3 Quick Thoughts on Business Cards for Bloggers

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I received my new business cards (that I had created very quickly) and I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share about business cards in general.

Not ground-breaking, by any stretch of the imagination; more food for thought.

Sitting on my wireless keyboard.

Again, as I mentioned in the video, I’m not a business card guru (like this guy) and I’m not the guy to ask about business card advice, but here are 3 things that I feel are valuable to remember when designing one:

  • Keep the message very simple and explicit – make it “dead obvious” what you’re about!
  • Pertinent information (not too much!). Name, Blog URL, and Twitter! I’m not about to give my phone number or email on there simply because I want them to goto the blog!
  • Add something memorable, unique; something that expresses who you are!

What say you?

Rounded corners FTW!

  • Brian Alexander

    Any chance of having another of your famous giveaways here on Tentblogger?

    • John Saddington

      of course. yes. very soon.

  • http://www.kyletroop.com Kyle

    I had a similar approach last time I had cards made. I only had my name and a logo on the card. When I handed my card out, I would just tell them to google me. It seems to work great!

    • John Saddington

      yeah. i had a google card for a while!

  • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

    Thanks for the tip! I see a video widget in the sharing button options. Did you do that?

    • John Saddington

      i’m sorry, not sure what you mean….?

  • http://www.dewittrobinson.com Dewitt Robinson

    It went away. My screen error-my apology.

    • John Saddington

      :)

  • Patrick Bell

    Great looking card.
    You flipped the card 26 times during your video.
    I know know both sides of your business card very well.

    • Patrick Bell

      Now*

    • John Saddington

      holy cow. you counted…..?

  • http://johnnylaird.net Johnny Laird

    It’s a brave move to have a Business Card without your digits on there…not sure I’m convinced on the wisdom of that.

    J

    • John Saddington

      some people it really works i hear.

      • http://johnnylaird.net Johnny Laird

        some people “think” (?) it really works i hear.

        • John Saddington

          “for” some people… whoops. :)

    • Creativeblogger

      I think it depends on the blog.

      If your goal is to attract new readers to your blog, then there’s no point in providing your phone number.

      Give them your name and url.

      A good ad on the radio isn’t going to include as much contact information as possible – it’s going to make sure you remember the phone number.

      One piece of contact information.

      Can you imagine: “call us at this number, check out our blog over at double-u double-u double-u dot thisthat dot com slash this, slash that, follow us on twitter over here, watch our videos over at youtube, like us on Facebook, and find us on the web over here. Come to think of it, I think I’ve heard a few like that … eek, #BadMarketing #RadioIsDead

      That said, If you’re providing some sort of service, you may want to consider providing your phone number – human to human interaction is a powerful tool when it comes to building trust and making sales.

      I think it all just depends on your blog, and whether you’re looking to make personal connections, business connections, or build your readership.

      #2cents :D

      • John Saddington

        dude. the double-u had me rolling!

  • http://stephenbateman.com Stephen Bateman

    I still have the business cards I won from ChurchCrunch a year ago :)
    Though there isn’t a very big need for business cards in the college scene haha.

    • John Saddington

      hah!

  • jason allen

    John, Love the post BUT more importantly love your link to the Super Turd Joel Bauer. SNL couldn’t write something that funny. I hope you’re not related and I’ve just offended you. How did you hear about him?

    • John Saddington

      hahah. not sure where i found that…… but it’s awesome!

  • Meg

    Just a few weeks ago I did a search for business cards for freelancers, so this post is certainly timely for me.

    In my search, I found a great post from Freelance Switch that shared some unique business cards designs:

    http://freelanceswitch.com/general/18-smokin-hot-business-card-designs/

    Some of them are way out of my league, but too freaking cool to be ignored!

    • http://johnnylaird.net Johnny Laird

      Some really cool cards there, Meg. I’m paying attention too to see if they include telephone #s, and this selection all seem to. I’m still convinced in the bricks and mortar flesh & blood business world, if want a business card to bring you BUSINESS, you still need the digits. Anything else is too oblique, even now in 2010.

      We Tentblogger readers maybe all web’d up and iConnected in every way imaginable, but we can’t assume all our potential clients are equally savvy.

      I KNOW you can take the heat, Mr Saddington! ;-)

      J

      • John Saddington

        hah. i get a lot of heat. especially from my daughter.

        • http://johnnylaird.net Johnny Laird

          Me too! My kids may look like Angels, but they drive me nuts sometimes :-)

          J

          • John Saddington

            all in a days work.

    • John Saddington

      that is awesome! great find!

  • Andrew

    I do like the simplicity of your business cards, but I think I would have added a QR code to the side with your contact info. Either a link to your site or an easy way to add your contact info to their address book.

    • John Saddington

      ah. but i had a link there…?

      • Andrew

        True enough. I find I like when I can zap a QR code with my mobile rather than keying in information. My iPhone has made me lazy, but I doubt I’m the only one. Plus I think it’s a cool way to apply the whole “call to action” thought process away from your website.

        • John Saddington

          i’m going to have to look into this.

  • http://www.alivingstone.com Joey

    Great advice! I have a marketing background and this was right on…..

    • John Saddington

      where did you get your avatar?

      • http://www.alivingstone.com Joey

        I own a sign company in Alpharetta (Signs By Tomorrow) and my designer made it for me last Christmas.

        • John Saddington

          sweet! do you know @dewde….?

          • http://www.alivingstone.com Joey

            We were in the same small group last year and we live in the same neighborhood…..

            • John Saddington

              AH! yes. sweet! did you know that i live in his basement? just temporarily, of course!

              yikes. small world.

              • http://www.alivingstone.com Joey

                Nice…I think their is a hula video of you going around

                • John Saddington

                  yes… there definitely is….

  • Michael Cooley

    Actually the guy in the video is a jerk. There are two schools in business card thought, one is to be professional and the other is to be different, unique. As a trainer in business etiquette, I advocate professional. But for someone working in a creative field, you can set yourself apart by showing your creativity. The jerk in the video dies not understand there are timeless guidelines to business cards, and things professionals look for – and his ” card has none. He’s like a guy showing up for a black tie formal dinner wearing a disco shirt and gold chains, saying, “See this tux? It’s crap, see my neon platform shoes? It took me 25 years to learn how to do the hussle in them without falling.” I like your card by the way, it’s very John Saddingtonish!

    • http://john.do John Saddington

      michael,

      glad you said it… because i know that pretty much everyone shares the same sentiment…!

      how is your biz etiquette startup doing? love to hear!

  • http://www.howtobeablogger.net/ Jony From: How to be a Blogger

    I saw the video YouTube about the business card. It was funny. Business cards still necessary, however a while ago I saw a digital car or smartphone app that work as a Business card. That best part of this app was that you can update the details like add a new service, then all the person that have your app can see your updates. Thanks for sharing