5 Reasons Bloggers Should Carry Business Cards

5 Reasons Blogs Should Carry Business Cards

When I decided to go to my first blogging conference I did a lot of research as to what to expect and how to prepare. One of the most common tips I saw was  to take business cards and after Blogher15, I was  glad I did.

If you are of the fence about getting business cards here are 5 reasons bloggers should carry a business card.

It shows that you are professional.

Let’s be honest there are a lot out blogs out there. Any Jane or John with a computer and Wi-Fi can start a blog and start sharing their thoughts with the world. If you want to separate yourself from the pack get a business card. It shows that you’re willing to invest in your blog and mean business.

I remember the first day of Blogher15 I sat at a table with this very nice girl. I gave her my card and she had to quickly jot down her blog URL for me, no offense to her but the exchange seemed disorganized and sloppy. Other bloggers would confidently hand me their card and I made a point to check out each blog after my trip.

 

It makes it easier for readers.

If you go the professional route I strongly suggest adding a QR code on the back of them. A QR is a two-dimensional bar code that allows people to scan it using a QR reader app on their smartphones and takes them directly to a website. Even if you decide to make them yourself, business cards makes it so much easier for potential readers, sponsors or clients to remember you and find your website.

It’s much easier to find a business card in your wallet than it is to try to remember a long blog name.

You never know where you will find new readers.

I’ve handed my cards out everywhere, not just blogging events. When someone asks me what I do, in addition to my Marketing position I tell them I have a lifestyle blog and am a freelance writer. The casual ,”okay, you’re a ‘blogger’ ” expression changes quickly to, “I’ll check it out,” when I pull out my business cards. I’ve even passed out cards to my OB/GYN!

I’ve met people at a bar and then next day gotten comments, text and emails letting me know they ended up finding my card the next day and checked out my blog. You never know who someone knows. As a blogger you are your marketing team, you should also be spreading the word about your blog/business any chance you get.

 

When you give, you get.

Have you ever been walking somewhere in public and smiled at a stranger? Chances are they smiled back. It’s the same with business cards! I handed a business card to Vice President of She Knows Media and guess what, she gave me her business card back. Not only are you increasing the chances of someone you’re interacting with going to your website but you are subliminally encouraging them to give you their contact information as well.

 

Branding!

With so many blogs out there it’s important that you stand out. If someone sees the same logo and colors on your business card they will be more confident they have landed on the right page. Also if they see one of your pins on Pinterest, a post on Instagram or blog tweet they will recognize it is a part of your brand. A strong brand shows a strong business.

Say you have a blog about saving money as a mom. You meet someone and tell them you have a blog called “Mom isn’t going broke,” while you may think it’s a memorable name, chances are that person’s brain space is occupied with a lot (especially at a networking event) and your blog name may slip through the cracks. They remembered you have a mommy saving blog and Google “Mommy saving blog” they will find a lot of other blogs and after visiting a few sites that aren’t yours, they will probably give up and move on.

 

Business cards are a great way to share information with and can be very inexpensive. I used VistaPrint to make mine.

Do you use business cards for your blog? Did you make them yourself or did you buy them? What do you put on them?  Please share below.

 

Do it for love,

Dia

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40 comments

  1. Chel

    Yes!! Business cards all the way for the win! I love giving out and receiving cards…

  2. Carol Cassara

    It’s a little thing but so important. Thanks for bringing it up as a reminder.

  3. Lakisha

    I was debating before if I should get business cards but now you have convinced me. I will put that on my Christmas wish list

  4. Hil

    aaaaand I’m making my self business cards now lol! What a great idea and you are so right, we may think the name is memorable, but people get distracted and have stuff to do and it’s easy to forget!

    I would love it if you came to link up at our party tonight:

    http://www.raisingfairiesandknights.com/category/bloggers-spotlight/

    It’s a link party and pin-up party, two parties in one! All posts will get pinned to our group pinterest board.

  5. Ashleigh

    These are great reasons for bloggers to carry business cards, thank you for sharing. I still need to make mine, or at least an electronic one. Will remember this!

  6. Dia

    It looks like the link is closed but I was curious. Will you be doing this every Wednesday, I haven’t done one before but it sounds like it coulf be something fun to try

  7. Jen

    I have business cards but rarely hand them out. Whoops! Thanks for the reminder that there are always opportunities to network, and that acting like a professional is the best way to be treated like one.

