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The secret formula to powerful Business Cards

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Tired of people throwing your Business Cards away? Your cards can be powerful stuff, but you need to know how to give them the necessary punch. Here is a secret formula that you can use to turn your ordinary cards into super cards!

Cameras readya�� action!

Dona��t place a standard passport-type photo of yourself on your card. Simply seeing your face wona��t convince customers that you are the right person for the job. What makes you different from the next person? An action photo will definitely make an impact! Replace your mug shot with a picture of you in action and on the job e.g. painting a wall or crafting jewellery.

Build an audience

Business Cards are a great way to promote your company, but it is up to you to take it further than just a name and phone number. Get people to interact with you! Provide links to your blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and website. Having followers on your social media accounts is good for your reputation and makes it easier for clients to get (and stay) in constant contact with you.

Full Colour Business Cards

Business Cards

Give more than they bargained for

You know your target market the best. What extra info can you place on your cards that will be so practical; your clients wona��t want to throw it away? For example:

  • A make-up artist can give tips for longer lasting lip colour
  • A craft artist can provide the dates of her future craft market shows
  • A coffee shop owner can print a very short and easy cookie recipe

Share the power

If you really want to add some value to your Business Cards, share their power with your clients. Give them something valuable. You can place coupon- or discount codes on your cards that your clients can redeem when they make use of your services or products. More details can be found here. People might be more likely to get in contact with you on the back of something like this, because they will feel that they a�?owea�? you one. Or, it might just make them think youa��re a really swell guy or gal a�� the kind they would love to do business with!

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How memorable is your Business Card?

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Getting creative with your Business Card can be very rewarding. People receive loads of these cards every day, so what makes them decide which ones to keep and which ones to throw away? The answer lies in the impression that your card makes on them!

You can go for simplicity, sophistication or something completely out of the box a�� as long as it is unique and packs a strong punch. New fonts, dashing colours and fresh designs are invented almost daily.

great business card design

great business card design

Your Business Cards doesna��t even have to be printed on paper a�� you can use toys or edible treats to make yours memorable.

Looking for a few fresh ideas? Why not try one of these!

  • Use colour charts for an interior design business
  • Stitch your details on cloth if you are a seamstress
  • Use biscuits to advertise your contact details if you are a baker
  • Go for a futuristic look with holographic or shiny logos
  • Cut your card in the shape of a hammer if you are a handyman or in the shape of a comb if you own a hair salon.
  • Design a small, instantly recognisable cut-out figure of yourself that can pop out of your card.
  • Construct your card in a way that your information slides out of different slots
  • Add a fun activity on your card like a crossword puzzle

Create a strong relation between your Business Card and your occupation, and you are sure to have an instant winner! So, what is your next business card going to look like? Have a look at some of our templates to stir the creative juices. Get creative and place your order online.

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Put the bang in your 2014 with Free Business Cards

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Did you know that Bprint offers Free Business Cards? Why not take advantage of our generosity and start 2014 off with a bang! What can you do with these little cost savers? Glad you asked!

Identify yourself
A Business Card is a professional way to say to the world: a�?Hello, this is me,a�? without having to wear your name (literally) on your sleeve. It could also reveal information about yourself that you otherwise might not bring up in a conversation a�� like your string of professional titles or your email address.

Promote your company
Your companya��s logo and name features prominently on your card. So, give personalized, branded cards to your employees and let them spread your companya��s name a�� along with their own. Not only will this give your employees a sense of pride and belonging, but your business will profit from it in the long run.

FREE Business Cards

FREE Business Cards

Show off your products
Instead of running around with your portfolio under your arm, put your products on your cards. You know the old saying: a�?Seeing is believinga�?? Let your clients see for themselves! If you are a baker, put a mouth-watering photo of your cupcakes on your card and easily reel in prospective customers.

Get a foot in the door
Because Free Business Cards are a keepsake, people will be able to look you up long after the meeting is done and forgotten. Thus, even if you dona��t sign up the client right now, they will be able to get in touch with you further down the line.

And all this a�� for free!

To redeem your Free Business Cards, please visit this page and use this coupon code when checking out to redeem your FREE cards: FREE

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Are Business Cards still relevant?

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How are sales looking in the business card front? Well, leta��s look at the numbers: a company like www.vistaprint.com have sold more than 6 billion sets of business cards since 2000. Current estimates are that the world has 7 billion people in total. I think the business card is still very much alive!

Barry Moltz, small business consultant and strategist, had the following to say: a�?What is clear is that business cards as a communications medium have changed. Therea��s no arguing that people have become more creative about how they use them, how they hand them out and what they include on them. a�?Standarda�? business cards are certainly fading, with a simple white background and text that includes your name, phone number and address. Cards are now dominated by unique logos and graphics, website addresses, Twitter handles, qr codes and multiple email addresses. For more information, please click here. The medium has changed, but their importance in connecting with people hasna��t.

The importance of a�?connectinga�? is ever increasing. The different ways of connecting is also growing by the day. Business cards will always be a part of that landscape. Handing out a business card says something about a person and that company, it says; a�?wea��re professional, wea��re serious about doing business and we want to talk a�� make contacta�?. Ita��s more than just a medium a�� it serves as an open invitation.

Full Colour Business Cards

Business Cards

Until someone develops a homogenous virtual business card tool thata��s as effective as a physical instrument, leta��s stop talking about the demise of the common business card; rather embrace this medium for what it is. Just make sure yours embodies you and your company!
Order your business cards online today.

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