What Information You Should and Shouldn’t Put On Personal Business Cards

What Info You Should and Shouldn’t Put On Personal Business Cards

Personal business cards give you a fantastic opportunity to sell yourself. But what information should you be including on your card, and what information should you leave out? Click here to find out.

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When you design a business card, you’re striking a delicate balance. You want people to have enough information to find you, but not get overwhelmed. These two by three-inch cards can only hold so much information. You need to focus on displaying the most information without losing aesthetic quality.
To help you navigate this tricky balance, we made a guide to personal business cards. In it, we’ll tell you what does and doesn’t need to be front and center. Put your best foot forward and read the tips below.

Personal Business Cards: Do’s

To give your business the best impression, you want to design the perfect card. Read the things it definitely needs below.

1. Name and Title

First thing’s first, let’s make sure people know who you are. Not only will having the name on your business card help them remember who you are it adds a personal touch to an organization.
List your name, as you usually introduce yourself, and your title. For example Sally Money, Position. Be as clear and specific as possible with your position. It’s better to put “Social Media Marketer” than “Marketing”. It helps people using your card know if you’re the best person to seek out.
It’ll also help people looking back at your card in the future. How many times have you got a business card and you can’t remember why you needed it? Don’t give people an excuse to throw yours out. Nickname wise, go by what you introduce yourself as in most situations. If your name is Samantha but you go by Sam, list yourself as Sam.
It’s a little less formal, but it’s less confusing for someone receiving the card

2. Company, Logo, and Tagline

Once you’ve established who you are, make sure they know what your company is. Don’t be vague, write the name as clearly as you would on your business website.
Whether or not you list your whole business name is up to you. For example, Barley Brother’s Bakery and Coffee Cafe could list its name as Barley Brother’s Cafe, without losing clarity. This is something to think about when you create your business name too. How much competition is there for the business name you want?
If you’re using a common set of words or descriptor that’s popular in your area, list the whole name on your card. Place your logo to the right of your company name. Since people read left to right, they’ll see (read) your logo as part of your identity. This strengthens brand identity and increases your exposure.
Under your logo and your company name, put your tagline. These are the three things you want people to associate with your business. Seeing them all at once will create a cohesive image in their head.
There’s a caveat to displaying your tagline. If it’s long, skip it. You want the tagline to fit under the name and logo, not look like a paragraph.

3. Contact Information

People often wonder how or what kind of contact information to put on a business card. There isn’t one answer.
List whichever type of communication you use most or what you want to be contacted through. For example, someone who works on the computer all day can answer emails quicker than phone calls. They’d list their email address and maybe not their phone number.
There’s nothing wrong with giving both, people do contact in different ways. If you list phone and email, the person will contact you the way they’re most comfortable.

4. Social Media

You should list your social media profiles IF you’re active on them. Don’t direct someone to your twitter if you only post a few times a month.
Only list social media profiles you feel good showing off. Two to three channels will do, any more is overkill.

What Not to List: Business Card Don’ts

Now that you have an idea of what to list, you need to know what to leave off. Avoid incorporating the things below.

1. Outdated Information

Fax machines are in many businesses, but whatever the chances a person you meet off the street will fax you? Is that your best form of contact? Probably not. These extra numbers can confuse people trying to call your main number as well.
People don’t like to be wrong, so if they call a number on your card that doesn’t go through, they’ll likely give up. You want to make it as simple as possible for them to contact you.

2. A Boring Site

Yes, listing your website on your card is a good idea, but why not make it fun? Instead of having your web address, make a fun landing page for people with your card.
www.mybusinessname.com/freebook or /handshake will pique someone’s interest. Feel free to make it more mysterious, but don’t go crazy.
Keep the URL short and easy to type.

3. Too Much Text

There should be a good amount of white space on your card. It looks better and you can use it as a space to jot down notes.
No one wants to squint at your business card to find the information they need. Keep the basics and lose the rest!

