If you're unfamiliar with Evernote, here's the gist: you can type in a note, handwrite a note on a touchscreen, upload a photo, record an audio conversation, save all (or part) of a web page, or forward an email to Evernote, and it's all stored.
Even better, Evernote’s system labels this aforementioned data with any information that could come in handy, including when it was added and where you were when you added it. You can add titles or tags to the notes, and share these notebooks or individual notes with others. To find your note later, you only need to recall one key point about it and then search on that.
Similarly, with FullContact, you can also add tags and notes to your contacts, sort your contacts by the date they were created, export your contact lists and share them with friends, and sync them across your smartphone, tablet, computer, and the web. Whereas Evernote is the workspace for your life’s work, FullContact is the sphere for your life’s contacts.
Together, FullContact and Evernote can provide improved lifetime productivity. No matter if you use the two ubiquitous services for your personal life, work life, or both, below we'll outline how to combine these software services for organizational purposes, specifically when it comes to getting the most out of your contact lists.
When you're piecing together your Evernote account—or your FullContact account—and filling it with data, it’s all coming from a variety of sources:
- Web page, or online press release
- Business card or other printed material
- Email signature
- Conversation over the phone or at a networking event
- LinkedIn profile
- Other social media profiles, such as Twitter
That being said, although Evernote provides multiple methods to quickly capture information and make it searchable, that’s only a small piece of the larger picture. You’ll want to create a Contacts tag in Evernote, or even a Contact notebook to hold all of your contact data. Here’s an example of a Contact notebook in Evernote:
Most likely, however, the contact sources that you import (or type in manually) to your Evernote account are not full contact profiles—in other words, they’re probably a combination of your friends and their phone numbers, celebrity athletes and musicians and their Twitter handles you follow, colleagues and their work e-mail addresses, etc.
However, with the help of FullContact’s resources, your Evernote contacts will turn from partial to full, from outdated to updated, and from incomplete to loaded with beneficial data.
Here’s how it works: first, you either need to export your pre-existing contacts from Evernote into CSV files; otherwise, feel free to import your files into FullContact first (then set up your Evernote account after).
Once you have this file handy, go ahead and log into your FullContact for Web app account:
- Click on your profile photos in the upper right-hand corner
- Click Settings
- Click Import CSV
After your file has been successfully imported, just let our software run its magic. We'll take the contacts that you've supplied, find publicly available data, then provide updates (which we will flag these in the Activity section of your FullContact account).
If you're a free FullContact user, we’ll search for updates on a monthly basis. If you’re a paying (Premium) FullContact user, we'll seek daily updates! To upgrade your FullContact account to Premium, you can do so here.
Once your contacts have been enriched, you can simply export this file then import it back into your Base account. To export from the web app, click on the gear next to your imported file (underneath All Contacts) → Export Contacts… → select Google CSV → export.
Next up, you’ll import these contacts into your Evernote account:
- Click on the + icon on the left-hand side dashboard of your home page
- Click on the paperclip icon on the right-hand side
If you started by importing your files into FullContact prior to importing them into Evernote, you’re all set and now have fully enriched contacts in your Evernote account to add to a pre-existing or new notebook.
If, however, you had contacts in Evercontact first (that you exported then imported into your FullContact profile), you’re now probably wondering what to do with all of the duplicate contacts you have in your Evernote account—i.e. the list of your contacts prior to importing into your FullContact account vs. the newly enrich contacts.
Luckily, Evernote makes it pretty easy! Whether you’re using a web-based Evernote account or Evernote for Windows or Mac on your desktop, here’s a helpful article about merging your notes.