In the world of instant messagings, iphones, cell phones, Twitter, etc... so many practices are obsolute - letter writing, even a simple thank you letter. What about business cards?
Do you use business cards to get people to remember you?
Do the business cards you collect fall into the black hole of your wallet or purse?
Do you think that business cards are still an important tool when networking in your career?
Thanks so much for the response Julie. I still collect business cards myself.
Great idea to send the thank you after an interview, it helps you to stand out with many employers as someone who still remembers proper business etiquette.
I don't think business cards will ever be outdated or can be outdated. I continue to carry them with me at all times, you never know when or where the opportunity will arise to pass on your business information or receive it. I think it is still the easiest way to connect. I put a bit a personal info on cards given to me so I can fully remember when and how I met person. Sometimes I write has 'dog' '6 kids' etc. It is helpful when sending follow-up notes.
I think that despite modern electronics, business cards have a very important role and will/should take a long time to die off completely. Yes, there is an argument I suppose for why have them, they are just an expense and get lost and thrown away or ignored or are useless in any business arena, but this is an argument with which I disagree very much.
A business card is useful for all the reasons we know, it promotes and underlines who you are and what you do. I still think we see with our fingers, and a relevent card, well designed and explanatory with all the information clearly displayed is a joy for me.
If someone wishes to offer me a service and casually mentions "just go onto the web and look at our website, it's all there," I brush them off with a 'no, I won't,' and then look for another supplier. If they cannot be bothered to say anything more because they have a website (wow) and they are relying on me to do their marketing for them and then pay for their services, well then to me it's clear they have too many other things to do than seek or look after my business.
I have noted a development in print in that many trades people use A6 flyers printed both sides to promote and note what they do. This is also nice but still not as useful as a b/card, you can't tuck it away as easily.
Okay. So now I will step off my soap box and smile and relax and all those good things.
The next subject of course is why print a business card then never have any on you when you go out to do business or network?
Ah well - winning a lot more than losing with this subject...
I have two biz cards for my business. One is the card I toss into orders. The other card I keep in my purse and hand out to people I meet.
The "business" business card:
The "personal" business card:
I figure the people who place orders on my website really don't need my name or email address. The people who I meet, I probably already introduced myself so the card serves as a reminder.
I do keep business cards people give me and put them in my rolodex for future reference.
Jeanne, Those are BEAUTIFUL!!!
I ran out so have not made more and somebody asked me for one the other day and I felt so stupid for not having one. I had to write my url on a scrap piece of paper. How unprofessional is that! I'm making some this weekend.
if you go to vistaprint.com, you can get free b-cards. we use them all the time for our vinyl business.
I use Vistaprint and pay to not have the vistaprint advertising on the back. I also upgrade to the glossy cards. They just look more professional that way. Overall, Vistaprint is way cheaper than Staples or most other places.
Just before I graduated, I had cards made. It's funny how awkward it felt to pass them out the first few times.
Thanks for the resource. I was debating whether to pay for some that looked more professional.
Wow - those business cards really are beautiful.
I handed out two of my cards at a party last night -- I definitely don't think they're outdated! They're very useful.
And, I use Vistaprint as well :-)
Ms. M...lol...it's hard to imagine you not having a business card, but it happens...
I always THINK that I have a few more in a box somewhere. The worst thing is when I can never find them in my pocketbook when I need them, I go digging around and finally find one that looks like it's been in my pocketbook for years...
I think if the business can afford it, the more professional the better - again, if it's affordable.
Now I'm going to need business cards for the Sandwiches Site. Somehow, I don't think that a green and purple card with a hovering hummingbird says "Sandwiches," even though it says "ADD" quite nicely.
Business cards may have lost a bit of momentum with the onset of online technology, but they are still a good way of networking and will continue to be for quite some time. It's really all in the presentation and the creativity and personality that you put into your cards. You don't need a fancy gadget to be marketable.
iloveprint, Great point!! Face to face social networking isn't "dead" yet and I now find myself going to more and more events with nothing to hand out to people who want my contact information except for my work business card. I really don't want them contacting me freely at work. I still need to get cards other then my work cards.
Connie, Did you ever get your business cards for the Sandwiches site? I would be interested in hearing what you ended up with.
I do not think so. I hate that almost everything now is done by a smart phone. I am one of the rare people who have a simple cell phone and who still like things that are considered outdated like business cards. If one day I do have a business making my cards will be fun and exciting for me.
I absolutely need business cards for the networking events I attend in person. That being said, this last year has been fairly light on those, so I haven't updated them in a while. They're also great to tuck into packages when you sell things online.