30 Creative things to do with your Biz Cards

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30 Creative things to do with your Biz Cards

Postby tonja » Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:31 am

I got this from another group and thought it had some good ideas
Tonja



On the Back
1. Print a team's sports schedule on the back. Fans will keep them
handy and keep your name in front of them.
2. Print a special discount offer or coupon on the back. People will
keep it because they intend to use the coupon.
3. If you do seminars, print key principals on the back. Your
attendees will refer to them later and think of you.

4. Hand write on the back your "unlisted" 800 number. This adds
value to your card, making people keep it longer because they don't
want to lose the special number.
Ad Specialties
5. Make the business card the ad specialty: Print your company
information on letter openers, CD openers, magnets, pens,
highlighters, keychains, mousepads, mugs, luggage tags, and other
items that people will keep because they are useful.
6. Attach a business card to an ad specialty: For example, give
business card holders as a thank you gift and place your business
card in as the first one. Or, have your card designed as a Rolodex
card.
7. If you routinely give out seasonal gifts or specialties, attach
your business card. Examples: candy canes at Christmas, heart shaped
containers filled with candy for Valentine's Day, or even a sandwich
bag of candy with a card stapled to it.
Unique Places to Put Them
8. Tuck them into the product before delivery: If you are a florist,
cut a hole in it and tie a ribbon around the flowers and through the
business card. If you sell gift baskets, Tuck one inside the basket
before delivering it to your customer. The same goes for Mary Kay or
Avon Cosmetics - place your card in the bag. You've seen how some
restaurants staple a menu to their bags for takeout; if you use bags,
staple your card to the outside of the bag.
9. Send a business card in every piece of correspondence - letters,
invoices, even your electric bill. Sooner or later, those cards will
be used.
10. If you are crafty, incorporate them into your designs: embellish
them with rubber stamps, or blend them with other art projects. You
can also mount them to greeting cards you create and send to
customers and prospects.
11.When mailing out information: Take a number 10 envelope, facing
you and upside down. Fold the envelope in thirds. When you turn it
around, there is a little pocket to tuck your card in. Include it in
the mailing. Using a colored envelope makes the presentation even
more dramatic.
12. Scan your card in and use it as a graphic for when you exchange
links with other websites. The other site can use your graphic as the
link.
13. Place them in library books as if you used them as bookmarks.
Visit bookstores place them in books related to your business.
Keeping Them Handy:
14. Use them as bookmarks so you'll always have some readily
available if you meet someone at school, in the library, on the bus,
or at the park where you like to read.
15. Have your spouse, family, and friends carry some of your cards
with them in case they meet someone who might be interested in your
product or service.
16. Wear them! Use them as nametags at meetings and conferences
instead of the "Hello, my name is ..." type of tags.
17. Keep a stack of cards everywhere you might need them - in your
car, your jacket pocket, your briefcase, your purse or wallet, in
your planner, at home, anywhere you can think of. Then you'll always
have some on hand when you meet a prospect.
When to Use Them:
18. Give them out during your personal meetings when you meet someone
new: at your church, your children's soccer games, at lunch with your
friends when someone brings a guest. To be more polite, you could
have a personal "calling card" printed up with your information to
use in these situations.
19. If you do seminars, have your participants exchange cards with
each other. Have them write a compliment about the person on the back
before they hand them out. Everyone will have a wealth of contacts;
they will remember each other and it will also give participants a
boost of confidence.
20. Ask neighborhood businesses if you may display your cards near
their registers.
21. Tack them to bulletin boards at supermarkets, restaurants, retail
stores and the library - anyplace that has a bulletin board.
22. Give out two cards at a time - one for your prospect or client,
and one for her/him to give away.
23. Place some on the table when you leave a restaurant.
24. Agree to mail the cards of other businesspeople in the mailings
you do, if they will do the same for you. Your networking circle will
grow as your cards are passed around.
How Not to Use Business Cards:
25. Don't give them to a member of the opposite sex in the hopes that
s/he will call you. I have a friend who was told this wouldn't work.
He did an experiment for six months to prove it, and his friend was
right! Sadly, not one woman called him. Although he does have a
girlfriend now!
26. Some people don't give out business cards when they meet a
prospective client. Instead, they send a follow- up note later with
their card enclosed.
Other Types of Business Cards to Have
27. Business card CD-ROM. If you haven't seen these yet, they are a
mini-sized CD that plays in any CD player and has your contact
information on it, as well as an introduction to your business.
28. Email Signature. Put your contact information into a signature
file for email, along with a link to your website (be sure to include
the "http" in order to make it "clickable.")
29. Vcard. These are electronic business cards that recipients can
click on and automatically add to their address books. Do a web
search for "vcard" to find software that supports this technology.
Then use it in all your emails!
30. One consulting company, which works with designers of products
for people with disabilities, prints their cards in Braille. It
reminds their clients how they can help them comply with disability
laws. It also gets people asking for information.
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Linda Elizabeth Alexander is a business writer and marketing
consultant specializing in web content and sales copy.
tonja
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Postby Sterling Silver Mary » Fri Mar 24, 2006 11:53 am

Thanks Tonja! There are some great ideas in here!
Mary
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Postby kaylaledford » Tue Nov 18, 2008 2:04 am

I put a small stick-on magnet on the back of mine. You can buy a big pack of these at walmart for .70 cents and cut them into small pieces. These give them a sense of permanency and the customer can put them on their fridge or filing cabinet. I also do this to my post card invitations so the guest can put it on the fridge as a reminder.
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Postby Audrey » Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:02 pm

Its amazing how much you can do with business cards. I always suggest ordering 1000 at a time and then seeing how quickly you can give them all out.
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