Business Cards 2.0 – The Pros and Cons of a Customized Card

I’m sorry I am not able to give you a far more exciting update today. My next post will be about my upcoming Facebook Reconnection Experiment, so I hope you watch out for that article.

In the meantime, I want to talk about Business Cards once again. I talked about Business Cards in a previous article, especially about how a person looking at your card for an extra half second or talking about it with friends will go a long way towards people remembering you.

My cards, as a rule, are unique per person and are memorable. I’ve been on a “fortune cookie” theme recently, writing a different fortune per card, my favorite being “He who throws dirt loses ground.”

Here is version 2.0 of my fortune cookie business card (front and back):

The Pros:

  • Unique card for every person
  • Great for impression the ladies
  • Professional designed. Sort of – A wonderful woman took pity on my horrendous design and gave it a makeover. If you like her work, I’m glad to hand out her contact info.
  • Inexpensive
  • Everything is very clear on my card

The Cons:

  • Tinted and unflattering picture of myself – my new Facebook photo is far better. Pick the right picture, and don’t do it in a rush like I did.
  • Needs my name on the front and the back
  • Takes too much time to write in fortunes – no business card is worth that much
  • TechThrill is being delayed while I finish other projects – I don’t need it so prominently on my card
  • No Twitter contact info

I’ve learned from this card and will use that to build my next card. Business Card 3.0 will be a completely different design – I have an idea in my head, but I will wait until I am done with these before thinking of a new design.

Remember, your business card needs to stand out if it’s going to be useful in any way.