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Zazzle Chat: Look What’s New with Business Cards!

By • 6 months ago with no replies yet

Now, we know that many of you love our business cards. You love designing for them as well as showing them off. Recently we went through a thorough audit of our offering to figure out ways we could update our offerings to make them even better than they already are. Our latest Zazzle Chat video will show you what’s new in business cards!

To give you a little summary of what you will see in the video:

Updated Paper Types

We looked at close to 100 different papers in order to make sure they matched our quality standards and ideal printing specifications.

Updated Paper Categories

We have also split our paper types into 3 different categories:

  • Standard – Features 2 paper types
  • Signature – Features 3 paper types
  • Premium – Features 4 paper types

Updated Naming and Sizing

A simple update, but one we felt was needed. We changed the name of our “Chubby” business cards to “Mighty” as well as adding the new “Square” size option to Zazzle.

But enough from me. Check out our Zazzle Chat on business cards and learn more about our update!

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What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card?

By • 7 months ago with no replies yet

The business card is dead. Long live the business card!

Yeah, the above sentence? Totally not true. Nothing about the business card is dead, even in the age of online networking sites like LinkedIn, Monster, and JobVite. While these sites make it easier to search for job openings, sometimes the old fashioned meet-and-greet method is the best way to connect. You never know when you are going to meet someone who has an opening in their company for someone with your particular set of skills, so you’ll want to be sure to have a number of business cards on hand. You’ll also want to make sure that the business card you design works to pique the interest of the person you are speaking to. Here are the most important aspects to remember when creating your own business cards on Zazzle.

Size matters

 Standard sized blank business card template - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business CardChubby business card template - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business CardSkinny business card template - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

At Zazzle we have a number of different business card styles and orientations. They each have their own special use cases, but when you are starting off creating your own set of cards the best way to make an impression is to use the standard size. Measuring 3.5” x 2”, it is the perfect size to fit in a wallet, business card holder, or clear wallet sleeve. Bigger sizes and shapes can inconvenience your connection, or cause them to place the card somewhere it can get damaged. Avoid by using the standard template size.

Keep your design(s) simple

Picture this: you are walking through an art museum with your friend. You come across a painting, and your friend spends a couple of minutes telling you about how brilliant it is, the background of the artist, and how the use of violent hues connotes the angst of the zeitgeist.

All you see is a lot of color that makes your head hurt.

Snow and Ice Business Card - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Snow and Ice Business Card

On top of making sure the size of your business card works to your advantage you also want to make sure you create a design that is memorable but not overwhelming. Too much color, too many logos, and too large of a font and you’ll hurt the eyes of anyone you hand the card to. This is not the best way to win friends and influence people. A single background color should suffice, something that offsets the font style, size, and color so that it stands out when you hand it over. You can also add an image that calls attention to your business or skills.

Makeup Artist Business Card - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Makeup Artist Business Card

Include only the most important info

If you really think about it, you can add so much information to a business card that it can end up looking a bit ridiculous and heavy-handed. In order to make sure that it is easy to discern what services you can provide and how to contact you add only the most important information should go on your business card, including:

  • Your Name (first and last)
  • Position
  • Contact Information
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Website Address
  • Company Logo

Professional Black and Silver Business Card - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Professional Black and Silver Business Card

Keep the back blank

Yes, our design tool allows you to add images and text to the back of your business cards as well as the front, sometimes this is not the best idea. While you may be anxious to design every piece of real estate on your business card, you don’t have to cover every inch. Interested parties may check the back when they first take the card from you, but there is no guarantee they do so if they check the card later. Make sure you have all the important info on the front. This blank space will allow for notes to be written down about your encounter, or any information they promised to pass on to you later.

Bold Red and Black Business Card (Front) - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Bold Red and Black Business Card (Front)

Bold Red and Black Business Card (Back) - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Bold Red and Black Business Card (Back)

If you absolutely feel the need to add something to the back of your card, make sure it is not something that would be imperative to getting in contact with you. Keep important contact info on the front when possible.

Gray and Turquoise Chevron Monogram Business Card - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Gray and Turquoise Chevron Monogram Business Card (Front)

Gray and Turquoise Chevron Monogram Business Card (Back) - What Are The Important Aspects of a Business Card

Gray and Turquoise Chevron Monogram Business Card (Back)

Now that you know the important aspects of a business card you are ready to create your own. Experiment using the tips above and design the perfect business card for your venture!

