business cards

Will you bring social media to the real world with a “Facebook Card”?

These are interesting. I thought social media and online profiles were meant to kill the business card. Not reinvigorate them.

They appear to be officially endorsed by Facebook. You order them via your Facebook account. Once you’ve got Timeline turned on.

“To make your own Facebook cards just go to your and hover over the little Business Card in your Contact Info.”

Once Facebook figures out how timelines are going to work with business pages I might get some of these for a few of my pages, and some social media clients. They look a bit schmick.

Sadly they’re being released in small batches, and are sold out today.

Card bored?

Business cards are over-rated, well the standard ones are anyway. I get a lot of business cards in the average work month – and most of them are average. And they end up in a bowl on my desk – much like my own in house business card draw, only without prizes. Boring and conservative cards don’t get noticed. They get filed. So a nice card is a nice point of difference.

A while ago I posted 10 novel business cards. Here’s a collection of 100. Most of the ten I posted are there, but there are others that are nice. 90 of them in fact…

Networking: It’s all about meating people

Another day, another business card post. For some people networking is all about exchanging details and adding people to your spam list Rolodex.

We start with 100% beef jerky, and SEAR your contact information into it with a 150 WATT CO2 LASER.

Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients:

Sound awesome and too good to be true? It probably is. But here’s the site. Here’s where I found it.

Card carrying professionals

Business cards are one of the unsung heroes of the economy – for networking to bear fruit the people you meet have to keep and remember your business card – so it’s worth making them memorable. Here are 10 Business of my favourite business card designs from around the web. TrendHunter has a list of 26 but their design is clunky and requires a lot of clicking around.  Others come from this Toxel collection.

  1. Pop Up Business Cards
    These will make you stand out from the pack. Literally. They’re from a graphic design studio.
  2. Cardapult – a business card that converts into a catapult – from a mechanical engineer. There’s a video of it in action here. And instructions for how to make your own here.
  3. Minifig yourself – I’ve posted this one before – but it’s worthy of a rerun – if you work for Lego you get your own lego figurine business cards, they even customise them to look like you.
  4. The lock pick kit – perfect for locksmiths – produced for a “hacker” – this little card contains a working lock pick set.
  5. Google Me card – I’ve featured this one before too – from Ji Lee – it’s for the techno savvy entrepreneur who religiously maintains their web reputation – you would have to check pretty regularly that you haven’t been superseded by a triathlete, singer, criminal or football player.
  6. The auto dialing business card – Tom Ward created a business card that uses electronic signals to cause your phone to dial his number. Sound clever? Want to find out how he did it? Here you go (or as a PDF).
  7. Money – A significantly devalued currency opens up the possibility of using money to make money – a Zimbabwean hunter did just that – using bank notes as business cards. Talk about a silver lining. But there’s a cloud too – he had to pay a fine or serve a jail term for defacing currency.
  8. Smashed plates – if you run a traditional Greek restaurant and want to put your smashed plates to good use – try this:
  9. Or if you’re a debt collector with a penchant for breaking limbs… you could try this:
  10. Encourage a growing business – this designer wanted to leave an impression so went out on a limb to produce this growth model:

Reasons to work at Lego: #62 Business cards

I haven’t done 61 other posts in a series on reasons to work at Lego. But I reckon I could. Easily. I think parking would be easy. Everything there would be so ordered, and easy to fit together. Office construction problems would be a thing of the past. I could go on. But I won’t.

Lego is cool. And if you work there – this is what your business card looks like, unless you’re a guy. Then it would be a male minifig:

The power of business cards

I’ve finally figured out how to get people to take me seriously. My father is constantly worried that the “Smiley” nom-de-plume (I’ve gone all French and cultured, two French references in three posts oh ho ho [that is an attempt at the traditional French grunting sound{I don’t really like the French anyway, they’re a bunch of cheese eating surrender monkeys who should take their freedom fries and go home}]) is not counting in my favour as far as people taking me seriously goes. The key to opening all sorts of professional doors is the humble business card. Seriously. I go to these functions and meetings and people look at me all funny until I pull out a little cardboard rectangle with my name and impressive position description on it – and POW, instant credibility.

I’ve also realised that confidence is the key to sounding impressive in meetings. Confidence and unexplained acronymns. You throw an acronymn out there and just keep powering on. No one questions anything if they’re too far behind. I’ve been able to thoroughly convince our local tourism operators that I know what I’m doing. Now I need to ensure my competence matches my competence. I was trying to work out the relationship between confidence and arrogance the other day – I think the third factor in the equation is competence – provided you’re actually as good as you think you are you’re confident not arrogant. When confidence outweighs competence that’s arrogance. I should be a motivational speaker – people would listen to me if I had convincing business cards.

In other news… I had two great phone conversations last night – the first one involved a couple of people coming clean, and thanking me for all my hard work getting them to become a couple – they know who they are, most of the people reading this also know who they are. I’d like to say on the record – When I told the guy in question that my matchmaking days were over – I only meant they were over for him. The second conversation was with my very good friend Paul. It’s always nice talking to old friends – they’re like a worn in pair of shoes, or your favourite t-shirt – instant comfort.

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