Cast Your Vote – Should You Add Your Photo as Part of Your Business Card Design?

26 Jul

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When you go to networking events, social gatherings, business meetings, what is the one thing you should always have with you? The answer is business cards.

Business cards are a critical component when it comes to connecting with people in a business and even a personal setting. But, with this in mind, since business cards are so common, we can make the assumption that people have probably collected tons of business cards over the years.

These business cards generally go in a stack, and many times by time the person looks at them, they forget who the person was and the connection stops there.

Business Card Design | Make a Great Impression

So, how do you overcome the fact that people may have forgotten who you were, even if you did make a great impression?

The answer is to put your picture on your business cards.

It doesn’t matter what you look like, you don’t have to be a supermodel, if you are presentable enough to attend the event where you met this person that you gave the business card to, then you are presentable enough to have your face on your business card.

Some people try to say that if you have a memorable business card, like your face on a hundred dollar bill that people will remember you. Some people even say, if you make a big enough impact on a person they will remember you therefore you don’t need to have your picture as part of your business card design.

But, I have to put myself in the other persons shoes…I’ve received business cards that look like hundred dollar bills for example and I don’t remember the person. I met people that I really connected with but don’t remember their names.

Business Card Design | Put a Picture of Yourself

Ask yourself, after you’ve left an event have you ever gone through your stack of business cards and don’t remember who is who?

But, most people remember faces. If you put a picture of yourself on your business card there is a much higher probability that that person will remember who you are.

Now when you take the picture, you should strive to look like what you look like at the events. The “normal” looking you, not a glamorized picture of you, but actually what you look like. Remember, this is not a dating service; you just want the person to remember who you are from looking at your business card design.

You can find a photographer that can take some professional pictures at very reasonable rates on sites such as craigslist.org, or you can just have a friend take a great picture with a white background and a good graphic designer should be able to make it work with your business card design.

Business Card Design | Make People Remember Who You Are

So, when you are looking to create your business card design, make sure one of the elements of the business card design is to incorporate a picture of yourself on the card. A picture will give you a higher probably of being remembered after your card goes into the stack with the other collection of business cards.

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9 Responses to “Cast Your Vote – Should You Add Your Photo as Part of Your Business Card Design?”

  1. Cess Reynolds July 27, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    I’d opt to put my picture than just my name on it. Since a lot of people wont remember names and having a picture on a business card is important so the person whom you’ll be giving it to will recognizes/remembers you.

  2. Gwyneth August 6, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Depends on what your business is all about. If it is needed to put a photo, then it is okay but make sure to put professional looking photo.

    • Kate Wilson August 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

      Yeah. we have to make sure it is professional.

  3. Lawrence October 29, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Yes, photos are cool with business cards. Just don’t exaggerate the design.

  4. Tifanny Fane November 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    This type of business cards are perfect for artists.

  5. Terry Ryan November 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I can put a picture but I will make sure that it is not awkward to the eyes. Not too big also, just right.

  6. Brian Richmond November 20, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    I think I should look for cool picture of myself if I wanted that to be distributed LOL!

  7. lorette December 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    I think adding a picture is a big benefit, we meet so many people these days, a picture will help others remember exactly who you are…so my vote is yes, add a picture. :-)

  8. Ruth August 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    My vote is yes. As a business traveler, I get to meet a lot of new people every time so it’s important to leave a lasting impression to them.

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