Published at Wednesday, 27 November 2019. Business Card. By Jules Tanguy.
The humble business card may be one of the most powerful marketing tools you possess, but it is surprising how often this is overlooked. It may be considered an essential item to hand out when you meet potential clients or suppliers, but it seems that most are just forgotten or consigned to the desk drawer along with the rest, collecting dust. But why? Used properly, business cards are the final stage of establishing a relationship that may well be essential to success. If handed to the right supplier or service provider, they could help establish a relationship from which you both benefit. If handed to a potential client, it could be the founding of an account that is the making of the business.
Trade Cards – Businessmen soon adopted the social convention for their professional needs, and recognised the potential for advertising their wares and services as well as letting people know where they were. At the time newspapers were limited in their circulation and printing techniques, so no other form of mass advertising was available. By printing a basic map of how to find the shop or business on the cards, they also became the earliest from of business directory. As printing techniques improved through the 18th and 19th centuries, so did the sophistication of trade cards, with ever improving colour and graphic designs, and Trade card production became a major printing industry in its own right. The improvements in printing, however, in turn led to the demise of the trade card. As newspapers and magazines with colours and pictures became cheaper and viable as mass media, they became a much more attractive place for advertising products and services, and by the end of the 19th century trade cards had virtually disappeared. The development of the telephone and changing social attitudes had much the same effect on calling cards with their use also falling out of fashion.
A good tip is to use a coloured background. As the majority of business cards are printed on a white background using a different coloured card can really make a card stand out. It will be more expensive but depending on the impression that needs you be created, could work well. Once you have decided what ideas you want to uses, any professional business card printing company will be able to produce the design for you.
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