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Old 01-02-2011, 12:24 AM   #41
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God I hate that guy !

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Old 01-02-2011, 12:37 AM   #42
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well, for looks, design, non cluttered, like it simple. The phone is eligible. (I think) no? The URL needs something. Not sure what.

Maybe the main text all needs to be centered then leave the URL off somewhere.

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I like (c) out of the two but I dont like the brush. It throws the balance of the whole card off. I really like the texture gray backround and the url color but not the orange bristle brush. We know your a painter because your telling us, we dont need the brush to show us.

What type of backround could be associated with clean systems?

Flow chart? Clock?

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I like (c) out of the two but I dont like the brush. It throws the balance of the whole card off. I really like the texture gray backround and the url color but not the orange bristle brush. We know your a painter because your telling us, we dont need the brush to show us.

What type of backround could be associated with clean systems?

Flow chart? Clock?
Thanks guys. Yeah the brush is all up in your face... no doubt. Maybe thats the problem and why I'm not set on this card yet. I'll have to go back and figure a few alternatives. The texture gray is my car seat.
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Old 01-02-2011, 12:46 AM   #44
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Thanks guys. Yeah the brush is all up in your face... no doubt. Maybe thats the problem and why I'm not set on this card yet. I'll have to go back and figure a few alternatives. The texture gray is my car seat.
I should pick your card up and the first thing I should think of is "systems". That's the whole premise of your business. Go watch that Youtube video I posted. That's you. I mean that is a good way.
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Well, for every dislike, there's a like - ying and yang.

I like the brush. It's very VISUAL and COLORFUL, which, coincidently, is painting.


And I'll (respectfully) disagree about throwing the balance off.

But one thing that needs to be asked, Jack, do you feel it is YOU!

Are you an "in your face" kind of guy? Are you a loud orange? Or a sweet subtle suave soft color ?

The card needs to be YOU.



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Do you guys really think what your business card looks like has much to do with anything on whether you will get a call or a job? All the business cards I have are for one thing. To have the guys phone number, if its the mechanic or a specific store or what ever I have never paid any attention to the layout or how nice it is. It just comes down to "where is that guys card?, I know I have it somewhere" This is cuz I need the phone number.

This is just my opinion. I know there should be some sort of professionalism to it. But a card is a card.

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Do you guys really think what your business card looks like has much to do with anything on whether you will get a call or a job? All the business cards I have are for one thing. To have the guys phone number, if its the mechanic or a specific store or what ever I have never paid any attention to the layout or how nice it is. It just comes down to "where is that guys card?, I know I have it somewhere" This is cuz I need the phone number.

This is just my opinion. I know there should be some sort of professionalism to it. But a card is a card.

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I'm with you on the basics.Today we have websites for that and I usually just ask for their website first and if they don't have 1 then a card will do,but for some reason it bugs me when they are of crappy stock.
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Has anyone considered a QR code on their card?

It is too new to be mainstream, and who knows how it will take off, but I think it is something to think about next time you order cards!

https://www.painttalk.com/f23/google-...r-codes-11521/
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Pat and Aaron,

As I went to bed last night, I started thinking exactly along those lines.

Who gets given your card? What's the purpose of it?

Usually you GIVE your card to someone you have met. You might give them three so they can pass it along to a friend or neighbor who is LOOKING for a painter. The card is so that the person doesn't need to write your contact info down. It's a little more than the back of a cocktail napkin with your number scrawled on it.

A biz card is NOT a wallet sized billboard. It's NOT a full sized yellowpage ad telling the world that you are the best painter on the planet. It's NOT an advertising campaign.

It's a little 2" x 3.5" card with your name and contact info on it.



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A business card does end up on a fridge more than a yellow page.

I too was thinking about this last night and agree with all parties....its insignificant yet has its specific purpose.

I went used car (minivan) shopping over the holidays and at the end of the day I had a stack of cards. They just go absentmindedly into my back pocket when talking to them. There were two guys, new sales people who didn't have cards made up yet....couldn't tell you who they are right now...I didn't get a card.

Bought a minivan and threw all the cards in the garbage.

A card is seemingly insignificant, but you notice when its cheap, ugly, amateur or if you don't have one at all.

