I have been going back and forth on the idea of having business cards made for my blog. There are events that I will be attending soon, and want to utilize networking opportunities with more of a reminder than only mentioning the name of my blog. Business cards can be high quality, inexpensive, and leave a strong statement. I will probably do a test with it and post again in a few months whether I found the cards have increased new and recurring traffic patterns or they stayed the same.
What I plan on adding to the card: Blog name, tag line, contact number, email, specifically my Twitter social media handle, and blog address. Why Twitter? I feel that is the most powerful social media avenue out there. I think it’s a lot better, more profitable, and you are able to maintain better contact with current readers, current clients, future clients, and future readers. The hashtags are impressive and important too. If you aren’t utilizing all that Twitter has to offer, definitely dive in to it!
To add a picture or not: I know that a lot of people add their picture now on business cards but I’m ambivalent toward that. I feel there are enough images of me connected to my project. I say, let them find out on their own. That’s a big drawback that I don’t like about Linked In actually. I feel that having your picture attached with your resume hurts the process more than it helps. Employers are free to discriminate easier than ever these days. You might be the best fit for a position or company and they don’t like the way you style your hair or some other factor and boop – you’re thrown in the trash pile. It happens a lot more than you realize. I feel this extends to the online market as well. Like all things, there is subjectivity, but I think everyone should get a fair shake at first.
Layout & Design: I want to use something colorful but is clean and professional at the same time. I would hate for someone to receive a card and they can barely make out any of the info because I went too crazy with any graphics or colors. Clarity is key.
I’m a fan of Vistaprint because of their quality & cost but I am always open to new suggestions too.
Have you used business cards or are you considering using them? If so, which service do you order them through?