Colors and Shapes

There are websites now that have different colors and shapes of cards, with tons of options. In this aspect, you have our permission to go crazy.
Crazy within the expectations of your profession that is. Would you want to get a lawyer’s business card if it was bright pink and zebra striped? Probably not.
In more reserved professions, look for things like premium upgrades that make you stand out. Different materials always make your card stand out from the crowd. How often do you get a metal business card?
Not very often. Jump on the metal personal business cards train while it’s still new and see how easy it is to make some today.

Real Estate Business Cards: The Do’s and Don’ts

Real estate business cards can do wonders for your business. Here’s a guide on the do’s and the don’ts when it comes to your calling card.

Believe it or not, swapping business cards with someone is a practice that’s over 600 years old. While the world is going digital, conferences, meetings, and offices are still investing in business cards because they still work. If you’re in the real estate business, having real estate business cards on you at all times could help you win business and generate leads.

In the home and housing industry, word of mouth or personal contact are 80% more effective than traditional marketing. Meeting someone who you’re going to work with builds trust and helps to ease communications. For someone in the real estate industry, knowing your clients personally allows you to cater to them individually.

If you’re trying to figure out what you should leave with potential clients, a great business card will pique their interest. Here are some of the main Dos and Don’ts for real estate business cards.

Do: Focus on Design

Your business card should be able to communicate what your business is about through every element on the card. There’s not a whole lot of space to deal with, so you need to be economical. You also need to consider what kind of business you are.

A simple, easily legible card with a sans serif font, black on white, is easy to design and lets you turn your focus back to your work. If you’re the kind of person who gets straight to the point, your real estate business cards should say that.

If you’re focused on family homes or apartments for a younger crowd, you can be a little more relaxed and be colorful. Beautiful design can speak volumes.

Make sure you have all of the essentials on there. You need to have three ways for people to contact you. An email address, a phone number, and your office address work for this.

Be sure you’ve got a website listed on it and make sure you’ve updated the design before you start sending people there. If you have professional social media, you can swap this out for your office address.

Get to know about cardstock. It makes a difference in cost of pennies, but weight matters when you hand people a card that’s physically different than others.

Different regions have different licensing schemes, so you may have to include your MLS number. If you’re a member of NAR, you need to include the term as “REALTOR(R)”.

Don’t: Ignore Trends

Look at any major website and you’ll notice that there’s lots of white space around. Website design has caught on to the fact that clutter, animation, and lots of extra features aren’t always attractive to people.

Cluttering your card is just as much of a turn off as a cluttered office.

If you still have a fax number listed on your card, you might as well be handing potential clients a carrier pigeon. No one is using fax except the most outdated offices on the planet.

Once you’ve included your most vital contact info, everything else is up for the chopping block.

Do: Brand Yourself

You’re competing with a whole lot of other real estate professionals when you’re out there talking to clients. Even if you say the right things and have the right experience, people are fickle and you could end up losing out to someone who has a stronger brand.

People need to hear your name three times before they remember you. Seeing your face is an added bonus. Get a professional headshot done and consider including it on your card. For under $200, you should be able to get a series of photographs to use on your website and print materials.

Some networking events have booths where you can get them done for free.

See if you can hire a friend or a young designer to create a simple logo for you and your brand. Use it on everything you print out and on your website.

Don’t: Overlook Industry Standards

If you have a lending partner or work with a larger company, co-brand with them. It could add a lot of clout to your own brand and help win over clients who are wary about working with a name they don’t know.

If there are compliance regulations that are important to your broker or larger firm, make sure you follow their lead. You don’t want to ruin a relationship with a business card.

Your real estate business cards have a purpose. While most cards are made of the same paper weight at the same size, the industry is moving forward. More people are having oddly shaped, square, or even metal business cards made for their real estate business.

Think about ways to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack.