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On another line of thought there was a guy at a new years party I was at who was handing out business cards. How cheezy and in poor taste is that? (starting up a computer solution company) Poor card etiquette.
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Right after my RRP class, I was pretty gung-ho, and ordered a batch of cards with a (just big enough to read) logo on them.

Then I got the letter from the EPA informing me that to use that logo, it has to be 1", and include my cert.#.
So I ordered another batch.

Having the upper right hand corner full of the green EPA logo...now I'm thinking, might lead people to think I'm some kinda government agent, on the hunt for lead in and around their property.

So I'm gonna write this off as business blunder on my part.

Not my first business blunder, and certainly not the last. (or stupidest)

*entire board begins wondering just how GD stupid this new guy is*
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Sort of like "Faces to Names", care to share your Business Card?

Here's mine....it's cheezy, but people remember it.

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Did we help you come up with that- Our page used to say, "We don't cut corners, we paint them!"
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Did we help you come up with that- Our page used to say, "We don't cut corners, we paint them!"
Maybe...can't honestly say. When I used that the first time (7-8 years ago) I did do a google search of painting cards and slogans. I didn't know of painttalk at the time. If it was your site that I got it from its purely coincidental and I hope you don't mind??

Now, if I owe you some 'rights' money.....ummmm, "no, thought of it myself".



As for the card and this discussion, I put fair amount of thought into mine. I like super simple things and being simple is harder than it looks sometimes, (systems right?) minimal information, the colour places it a bit different from others and I wanted something bright and vibrant...positive.

Whenever I'm at the BM store I put it in the front of the pile thats at the cashier mostly for the fun of it. I've had a few calls from that, but they been coo coo for some reason. Random calls for me us unusual.
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Nice business cards guys.
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I think when it comes to the consumer having their house painted they want simplicity. Why, because having their house painted is not one of their favorite things to do, in fact, probably the last thing they want to do. We go in, disassemble their home, and work and disrupt their normal life then charge them thousands of dollars. Its just not at the top of the list, like having a maid come in and clean and do their laundry. So I think they want a good competitive quote, ONE phone number, an ez to read business card and a couple of local references. I find this to be true when I go in with our portfolio book of wall murals, carousel refinishing and photos of crazy fancy jobs and they say " hey hold on, we just want a couple rooms painted".
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I think when it comes to the consumer having their house painted they want simplicity. Why, because having their house painted is not one of their favorite things to do, in fact, probably the last thing they want to do. We go in, disassemble their home, and work and disrupt their normal life then charge them thousands of dollars. Its just not at the top of the list, like having a maid come in and clean and do their laundry. So I think they want a good competitive quote, ONE phone number, an ez to read business card and a couple of local references. I find this to be true when I go in with our portfolio book of wall murals, carousel refinishing and photos of crazy fancy jobs and they say " hey hold on, we just want a couple rooms painted".
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That type of customer is either inexperienced, and/or a price shopper in my book. And that kind of thinking is how HO’s get ripped off. If you want to compete with painters who have nothing more to offer than a simple business card, more power to you, but If you want to separate yourself from the crowd, and get top dollar for top quality work, you need to educate your customer so they understand there’s much more to it than simply hiring a maid. (no disrespect to maids)

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Beware when using online business card generators.

if you upload your company logo they may claim re seller rights

Ie Vista Print
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Heres mine. Double pass on the ink for raised letters and a nice custom card stock.
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The guy on the video is an arrogant lunatic. His card is different. But the picture of himself is a bit creepy. I think it would hit the trash

Hey Jack Pauhl, I like your cards. I was a design major in college. So I am always on the computer in my free time designing art work, logos, marketing material, etc. for my company. So I feel you.

My cards are red on red background with white and black lettering. People have had a lot of good things to say about them. Its about catching their attention. I'll try to post a pic.
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Some nice cards shown.

Gonna change a few things around on the next batch but these have served me well and i'm afraid I disagree with the cards just being about contact details, they are a selling tool. Not to the extent of the nutter in the vid but these cards have got me calls because I cared about the design (ok it's not perfect but the next will be) customers have told me as much. It does show a certain amount of insight into the type of firm it is advertising. IMO

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