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    jonbergan
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    I think its the small things that make the difference.

    Business cards are remembered. People who we have only met once or twice at networking events will remember our business cards. Although they’re not extremely flash, they have been printed on some decent/thick stock and the edges were rounded. The rounded edges really compliment our branding and the thick stock seems to sit well with people.

    Having such cards printed really isn’t that expensive anymore and I think people need to invest at least a little bit of money into getting some decent cards designed and printed. Don’t go overboard though. Only get die cuts and other features if you feel it will support your brand. This is a good point.

    I love getting a great business card. Maybe its’ because I’m a designer but it seems everyone else loves getting them also.

    Thats my two cents!

    Rgds,
    JB

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    martinprint.com.au
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    Thanks BrightBiz!
    Let me know your order code when you place your order so I can throw in something complimentary for you.

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    Ads1969
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    JodieR, post: 3907 wrote:
    I started off making my own business cards. thought they were great at the time, but since having some made professionally… I will never look back. i think they’re important, and good quality biz cards will last longer in the wallet too.

    Try Vista print… http://www.vistaprint.com.au get some free biz cards using their templates or upload your own logo.

    I have just had my first order from VistaPrint delivered after previously making my own cards. I have to say the quality and PRICE are excellent.

    Much better than printing your own cards because:

    • Less time comsuming
    • Better print quality
    • No perforations

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    Adam Randall
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    There is a slideshow here of about the best 900 business cards I have ever seen. My favourite is the dentists with the teeth indentations:)

    Also a few classic videos that bring a smile to my face when discussing business cards.

    “Your business card should be so good that even if people don’t like you, they won’t throw it out” Video is at the bottom of the page, the man is a champion.
    “This is the most impressive business card I have ever seen……Its mine…It took me 25 years to design”

    “Life is not about being liked, its about being effective”

    “It doesnt fit in a Roladex because it doesn’t belong in a Roladex”

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    Renee Barber
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    That video made me both stand there in awe (figuratively speaking) and crack up laughing. I wonder if he was serious …

    Anyway, it is possibly a designer thing, but I LOVE collecting great business cards.

    For the people who say, ‘It’s just a business card’, is it really? I believe you can tell more about a person from looking at their business cards (and other business branding material) than they realise.

    First of all, in my book, it shows the personality of the person and their overall approach to the final product as they approved it. If they run their own business, they’ve selected their colours and hence you can infer a bit from that if you know anything about colour theory.

    The fonts, images, stock (including whether it’s environmentally friendly), etc. also tell a story about the person’s attention to detail, price sensitivity and just their overall love of beauty.

    As others have mentioned, printing is quite competitive these days so investing in a good (nay, a great!) business card design won’t cost the earth. Even at $300, that’s, what, 3 cents per card?

    Anyway, I reckon Laura summed it up perfectly:

    designmill, post: 5366 wrote:
    I didn’t spend a great deal more on my cards, but I did spend a little extra thought. This might be what makes a business card worthwhile these days.

    I couldn’t agree more.

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    Mel
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    Over the weekend I was checking out all the different websites and what was on offer for Business Cards. Talk about over whelming! I found that Martin Print was a very easy to understand site. With prices and types well laid out. Thanks for making it easier to understand and do research! I will hopefully be getting some new cards in the next two weeks once I work out all our contact details. (stupid telstra have been doing odd things with mobile numbers)

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    PhilS
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    Mel, post: 6961 wrote:
    Over the weekend I was checking out all the different websites and what was on offer for Business Cards. Talk about over whelming! I found that Martin Print was a very easy to understand site. With prices and types well laid out.

    I second the vote for Martin Print, they designed my Logo and business cards. Great service and good value for money.

    My tip is get the front laminated for a good finish, leave the back plain so you or others can write on it! nothing more frustrating than a pretty card you cannot scribble a quick note on.

    Phil S.

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    SLPrintCenter
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    Don’t pay the prices charged by Vista Print, or anyone else for that matter. SL Print Center does business cards for VERY affordable prices.

    They’re 14pt stock, Full Color both sides, Glossy UV coating on both sides.

    We charge just $75 for 5000! They are high quality and very cost effective.

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    VacuumRobot.com.au
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    Ads1969, post: 5606 wrote:
    I have just had my first order from VistaPrint delivered after previously making my own cards. I have to say the quality and PRICE are excellent.

