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Old 02-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #41
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I have cards and all of our supervisors have cards with their cell # and our office # They are required to give them to the HO when they first set foot on the job. They also hand them out when neighbors come around and to give them out as they see fit.

When we get a request from someone and they mention the persons name on the card a nice little cash bonus is given.If we land the project another cash bonus will follow.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:28 PM   #42
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I always hand a potential customer 2 cards. I often hear them say you gave me 2 cards and I simply reply the other one is for you give to friend or family member when you refer me. This simple act of an extra card and "planting" a referral seed has worked and continues to work as a very inexpensive marketing tool that has had great returns. I buy cards in lots of 5000 at a time.
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I just had mine redone... Its like a baseball card... it has a ton of information on it... Also my picture... I havent had a complaint yet.. just compliments... They remember me for sure when there deciding on who to choose

I'd really like to see a pic of your card.
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Hey guys, I was wondering if people in the business still use traditional printed business cards? I was wondering that now with smartphones, email, websites etc you might not necessarily need them, but then again some people still ask me occasionally.

Its just that you dont see them that often anymore...

edit: just realised this should maybe be in the marketing section...? sorry
Yeah trend of business card and visiting card have lost, everyone is moving towards online marketing. There was a time when there was a trend of visiting cards and i guess it played a great role in marketing so to suspected spammy link removed is always a good option even everyone is marketing online

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Absolutely. How gay is it to spell out your email to someone in a crowded room while they are trying to tap it out on the phone and hold a martini.....super gay.

Give 'em a card.
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Absolutely. How gay is it to spell out your email to someone in a crowded room while they are trying to tap it out on the phone and hold a martini.....super gay.

Give 'em a card.
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Business cards are great, for 500 cards you pay about roughly 20-25$
If you get one hit out of 500 cards they paid for themselves.
If you hand out 500 cards your most likely going to get at least a job out of it.
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Business cards are still an essential part of meeting customers for the first time. We always give out 3 at a time. One for the customer to keep and the other two for them to give to someone else if they feel the need to do so.

I order them by the thousand and have to reorder a couple times each year.

Fancy and lots of graphics and words sure do look pretty, but I've seen some that were so "busy" that it took some studying to figure out who they were and what they actually did. Simple goes a long way sometimes.

One of my personal favorites was a guy that came by one day wanting to do some pressure washing. He had taken someone elses card and marked an X across their information. On the back, it looked like his kid had used a colored magic marker and wrote his name, phone number and simply "Presure Washing" on it (yes it was not spelled correctly). After talking to him a little but, he was a construction worker that was out of work and just riding around trying to find some honest work to make some grocery money.

I hired him that day as a general laborer and he worked his butt off for $10 an hour cash. I ended up using him on more than one job and he continues to work harder than any other white man I have ever employed.

Sometimes simple is good.
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Absolutely. I keep them updated and hand them out everywhere. I had my domain added this time around..
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I hand them out like candy. Some homeowners get more than one. Anytime I see a GC, PM real estate Broker ..anyone I stick a card out at to them and ask how I can get on thier bid list.
I staple them to by bids, anything I can get my logo on. They work passively to subliminally leave my logo everywhere in conjunction with our uniforms (bright safety yellow shirts) our two vans, my car, yard signs (maybe a billboard soon)
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I always keep business cards handy. As important as it is to have an online presence in business now, I think it is always a good idea to keep some business cards around. Always good to keep a few in my wallet and hand out. They are usually fairly inexpensive anyways.
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I think its absolutely insane not to have cards on you at all times... How would you give people your number? Write it on a napkin
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I think its absolutely insane not to have cards on you at all times... How would you give people your number? Write it on a napkin






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Oh I'm sorry, I forgot y'all were still using tin cans and string.



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My last months job was from painting a house around the corner from the old lady and her Husband at the time


I was just doing my thing painting away solo waiting for the next person to look my way and then get stuck having a chat lol
I wasn't on the ladder I think I might of been going to my trailer and old couple walk by and all it took was Gday : )
Quick hello then they asked for a Buisness card : ) that was in 2009 march 2013 I had a call from the wife she said you wouldn't remember me I said yes I will and I did since saying Gday back in 2009 her husband passed away with cancer : (

but she wanted to paint her house spruce it up a little

And yep she had my card from 2009 all because my first impression so business cards are still very important in my Bizz
It was good seeing my card on her fridge 4yrs after I gave it to her.

Must get some magnet cards madeup
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Im confused...lol

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Back to the chat about quality.

I too think its interesting to hear people's spending habits on this forum. Are you the same consumer as service provider??

Being in the biz of selling this stuff I appreciate a good quality card. Spending a few bucks more shows some pride in what you are about.

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Back to the chat about quality.

I too think its interesting to hear people's spending habits on this forum. Are you the same consumer as service provider??

Being in the biz of selling this stuff I appreciate a good quality card. Spending a few bucks more shows some pride in what you are about.

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We tend to sell the way we buy. What we believe about money, scarcity, abundance etc is what we project onto others. Things like "there's no way they'll pay this much for it" or "they're always gonna get 3-4 bids" are just head trash.
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Business cards are still in, I know I pass them out all of the time. For customers I have good feelings from I pass out my fridge magnet business cards. I also use a folder with information about our company which of course includes a little piocket inside for my business card.

In this internet age, its easy to forget an email but a business card brings attention to itself.
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