Do: Make Each Exchange Count

If you’ve got the design down and have branded yourself well, you just need to get your real estate business cards into the hands of your clients. Everything else from here on relies on personality.

If you’ve never had a business card to hand out before, it can feel a little awkward. Be polite if you’re in the middle or end of a conversation. Ask if you can hand them your card.

Handing out without the right attitude will get your card thrown out with the trash. A good delivery will get that card in their wallet and later into their contacts.

If you’ve had a great conversation, this is a natural move. If you’re not sure, tread carefully.

Get a feeling for the dynamic. If this is someone you admire or who has more of an impact than you do, ask gracefully. If this person is your equal, ask confidently.

If you feel like you’ve got more of an impact than the person you’re speaking with, don’t show it at this moment or your card will end up being tossed immediately.

Don’t: Waste Your Cards

Get to know who you think you’ll be working with in the future. Establish some sincere connections and take the time to reach out first to people who you exchange cards with,.

Don’t waste cards on someone you don’t think you’ll do business with unless you really hit it off and just want a way to become friends.

Real Estate Business Cards Can Make An Impact

If you get good at handing out your cards, you could be racking up leads everywhere. Exchanging cards means you have the chance to reach out first and see what you can do for something. The whole process is win-win.

If you’re ready to find the perfect card for your brand, contact us to learn about the latest design trends.

 

The Ultimate Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Speak Volumes

The Ultimate Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Speak Volumes

Calling Card: Why Your Business Card Design Matters

Your business card is going to be the thing people refer to as they consider calling you to use your services. Does your business card design say “hire me”?

The reports that you may have heard about the death of the business card are greatly exaggerated. Business cards are just as important as ever, and so is business card design.

In fact, it’s more important than ever to have an efficient and engaging business card, even in this world of digital-everything.

Here are some of the things that a professionally designed and printed business card says about you.

“It’s Great To Meet You. Truly!”

In this day, you might be shocked to know how much business is still done and how many leads are acquired via good old-fashioned face-to-face networking.

In fact, consider these stats:

  • The close rate for in-person meetings is 40%
  • 85% of jobs are filled through networking
  • 72% of people say their impressions are impacted by how someone appears and their handshake.

The tasteful exchange of a professional business card is still a deal-breaking or making step in meeting someone, whether it’s a would-be client or would-be boss.

Millenials Love Business Cards

There is also a giant myth out there that Millenials don’t appreciate or like business cards. Nothing could be further from the truth.

They’re a generation that’s grown up with digital requests every single day. “Add me,” “Follow me,” “Like me,” “Share me.” So this piece of tangible connection is still a bit novel to them. They’re far more likely to examine the card thoroughly and keep it.

This generation, surprisingly, has a real love affair with paper and print. They’re more likely to respond to old-school paper things that Generation Xers took for granted, like business cards, greeting cards, and public libraries.

“I’m a Professional”

Professional business card design can also instantly help you stand out as a serious professional and someone to be taken seriously.

A bad card is arguably worse than no card at all. Many people will think, “If this person claims to be a pro, but didn’t put any serious thought or money into their business card design, it’s probably indicative of how they treat everything else.”

But if you’re presented with an impressive card, you’re going to feel impressed. You will instantly put this new acquaintance in a different thought-space than most other people you meet.

They will be fresher in your mind when you’re in need of their product or service or need to refer a friend their way.

Simply put, cheap cards make you look cheap. And not cheap and in an “affordable and good value” sort of way. Cheap as in, “Low quality and cheap for a reason.”

I Know How to Blend New Media and Old-School Tactics

Another misconception is that you hand someone a business card and wait/ hope for them to call. That may have been how things were done 15 years ago, but no longer.

Business cards don’t replace digital forms of communication, they complement them, perfectly.

If you have a current offer or promotion, you need to create a custom business card design just for this promo. And your card needs to feature the offer and a specific call-to-action.

