What Your Business Card Says About You and Tips When Selecting Your Card

One of your most powerful, yet ignored weapon in your marketing arsenal is your business card. Exchanging business cards with potential clients is in fact the most personal form of marketing. In this “tech-savvy” world, business cards are still essential for modern day businesses. There are many advantages of swapping business cards when compared to simply exchanging numbers. For starters, it is quite embarrassing and unprofessional when a client hands you their card and you have nothing in return for them. Rather than just being a contact in someone’s phone, a business card allows you to brand yourself. By presenting a client with a business card, you contain the ability of promoting yourself by means of text and visual cues. Production and printing costs of business cards are low and the benefits are high; as they make a statement in the business world. 

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When done properly, a business card should convey both you, and your company’s dominance. The color, content, design, typography, paper, as well as the size of a business card will act as clear signals to a potential client about who you are and what you stand for. When creating a business card it is equally important to convey an important message, as well as have your card stand out amongst all the other cards.

Business Card Essentials

When designing a business card, the information contained on the card must include your first and last name, business address, email address, office phone number, cell phone number, the company’s logo, and a web address if applicable. Make sure that your name is the largest text included on the card so that potential clients can quickly discover your name when they look at your card. A business card should never just merely contain your name and information; it is important to include a tagline of what your company is capable of doing.

It is important that the size of your business card must be no more than 3.5 inches by 2 inches. This measurement is the standard size of business card holders as well as the pockets found within wallets. If you business card is too difficult for the client to carry, then they will simply just throw it away if it does not possess the utmost importance. It is also necessary to always carry your cards in a card holder. Presenting a potential customer with a dog-eared business card will consistently give off a poor representation of your company.

Content and Design

When addressing the content and design of your card, ask yourself, “What makes my card stand out from the others?” The fact of the matter is; your card is only one glance from ending up in a stack with all the others.  If you choose to adapt a clean and simple design it does in fact show that your business cares about their appearance, but it doesn't’t necessarily make the card stand out. On the other hand, over complex or cluttered designs tend not to scale well, can potentially loose detail when printed, and can even limit the writing space that clients often use to write notes on. Finding the balance between content and design is essential when selecting your business card.



High creativity can possibly draw away a potential customer; that is if you are dealing with a serious client. However, choosing a material other than paper, containing angled cuts, altered corners, and interesting backsides can also be viewed as cool, modern, and innovative. This is important for people like artists or graphic designers who attempt to look trendy to their customers. Smaller businesses tend to even put fun and interesting substances on their card so that their client will view it all the time. Some of these cards may contain a USB, a professional football schedule, or even magnets.

Typography

When deciding which font to use and the spacing between texts, it is important to realize that legibility is absolutely essential. It is also important to understand that your choice of font will depict your personality and will speak the voice of your brand. Be aware that fun and modern fonts may undermine the severity of your company. It is equally important to understand that decrepit fonts are sometimes difficult to read.


Color Psychology

Color Psychology Color Wheel

Choosing the color of your business card can tell a potential client a lot about your charisma. When choosing colors it is again very important to understand that your card must be easy to read. Choosing a traditional color like white is very safe and conservative; however it is difficult to stand out from all of the other cards. If one were to choose black, they are demonstrating power and seriousness however the color black can suggest mystery and can even intimidate the client. Similar to black, the color red is very powerful and passionate, but it too can intimidate the client. The color blue will often convey your message with honesty and trustworthiness, but it also represents calmness and tranquility which can be conceived as laziness by your client. The color yellow is very uplifting and stimulates the mind; however it can be strenuous on the eyes. So when choosing a color it is important to keep these things in mind.


Now that you have an overall sense of how to create a business card, here at the Marsid M&M Group, we are ready to help and aid you with all your business card needs. We print any quality, as well as any quantity of business cards. Our experienced staff can even help you design your card to perfection. With our state of the art equipment; the finished good you receive will exceed all of you expectations. To get a free quote please visit http://www.mmprint.com/cards.html

Updated: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2012