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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Blog Tip of the Day // Business Cards


Good Morning you hottie patottie's, you! Wednesdays are typically pretty bleh, so I'm hoping I can pep up your day with the third installment of my "Blog Tip of the Day" series. Today, we are talking about business cards.

Business cards are an essential part of any business, and in my opinion, an essential part of the business of being a blogger. First, let's talk about the design of your business card. Do you want it one sided or two sided? Matte or shiny? Color or black and white? Include your Vine App link or don't include your Vine App link! Ahh! Here are my Top 7 Tips for Creating a Fab Business Card.

1. Design
There are literally hundreds of resources for business card design programs so don't skimp on design! You can create the design yourself using business card design programs like Avery or InDesign or you can hire someone to do it for you via Etsy or through a local marketing vendor.  Do some research and find some business cards that you think are the shiznit! Pinterest can help! I've listed a ton of my fave business cards on my board, BLOG LIFE. Check it out HERE

I created my business card myself using InDesign and a business card template I downloaded from GotPrint, the same vendor I used to print the cards (500 for less than $25). 


2. Include the Right Stuff
Be sure to include all of your contact information including name, website, phone number and email address. Do you want to include your title? I didn't and now regret it (hint, hint). I would say it is up to you whether to include a business mailing address (if applicable) or social media links (if applicable).


3. Make it Nice
Print the business card on nice paper. Use heavy cardstock and don't forget to think of the final details like matte, shiny, etc. Mine are matte on the front and shiny on the back for added flare! Remember, this is your calling card. Make it count! Maker it memorable!

4. Skip the Clutter
Don't clutter your business card with too much information. You don't want to overload the viewer with useless data. Ask yourself what REALLY needs to be on the business card. Keep it clean, simple and light whenever possible. 

5. Text
Make sure the text is large enough to read! I blew it on this one! 

6. Stand Out
There are so many ways to make your card stand out! You can do this through size, shape, pop-up, using a rubber stamp instead of printing, die cutting. Get creative! As I mentioned before, Pinterest can help! Check out my fave business cards HERE.

7. Proofread
Proofread and then proofread again! Rinse and repeat. You don't want to present your business card only to realize that you spelled your name wrong. 


Second, let's talk about how to effectively get your business cards into the hands of the people that matter. Whether you are a blogger or a business, getting your business card into the hands of the right people is critical to growing your business. Luckily for us, the answer to this proposition is easy: Mingle, comingle and mingle some more and while you're meeting and greeting, pass out that beautiful business card of yours! Sometimes, the hardest part is just introducing yourself and giving someone your card.

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Here is my business card. I wanted to go with something simple yet impactful. What do you think!?


Here is the front and back:
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34 comments:

  1. I was just telling my boyfriend how badly I need to get on making business cards. I've been using postcard sized ones, which at the time was a great idea, but are now just dumb to me. I like yours! I love that they are double sided to give your logo the impact and then your info is clean on the back. Great job!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your business cards and those pinkies in the first image!

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  3. I love your cards! I created mine and really liked them, until I opened up my Etsy shop and the link isn't on there. Boo :(

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    1. Oh darn! That's a bummer! I was scared that I would print mine and then the next "great social media platform" would go live the next day or something! Good thing they are so cheap to print, right!?

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  4. You read my mind!!!! I need new ones bad. I had ones done but they are gone and I never liked them anyway..I will check out your options..thanks for the push!
    Sheree xxx
    www.itsnotthatdeep.com

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  5. Thanks for these tips Holly! I need to get new ones done ASAP. I will check out GotPrint.

    Amberly
    www.asliceofglam.com

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  6. Your cards are lovely. I need to get some cards made up but I just don't know when I would use them...yet. Soon!

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  7. love these tips :) thanks for sharing! now its time for me to make my own!

    & Pretty Things

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  8. Great design - the "X" is very eye catching!

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  9. I love your business cards!! I have been wanting to get blog business cards made for a while now, I just haven't gotten there yet. I feel like until it grows some and/or I go to a conference I don't need to get them just to have them (for me to gaze lovingly at!)

    Great tips! Hope to get to use them in the future!!

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  10. They look great! Ahh I lag so bad. Need some cards asap!

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  11. That's next on my big "blog to-do list." I love your business cards!!

    xo
    See Mo Go.

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  12. I love the cards Holly! I've been having business cards on my to do list for some time now, I just have to spend the time to design the darn things. Yours are impeccable - love it!

    xx,
    Maya

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    1. Aww thank you so much, Maya! I know- I had mine on my to-do list for almost a year! haha good luck making them! I'm sure yours will turn out fab :)

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  13. Great biz cards...pink and black always make a statement.

    --Angelica
    www.savvygirllife.com

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  14. This is all really fantastic advise! I am in the beginning stages of concepting my business cards so I will definitely be looking to this awesome little guide! Yours turned out absolutely beautiful! XO Brynn

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  15. Thanks for sharing all those great advices as I want to create my own bussiness cards and I didn't know where to begin ...!
    Anyway, yours are really beautiful ♥

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  16. These are great tips! I need to get some for myself:)

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  17. THANK YOU for posting this. I'm in the midst of trying to plan my business cards for my Etsy shop and I just can't make up my mind which way I want to go.

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    1. Of course! I hope it was a little helpful! Good luck with your cards, doll!

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  18. Just loved this post- so many good tips here.
    I saw a quote tweeted out the other day- I believe it was from the Design Blogger's Conference this week- "The most successful and creative people are not afraid of sharing."
    So many creatives hold their cards close to their chest. Hats off to you for sharing your ideas to make others successful.

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    1. Erin, that is so sweet of you to say! Thank you! I am inspired by so many others so it's nice to be able to share too! xo

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  19. Love your cards!! You did a great job with them...definitely clean and precise!
    XOXO

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  20. Holly,
    This post could not come at a better time. I am considering attending Lucky FABB next month (btw- are you going?!) and biz cards top the list of things that need to get done STAT.

    Thankyouthankyou!

    Danielle

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  21. These are gorgeous cards...!!! i will try for my business cards..keep it up continue this work....!!!!!!

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  22. This is perfect! I am in the process of (trying) to create my own. I know I'm a bit late LOL but better late then never hahaha so will definitely take this on board - especially the etsy part. Might just search for someone to do it for me since I can't decide on fonts!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. I almost had to have someone do it for me too because I was so indecisive.. I have like 8 versions of the same card! haha good luck, doll!

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