Business professionals and self-made entrepreneurs are in constant need of marketing materials that keep up with the ever-changing consumer preferences. And while the current trends show that the usage of social networking sites is the most popular and effective way to promote a business, there is one medium which stands the test of time --- the business card.
Nowadays, business owners rely much on the internet to connect with their customers and potential clients. For aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a simple marketing strategy is quite easy and it is possible with little or no budget at all. Basically, that strategy could simply include a website or a blog, a social network profile, and lots of friends who could recommend your products to their respective friends.
If everything is going online, then why bother ordering printed business cards?
In some cases, these cards just pile up and are not used at all; while some people are just fond of dropping it in fishbowls in certain restaurants in the hopes of a discount/prize. Know that a business card is not just a piece of cardboard with your contact details on it. It serves as a tangible proof that you are serious about your business and you are available to assist your customers should the need arise.
In getting to know new business contacts after a meeting or a seminar, the gesture of exchanging business cards is a sure way to break the ice. Not only that it is the more professional way of doing it, but it is also the most effective way of making an impression that you mean business. You can simply go ahead that in a casual manner you exchange contact details through your mobile phones. However, expect that there is a high probability that you and your new acquaintance can just get lost in each other's phonebooks over time.
Do you have a business card? Are you or your business well-represented in the way it looks and the contact information that is printed on it? Think again before scratching it out of your operational expenses. Clients also prefer personal touch over just mere web presence. The fact that they know they have a direct contact person to go to when they have questions or concerns can keep them loyal to your brand.