Basic card analytics
Detailed card analytics + GPS tracking
(you’d have to contact a sales team for more information)
All integrations +Dynamic card QR API
|Plus||No plan for this tier||$99/month
|Enterprise||Custom Pricing||Custom Pricing|
Beaconstac offers four plans that cater to different business requirements as opposed to just the three offered by HiHello. In addition, the features that you get with each plan are also more extensive—like better analytics, API options, multi-user access, and more.
Choose a digital business card solution based on what fits your bill
We hope you found this comparison guide useful and that you now have more clarity on which solution to go with. Choose the best digital business card maker based on what your requirements are and which solution seems like the right fit—for you.
If you want to know more about our platform—you can always schedule a Beaconstac demo or begin a 14-day free trial. Or better yet—if you’re already convinced about going ahead with Beaconstac—you can directly purchase our digital business card solution.