Don’t just send people to a static landing page. That’s a good way to waste traffic. Instead, send them to a custom landing page that matches the exact same look, feel, and branding as the card.

Also, make sure your offer is front and center. If your card-recipient is promised a free consultation and the landing page makes no mention of a free consultation, your target is going to think they have arrived in the wrong place and leave.

Use a custom landing page, with a specific headling and greeting. Also, make sure you use a simple URL like YourBusiness.com/YourOffer. That way it’s easy to type in with no mistakes, and you can use the custom URL to track your results.

I’m Organized and Efficient

A messy and cluttered business card doesn’t help you come off as professional. If your card is a mess, you look like a mess.

Of course, with so many possible touch-points in today’s workplace, your business card could have your

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Website
  • Email
  • LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram
  • Tagline
  • Picture

The challenge of smart business card design is getting as much information as possible across, while still keeping a simple and clean look.

One “hack” that a lot of people are embracing is the QR code. That way, people can just scan your card with their smartphones to get all of your contact information, yet you’ve left room for brilliant design or artwork on the card itself.

“I’m Better Than the Other Guys”

This is really a way to differentiate yourself from the competition and stand above them.

Let’s say you’re thinking about hiring Company A or Company B. The rep from Company A was nice enough and you’ve got their pretty standard business cards somewhere in your desk.

But, the sales rep from Company B gave you a very cool metal business card. It’s still on your desk because you’ve shown at least 3 people how neat the card is.

Who do you think will get the account?

It’s important to stand out. That being said, don’t look like you’re trying too hard. People have experimented with various levels of shapes and sizes for their business card design.

Don’t go too far out into left field. Your card needs to stand out, but never at the expense of your targets being able to pocket and carry your business cards.

Let’s Talk About Your Business Card Design

Since 2003, we’ve been the leading specialist in metal business cards, in a wide variety of metal finishes including gold, black, copper and stainless steel, as well as spot colors and custom die cut shapes.

What can we do for you? Find out by clicking here for a free quote today!

4 Essential Traits of Modern Business Cards You Need To know

4 Essential Traits of Modern Business Cards To Know

Modern business cards feature distinctive traits that make them worth sharing with people. Click here for four essential traits your cards should possess

Modern business cards are expected to perform many tasks in today’s competitive business climate. They need to communicate your brand and provide information clearly. They should stand out from a pile of cards collected at the same event or those left in a stack by a heavily trafficked area.
In the age of digital marketing, business cards are one of the last remaining pieces of collateral your company will distribute in the real world, as opposed to cyberspace. They need to be effective and different!

Here are four essential traits you need to consider in choosing a memorable business card.

1. Space

Modern business cards use their small space strategically. By including a website URL or a QR code on the card, you no longer need to include every detail like a mailing address or fax number.
Your target should be able to obtain all the information they need about your company at a glance: the logo, tagline, your name and email address, and website address.

2. Material

With such a short time to make an impression, details count. The feel and weight of a business card can make all the difference in making yours distinctive from others.
Metal business cards are a hot trend in industries like entertainment, design, and finance. Their solid weight and style make a singular impression of durability and sophistication. Simple card stock just looks flimsy in comparison!
People are also less likely to throw out metal cards: they become a cool conversation piece.

3. Font

It may seem self-explanatory, but make sure people can read the font on your business card. If you are handing out cards at an evening networking event where the lights are low, you don’t want people having to squint to figure out what they are reading.
Gothic and other elaborate fonts may look exotic, but they are no good to your brand if they cannot be understood. Modern business cards need to convey their message easily. Don’t make it harder than it has to be with a fancy, hard-to-read font.

4. Color

You come home from a networking event with a stack of business cards: which one grabs your attention? The one that looks different from the rest.
Surprisingly, a majority of business cards are still printed on paper in various shades of white. Unless your industry is very conservative like banking or law, why not stand out from the crowd with a bold choice in color? Black and metallic shades make a dramatic statement that refuses to be overlooked.

