Thank you to Elite Flyers for providing my amazing business cards for the upcoming conferences that I am going to be attending. No other compensation was provided.
Going to a conference for the first time can be really scary — especially if you don’t know anyone there or how to interact with the brands and companies there.
Having really nice laid out business cards can help break the ice and provide a talking point for you. I recently got some in from Elite Flyers so I thought I would share with you the information that you should have on your business card.
So — there are so many things that you can put on a business card, but a lot of info is not needed. Here is what I think should be on your business card.
What should I put on my cards?
- Your name. Okay, this *seems* obvious, but I think it could be easily overlooked.
- Your logo. You definitely need to make sure that you have a high-res version created for printing! If you don’t have a logo, choose a nice Google font and go with it.
- Your picture. When you are surrounded by 5,000 faces, it’s great to give people an opportunity to remember yours.
- Your blog URL. Again, I think this could be easily overlooked.
- Social media. You do not need every single social media link that you are on, but choose the ones you are most active on. My personal choice would be my Twitter handle and Facebook page, because I have put the most energy into them, and they are the sites I interact with best.
- Contact info. Email address is an obvious must. If you are comfortable with it, add your phone number. Some brands would rather talk to a person than to email someone. There are a ton of ways people can get in touch with you.
- White space for people to jot down a few notes about you. This is probably the number one thing that helped me remember details about the people I met.
- A link to your free gift or how to get them on your email list. I don’t have this on mine, but I can add it later as this is an important step to help grow your email list.
Here is a little more information that you might find helpful when it comes to business cards.
Where Do I Get Design Ideas for My Business Cards?
If you are not that creative, you can pay someone to design your cards. I have used Elite Flyers in the past and have given them my logo and let them run with it. They do an excellent job at designing.
However, this time. I just used a free services such as Canva to design my own cards. It was super easy and I designed my cards around the colors of my blog.
Just make sure you check the printer size specifications before you spend time designing your card. Believe it or not, print sizes are not universal!
Where Is the Best Place to Buy Business Cards?
There are many places out there that are trustworthy, but my favorite, though, is Elite Flyers. I have used them several times and they have never disappointed me yet.
They are a little pricier, but oh so worth the money! Unfortunately, sometimes we put this off until the last minute, and we don’t have time to wait for shipping.
That is not a problem because they can ship them to where ever you are going to be at. They offered to do this for me the last time I ordered but they made it here in time.
How Many Cards Do I Need to Order?
There is no right answer to this question, but I think part of the answer to this goes back to how many conferences you will attend and what your goals of each conference are.
Are you using the same card at several conferences? Get a lot! I think when I went to Type A, which is a smaller conference, I passed out around 250 cards. Remember you are passing out to brands and companies, but you are also networking with other bloggers as well so you want to make sure to order plenty.
Plus– the more you order sometimes, you get a better discount.
What Else Should I Know?
When you order your cards, it is important to order non-glossy cards. Glossy cards are hard to write on with some pens, and may even smudge, making all that pretty white space useless.
While some people say to order the standard size card, ordering one that is odd shaped sometimes makes them stand out more.
When you attend the conferences, be sure to keep some on hand with you at all times. You never know when you are going to run into someone.
Also — be sure to take a tote bag or backpack with you because many brands and PR companies have tons of literature to pass out to you.
Also — if one company left a great impression on you, take a moment to jot a quick note about the person you just met. Believe me, you are going to want to do this.
Although the speed dating events are generally rather short, you won’t remember anyone you met. It’s that nuts.
Those are my tips about designing, ordering and using your cards at blogging conferences. I follow this guideline for every conference I attend and I hope that these tips help you too!
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Do you have any questions or special tips about business cards and blog conferences?