Depending on your profession, a creative business card could be a great way to make an impression. A touch of personalization makes longer-lasting mark than generic cards, so get inspired by some of these cool business-card designs found on Etsy.
Your Facebook profile says a lot about you, so why not use it to show off who you really are to potential clients and customers? Moo just announced a new way to create custom business cards with your Facebook Timeline that will really grab attention. Up to 50 marquee cover photos from your Facebook timeline can be used as images on the front of your business cards, with the option of using your favorite quotes (from your Facebook profile), or custom text on the back.
Customizing your cards is easy. Just sign into Moo with your Facebook account, and select your photos, quotes, and contact information, and you're all set. Bonus — Moo is offering 50 free business cards to the first 200,000 Facebook members, including free ground shipping! Better get on it.
Make yourself unforgettable by carrying interactive business cards. Lifehacker found these awesome engaging business cards designed by Saul Wyner, someone who works in the user experience field.
When Saul did some initial research, he noticed that people who were able to handle a large volume of business cards had a habit of immediately marking the card soon after the meeting. He knew from past research that when people annotate small items, there is a higher chance of keeping them. Saul then went about creating a card that garners a higher amount of interactivity.
The design of Saul's cards is very user-friendly. He tries to make it easier on users by inserting options so all they need to do is check the box instead of writing out the details. The only thing they need to write is the place where they met Saul. It's such a great idea because the higher the level of interaction, the more likely Saul will be remembered when he reaches out to his contacts.
It's the classic mom meets mom story. You're at the playground, park, or library and your tot has found his new BFF. They're singing, playing — even sharing — so you casually introduce yourself to the kid's mom. Miracle of miracles, you two get along as well as your kids do. Just as you're getting past the prerequisite small talk to the good stuff, it's time to go. Your kids clearly adore each other, and you want to see them both again. Now what? Dig for a pen and paper? Fumble with your iPhone? Or just hand over a "mommy card," a business card with your contact info, with a casual, "let's get together for a playdate"?
They may sound silly, but in the rush to get out of the park before a toddler tantrum occurs, or just to make things easier, mom cards are designed to help mamas out when they're making new friends. Interested parents have plenty of cards to choose from, depending on how much information they really want to share with every random nice-seeming person they meet. While kids are certainly an important part of most parents' identities, not all moms and dads want to be known as "(Mom's Name), mommy to (Child's Name) and (Child's Name)."
Keep reading for some options for moms (or dads!) looking for another way to navigate the playground scene.
This is a freebie that all job hunters should take advantage of — free business cards provided by about.me and MOO! The cards will be a snapshot of your about.me profile, which basically aggregates your online accounts at sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Twitter, and Quora. You'll get the 50 cards for free courtesy of business card producer MOO, although you'll have to pay for the shipping costs which run up to about $5.50.
The best part is every card can be unique; you can upload a different image for each one. All you need to do is sign up at about.me to register for this freebie. The card will come with your contact info, URL to your about.me profile, and a QR code (or barcode).
I was at a conference this past weekend with my best friend and noticed her furiously scribbling on the business cards we just exchanged with people. "Why are you defacing the cards?!" I asked, horrified. She then explained the method behind her apparent madness, and it was such a brilliantly simple idea that I knew I had to share it with you.
When you receive too many biz cards at a networking event, it's hard to keep track of whom those cards belong to. You can deal with this problem by simply scribbling a quick note about the person. For example, you can write what you were talking about with the person and if you need to get in touch with them. The best ideas are always so easy, yet nifty!
A business card is a efficient and low-cost tool you can use when you're networking, and networking is key to furthering your career, finding a job, or just improving yourself professionally. Depending on your profession, a creative card might be a great way to make a memorable impression. While browsing through Flickr, I found several cards that inspired five ideas on how to make a unique business card.
Google Goggles may be able to identify printed words, and numerous business card-reading apps for the iPhone and BlackBerry promise to scan cards and store data. But for a new company, this technology can't beat actual human inputting of contact information.
CardMunch for iPhone, a recently launched $3 application, allows users to take photos of business cards (using software built directly into the app) and submit them to CardMunch's team of "real humans," who transcribe the cards into an iPhone contact format, and syncs the contacts to your address book. CardMunch also backs up your contacts' information in an online database in case they are ever deleted from your phone. A handy service, but it comes at a price.
Transcribing one card costs 25 cents; CardMunch offers pricing packages for 40 cards ($10),100 cards ($25), and 400 cards ($100). If you want to give the service a try, you can download a free version of the app, which gives you five free card uploads.
Find out more about the service after the break.
While at a BlackBerry Storm event the other night, I couldn't help but notice the lack of business cards being exchanged between industry types. And while chatting with another blogger (who is as obsessed with phones as I am) about the upcoming E3 gaming expo, we agreed we should meet up while we were there. As I was fishing for a card to give her, she instead asked for my Twitter name and told me "business cards are so last year."
Is it true? Are business cards being put out to pasture by Twitter? I mean sure, I check my Twitter daily, and post updates as much as I can, so theoretically someone could get a hold of me via Twitter. But just the thought of not getting someone's card who is a potential industry contact kinda baffled me. It seems that Twitter is embedding itself deep into our professional lives now too. How do you feel about the new Twitter world domination?
Tweet tweet! If you're trying to gain more followers on Twitter, why not pimp yourself out — with Twitter business cards?! Just as chic and eye catching as the Google Search cards, these handmade cards from Etsy seller scribblemonkey cost $19 for a pack of 50 and are printed on thick white glossy cardstock.