tll geek: business cards

Monday, October 24, 2011
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I'm going to be writing a couple of these geeky posts dispersed between normal ones, all related to blogging but also a little geeky side to blogging too. I talked at the TOWIB event last week about Photography and it seemed to go down well and also made me realise that I can actually put my geeky knowledge to good use and hopefully pass on some tips! I very much often find when i'm out and about at events and networking i'm asked for my business card. I usually always reply with 'oh gosh no I don't have any, sorry' - which is a huge shame because i'm missing out on potential networking and future partnerships, also jobs in photography! I never thought once as a blogger i'd be asked for a business card but I guess as things expand and blogging becomes more forefront of a companies agenda, it's understandable that they'd want something to remember you by and easily check your blog on later. So I trundled off to moo.com and ordered myself some business cards!

I ordered two different kinds, one for my blog and one for my photography outside of my blog. Incase you're not familiar with me I'm a live music photographer for record labels and bands, but it's very much come and go and I rely on networking to get more work. I never really thought business cards essential for a blog but as your blog grows and grows, it's turned out to be something that can be a great tool in helping people remember you and why your blog should stand out. Inspired by clean, simple designs (I love this style) I made a blog business card simply with my face on it. Why? Because no one else has my face. I figured there were a million other beauty blogs out there, all with photos of lipstick and makeup and well, makeup artistry, and a million other fashion blogs out there - and a million blogs with people in the same clothes. (Damned high street!) So I figured, the easiest way for me to stand out and for people to remember my face at events and remember my name, I stuck my ugly mug on the front. I didn't really want to, and i'm not in any way trying to be some sort of narcissistic bellend, but my logical thinking was as above.

I then just put in some simple words about my blog, the credential that I was nominated for a Cosmo award (I went ahead and printed them with nominated because I genuinely am so sure I'm not going to win lol) and just a few lines about my blog. But more importantly, the url, big, and bold and in the middle.

My photography cards are very similar, the front is a photograph I took when I worked for Biffy Clyro as I felt it was the most interesting and dynamic photo to put on the front of a card. The back is very similar to the blog one, with a link to my work online and my contact details bold and easy to spot.

The biggest thing I felt about them was that I wanted to make them stand out, and make people remember them once i'd left them behind. I did that by adding rounded corners (not many people have these) and making sure they were printed on a good, thick, soft matte finish card. Again, most people plump for flimsy thin card - these feel different to hold.

I did pay more for them, around £30 for 50 of each design, but they are worth every penny, and at the end of the day these are two of my modes of living and you can't really spare expenses when it's your potential future at stake! That's how I felt anyway. I figured even if I got one photography job off the back of these business cards being passed around i'd make that £30 back straight away!

In terms of blog networking, they're priceless in that they get your name out there in an effective and unique way. If you want your blog to be one of your modes of living or you just want to get a bigger readership, these are so valuable for you to help distinguish your blog from the others. I plan on showcasing these for the first time at the Cosmo Blog Awards on Wednesday and I look forward to hearing what you all think, especially Lily - my biggest design critic! :)

I'd recommend moo.com for their printing, but not for their delivery service. They guaranteed me they would arrive by Wednesday (I ordered Sunday night) and they didn't arrive until Saturday. I'd relied on having them for then and I was very disappointed they didn't arrive in time. The printing and card are lovely and I can't fault them, but i'm a little put off by how long they took.

What do you think of my business cards? Do you agree and think they're effective for helping your blog? Or do you think they're a waste of money? Have you ordered from moo.com before?
Love, Zozo 
x

Disclaimer: The moo.com business cards were paid for entirely by myself but if you have a high Klout score they give some to you for free (I think this is still running) - mine was 1 point out, dammit.

