How To Make Your First Impression Last - Part I
edited: Saturday, August 02, 2008
By Karen A Saunders
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Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2008
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A business card, while small in size, is your big weapon. Here are 7 top notch tips to keep your card out of the wastebasket and into the rolodex!
Let me tell you about the last home show I went to. It was your typical home show with lots of booths, pretty displays, loads of freebies. But I wasn’t interested in all that. I was on a mission. I needed a landscaping contractor to take my dismal, ordinary backyard and turn it into Fantasy Island. Not too much to ask, right?
I was prepared to spend all day, if necessary, talking with every last landscaping contractor there in order to find someone to make my dream come true . So I grabbed a tall mocha on the way in, took a plastic goodie bag from the entry table, and set off to find me a contractor.
Not as easy as it sounds. Everyone seemed to have a great deal going, and the displays were all so gorgeous, and pretty soon all the people I met seemed to blend together! On the upside, I did collect a lot of pretty brochures to put in my bag, not to mention some nifty water bottles and key chains.
When I got home later that evening, I slipped on some comfy clothes, sat down with a cup of hot tea, and stared sorting through all the business cards I’d collected. But, I had so many cards it was hard to remember who was who! Which one was the guy that specialized in outdoor kitchens? And the one that did those waterfall scenes, which one was that? Ahh!
I don’t remember what every one said. I just remember what I liked. But it was hard to tell anyone apart from this stack of cards! Is there a way to set yourself apart from the crowd with just your business card?
Absolutely! A business card, while small in size, is your big weapon. Here are 7 topnotch tips to keep your card out of the wastebasket and into the rolodex!
(I'll give you my other 7 in the next article)
1) Choose a cover stock with some meat on it! Ever pick up a card that is just wimpy? You know what I mean, the kind that bends right in your hand, and by the time you get back to the office it’s a crumpled mess. It’s cheap paper, and shows other people that you might be cheap in your business practices, too. Go see your printer, get a free swatch book, and feel the difference for yourself. This is your first impression, so make it a strong one!
2) Create a focal point – something that really stands out – to draw the reader’s eye. Maybe something in a contrasting color, or a unique graphic. Use your imagination.
3) Your logo should be clear and strong, and should still look great when it’s reduced down to fit on a card. Think about that when you’re designing your logo, because it should be the same on every print item that you put out.
4) Remember, in marketing less is more. Don’t make your reader work by having a lot of text to read. Use white space to balance the layout, and just give enough information so they know what your specialty is.
5) Use a highlight color sparingly, and only on the one main message you want to get across. Too much, and it loses its effectiveness.
6) Also, on the highlight color – make sure the color fits with the type of business you have. I can’t tell you how many of those landscaping cards used red or brown, when green would have been perfect!
7) You should have no more than two type fonts on your cards, which also include their “families” – bold, italics, and bold italics.
OK, now you are all set to let your little business card do big things for your business! If it’s the first impression people get about you, you want to make sure it’s a memorable one. Your success depends on it!
Copyright © 2007 Karen Saunders
Karen Saunders is the owner of MacGraphics Services, a unique design firm for today’s entrepreneur. Whether you outsource your promotional pieces or are a do-it-yourselfer, Karen takes the mystery out of marketing. Learn the Top 5 Mistakes that can cost you money by signing up for her FREE e-course, available for a limited time. To take advantage of this e-course and find out how easy it can be to attract more clients, visit http://www.macgraphics.net/FreeStuff.php You can also contact her at 888-796-7300, or Karen.macgraphics.net.