Does The Printed Business Card Still Make Sense?

Before the internet and smartphones, business cards were the only – and one true way of exchanging information at business meetings and events. There simply were no acceptable alternatives. Aside from relaying information, it served as part of one’s first impression through the design, and possibly the quality of the board or paper stock.

These days, printed business cards may still do these, more and more evidence show that digital may be the way to go. Digital alternatives that do the original functions and so much more. The question has come up, therefore, if the printed business card is going the way of the dinosaur – to become extinct in a green, paperless society?

This gives rise to some points to be made regarding printed business cards and their digital counterparts.

First point to be made is that exchanging information can now be done through one’s phone. Often just asking for a mobile phone number, the proper spelling of the other person’s name, and it’s done. Everything else can come later – if needed. For every hundred people in the street, how many have handed out printed business cards? Compare that to the number of people who have a phone in the bag or pocket. Suddenly it becomes obvious that people won’t – can’t- be away from their smartphones. This strongly reinforces the idea that whatever is on one’s phone is what’s always on-hand to access. On the other hand, printed business cards can be tossed at a later, more courteous, time, it may be lost, or it may be included into that ever-increasing pile which the owner can’t really access conveniently without memorizing what’s in it.

Another point is that a business card has been increasingly ignored as the primary way to find someone you met 6-months ago. You simply need to try to recall a name – maybe the company name – then go to your favorite online business network site and hope you get lucky. Often you may get lucky but woe are the instances you’re not. Why leave things to chance when there’s technology to help you keep in better – and more updated – touch.

Fixed and limited. These are two words often used to describe information contained in printed business cards. Because these cards are conventionally printed in batches or boxfuls, the information contained can’t be added to or changed. Left unprepared, even the top executive may have to resort to the awkward move of whipping out a business card and scribbling his or her newest mobile phone number or email address because the old cards’ information has become obsolete. Digital business cards are flexible enough for you to create different kinds and there are the good ones that automatically update and get updated.

What most people don’t realize, is that receiving a business card isn’t always a good thing. If you are someone who doesn’t carry a business card in your wallet at all times, it can get awkward when you are given one – it’s like you have nothing to offer in return, hence could be considered unprofessional. Having a digital card in your phone which you have always, gives you a good option of never leaving home without one. Furthermore, when you are the recipient of a printed business card, and you aren’t an awfully organized person to begin with, there’s a decision to be made. Do you put it in your breast pocket, among the pages of your planner, in your wallet, on your desk, in your car, and the list may go on. Then at an extremely inopportune moment, you suddenly need to go through all the places you think you have the person’s card only to spend half a day failing to locate it. Not good right? Simply put, having everything in one place – your phone – eliminates the anxiety.

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Though the argument can be made that printed business cards are still needed – which may be true – but they are simply not enough. In the age of social media, online and digital methods have become the way that makes sense – what with digital portfolios, personal and business websites, and the many social media identities one has. If you are going to follow up being in touch through email or IMs, why not go digital from day one?

therefore , you can go backward and forward on this topic and end up spending time and money still having a box of printed business cards made, but looking forward, is there really any direction this is going other than digital? Ultimately, what makes the most sense is not to get left behind.

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Breaking in and Standing Out in Networking

The process of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with other business people and prospects is known as Business Networking. Its purpose is to tell others about your business and later turn it to customers. In the current business climate, networking is a nexus of technology, the consumers, and innovation and YOU! Yes, you, it’s about time to put your heart and mind into it. In short, you have to be in it or you’ll be left behind!

It is important that we meet the following to keep our business network strong and equipped with what’s to happen.

  1. UPDATED – The business should be well informed with the trends and strategy to keep with the competition
  2. GROWTH – There will always be growth if we accept our weaknesses and turn it to strengths. This is also growth in numbers – followers, consumers and partners
  3.  TECHNOLOGY – In the digital era, it is not enough that you just know the basics, rather you must understand it to penetrate the market.

Below are a few things you should consider for your business:

  1. SOCIAL NETWORKING – A business should be socially present online and offline. This is to gain significant followers that may help grow the business.
  2. GREETINGS – Be pleasant and accommodating to everybody. You’ll never know who will be beneficial for your business. So treat everybody well!
  3. COMMUNICATION – An active communication is great for the business. You do not just tell consumers what they want but you also listen to their needs.

To top it all up, a business should be digitally inclined. We do not say to put away the old rather to bridge the gap of old and new. With all the digital advancement coming, building the business will be chaos if not given the right approach. Worry no more, because there is  a mobile application that could help you stay connected.

WeCards, is a digital business card mobile application, that helps you create and share your business card while allowing you to store business cards of your colleagues digitally! You are just a few taps away in growing your network, making invites for an event, organization announcements, social media integration and more services are just a the tip of your fingers! With WeCards, you can stay connected with your network easily.

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