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Do you have business cards ?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by mraxe, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. mraxe

    mraxe BANNED BANNED

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    Guys,

    (First of all Mods- you can move this thread
    to any other place, if its not relevant here.)

    I was wanting to get a business card for
    my IM business. Because when people
    here what I do, they often ask for a
    card.

    But giving my card of an Assistant Manager
    of a Transport Company makes no sense.

    If you guys hand out biz cards. What kinda
    stuff do you put on there? Name and What kinda
    Job description ? What kinda website to put on ?

    Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your time men.
     
  2. macmastermike

    macmastermike Junior Member

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    sure you should have your business card - at least when you do business for clients too... if you only work for yourself maybe you don't need a card.

    i'm still working on my "independent gentleman" status and business card. but for now i have cards with name, adress, mail, webadress - no title (i don't like fancy names like "internet marketing manager" or whatsoever. i always tell my clients "i do internet stuff")
     
  3. mraxe

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    Thanks for your responses guys.

    Lets say, someone is damn interested in what I do.

    I may charge him some money for teaching him
    some of the basic stuff and get him the first
    few dollars flowing.

    No Guru stuff is what i want.

    Plain simple - what kinda title would
    go best ?
     
  4. biffo

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    How about

    "Marketeer" its pure and simple, doesnt make you sound like the CEO of microsoft.

    I thought it was very humble anyways.

    biffo
     
  5. vivalafeva

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    i have business cards, but they are for the clothing line I own
     
  6. mraxe

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    yeah I guess marketer would be cool.
     
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    Job title..let me see...

    How about Internet marketeer ?
     
  8. bl4ck1ce

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    If you don't want to pick just one title, you could do a few different ones. Many smaller print shops will produce several different versions of a card for you, for not much more than a normal run of a single design. I had some cards done at a print shop, and had 100 each of 5 different designs, for only a few dollars more than the normal run of 500 cards. I did all the design work for the cards myself, they just printed sheets of them on 100lb cardstock and ran them through the cutting machine as if they were all the same design. (they were identical, except for the title)

    I had several different titles depending on how I wanted to represent myself... I've used web developer, director of marketing, marketing consultant, SEO consultant and of course owner/CEO.

    Put a few of each into your wallet or dayplanner, and pull out the appropriate one when you get a chance to network.
     
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  9. mraxe

    mraxe BANNED BANNED

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    thank you for the correct direction bl4ckice

    best suggestion got so far.

    thanks mate.
     
  10. jammie

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    you can get 500 free ones from vista print, google them =]

    can probz scrape together over 1000 free ones if you tried i guess!

    Just put "entrepreneur", but if you think thats too simple, try making something up! You're your own boss, be what you want to be! if you're laid back, have a laid back title to reflect it. if you're serious, have a serious title like "Chief Marketing Exectutive Officer" or something.

    Just make sure it reflects you and leaves the impression you want it to leave =]

    PS - didn't see blackice's reply. Thats a good idea! If you know what type of clients you're meeting often, it'd be best to "personalise" them to make you perfect for them individually ;]
     
  11. davioli

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    Personalizing sure has a good effect to the customer... but I feel you would be limiting your "capabilities" to that particular customer. I would suggest going for a more generic card.

    You could register your own company and then have yourself as "director". You could then list all your services on the other side of the card.

    Consider some creativity for the card as well... create a brand(ok...im drifting into the marketing part of my brain...lol) I remember seeing a card of a "locksmith" made of grey metal portraying the different rods and mechanism's inside a normal lock.

    An idea for IM would a card that looks like a money note(especially for mentoring)
    ummm...you could have a nice tagline to go with the card as well...

    The way I see it....A business card forms part of your impression to a client... and since in many cases it is the only part of "you" that remains with a client...make sure its creative and stands out.
     
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    Yes...I have business cards.

    I use the titles, "Entrepreneur" and "Owner/CEO" because these titles reflect both my online and offline businesses.

    I agree with Blackice's reply. Use 2 different business cards if needed and make sure you have them on you at all times. I have had the fortunate opportunity to give people my business cards while striking up general conversations in such places such as the mechanic shop, dentist office, parties, football games, airport, Starbucks, grocery store, standing in line at the mall, salon, etc. etc.
     
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  14. aftershock2020

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    I own multiple companies and have multiple titles within those companies. To prevent this from being an issue, I only use one card and have my primary company logo on it and use the title of ' internet business developer/consultant '. That leaves me open to switch to the hat of the day without issue.
     
  15. Book Writer

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    I like the idea of different titles depending on who you are meeting and their needs, had not thought of that one. I know of a printing company that will print 1000 biz cards for under 15.00 4 color both sides, not sure if I can put their name in this post if you are interested PM me for their web info
     
  16. b1twise

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    There's nothing worse than getting a card with a cute title that says nothing. The card is a reminder/identifier for the person you give it to. 6 months later, if it only says CEO and doesn't explain you're in IM.. they won't remember and the card is useless/wasted. The business card is another marketing opportunity.
     
  17. MrOrange

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    "Internet Marketing Consultancy" perhaps lol
     
  18. nodup

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    you put basic information like the name of the buisness with the address, your name, your rank, the phone number to the buisness, your mobile number, your email, and a fax number if you have it.