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4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

By • 7 months ago with no replies yet

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: business cards are a great way to network with important people and influencers within your profession.

But what else can they do for you? I’m going to take a look at some of the other uses for business cards that you may have not have thought of. Have you ever heard of loyalty cards, baby shower insert cards, mommy contact cards, or wedding reception business cards? Well, you are about to! Check out these four unique uses for business cards.

What are loyalty cards?

Loyalty cards, also known as punch cards, are a fantastic way to reward repeat customers and entice new ones into coming back to your place of business. On either the front or the back of the card is a set number of punch areas counting up to a reward. Some companies may offer a free gift once all the punches are complete, while others may offer certain percentage off the next purchase made. This, along with having quality products, gives customers an incentive to continue shopping with a particular business, thus the “loyalty” portion of the name. But these aren’t the only ways to use these products!

Are you having issues getting your kids to clean up their room? Create some specialty loyalty cards where your children can earn a reward for every time they clean up their room without being asked!

Chore card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Kids Chore Punch Business Card

Are you having a hard time sticking to a diet? Do you crave certain treats? Personalize your own punch cards to help you keep track of a certain number of days where you stay under your calorie count or work out at the gym. For every cycle of days you complete you earn yourself your favorite treat!

Who knew you could do so much with loyalty cards?!? This isn’t the only use case you may never have thought of for business cards. Have you ever heard of baby shower business cards?

What are baby shower business cards?

The acronym K.I.S.S stands for “keep it simple, stupid,” and is a design principle to remind people that simple systems are often times the best. Keep it simple for all of your guests with our baby shower business cards. While you are planning the guest list you can also help plan what sort of gifts your baby receives. It can appear the height of rudeness to dictate to people what sort of gift item they should bring to your baby shower party, but a gentle suggestion shouldn’t be looked down upon! We have a number of great designs to help you guide your guests to bringing the types of gifts that your baby will use on a regular basis.

Who doesn’t love a good raffle? In order to entice your guests to bring the perfect gift, reward them with the potential to win a prize by bringing in a pack of diapers.

Diaper raffle baby shower business card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Diaper Raffle Baby Shower Business Card

You can also ask your guests to bring a book as a gift for your child with this book insert.

Book insert baby shower business card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Book Insert Baby Shower Business Card

What are mommy contact cards?

You may know every family in your neighborhood. You might have dinner with some of the parents or spend time chit-chatting with them while your children play in the school yard. But what happens if you move to a new neighborhood, city, or state? You purchase mommy contact cards and use them as a point of entry to build a network of new friends and acquaintances.

Just like business cards are used to network with professionals, mommy contact cards are used to network with other parents. You can hand them out whenever you find interesting new adults who have kids of their own. Not only can you put your name on these cards you can put the names of your children on them as well. That’s a great way to keep your name, and the names of your kids, fresh in the minds of your newly minted friends!

These cards are also a great way to introduce yourself to potential babysitters and give them a point of contact. You can even add a “Notes” section on the back in order to provide a space for important information like after school activities, allergies, or medications.

Rainbow mommy business card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Rainbow Mommy Business Card

Stripped mommy business card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Stripped Mommy Business Card

What are wedding reception business cards?

Even though it has become easier to find directions to our destinations thanks to smartphones, you cannot arrive at your endpoint if you don’t remember the address! There are so many cards involved in planning for a wedding: save the date cards, RSVP cards, invitation cards, reception invitation cards. You can forgive your guests for misplacing one or two of them. With wedding reception business cards you can create an easy-to-carry that your guests can just slip into their wallet and pull out when they need the address. You can also design the backside of the card to hold directions from the wedding venue to where the reception is being held.

Wedding reception business card - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Wedding Reception Business Card

If you want an even more unique use for this style of business card you can create custom drink vouchers for your reception guests. You may not want to handle the expense of a completely open bar, but letting your guests have a drink on you is a great way to say “Thanks for coming to my wedding.” To make sure they get their free drink you can send out drink vouchers with your invitations.

Drink coupon - 4 Unique Uses for Business Cards

Wedding Reception Drink Voucher

These are just a few of the unique ways you can use our business cards and designs. If you think of another one be sure to use our personalization tool to create your own designs!

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