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The City Treasurer’s FREE 9th Annual Small Business Expo on Friday, July 16th at the UIC Forum offers an amazing day of FREE Expert Small Business Workshops, 130 exhibitors, and networking with over 1,500 attendees.Announcing an innovative program for Businesses, Chambers of Commerce, and Community Groups to connect and link into one of the most viewed small business website in Chicago. www.chicagocitytreasurer.com
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If your company drives 10 or more people to the Expo, we will add your LINK after the Expo to our Ambassador Page. (Determined by our on-site researchers).The 2010 Top 10 Business Plan Finalists and their business summaries are posted at www.chicagocitytreasurer.comDisclaimer: The City Treasurer’s Office reserves the right to reject any ineligible business as defined in the rules of the annual business plan competition.
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I had so much fun putting together Create Amazing Mind Blowing Business Cards NOW! I couldn’t resist doing another! This time around I’m adding a Social Media Twist to business cards and even including ideas for promoting your mobile initiatives! So, if you don’t already promote your Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. efforts on business cards separate from your standard traditional BLAH business cards, let’s get you moving!
Now there aren’t a ton of social media business cards out there so bare with me as I try to walk you through ideas for creating your own social media cards using business card designs and images I’ve dug up from the web.
Already got great business cards? Please add your ideas to the comments or email me pics your amazing business cards and I’ll post them here! Seriously, you’ll find mine at the bottom and I’ll add yours too!
SOCIAL MEDIA BIZ CARDS >>
A couple quick things to note about social media cards in-particular. Simple to remember URLs, like the ones used on the card above, are extremely important! If you’ve gone to the trouble of registering the same name across all of your social networks, good for you! It’ll help keep your card clutter free or let you pack in as many social networks as possible! Like this >
There’s so much clutter in print, so I am a HUGE fan of white space!
IDEAS / CONCEPTS for creating your own cards >>>
If you have unique product, or you’re an SEO company with a huge set of… uh… “confidence” then this is the card for you!
Hope you enjoyed this post and run out to your printer (figure of speech) with some great ideas!
Google announced on its Twitter account that public status updates from Facebook are now showing up on Google searches via the company’s new real-time search feature, first announced in Dec. (Updates that aren’t tagged for public consumption will not show up.) The algorithm now pulls in real-time blog postings, tweets and MySpace updates.
Remember, Google is heavily taking location into account! Combine that with this announcement and you’ve just dramatically elevated your online presence if you’re posting on Facebook AND you’ll increase your visibility exponentially if your Facebook friends share your stuff! *Just remember to tag your biz related updates as “Public.”
If your business is on Twitter and / or Facebook and you’re not handing out social media business cards you are missing a great opportunity! Instead of cramming all the info on your traditional business cards, have a stylish but inexpensive set printed to draw special attention to your tweets, Facebook & Linkedin statuses.
Look for another post coming soon “KILLER CRAZY SILLY COOL SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE BIZ CARDS” for you to check! Please subscribe to InovediaMarketing.com via RSS or EMAIL.
So, here you go (cue first line of song “This is how we do it”) :
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Lately I’ve had business cards on my mind because I need new ones and
unless it’s your fist job you probably hate ordering them too. They’re boring and they just sit in a placeholder or pocket anyway.
Then it hit me.
When most folks are getting theirs on the cheap, figuring they just need “a business card” to hand out, you NEED to spend extra time and more money! Have brainstorming meetings with staff, friends and/or family, hire a designer and create business cards that are as bold as you want your business to be! Throw out the rules and make an impact! Keep it on brand, but come up with cards that are sure to be remembered and, even more importantly, get cards you are proud to give out! You can engage your customers through your business cards, you don’t have to settle for just informing them!
I know it sounds extreme, but consider this…
Your reflection: There’s a good chance you have a stack of business cards sitting on your desk, counter or next to your cash register for customers to take as they exit. Shouldn’t that stack of paper be an incredible reflection on you & your business? Don’t you want your customers to take them because “they’re cool” actively and hand them out to friends / family? Isn’t that what you were trying to get them to do with your last batch of flyers? Why not your business cards?
An extra $100 goes a long way! Where else in your company expenses can you say that? Business cards are INEXPENSIVE and should be treated with more care and dignity than that last flyer you handed out! A quick Google search for business cards reveals amazing deals and with just a little clicking around you will be amazed by the options you will find!
As simple as a logo: You don’t need to have your information etched into a razor blade to make an impact (although that would be pretty impactful). An unexpected shape, clever design or intriguing theme could strike a memorable chord with your customers! For example, if appropriate, consider recycled paper with the symbol to show you’re engergy & cash conscious.
It’s advertising! How many times have you grabbed another business card on “the way out” of somewhere to remember the place you were just in? Perhaps you recommended a former vender to someone and handed over their business card?
Check this out, a business card that’s actually useful!
Didn’t you cut that…: billboard campaign? …last round of tv or radio spots? Maybe you passed on updating your sign? If you’re spending less, your face to face time with customers / clients needs to increased! Generally speaking, the lower you’re marketing budget the more of it you should invest in yourself!
Second impressions: When you’re not around and Joe Client pulls your business card out of their pocket, or digs it out of a desk drawer, they may very well be fuzzy on the details of your meeting or even on the fence about calling you. Now days, weeks or even months later they’re remembering you from your crappy boring business card!
Some Tips & Examples
Avoid cheap clip-art: This isn’t about handing out little computer cut-outs with your phone number on the screen if fixing computers is your business. Keep it simple, clever & professional and get direct feedback from 10 people you don’t know if you’re unsure about your design.
Less is more: Unsure if “x” information should be on your card? Then it shouldn’t! Put that on your website!
Get as creative as origami! If you really want to go the extra mile, which you probably should, and you really really really want to wow ’em (I’m talking to you Designers, Consultants, etc.) at the bottom of this post I’ve included a number of links to AMAZING MIND BLOWING BUSINESS CARDS, yes – business cards!
How crazy should I get? I suggest getting a stack of your competitors cards, find the coolest & most impactful ones and kick up another notch!
Email me your business card designs & I’ll post them on the bottom of this article. Here is the front of my new card, I was going for clean & clever, how’d I do? Let me know what you think! Did I live up to my own advice?