Introducing our bamboo NFC cards, a more organic and natural alternative to conventional PVC cards. These cards come equipped with fully integrated NTAG213, NTAG215, or NTAG424 NFC tags. They are slightly thicker than typical cards, measuring at 1.5mm (while standard PVC cards are 0.88mm thick), providing a lightweight yet sturdy solution.
Our standard pricing includes a single-color print on one side, and we offer the option to add additional prints or laser etching based on your specific requirements. For optimal results, we strongly recommend opting for a simple print or etch design on these cards.
You have the flexibility to choose whether you'd like these cards supplied without encoding, allowing you to personally encode and link them to various contact sharing websites. To assist you in getting started, we've written an article outlining how to use NFC tags for contact sharing.
For those who prefer a hassle-free approach without the need for app downloads and manual encoding, we offer the convenience of providing these cards pre-encoded to our TapStart system. This enables you to effortlessly scan the tags and update the associated URLs. If you're new to TapStart, don't forget to include a TapStart Control Card in your order.
It's important to note that the NTAG213 NFC tag cannot store vCards directly, and it's advisable to avoid this method in any event as iPhones do not support this format.
Ordering Custom Printed Tags
Help and Advice
Firstly, if you have any questions about ordering custom printed products, then drop us an email or give us a call. We have worked on hundreds of custom print projects and we are always happy to give help and advice. If you don't see the product you need, just let us know what you want.
We have prepared a artwork preparation pdf for guidance on how to prepare your artwork for full colour tags. In summary, you need to make sure your artwork is good quality which means either vector artwork or a image of high resolution. If you don't have the experience or software to set your artwork, just email us what you have any any layout ideas you have. We can always help.
Sizes and Outlines
For many products online there's also a template that you can download which will give you the size to work to. For others where there might be multiple sizes such as express labels, you can create your own outline (say 35mm round) or just ask us for a template of the size you need.
If you are sure of your size and product, you can order online here and email us your artwork with your order reference number. If you aren't sure or want a proof first, then send us your artwork before you place the order. We can then check it's all good before you go forward.
Once we have your artwork, we will typically produce a pdf proof to show you how the tags will look. This usually only take 24 hours but often you will get this back in the same day. You can then make sure you are happy with what we are going to print and we go to production.
Unique ID/QR Code Elements
A unique element is something that is printed unique to each tag. For example, each tag might have it's own ID number and/or QR code. In these cases, you would prepare your artwork with an example QR/ID to show us the layout. We then remove this and use your data. You don't need to generate the QR codes - we do that automatically. You just supply a spreadsheet to us with the list of ID/QR Code data and we use that.
TapStart is an easy to use system which allows you to set and then change the destination link of your NFC tags without having to encode or use an app. No need to buy new tags, just update the links on the ones you have !
How TapStart works
When you order tags with TapStart, we pre-encode the tags and securely permanently lock them to the TapStart URL (tapstart.io). Each tag has it's own unique encoding.
You also need a TapStart Control Card to manage the tags. However, you only need one Control Card for all the TapStart tags (of any type) you want to manage.
To set the destination URL on your tags, just scan the Control Card, scan your tag and enter your link. That's it.
To view the number of scans your tag has had, scan your Control Card and tap the stats button. You can even give your tags names/descriptions so if you are managing multiple tags, you can see which has been scanned.
To change the destination, scan the Control Card again, then the tag and update.
No complicated encoding or apps required
Built-in stats to allow you to view the number of scans on your tags.
No login or subscription* required, just scan and use
Change your tag destination as often as you like
Integrated with ixkio if you need more features or advanced tag management
*TapStart has no monthly or annual fees for two years. After this, you can choose to either renew your Control Card each year (7.50 GBP, 9.75 USD, 8.55 EUR) or upgrade to one of our ixkio subscription plans.
Using TapStart tags for contact sharing
A popular use case for many of our marketing products is for sharing contacts. Using TapStart allows you to test and try different contact sharing sites and change whenever you want. Additionally, adding more tags to a Control Card is much cheaper than buying some of the bespoke contact sharing products.