  8. Abby

    Ahh! I hate to admit it, but I am terrible at this! These are great reasons and I really need to be better about it. Thank you for sharing.

    Abby // http://www.thefabblog.com

  9. Tara

    You are right, of course, and I have had business cards on my list for awhile. This is the catalyst I needed to get my butt in gear.

  10. Clare Speer

    It is the little things that are important – and I love this reminder. I have blog business cards and … then I often forget to give them out! This is a great reminder to “refresh my memory”! Thanks!

  11. jennyb

    Very true. I think a business card looks professional. Make it stand out and give it to everyone you are doing business with.

  12. GiGi Eats

    My business cards are connected to my hip! 😀

  13. The Southern Thing

    I’m terrible at carrying business cards on me. I always wear my jewelry out in public and when people ask about my Etsy shop, I never have anything to give them. I need to work on it!

  14. Jessica Birgeneau

    I should really get some business cards, I am amazed at how often blogging comes up in conversation!

  15. Julie@MomFabulous

    I really should get some made! I’ve been to several events and haven’t had any to give out. I used to carry them around all the time!

  16. Angie

    Seriously such a good idea. I need to dig mine out from wherever they were stashed during the move and keep them on hand.

  17. Dia

    There are also tons of online templates to make your own if you want to start slow.

  18. Dia

    Especially when it’s such a huge part of your life and how you spend your time. You want to be able to share your site with anyone you meet who is interested.

  19. Dia

    If you are an online seller I really think you should.

  20. Becki S

    Yes, I need to get some business cards for the new year! Thanks for giving me amo to ask the hubby 😉

  21. Allison Jones

    I agree wit this 100%. I always carry business cards because you never know who you’ll come across. I have my photo on my business card and that’s been really helpful as well. It seems to help people remember me when they look back at the card.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  22. Lindsay

    Dia, you gave me the much needed nudge to get my butt in gear and finally order business cards. I have these beautiful postcards that I made that I send to businesses I have worked with or want to work with but do not have cards – what is wrong with me? ha. You are so right about all of the places you need cards because opportunities present themselves when you least expect it. Thank you thank you! Now I’ll need to get a cute card case ; )

  23. Dia

    I’m glad I gave you the nudge. I honestly just feel so professional with my cards. I also need to find a cute case too! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Yamini

    Thanks for sharing this. I never thought that business cards could be so essential for bloggers. I should also get some made.

  25. Dia

    I think if you want to turn your blog into a business or sell a product they are so helpful in connecting. Because it is an online business technically people don’t always think about the real life offline opportunities to grow their brand.

  26. Julie Smith

    I’ve been telling myself to do this forever! Thanks for giving me solid reasons to get moving on this!

  27. Dia

    Yes… maybe that can be your Christmas present to yourself 🙂

  28. Angela

    Great post! I was just thinking last night about making some business cards for my blog, but decided against it! You’ve convinced me now, though. Thanks!

  29. Dia

    I’m so glad. They really have come in handy!

  30. LifeStyleTalks

    I fully agree with you Dia! Business cards are important – even for a blogger! It doesn’t only look professional, you’re also ‘being a professional’!

  31. Ashley

    I have made up some business cards on my own, but am terrible at handing them out. Thank you for the reminder of how significant that little step can be.

  32. Dia

    Yes! Thanks for stopping by Bieke

  33. Dia

    It’s such a great resource. I hope you start handing them out more 🙂

  34. Kari

    I never thought about having business cards for my blog. What a great idea. I’ve always just thought of it as a hobby but I end up writing down the address so many times that business cards would be a big help! Thanks for the tip!

  35. Dia

    Yes! No need to cramp up your hands! Even if you make them yourselves it could really help.

  36. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Such great points, Dia! I have put off getting business cards for a long time now. Mostly because I wasn’t satisfied with my “logo”. I’m hoping to get some soon for the new year.

  37. Angie Scheie

    This post is a great reminder that I have a tool that I need to use. I even had a QR code put on the back, but I am just really bad about giving them out. I’m not sure why, but I need to follow your example of introducing myself with confidence and just pull out those cards!

  38. Dia

    I act like I’m handing someone the holy grail when I pass them out all enthusiastic and proud lol

  39. Carly @ FitLiving blog

    Great reminder! I have personal business cards with my blog URL on them and I always have them with me 🙂

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