Modern Business Cards: One Chance to Make a Lasting Impression

In the internet era of fleeting impressions, you have only seconds to make a lasting statement on who you are and why someone should keep your contact information. By handing someone a business card with heft and style, you gain an advantage over your competition and make it more likely your prospect will keep your card and call you back.
For more information on metal cards which deliver results, contact us.  Our talented team of artists are waiting to help you with your next business card design. All artwork is free and we also offer free shipping in the US. Get a free quote today or call us at 877-337-2291

8 Industries Buying the most Business Metal Cards.

As the premier designer & manufacturer of metal business cards in the world, we have a lot of clients spanning most every industry and title. We’re here to share our data on the industries and jobs where professional consistently seek to stand out through metal cards.  Let’s count down to the top 8 jobs and industries where having the right business card matters the most.

8) Entertainment Industry

The entertainment industry runs on personal branding & image, and having the right business card is a vital part of personal branding. Talent Agents, from big time sports & movies to small town talent & models. Night club, bar & premier restaurant owners & promoters. TV & Movie Producers, and event planners: Brand perception is often a deciding factor client use to decide whom to take a meeting with.

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7) Designers, Photographers, Artists, and Design Firms

With Infinite design possibilities and microscopic level of detail, no card can better capture the unique creative talents of most artist better than metal cards can. In an industry that caters to visual stimuli, metal business cards are the ultimate display of art and design. Many customers will showcase their photos, artwork, or design capabilities directly on the card.

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6) Entrepreneurs & Executives

As an entrepreneur, you have to hustle for every new lead and hustle to get shareholders like employees and investors to follow you. Many choose metal cards that hustle for them: A card that is a conversation starter, that is kept rather than discarded, gets the call, makes the sale.

As for Executives, when you’re the best at your game, you have the best business cards: metal cards.  Metal business cards are often gifted to executives along with a promotion, or as a sign of thanks or commemoration.

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5) Salesmen & Saleswomen

Coffee isn’t the only thing reserved for closers. The reason women and men in sales across industries are turning to metal business cards has to do with the digital age we live in. Technology has shortened the sales cycle, meaning first impressions carry more weight than ever. A saleswoman with a metal card conveys experience, trust, and superior knowledge… everything you want in your supplier.

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4) Manufacturing / Metal Workers

Manufacturing more than any industry experiences a true brand connection with metal cards. Metal Cards convey a high level of quality, precision, and durability – all words any manufacturing firm would want to be associated with their brand. Not only do our stainless steel cards go over well in manufacturing, but many in aerospace and automobile industries love our aluminum business cards and carbon fiber business cards.

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3) Financial Advisors/Wealth Management/Investment Bankers/ CPA’s

This industry being near the top of our list is of no surprise, if anyone can realize the enormous ROI associated with metal cards, it’s the men and women whose calling is finance. When your job is to convince strangers to entrust you with their hard earned money, it’s imperative you convey a quality brand that showcases experience and trust, no card answers that call better than a metal card.

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2) Lawyers & Attorneys

This should be no surprise to anyone, metal cards perfectly complement the mahogany desks, genuine leather chairs, and fine tailored Italian suits that are often associated with law offices. Lawyers and Attorneys have a very particular image they need to uphold, they look no further than the finest looking cards money can buy.

 

1) Realtors

The interesting thing is that most of our clients in this Real Estate are not realtors dealing in luxury properties. Why? We common folk put our trust (and often life savings) in realtors to locate and negotiate our future homes. And because Real Estate is nearly 100% commission based, anyone with a premium metal business card immediately comes across as a successful agent that gets deals done.

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This list should give you a very good idea about the type of clientele that prefer and source metal business cards. If you’re a professional in any of these industries or deal with these industries, now you know what type of cards you need.

To learn more call us at 877-337-2291 or fill our free quote to learn more!