    Much better than printing your own cards because:

    • Less time comsuming
    • Better print quality
    • No perforations

    I agree with this.. search online, and you’ll find better companies with better pricing than if you search businesses offline in yellow pages.

    If you’re in for the long haul, get a graphics designer to help you. If not you can design yourself using softwares.. designing softwares are quite advance these days.. and you can create your own logo & business card. Best of luck.

    Dave

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    George
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    Hi everyone,
    i was watching your discussion, i had same problem few months ago and i decided to get cards for my company and fo my self for company i can recomend good print office you pay 100$ for 1000 full colour cards but just one site but for your self is depend you an pay 0.50 cents each ( one looks like credit card) realy good.

    The true is that is depend on people some people keep cards but if your business is not important for them they will put to the bin sometimes i am walk in to my friend house he is CEO of big company and i could see many cards in his bin, and he said to me that he took them because was polite but dont realy need them. So i think is good to have well designed cards but you have to becareful to whom you give them.

    as well i dont know if you guys heard but in japan caming new technology which can push away all bisiness cards, kind of watch you wearing on your hand and when you shake hand with other person all details are transferred to his ” memory watch” as phone emails etc. ”virtual business card” if more people will use this form of exchange contact i think soon we will not need b. cards any more.

    best regards
    George

    http://www.istudent-australia.com

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    TheTrish
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    All this information is so useful.

    Speaking of first impressions I just clicked on http://www.novapress.com.au/ and couldn’t use their website, couldn’t even find out more about what they did I gave up after three clicks and squinting.

    First impressions matter, whether your business card, website, brochure your you. People will judge you based on what they see in the first 5 seconds. It is human nature.

    It is really important to make the best impression you can.

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    Leisa D
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    Re: Business Cards – Better Business Cards

    http://www.betterbusinesscards.alexandradesign.com.au

    I offer free graphic design when you order business card printing online, so you can have a high quality business card at a discount price. Our cards are printed on premium 420gsm card for a more professional result, with a choice of finishes. Free samples supplied by post if you’d like to check the quality.

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    Avatar Consulting
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    Your business card does have to be a certain standard regardless of what busienss you are in, and if a business has to use lower quality cards due to costs I would ask what they did with the money saved. It is no good saving a few dollars if you lose potential customers from your card quality.

    However, your presentation and business pitch skills are just as important to match the card otherwise you will undo your cards work. Look at each component of your advertising as a link in a chain and keep improving each weaker link as you go.

    In relation to vistaprint, I was requested to conduct research recently into the company practices (part of my services for my clients) and discovered that not only are the cards poor quality in general (you get what you pay for) but the company has numerous complaints lodged in consumer affairs and court actions against it for misuse of customers bank details. As always, buyer beware.

    If your business cannot afford to have decent cards made, then you need to assess your business operations and how you are managing it, something is not working.

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    Business Cards can be a great way to market your business. However a lot of people forget to add some kind of “call to action”. You need to add an offer or request some kind of action on your card to give them a reason to A) keep your card and B) Call you. This can be as simple as a “free consultation” or a limited time discount eg 5% etc.

    Also it is a good idea to make sure you keep your card design consistant with the “look and feel” of your business. This will help with Building your brand. Good luck with it :-)

    Rhia

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    Leisa D
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    The “call to action” is important if you’re using your card as a promotional tool (eg. discount voucher, limited promotion), but depending on what you do / how you operate, it may be important to have a more generic card, eg. just logo, tagline and contact details and any other design elements to suit your branding identity.

    Above all, it’s the quality of both DESIGN and PRINT PRODUCTION that can make or break your card. I was given a business card recently by a potential supplier, it was beautifully set out, but was inkjet printed on thick paper – it went straight in the bin.

    With great quality cards on offer at affordable prices these days, it’s really unnecessary to skimp to that extent. As for those very well known online business card printers, they probably get such a huge volume of orders that they don’t care about upsetting the odd person with inferior quality. (BTW it infuriates me that they, and others like them, are my competition! And I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they hired people to bombard online forums with “reviews” about how great they are – they really are EVERYWHERE.)

    If you’re really serious about quality I’d recommend using a boutique design studio who specialises in print, offers personalised service during the design process, and can provide samples of printed cards to show the true quality.

    Leisa

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