My CEO is a very public figure. She is at multiple events every night and rarely comes back with less than a huge stack of cards. I need to make sure the follow-up system is there, so I need all those cards in our Saleforce.com CRM.
I am definitely not letting a 1099er or off-shored contractor into my CRM. Two assistants we have are too busy already and it is too expensive to use W2er for that kind of work.
Would love to have those cards "magically" appear in an XLS I can import.
An idea: Scan them all in at once with a large format scanner and then use Copy2Contact for Salesforce.com to grab each one into a new lead or contact record.
Disclosure: I am the founder and creator of Copy2Contact.
It's not an ideal solution as Copy2Contact is not exactly designed for that purpose (e.g. you have to enter them one at a time), but you might find it works for you.
Use shoeboxed. Your CEO (or you) drops the business cards in a prepaid envelope (ala Netflix). They scan them and human verify the results. You can then export in many formats (including salesforce.com).
You also have the option of using the shoeboxed mobile app to take a picture of the business cards instead of mailing them in.
I don't work for them, but I'm a fan. I use them to keep track of my receipts (personal & business).