A business card is often a potential customer’s first impression of your business or service, so it’s important that it communicates the right message. Put together professionally and creatively, business cards can be eye-catching, help to win new customers, and reinforce your brand – but put together badly, they can prove damaging. Here are some top tips for creating effective business cards:
Spend time on design
As a window of your company, business card design is important. It could be the difference
between a customer choosing to keep your card, or simply throwing it away. Consider paying a graphic designer to spend a couple of hours generating a creative design and finding an attractive font that reflects your business’s identity.
Experiment with business card design software
Another option to consider – ideal for individuals, or small- to medium-sized companies on a
budget – is online business software that enables you to create smart business cards without paying for the services of a graphic designer.
Incorporating handy tools and templates in an easy-to-use interface, this free or affordable
the software allows businesses to upload their logo, add contact details and other copy, and layout their cards ready for printing.
Provide comprehensive contact information
Include your business name, address, telephone number, email address and web address. If your company uses LinkedIn, Twitter or other social media, include that information too. Personalized cards for each member of staff may be better than generic cards and should include the individual’s name, job title and direct contact information.
Check, check and check again
Typos and grammatical errors reflect badly on your business. Recent studies suggest that they can erode potential customers’ trust in your business. Spell check your business cards thoroughly and make sure the copy is grammatically correct. Ask someone who has an excellent grasp of spelling and grammar to re-check it for you – or even pay a proofreader.
Keep it brief
Business card copy should be as concise as possible. Avoid squeezing in too much information or using a font that is so small it’s unreadable. Alongside core contact information, aim for a one-line explanation of what your business does, or use your company’s strapline if you have one. A short, punchy strap line summaries what you do and helps customers remember you. Avoid complex language or industry jargon, and make it easy to remember. The phrase should emphasise your business’s unique selling points, perhaps incorporating the problems you can solve, or who can benefit from your service.
Include a memorable image
A company logo is the obvious choice of image to include, reinforcing your brand identity and fitting in with company signage, brochures or web design. Some freelancers and companies also include a portrait photo to personalize cards and help people remember an individual’s face.
Choose quality over quantity
Finally, it’s time to source good quality card and a reliable printer. Augment your design by looking at interesting card stock, lamination, or even embossing or varnishing. While you may be able to afford a larger quantity of cards by opting for flimsy paper stock or a cheaper finish, it’s better to go for good quality that makes your business stand out and reflects the quality of the service or product you offer.
When Louisa Logan launched her company, she chose to design her own business cards using business software found on soft32.com. They worked well and her business is still turning profitable revenue three years later.
This article is contributed by Louisa Logan and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of www.cyberockk.com, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,