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post #46 of 72
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Originally Posted by j
I have business cards for my business but I find the concept of considering everyone, everyone a potential client to be crass. For people I'd just like to remember me, I'd rather have something quality to hand them rather than write on a handy scrap of crappy paper.

I agree.

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An alternative might be to carry a small supply of blank card stock pieces and write whatever is needed on it - also allows you to hand it to someone to write her number on it.

I'm not so keen on the blank card.

By the way, does anyone put their address on their calling cards, or does no one expect to get "real" mail anymore.

Mully
post #47 of 72
I do a fair quantity of trading on eBay, together with some private purchasing. I therefore had some cards made up with my name and private contact details to place inside parcels I was sending out, or enclose with cheques for payment. These worked very well, and I recieved numerous comments asking where I sourced them from. I keep meaning to do the same now I've moved house.
post #48 of 72
I had a neighbor back in...oh, the mid 90s, I guess...who told me of a friend of his with calling cards that simply had his name, number, and "Reasonably Good In Bed" on them.

My 2 cents is that I fear most people will find it affected. Or as one poster said, they would wonder why you have such a crap business card. Though for picking up a date, it might set you apart. But I'm married, so I'm not real concerned with that.

And besides, I'd probably never remember to carry them.


b
post #49 of 72
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
And besides, I'd probably never remember to carry them.
+1. I got some very nice ones as a present many years ago, and I never seem to remember to put them in my pockets when there actually is a suitable occasion to carry them instead of regular business cards. Almost all of mine are still in the boxes, years later.
post #50 of 72
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Originally Posted by nelly
I'm now thinking that I should get the name embossed as well instead of engraved.

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I prefer engraved - maybe a silver on off-white, high quality (thick) stock...

On the example card the "frame" is embossed so yes, it would look funny to have the name engraved and the frame embossed.

I guess my point is to coordinate the frame / logo and the name.

Todd
post #51 of 72
One other good opportunity to use these is in connection with gifts - especially wedding gifts where there is a risk that a card or tag on the outside may come adrift from the box. I seem to recall receiving several that had a discrete name-only card slipped inside.
post #52 of 72
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Originally Posted by j
An alternative might be to carry a small supply of blank card stock pieces and write whatever is needed on it - also allows you to hand it to someone to write her number on it.
Enter the jotter. I never leave home without one. I generally use standard index cards but I do occasionally use personalized cards.




post #53 of 72
Just what I was thinking of, assuming they come in smaller sizes. I know the 3x5 is also the "Hipster PDA", but handing out 3x5 cards would be weird - most people wouldn't have a place for it. I guess you could tuck a few smaller ones into that holder though.
post #54 of 72
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Originally Posted by j
handing out 3x5 cards would be weird - most people wouldn't have a place for it.
In practice it's really not awkward at all. Most people fold the card in half and place it in their wallet or purse. And, it's something that they're less likely to overlook the next day as it is a bit unusual.

It's always interesting for me to read my accumulated cards after a long night out. Phone numbers, recommendations for restaurants, movies, books, web sites.... party invitations, recipes, etc.... Once a perfect imprint of lips, in red lipstick, with the message Call Me, and no number
post #55 of 72
Two points to contribute:

1. If you use your email address, it may be good to google that email address and make sure there are no posts you don't want someone to see. I know a fair amount of women that enjoy doing background research on new people. Actually, I would do the same on anyone that I was interested in... Post to "alt.politics.War" or "alt.Bondage" or whatever will of course send a message you may not want someone to receive before they get to know you.

2. Cost. Don't these things run a buck or two a piece? Something to think about (when considering who to hand them out to).

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post #56 of 72
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Whatever, I spit my gum out into hundred dollar bills. By the way, have you decided on a fountain pen?
post #57 of 72
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Originally Posted by nelly
Whatever, I spit my gum out into hundred dollar bills.




By the way, have you decided on a fountain pen?

Not yet, but I really appreciate the link. The pens were impressive - contemporary in style and reasonably priced.
post #58 of 72
I'm in the process of having my cards letterpress printed. I designed it to a European standard that is slightly thinner and taller than US business cards (55mm x 85mm). The size isn't different enough to cause problems with a Rolodex but enough that it will separate easily from a stack of cards.

As all my detailed contact information is on the website, the card contains my name and my email. The only time my mailing address gets used is for marketers or bills and in either case i would prefer having better control over the transaction. I'm on the fence about the email only thing but decided that I prefer to make initial interactions by email and if i know i need the person to call me i can write it in by hand.

In this way, it serves me as both a calling card and my business needs.
post #59 of 72
Tomasso . . . the furnishings in your abodes, are rich and royal. What I've seen of them, that is.
post #60 of 72
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Originally Posted by DMully
I agree.

By the way, does anyone put their address on their calling cards, or does no one expect to get "real" mail anymore.

Mully


Interesting that you should ask. I designed my own calling cards, two versions, a simple one with just my name to enclose with gifts, and another that includes all my contact information. Surprisingly, the latter cards (handed out at posh parties, museum events, on my travels, etc.) haven't encouraged people to e-mail me as much as I had hoped, but they've brought me some perfectly lovely invitations to attend extremely special events. It also gives them a way to hook me up with other friends.

In other words, rather than busy and influential people wanting to exchange e-mail with me, they have genuinely wanted to see me again and to include me in their circle. So if you can figure a way to make so much information look attractive, I think you will see it pays rewards.
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