29 comments:

  1. I found this post so helpful so thank you for this Zoe, for a little while I have been umming and aahing about getting some business cards for blog as whenever I go to events, I end up writing my details on a discarded piece of paper! I think I may head to Moo as your cards look so professional! I also think you're one of the head runners in our category! I'm going to try and look as glam as possible so I can lose in style ;) see you Wednesday! x

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  2. Whats Klout?!!! I want some business cards haha!
    My boyfriend had some done for www.two-d.co.uk and they did mess up some of them - There was a photograph of a womans pregnany belly being kissed by her partner and they put the image towards the wrong side of the card so all you can see is half of her belly on the right side instead of the left and the full image - They sent another batch for free though - Gotta love Moo!! xx

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  3. Personally I'm loving the geeky tll!
    I'm kind of in the opposite situation to you in that I'm itching to have a lovely stash of snazzy business cards to carry around, but don't really have much use for them right now unfortunately!
    If I had a business/more of an established blog I'd definitely go for moo as I've heard so much praise for them, but it's ridiculous that you had to wait beyond the promised date of delivery - for all they know you've missed out on potential clients! Boo. x

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  4. Oh I love your business cards Zoe! I ordered mine from moo.com too, but mine arrived so quickly, within three days of ordering and about five days earlier than expected. Bit worrying that they are a little inconsistent in delivery service, but I adore the quality of my cards (:

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  5. Your business cards are lovely Zoe, they really stand out against other ones i've seen. I know what you mean about blogs and business cards, I was really surprised when people were asking for ours at events, I was a little bit worried incase some people thought that having them was kind of show-offy but it turns out they are completely in the norm at blog events. I love the quality of the moo.com cards, we got a few free samples made before we committed to them and they were such good quality. Unfortunately I had to order ours from vista print due to money constraints and they aren't as good quality but they aren't terrible quality either which i was surprised about. I had to rush order ours too to get them in time for the cosmo blog awards too!

    Thanks for sharing! Hopefully i'll see you at the awards too x -Sami

    www.beautyaesthetic.co.uk

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  6. Great idea. And you're right, it makes perfect sense to have your photo on. They look smashing and I hope they help you bag a few more jobs. As a freelance writer, I think I should get on the business card thing. I only have my website address to give out so it definitely makes sense. Interesting post, thank you.
    And good luck in the Cosmo awards! x

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  7. Both looks fab! I have had bcards from MOO in the past and they're fantsastic!

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  8. Lovely Business cards, they will definitely stand out! :)

    Zara
    x
    http://lifesprettyvisions.com

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  9. Pricey business cards, but very snazzy! I was just thinking you'll have to change them if you win the cosmo prize! Fingers crossed!

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  10. Wowza, they aren't cheap! Why not Vista Print? They look gorgeous though.. love the pretty corners. Very lovely. You'll definitely be changing them when you win Cosmo though ;) xxxxx

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  11. Love your cards Zo!!

    I have some business cards from Moo, not for my blog, but for my business. They might be a lot more expensive but they're a million times better quality than cards other companies offer, and they allow you to be more creative :D

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  12. I saw you tweet about these the other day, and they are so lovely :).

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  13. see you and ur new business cards tomorrow night !

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  14. Cute cards, i love moo, the girls ate my salon I go to use it for theirs! :)

    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    Lucy x

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  15. I love them! I'm never going to have the need for business cards though I doubt, but they are super cute :)

    Amanda | http://notsocountry.blogspot.com/

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  16. Absolutely love these cards Zo, you look amazing in them,as you do in person. Love the blog xoxo
    Tamara

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  17. fab idea hon! Love both cards they're very unique and eye catching

    Good luck for the cosmo blog awards, not that you'l need it I'm sure ;-)

    Sam

    xoxo

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  18. they look so professional! :)
    good luck hun! x

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  19. You've just given me a kick up the bum to order some cards for my new website- with my face on! Thanks for the branding, as well as business card, tips!

    SB

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  20. Your business cards are so cute! I want one :) xx

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  21. Some of these look like they could be costly to produce, I wish my clients would agree to such a business card template. A fantastic display of a designers worth.

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  24. Awesome cards with great ideas. I need plastic business cards for my new business and your idea will help me so much in printing. Thanks for sharing.

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