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How to Design an Effective Business Card

5 Jul


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Business cards are useful for business owners and for traveling employees alike. There are a number of key things to consider, however, when preparing an effective business card. This article explains what to avoid and what to do to create an effective business card.

Steps

  • Use good materials for printing. It’s a mistake to use sub-standard materials for business cards, as it gives out a poor impression. Use quality cardstock, good colors, and decent ink.
  • Design the cards well. Business cards need to meet a balance that makes them both appealing and informative about your business or profession. Unless you’re absolutely sure of your design skills, get a professional to do the designing.
  • Be clear. Avoid creating cryptic cards. Just getting your business name and e-mail address or phone number printed on the card not enough. Clearly define what your business is all about so that people get a good idea about your business. Unless people are impressed, they won’t become your clients.
  • Avoid overdoing the information. It can be all too tempting to try and cram in as much information as possible on a small card. Doing this will ward off any prospective client and won’t help in any way.
  • Incorporate unique elements. Creating a good business card involves the incorporation of unique ideas. It should be eye catching and should give your message in short and effective manner. It is also very important to have proper color contrasts so that the card is easy to read for one and all.
  • Get the card printed online. It is helpful to get your business card printing done online. You can use the professional design services available and it saves a lot of time that would have been spent if you had to keep running all around to buy the printing materials that you require.

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How to Organize Business Cards

3 Jul


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Contact information is fundamental to networking and business communications. When you receive a business card, take the time to make sure it ends up somewhere that you can find the information again when you need it. Whether you own your own business or just network a lot, by organizing your business cards, you’ll be able to find people quicker, which can lead to more sales and more money in your pocket. Here are some ideas on how to organize your business cards.

Steps

  • Look at the business card as soon as you receive it. Reading the business card is a good way to remember someone’s name and connect it with their face. The person’s title is usually printed on a business card, too, meaning that you have one more clue about who they are and what they do.
  • Have a place to put business cards that you receive. If you carry a notebook or bag with you to meetings, set aside a place in it for business cards. Or, use the second pocket on your own business card carrier to collect cards you receive. Whatever you do, don’t stick them in your notes willy-nilly or stuff them in a pocket where they’ll go missing or go through the wash.
  • Organize contact information on your computer. When you return from a business lunch, trade show or meeting, immediately put the business cards you received in a safe place, such a desk drawer or something out of the reach of other people is ideal. When you have time, grab all the business cards that have piled up in your desk drawer, and type all of the information into Outlook, Excel, Access or even Word.
  • Use a “Notes” field or column that goes with each business card’s electronic file. Note down any information that wasn’t on the card: what they do, what information or prospects they offered, when you met them, and so on.
  • Create a rating system for great business contacts, so-so or potential business contacts and those that you’ll probably never talk to again. You could use a numbering system: all 1s are great, 2s are so-so and 3s you’ll never talk to, or you could use a creen, yellow and red stoplight system respectively. Use a system you won’t forget so that you can categorize your contacts.
  • Arrange the contacts the way you need them. You could alphabetize by last name, or you can also categorize by alphabetical order of name or company; city where you met the person if you travel often; or by category of industry. This way you can just type in the info you know into a Search box and come up with a list of contacts qualified for your search.
  • Many computer contact organization systems can sort contacts any way you need them and make them searchable, in case you can only remember some part of what’s there. If you can use one of these systems, you can save yourself a lot of manual filing.
  • Organize business cards the old-fashioned way. Keep the cards in a Rolodex or business card holder. You can find business card holders in office supply stores.
    • The old-fashioned way, even if it consists of a rubber band in your desk drawer, can be a good backup for the computerized information.
    • You’ll have to decide how you want to organize your business cards: by name, company, city, etc.
  • Whenever you get a new business card, write down the name of the place where you met the person on the back of the business card within a few days of meeting. This way, you won’t forget. Also jot a brief note on the back about what you talked about. Then when you contact the person later, you can remind him where you met and ask how his kids are doing, or whatever you talked about.

Tips

  • Don’t let unprocessed business cards pile up. Type them in or file them at least once per week, before you forget who you met and why.
  • Follow up promptly if you promised something or if someone sounded interested.
  • If you get a lot of business cards, look into software to help manage them. Business card scanners exist, as does software that will actually read a paper business card and pick out the information on it. These could save you a lot of manual data entry.
  • If you need to know more about your business contacts than just their names and phone numbers, look into software packages designed for contact or customer information management.

Warnings

  • If you keep your contacts on your computer, back up the file(s) regularly, so that you don’t lose them in case your computer or hard drive fails. Automate this backup, if possible.

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How to Distribute Business Cards

1 Jul

Lots of individuals in small businesses of any kind know about the value of printing good, quality business cards. The business card can be a ticket to higher sales, better visibility for your business, and greater future opportunities. Lots of business leaders invest in “high value” business cards that include an attractive business name, catchy graphics and colorful logos. However, another part of the equation is how you distribute these small cards. Getting your business card out into the community involves some good distribution strategies that will boost the overall prospects of a business.

Steps

  • Distribute business cards in person. One of the most conventional and time-tested ways of distributing business cards is to hand them to people while you’re in a conversation about your industry or business. Many of these individuals will keep your card and contact you later about possible opportunities.
  • Include business cards in mailings. Another good strategy involves putting your business card into anything that goes out of your office through postal mail. Getting business cards to clients and others in this way will help you with branding and visibility for your enterprise.
    • Include non-marketing mailings. Some small businesses even include their business card in items like bill payments. Putting cards into a greater variety of mailings can pay off, so consider using your card as a routine part of a mailing, just like letterhead.
  • Put your business card on community bulletin boards. Local bulletin boards are a great place to advertise your business. Laundromats, supermarkets, coffee shops and other community spaces often have a place for this kind of organic advertising opportunity. Diners are a great opportunity, since many people in a small town or other area generally gather at these venues.
    • Even in places without bulletin boards, you may find unique ways to leave a business card behind. Some other popular spots for distribution include libraries and fitness clubs as well as hotels where business people often stay.
  • Use your business card in raffles and special contests. A local bar or other venue may have a collection bowl for business cards, where cards are periodically picked for a prize. Using your business card in these contests helps you get your card out while making you eligible for a giveaway at the same time.
  • Print business cards in effective print media. Your business card can also be a great template for any printed advertisement. Some business leaders like to pay to have their business cards printed in place mats for local diners or restaurants. Others may choose to print in high school yearbooks or other directories. You can also print your business card in the Yellow Pages.
  • Give business cards to friends and family. Distribution through networking is another key part of using your business card to promote your business or enterprise.

Tips

  • Use good judgment. Some experts recommend being discriminating in your distribution. You do want to get your business card out as much as possible, but you don’t want to waste large numbers of these cards on contacts that have nothing to do with your business or industry. Always think about the “return” on your business card distribution to avoid ineffective methods.

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Best Business Card Printing Online

1 Jul

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