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    Question Are your business cards working for you?

    I have been using business cards for a number of years with my glass art, but have found that it seems to be an expense that isn't paying off. I have not wanted to do this for my speaking/author side. i am curious to know if your business cards are working for you and what industry you are in. I look forward to hearing other points of view.

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    I think the answer to if your business card works for you depends on the expectations one has about their cards. I have always looked at mine as a way for someone to have my contact information with a high likelihood they will end up in the trash. Since that is my expectations I think it works for me although I answered not sure. I am in the manufacturing business. We make landscape equipment.
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    Default Interesting response turboguy

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina Scriven View Post
    I have been using business cards for a number of years with my glass art, but have found that it seems to be an expense that isn't paying off. I have not wanted to do this for my speaking/author side. i am curious to know if your business cards are working for you and what industry you are in. I look forward to hearing other points of view.
    That's how I see business cards when you are giving them out at networking events or in show bags, but when someone specifically asks for your contact details then never follows up, it makes me wonder if business cards are now obsolete, or should our business cards off more than just our contact details? Where as some businesses seem to thrive on them, ie tradies.

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    I keep 500 in the truck and 500 in the shop and I never give out just 1. My employee does the same. Odds are a single card (or box of cards) will never bring in work, but for the $50/1000 cards it only takes one sale to cover the cost. I'm in the sawmill service industry and expanding into manufacturing.

    I collect cards because I might need the services offered sometime in the future. I've even got cards from companies on the west coast when I'm in Ontario.
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    I have cards but don't use them very often. Like Turbo I don't expect the cards to actually generate business. It is just a way to share my contact info with potential new clients. I am a consultant to a very small niche market. Most business is generated through referrals and repeat clients. My primary function is helping small companies navigate through the initial stages of funding and becoming a public company. I coordinate the attorneys, accountants, auditors, market makers, promoters and marketers etc. These are micro cap companies, not wall street level deals. The bigger more established companies don't need me, they have all that in house.

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    I need business cards but am not sure what I want them to say/communicate. I am also in the midst of some changes so I am waiting to figure out what things are going to look like when I'm done.
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    My wife is a potter, and we try to remember to stick a business card in when packing up each sale. Occasionally, someone will call or e-mail to inquire about purchasing more pottery, so it seems a worthwhile practice to continue. The incremental cost to double the size of your order from 500 to 1,000 (or whatever) is really not very much, so the per-unit cost goes way down if you can order a bunch. Of course this only makes sense if your contact information is stable and you will eventually use all of the cards you had printed.....

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    Let's see a back and front picture of your business cards.
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    I don't have business cards. Had them once, and never reprinted. It's been about 3-4 years now. Everyone finds me online. Rarely do I network or meet someone personally, and even if I do I just "beam" my company contact information to their phone.

    But I will say that when I had them I really liked them. Got them at Moo Cards and had the kind with an NFC chip in them, which no one knew how to use. They were really just for vanity. Handed a few stacks to friends in case they knew anyone that needed services, but most of the action I got from them was "Look how cool my cards are."

    However, this new venture that I'm in, I'm pretty sure we're all going to get cards. Meh. I'd still rather send them straight to my website which they can do right there on their phone now.
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    Wait... people still use business cards?

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